6 Tips To Finding Success At Job Fairs

jobfair(1)Register ahead of time
. There are many different types of job and career fairs, including informational fairs about graduate programs and post-graduate service programs. Many job fairs, especially ones at college campuses, allow job-seekers to register online prior to the event to see a list of companies attending the fair. Some even allow you to submit your resume or set up interview appointments ahead of time. This is an easy step that can help you make the most of your time at the job fair and find the companies that interest you.

Do your homework. I’ve gone to several career and post-graduate fairs without doing any research beforehand to browse the companies and schools attending. Take it from me; this will be a waste of your time. About half of the career/post-graduate fairs I’ve been to had few, if any companies that even interested me. Had I simply gone to the job fair website and looked at a list of companies/ organizations attending I could have skipped looking around at companies I had no intention of working for and gone straight to the booths of companies that did interest me and possibly set up an interview ahead of time. Find out the companies attending the job fair, do some research on them and make the most out of a chance to meet and possibly interview for a job.

Have a professional resume ready to go. Companies use job fairs to meet and screen a large number of candidates at once. Don’t miss your chance by not being prepared with copies of your professional resume ready to hand out. Most hiring managers won’t waste their time following up with you to get your resume, having copies will show that you’re serious about working for the company.

Dress for success. If a job fair is located on campus, you might get the impression this is an informal occasion and that it’s okay to stroll out of class in your sweats and t-shirt to take a look at the companies—please don’t! These are real companies and representatives attending the fair, it’s imperative that you make a good first impression if you want a chance at landing a job. The person you meet may or may not remember you later, but don’t risk your first impression being a bad one if you care about the position.

Network. Use your time at the job fair to meet with representatives from companies, ask about any questions you have and pick up information they may be giving out. It’s also a good idea to talk to other students and job-seekers that share the same interests in organizations. You can actually learn some valuable information from peers looking in the same field as you.

Market yourself. If you’re not able to set up an interview ahead of time with companies attending the fair, you only have a brief chance to market yourself and make a good first impression. Prepare a quick list of some of your key strengths and top achievements to easily tell employers about when you get the opportunity.

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Presentation1888Everything You Need To Transition From College Graduate To Job Seeker:

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The aim of this EBook is to help you with the transitional period from college student to job seeker. We look at the many major issues that college students will go through, and we seek to provide answers based on our experiences. In this EBook you will find information on job searching tips, resume writing advice, using college resources to your advantage, the power of networking and using social media to your advantage.

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Interview Tips, Finding The Right Job, Networking, How Important Are Internships?, Higher Education Vs Job Seeking, Using College Resources, Managing Your Career, Making A Great First Impressions, Resume Writing, Creating A LinkedIn Profile, Cover Letters



Job Searching Tips For Soon To Be College Graduates

first_impressionsHave a Job Searching Game Plan:

The job searching process takes time—months in fact, so if you decide this is the route you want to take after college, it’s important to get a head start senior year if you want to have a job lined up after graduation. If you’re not sure exactly which job types you’re looking for, make some time early during the year to figure it out. Schedule an appointment with a career advisor to hone in on your career interests, schedule a meeting with a professor to discuss career paths or set up some informational interviews with professionals in your field to learn about different job titles and careers in the industry. Make a timeline for your senior year as you prepare to enter the workforce. Set deadlines for yourself for when you’ll meet with a career advisor or professor to discuss job titles, practice interviewing techniques, create a professional resume, cover letter and LinkedIn Profile, attend job fairs coming to campus, contact recruitment agents and begin searching for open positions.

Make Decisions:

If you’ve decided (or you’re still considering) entering the job market upon graduation, you have several things to consider. Think about where you want to live and work upon graduation—are you only looking in one city or are you willing to relocate if you find a job elsewhere? What industries are you trying to get into and which entry level job positions will you seek? What types of companies are you targeting? Make decisions that will focus your job search and keep you on track, but stay open to new opportunities if they come up.

