3 Ways To Make Career Fairs Worth Your Time


1) Show up.

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” ~Wayne Gretzky

dontbelateEmployers hire PEOPLE not resumes. If you don’t go to the career fair you are missing a prime chance to talk directly with a hiring manager or other employees at the companies you want to work for. You will also miss the chance to find out about companies and opportunities you were not previously aware of.

Get dressed, be prepared and GO to the job fair.

2) Have a plan. Work your plan.

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Q&A: How To Handle A Bad Job Reference


QUESTION:

office2I need to find a better job, but I’m stuck. I don’t want to use anyone at my current job as a reference because I don’t want them to know I’m looking. My supervisor from my previous job didn’t like me. I think that former boss is saying bad things about me to other employers. How can I get a good reference from my past job?

RESPONSE:

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Preview Summer Workshops At North Mpls Job Fair


DeniseMpls Career Services is excited to be a part of the 3rd Annual African American Networking Breakfast for Women, Vendor and Job Fair Saturday, March 28 North High School.

African American WomenEveryone is welcome to come and meet local business owners and reconnect with people in your professional community.

This Saturday is the first opportunity for job seekers and career explorers to sign up for online and in-person workshops. These workshops will help you to find your career identity, use social media to connect with employers, and make the most of your job search. Continue reading

Ideas To Build Your Professional Community


The holiday season is the perfect time to connect with former and current coworkers, family and friends. Happy hours, parties and receptions are also the perfect time to meet new people who could be part of your career journey.

uglychristmassweaterMaybe your calendar is already filled with invitations to ugly sweater parties, formal holiday dinners, or potlucks. If not, here are a few other ideas for how to meet people to add to your network.

  • Attend or help organize alumni events for your high school or college
  • Search Eventbrite for interesting speakers, reading, seminars and conferences

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3 Signs Your Job Search Is A Joke


A while ago I listed the Top 10 Signs You’re Not Serious About Your Job Search. Job seekers of all skill level and in all industries especially struggle with:

success-fail-signNo. 4: “You cannot name five job titles that match your qualifications,” and
No. 5: “You have never done a mock interview or researched effective interview skills.”

I wrote the original 10 signs a few years ago. Since then, social media has changed the way employers connect with candidates.

Here are three updated signs that you are treating your job search like a joke. Continue reading