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Posted March 13, 2014 by

Have You Heard of These 4 College Recruiting Myths?

College students should beware of four myths about college recruiting, according to the following post.

By Anne Hoang Talent Acquisition Specialist Chicago, IL As each recruiting season rolls around, both campus recruiters and students strive to make the most of their time and energy. Here is a peek inside a recruiter’s brain for…

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Posted September 19, 2013 by

Are You Prepared for College Fairs and to Meet College Recruiters?

High school students who plan on going to college can get a head start by attending college fairs.  These events are opportunities for prospective students to get information on various schools and speak with college recruiters.  The following post has tips on what to do before, during, and after a college fair.

Enter: the college fair! A college recruiter and students at PUSD College and Career Fair, 2012. College fairs are a great way to see what’s out there and interact with recruiters from different schools. There are different kinds of…

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Posted September 10, 2013 by

College Recruiter Shares Job Search Tips

College students who are looking for some help with their job searches should consider tips in the following post from a current college recruiter.

College recruiting gears up for the school year. By Hope Buehler on September 6, 2013 at 3:46 PM. Posted in: Working at GEICO. With the school year here, GEICO recruiters will be busy and may be in your area. How can you best prepare to…

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Posted July 26, 2010 by

Want to Recruit Social Media Experts? Host a Breakfast for Them.

The Twin Cities’ Social Media Breakfast was recently held at Deluxe Corporation. The event focused on small businesses and their use of social media. At the event, a panel of small business owners discussed how they currently use social networks to strengthen and expand customer base.

What has this got to do with recruiting? Well, Deluxe is re-making itself from the leading printer of checks into an information technology consulting firm for small and medium sized businesses. Let’s say you own a restaurant and want to build a powerful social media presence to drive loads and loads of new and repeat business. Who do you call? Deluxe wants you to call them. So how does a recruiting team get in front of a bunch of social media gurus? One great idea is to host a social media breakfast and invite everyone in your metro in that space. Then they can learn more about you while you learn more about them. Most won’t be interested in you and/or you won’t be interested in them for one reason or another, but if dozens or even hundreds of potential hires attend, how can you go wrong?

Take a peak at footage and pictures from the event!

Posted September 15, 2008 by

Preparing for a job fair

You recently heard somewhere that a job fair is an excellent way to meet lots of potential employers and maximize your job search time. The problem is, how do you find job fairs and what do you do once you’ve found them?
To locate upcoming job fairs:
– Review media, including free job publications. Don’t forget to check radio and TV stations.
– Check your target companies’ Career section Web sites. They’ll often promote job fairs they’re attending.
– Contact college career service offices in your area. They regularly conduct or know of job fairs. Non-students or alumni may be welcome.
– Search the Internet using the key words “job fair” or “career fair” and your city and state.
– Bookmark your favorite job search resources for upcoming job fairs and locations, as well as preparation tips.
To prepare for a job fair, follow these suggestions:
– Register for the job fair in advance. Be sure to get a copy of the hiring company exhibitors.
– Select the companies you’re most interested in and research their Web sites, annual reports and recent media coverage. Talk to your networking contacts. Your goal is to thoroughly understand what the companies do and how you can bring value to them
– Develop your “elevator pitch” that explains what you do, what you bring to the table, and how this aligns with the company’s business. Remember, you’re there to demonstrate what you can do for them, not what they can do for you.
– Develop a list of questions to ask. The worst question you can ask at a job fair is, “What do you do?” A more appropriate question might be, “I saw in your most recent annual report that you are expanding your marketing operations. Will graphic designers be part of that expansion? I have a graphic design degree and have been recognized for….”
While at the job fair, make sure you:
– Seek out your targeted companies and introduce yourself with a firm handshake and confident demeanor.
– Pitch your candidacy for a position.
– Ask questions and make a connection.
– Get business cards of people you meet at the booths.
Note: Even if the company is not hiring for your particular skills at the time, if it’s a company of interest to you, make an effort to meet the company representatives and establish a connection you can follow up on after the job fair.
Once the job fair is over, what’s next? If you collected business cards, you should immediately send a thank you note and reinforce your skills. Note something from the job fair you said or did that will help the recipient recall you. About one or two weeks after the job fair, follow up by telephone, as well.
Sharon DeLay is a Certified Professional Resume Writer and Certified Professional Career Coach. You can visit her at Permanent Ink Professional Development Services or e-mail her for more information.
© 2008 Permanent Ink Professional Development Services

Posted September 16, 2007 by

Diversity Career Fair

Diversity Career Fairs are organized by CareerJournal.com (part of WSJ) in major US cities approximately once every quarter. The next fair will be held on Tuesday, October 23, in Washington D.C.. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel Old Town.
The Executive Diversity Career Fair provides a unique setting for job seekers from diverse backgrounds to meet with top companies.
Eligibility: Companies recruiting at the fair are strongly committed to seeking executive, managerial and professional women, disabled and minority candidates, including recent graduates from M.B.A. programs. However, all candidates are welcome.
Cost: The event is free to candidates, and all eligible attendees can register on-site at the event. Attendees should bring multiple copies of their resumes.
Environment: All interviews will be conducted in private suites with company representatives.
Career Assistance: Free seminars throughout the day will cover such topics as job-search success tips and career-advancement strategies. A free resume critique will also be available at the event. You can find more information at http://www.careerjournal.com/diversity/?cjcontent=mail
Tatiana Sorokina is the author of Legal Alien’s Guide. Building Career and Life in Chciago, IL. http://legalaliensguide.blogspot.com This is a comprehensive guide to various networking organizations, associations, groups and clubs that help you to find a job or start your own busienss.

Posted December 07, 2006 by

Standing Out from the Crowd at Career Fairs

It can be intimidating walking into a career fair…all of those employers waiting for YOU to come and meet them. However, if you’re armed with the knowledge and confidence that you need, this could be the beginning of a new – or – better career.
Do Your Research
Treat the career fair as a bunch of mini interviews. Find out beforehand what companies are going to be there and which ones you’re interested in talking to. For those organizations, do your research just like you would for a ‘real’ interview. Your enthusiasm will be apparent to the employer, and that is a good thing.
It takes a lot to stand out in a career fair. By showing your knowledge about the company and/or industry, you prove that you might just have that extra something they’re looking for in an employee.
Dress the Part
The first impression you make on an employer is extremely important. Don’t make it a negative one. Dress as you would dress for an interview. Yes, that may mean uncomfortable high heals or hot suits and ties, but you want to be sure you don’t dress too casually. Employers may think you’re not taking the career fair seriously and that you’re just wasting their time.
Act Like You’re ‘On’
It can be difficult to remember while you’re walking around at a career fair that employers could be watching you. Especially those you have already spoken to. So be careful what you do while deciding your next step, so to speak.
Try not to do anything that might be construed as negative. Watch your facial expressions – grimaces, rolling your eyes, exasperation – all things you want to avoid. If you just spoke with an employer and then as you were walking away, sighed and rolled your eyes, you might want to cross that company off your potential list.
Be Prepared
Whatever you do, be sure you have several copies of your resume and cover letter. Better still, for the companies that you know you’re going to speak with, write a specific one for them, just like when you apply to job postings. You might not be able to be as specific as you would in that situation, but bringing some non-generic job search documents along with you can serve as a great start to a conversation with a company.
In addition to your resume package, you may want to have a few copies of your references. Even though it’s not common for an employer ask for references at a career fair, you never know what they may throw at you.
Remember, a career fair should be treated as a real way to network and obtain job leads. No matter what kind of career fair it is, that one event could be a key to making connections that can help you get a job now or in the future.

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