Last-Minute Boosters:

If you realize your resume is looking empty or you haven’t yet partaken in an internship or part-time job, now’s the time to do it. Senior year isn’t too late to step into a leadership role in an extra-curricular group you’ve been part of or to find an internship during the school year or part-time job. It’s important to have some experience when applying for jobs.


Don’t wait until after graduation to start networking. Senior year you should start talking to family and friends about your intentions post-graduation and the career path you’d like to pursue. Let them know what kinds of positions you’ll be looking for so they can keep an eye out for you if anything turns up or refer you to anyone they know in the business. Most people are happy to help new graduates and provide advice so don’t be afraid to ask.

If you stay on track and start your job search early on, you’ll be on your way to starting a new job upon graduation!

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Tips For Breaking Into A Career

1326926200_img1Once you decide what type of field you want to go into (the more specific, the better!), there are a couple of things you can do to break into the career and get some foundational experience. Whether you take on an internship, work for smaller companies or land a job through a connection, remember that everything counts. It won’t do you any good to slack off in an internship or waste time at a summer job because it’s your dad’s company. In every position you have you should demonstrate your hard work ethic and perform your job well so that you can get a good recommendation, be eligible for promotion, or be hired on when a position does become available—it will only help you:

Student internship or volunteer during the summer, semester or upon graduating: Interning or volunteering in your field is one of the best ways to get some real experience in the career you want and boost your resume! Many companies are more willing to hire a candidate right out of college if they’ve at least had some relevant experience in the field through internships or other part-time work.

Look for smaller companies for your first full-time job: In many fields, it can be easier to land a position in the field in smaller, local companies. Depending on the size of your city or town, you may even know some of the people working in the field that interests you. It can often be easier to land a position with a smaller company in order to get the experience and expertise you need to move into a larger institution.

Think about your connections and networks: Think about your parent’s careers, an aunt that works in a bank, a friend in advertising, etc. and ask them for advice about how to get into the field. You can also ask them to let you know if they hear of any available positions within their company or in similar ones.

Take on a lower position in the field: As a student or recent grad, you may have an idea about the particular position you want in the field. Unfortunately, the positions we want sometimes require you to have experience in the field first, as well as demonstrated knowledge and skills. Think about the type of position you hope to hold, and then look at the positions under them which many people start out in and work their way up from. You may feel that the positions you’re looking at are less than glamorous and you may even feel over-qualified. But just remember, most jobs nowadays require more work experience, not just a college degree and working for a little while in a lower position can set you up for promotion in the company, or give you the experience required to apply for the positions you actually want.

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Is Higher Education Right for You?

educationIt used to be that having a college degree could land you a job in the majority of career fields. As bachelor’s degrees become more and more common, however, and the competition for jobs grow, a lot of employers are now looking for more advanced and specialized degrees. For some occupations such as medical physicians, specialists and law professionals, you need an advanced degree even for entry level positions. That being said, going for post-graduate studies such as a Master’s degree, MBA, JD, MD or PhD can be costly and time-consuming. You should evaluate your motives for pursuing higher education and see if the pay-off is worth it to you in the long run. Think about the following questions to see if higher education is right for you.

What are your career goals and how will higher education help you to get there? It’s important to know specifically what your career goals are in pursuing graduate studies. Due to the tough job market, it’s tempting to go back to school with the expectation that an advanced degree will make it easier to land a job. Unfortunately this isn’t always the case and you will most likely end up with higher debt to pay for the degree, so it’s important to have a real understanding of where you want your advanced degree to lead you.

Will graduate school pay off? In some industries, having a graduate degree will make your earning potential significantly higher, while other degrees won’t yield as substantial an increase in pay. Research the types of positions you’ll be looking at to see the rate for undergrad degree versus graduate degree. Make sure to factor in the amount it will cost for you to go to school for the degree to see if the increase in salary is worth the money you’ll spend to attain it. For some it may be worth it to pursue a graduate degree even if the financial rewards aren’t significant, but it’s always best to know the situation before making a decision.

