Being a college student, you are bombarded every day by one daunting concept: Your Future. Questions about your future can become monotonous, especially when you don’t know the answers. However, if you want to get some ideas about your future, a great place to start is a job fair.
Even though it sounds simple, a certain amount of preparation is needed to have successful job fair experience. Finding out information about companies that will be at the job fair beforehand is key; you want to know what a company does so they know you are sincerely interested. Also, you will need to prepare a resume, proofread it multiple times for errors, and make sure it’s clear and concise. Proper wardrobe is also part of preparation, as is with any interaction with a potential employer. Some other items to bring: pens, notepad, prepared questions, work samples, transcripts, and references.
Job fairs are useful for many reasons, but the simplest reason is that they help you get your foot in the door of the career you want. Talking with professionals gets your name and resume out there. If you make a great first impression at a job fair with an employer, and later apply for a job with them, you are more likely to get hired because they will remember you.
As we talked about previously, networking is important and vital to beginning a career and job/career Fairs are the perfect places to start. At a job fair, everyone that you need to meet is brought into one place at one time for your convenience! There’s no down side.
For further information on Job Fairs and Preparation, please visit the following links:
You might have heard it said that it’s not what you know it’s who you know. Now, while that’s not entirely true, who you know is a very important factor in career success. Basically, even if you are the most intelligent person in your field, you won’t go anywhere if nobody knows you exist.
Even though networking is more important today than it ever has been, the majority of college students today do not use it to their advantage. There are so many reasons why knowing people can aide in your success, it’s hard to know where to begin.
First, in today’s economy, it’s difficult to find a job in any field, let alone the specialized field of expertise you have once you graduate college. But if you’ve done even one internship or attended as little as one job fair, your chances of finding the type of employment you want are greater. This is because you have had the chance to interact with people who are already successful in their careers. Those people might be able to alert you of a job within their organizations or others, and if not, once you find a job that suits you, they can be a valuable resource and reference.
Second, by getting to know professionals in your intended career, you can get an accurate feel for what the job might be like. You can ask questions and get to know the specifics of the job as well, that way when you have interview in your field, you will know what you are talking about
Lastly, even if you don’t keep in touch with every professional you meet, it’s smart to at least get your name out there. Even if you can do that, you will be one step ahead of the competition.
For more information on upcoming opportunities to network, please visit: http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/Programs.htm
Often times for college a student, the ‘day after’ hangover is enhanced by all of the pictures from last night posted on Facebook or Myspace. These pictures have many purposes; they can be funny to some, perhaps embarrassing, and for most college-age adults, they provide some answers to the common question “What happened last night?”
But what if the manager from that great job you applied for saw those pictures? What if you don’t get the job because you were doing a beer bong while giving the middle finger to the camera last week at a party? That sounds pretty far-fetched right? Wrong.
The fact is that 22% of employers use social networking sites as a valuable tool when evaluating potential job candidates and 9% intend to do so in the near future, according to a survey done by CareerBuilder.com. Thirty-Four percent of those hiring managers chose not to hire a candidate based on profile findings. The greatest reason for dismissal is information about the candidate drinking or doing drugs. Other reason that employers have opted out of hiring certain people based on their profiles are lack of or lies about job qualification, evidence of poor communication skills, and negative comments about a former employer.
Our advice to you? Get rid of your digital dirt. You don’t have to completely erase everything. Employers like to see someone who is outgoing, cultured, and professional. Just be careful of what you post and what friends post about you. Your social network profile should be a helpful tool, not a blemish on your polished resume.
Visit http://www.uwgb.edu/careers/ and click on “Career Spots” to learn more!
Students – Did you have class and miss the event? Perhaps you ran out of time and didn’t get to visit with someone. You can still connect with these employers by using the “Drop Resume” function in PRO. Log in to PRO to view the Fall Job & Internship Fair information in the Career Events tab, research employers and their opportunities, and submit a resume and cover letter to connect with them.
See our CareerSpots clips (short 3 minute videos) about how to Follow Up with Employers and The Art of Saying Thank You.