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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Job Search: 5 Reactions To Labor Disputes

Several companies have made headlines recently because of labor disputes or strikes.

What does this have to do with your job search?

strikeWhen applying for jobs, you might think that you do not want to work for a company that allegedly treats its employees poorly or doesn’t pay well. On the other hand, a job is a job – if the company is hiring, you might be willing to work there.

Not every employer-worker conflict makes the news. And not every labor strike includes a picket line that the public can see. So, how does a job seeker know if a company’s employees are having troubles?

Goodwill Easter Seals of Minnesota, which provides a variety of employment services for job seekers, offers the following signs that a company might be part of a labor dispute.

  • Temporary or staffing agencies aggressively recruit candidates for positions that already have lots of people looking for those types of jobs.
  • Recruiters target groups of people more likely to feel fortunate to get any job, and less likely to ask questions about the company.
  • A company is doing a mass hiring for no obvious reason. For example, the employer did not open a new location; it is not expanding their operations, etc.
  • The company’s hiring announcements come up at the same every year or every few years, possibly coinciding with the end of labor contracts.
  • A union employer is looking for employees outside of their candidate pool.

As a job seeker, you decide which companies you want to work for and why.

If it is important to you to only apply for jobs with companies that have positive relationships with their employees, here are five things to you can do.

  1. Think about what is important to you. Write down your personal and your work values. This will help you to know which companies match your values.
  2. Let your networking contacts know what type of company you want to work for. In addition to looking for jobs at specific locations or within certain pay ranges, your network can direct you to employers that fit your goals.
  3. Pay attention to industry news, blogs and reports from professional associations.
  4. Talk to current and former employees of companies. Ask them how about the company’s management style and how they treat employees.
  5. Decide if want to apply for work for a particular company. Your decision might be different if the job is part-time, temporary, contract or permanent. Ask your network and career advisers for help, but you have the final decision on the best choices for yourself, your career and your finances.

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Recruiters’ Secret Job Search Tips

Recruiters know better than other people what employers want from job seekers.

It is the recruiters’ job to match the right people to the right company. If a recruiter can’t find the right person to fill a job opening, then the recruiter does not get paid. Therefore, if a job seeker wants to know what it takes to get hired, he should ask a recruiter.

Recently, several top recruiters and HR professionals shared their knowledge to help job seekers make a successful connection with employers.  You can read all 50 Job Search Tips from Recruiters on the Talent HQ website.

A few of their job search tips:

3. If you know any recruiters or managers who regularly interview prospective new employees, ask them to give you a mock interview and take their feedback on your résumé and your interview style. This will improve your confidence and performance in real interview situations.

5. Don’t be afraid to pick up the phone! If you let your thumbs do the talking, you’ll find yourself at the bottom of the inbox and a lose out on an opportunity.

11. Spend a day registering and applying to all jobs of interest to you on job boards such as Monster, CareerBuilder, Indeed, and niche job boards such as CollegeRecruiter.com and then don’t go back to them unless you receive an emailed job match alert (some sites call them agents) with a job which matches your interests. Starting on day two, network, network, network.

17. Ask yourself “What would I do for a job/career if money were no object and why?” If you can answer this about yourself, you can and should be able to go forward with a foundation to review and assess any new opportunities that come your way.

20. If you really want to impress a recruiter, tailor your resume to fit the job description of the job you are applying to. Don’t rely on a cookie-cutter resume to pique the interest of the recruiter. Pick out some main themes in the job description and use similar words or phrases when writing your career objective and when describing your work history.

31. If you are networking and sending a cold email, please do your research and reach out to the correct person for the role. Please do not reach out to 20 people at once with the same email. They will all end up in the recruiters inbox and she will not be happy.

36. Don’t be shy. A lot of job seekers are either ashamed that they are unemployed or don’t want to let people know they are looking for a job. Let it be known and get the word out there. Networking is one of the most important aspects of searching for a job, getting out there and meeting with people, attending events can only benefit you as a job seeker.

40. During an interview, the #1 thing hiring managers are looking for in candidates (whether they realize out or not): passion for the job they are being interviewed for, i.e., the occupation and/or industry. Everyone likes to work with someone who loves what they do!

45. Always be prepared to ask questions at the end of the interview, even if you feel you know the company/position. It can even be about the company history, culture, something that you read about the company online, anything, but do not ever say you don’t have any questions. The impression that this leaves with a recruiter is that you are not interested in the role they just spent time interviewing you for.

50. Send follow-up thank-you notes to everyone you meet with.

Read all 50 Job Search Tips from Recruiters.

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