Should you go to graduate school immediately after completing your bachelor’s degree? There are reasons for and against going for higher education right after earning your bachelor’s degree. If you know that you definitely want/ need to go to a post-graduate program for the career you want and are in a financial position to continue on with school, you may want to go straight after your bachelor’s. For some people, it’s easier to go to graduate, law or medical school without a break when your study skills are sharp, you don’t have growing obligations and you want to complete your studies sooner so you can focus on your career without having to worry about returning to school one day. On the other hand, waiting a few years before going to graduate school has its benefits. By taking some time off from school to gain real work experience, you’ll be able to make a better judgment of the type of program you want to pursue and have a practical understanding of the field. Work experience will also help you to land a job once you graduate since you’ll at least have some practical entry level experience in the field. In addition, some employers will actually pay for some or all of your graduate expenses and you will already have some financial stability.

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Amanda Ryan is a Program Development Associate & Senior Resume Writer at RedStarResume. Amanda is a highly skilled resume writing expert and career expert who also specialises in creating, writing and developing career content, working alongside student and graduate job seekers and developing career content for newsletters, partners and career websites.

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Top Resources At College Career Centers

career_street_signFew students realize what a valuable resource they have on college campuses through their career center or career services office. Students can talk to trained professionals on career development and support services. Here are some of the many resources you can find at your college career office. Some career centers will schedule workshops and lectures on these topics, or you can request to meet individually with a career counselor. Every center offers different services so be sure to go into your center to find out about what they offer.

Get help deciding on a major: many students are interested in learning more about specific majors and what types of careers they can lead to. Some career centers schedule workshops or talks about what you can do with a major in different subjects.

Explore career paths: receive helpful information and resources about different types of careers and the steps you need to get there.

Meet one-on-one with career counselors who are trained to guide you as you explore careers and work-related issues to prepare for your future.

Use computer assessment tools to evaluate your own interests and values as it relates to a career and some possible fields you might want to consider.

Participate and learn how to conduct informational interviews and job shadow with professionals in a career of interest to you. Some schools may have partnerships with alumni or professionals in the community who are willing to meet with students to talk about their career and show them what their job entails.

Find graduate internships with companies in which you have a strong career interest. Some schools have established summer or semester-long internship programs that you can participate in, while others can help you locate suitable internship placements.

Participate in mock interview sessions at the career center and gain valuable feedback about your interviewing style, strengths and weaknesses. The more you practice interviewing, the more confident and comfortable you’ll be when you go for real job interviews.

Learn about on-campus recruiting and career fairs with companies interested in hiring new grads. You can usually get a list of companies scheduled to attend these events so you can prepare and/or schedule an interview ahead of time.

Attend graduate school information sessions with representatives from different programs you might be interested in. You can also gain information about searching and applying for graduate and professional programs.

Learn about the best job searching tools for the types of jobs you’re looking for. There are so many job databases and websites to look at for job openings so it can be helpful to learn about some resources you might not know about as well as different techniques to help you during your job search.

Learn about networking tools and alumni clubs in different areas. Your school may offer ongoing career support for alumni and networking groups in different cities and industries.

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Amanda Ryan is a Program Development Associate & Senior Resume Writer at RedStarResume. Amanda is a highly skilled resume writing expert and career expert who also specialises in creating, writing and developing career content, working alongside student and graduate job seekers and developing career content for newsletters, partners and career websites.

Do you have a career related question? You can contact Amanda directly via the RedStarResume website!


Information Technology Resume Writing For Students and Graduates

An IT specific resume is different to a regular resume for a number reasons and ensuring that your IT resume is written, formatted and presented correctly is fundamental to standing out from your competition. As a current student or graduate, you probably have limited relevant work experience which is why it’s important to focus your resume on your technical IT skills as opposed to focusing on other areas of your resume which may have little relevance to the job you are applying for.  The most important part of the resume is the opening page and you need to ensure that a hiring manager can easily find your IT skills within the first 10 seconds of reading the resume. Remember that your resume is your marketing document, so don’t be shy in listing and emphasising the value-added skills that will make an employer want to hire you.

Create a Qualifications Profile:

A great way to begin the resume is by creating a 2-3 sentence qualifications profile. Rather than an objective statement (telling the reader what type of job you want), focus on creating a powerful profile that highlights your value-added skills and qualifications. A hiring manager is interested in the skills and qualifications you are able to bring to this particular role, as opposed to being told about the type of job you want.

Highlight your IT Skills:

As an IT student, you probably have a list of various technologies that you are an expert in using. This can include programming languages, desktop operating systems, computer hardware and software etc. This information needs to be on the front page of the resume and right in the reader’s eye line.  A great way to further emphasise your IT skills is by providing examples of how you have used these specific skills. Remember that a large majority of other students will share similar skills to you. By providing examples of how you have used these skills, will help you stand out against the crowd.

Strategic IT Keywords:

Recruiters or hiring managers will often skim over the resume looking for specific IT keywords or use software programs to find key words.  These key words need to be included in your resume and can be easily changed depending on the requirements of the job.  Before you begin to stress out about what keywords to use, all you need to do is simply read the job description, see what the company is looking for and make sure your resume is full of these keywords!

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Resume Writing for Banking & Finance Students

Are you a current or a recently graduated Banking or Finance student? If so, you are no doubt aware of the competition and demand for jobs within the finance industry.

Within the past 10 years, demand for investment banking jobs has increased while the supply for internships and graduate jobs has decreased.  The interview stage is more rigorous than ever before and getting a foot in the door is no easy task. Reports suggest that a hiring manager will spend no more than 10-20 seconds reading your resume before deciding to either read on or press delete.

It is an undisputed fact that if a hiring manager has two finance resumes sitting on the table, they are instinctively going to be drawn to the resume that is professionally presented and formatted in the correct way. No matter what the resume has to say, the first impression is already made. If both candidates share similar finance skills, education and experience, just take a guess at which resume the hiring manager is going to choose.

When you sit down to write your resume, remember one thing. Your resume is a marketing document. This document is all you have to prove to the hiring manager that you are the right person for the job.  Present a professional picture and make sure that you stand out above your competition.

3 Tips to making your resume stand out as a Banking / Finance Student

Include Banking/Finance Related Keywords:

With the competition for Banking and Finance related internships and graduate jobs in such demand and with large firms only selecting a handful of students out of a pool of potentially thousands, it is essential that your resume is strategically written to include keywords that will highlight your resume. A keyword-rich-resume will ensure that your resume passes the first stage of selection and will not be deleted before a hiring manager has even had a chance to read your application. The best way to find these keywords is simply by reading the job position. See what the company is looking for and make sure your resume is full of these keywords!

Highlighting Achievements with Quantitative Examples:

If you received high distinctions in all of your subjects highlighting your achievements is going to be easy. However, for the vast majority of students this is not the case. Don’t despair! The good news is that academic excellence is only one piece of the puzzle that hiring managers are looking for. If your grades were not “outstanding” don’t try and compete with other candidates whose grades would have been much higher than yours. Rather focus your resume on other areas you excelled in, such as community service, volunteer work, university projects, leadership etc.

Presentation and Format:

Your resume is the first impression a hiring manager will make about you.  A well-presented and structured resume that is written in a clean font will portray your resume in a professional manner and immediately give your resume application a higher ranking. Alternatively, a resume application that has spelling and grammar errors, different sized fonts, long sentences (as opposed to bullet points) and a lack of headings will not portray a positive image to the reader. Remember, that when applying for a business or finance position the hiring manager demands to see professionalism. A lack of professionalism may even lead to your resume being deleted without even being read. Don’t forget – no matter how great your skills and experience may be, once your resume is deleted, it will never be read again.

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