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March 2013

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Multicultural Forum – Career Fair Success Strategies

The Multicultural Forum, hosted by the University of St. Thomas, will house over 40 companies on Wednesday, April 4th from 9am to 4pm. Companies such as 3M, General Mills, UnitedHealth Group, U.S. Bank, will be in attendance to recruit forvarious positions.  To view the entire list of companies click here.  The career fair is open to the public and is free (the conference events are not free).  The event is focused on professionals, college graduates and veterans.

The Graduate Business Career Services office will be hosting several sessions geared toward assisting students and alumnae with preparation and management of their Career Fair endeavors.

Career Fair Strategies – Making a Big Impression in a Short Time

If you haven’t been to a career fair before, it is a unique situation where you have a very short time to make a big impression!  What will you say when the recruiter looks you in the eye and says “how can I help you?”  It’s really all about how you can help them, of course.  We’ll cover what recruiters are looking for, what they may ask and how you can respond confidently and clearly.  You’ll also learn about logistical and preparation strategies to enable you to manage the many opportunities to share your story that only a career fair can offer.

Daytime sessions

  • Wednesday, 4/3              12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255
  • Thursday, 4/4                    12 – 1 p.m.   TMH 255

Evening sessions

  • Tuesday, 4/2                      5:00 – 5:50 p.m.   TMH 255
  • Wednesday, 4/3               5:00 – 5:50 p.m.   TMH 255

For those who cannot attend a session, the resource below provided by Rasmussen College provides some great tips for Career Fair success.

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Round Eight, or Was It Nine?

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Employers now have a plethora of applicants to choose from.  The New York Times says that there are over four million jobs available in the U.S. that could easily be filled by the 12 million unemployed populations.  Surprisingly the rate at which employers snag these qualified candidates has slowed to that of a tortoise.

“The number of job openings has increased to levels not seen since the height of the financial crisis, but vacancies are staying unfilled much longer than they used to — an average of 23 business days today compared to a low of 15 in mid-2009, according to a new measure of Labor Department data by the economists Steven J. Davis, Jason Faberman and John Haltiwanger.”

The shortage of qualified candidates for specific positions in the medical field could attribute to an extended hiring process, but that isn’t the case for the majority of positions where applicants are plentiful.

New York Times Author Catherine Rampell describes the reasoning behind the sluggish hiring process as part of a vicious cycle in her article: With Positions to Fill, Employers Wait for Perfection”

Rampell says, “…jobless and financially stretched Americans are reluctant to spend, which holds back demand, which in turn frays employers’ confidence that sales will firm up and justify committing to a new hire. Job creation over the last two years has been steady but too slow to put a major dent in the backlog of unemployed workers, and the February jobs report due out on Friday is expected to be equally mediocre. Uncertainty about the effect of fiscal policy in Washington is not helping expectations for the rest of the year, either.”

Not only are candidates required to complete a tedious and time consuming application, many, who are granted an interview, return to interview for the same position on numerous separate occasions.  Companies go beyond the typical phone screen and behavioral interview; job seekers are subjected to rounds of testing, case studies, and most likely many additional interviews.  Google has been notorious for their extensive interview process, most candidates complete 4 interviews, a process that can last 30 days.

To ensure applicants are prepared for the long haul, it should be understood that the typical phone screen, in person interview and job offer process is no longer being practiced.  Upon confirmation of an interview request, applicants should ask what the company’s hiring and interviewing process is like as well as the anticipated hire date.  It is also recommended to request the type of interview a candidate will have and what personnel will be participating in it. The hiring process can be long and tedious, and one that companies hope not to continue often; job seekers should be aware that an offer will most likely not be given at warp speed.

 

To read this article in its entirety, visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/business/economy/despite-job-vacancies-employers-shy-away-from-hiring.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&

 

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Research – Key to Interview Success

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To show knowledge of the company you hope to obtain employment with, research is key.  While knowing their mission statement is a great start, the research should venture much farther than that.  Interviewers expect that research of the company has been completed, but in most cases, research of the interviewer themselves should also be done.

Here are a few sure fire ways to get the most from your research:

1. Stay in the news – knowing the happenings of the company and industry is key.  Doing a simply Google search with the company name and news should list up to date news stories that pertain to the company.  Staying abreast of industry news sources should also be on your radar.  Displaying awareness of industry trends, market leaders and company competitors raises awareness of the industry you should be passionate about.

2. Know your audience – utilize LinkedIn, Google and Facebook to get to know your interviewers before they can form a first impression on you.  This should also be a great reason to review your own social media profile and ensure everything is up to ‘snuff’ regarding your attributes and online footprint.

3. Study the Sandbox – playing nice and sharing were key components to a well functioning kindergarten classroom, but there may be different principles to the social dynamic at your future place of employment.  Researching websites like Glassdoor.com and contacting former employees (via a Linkedin search) can provide stellar insight into the company culture, interview structure and management styles of your future occupation and corporate climate.

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Interview Etiquette

A resume is designed to get an interview, but an interview is what gets the job.  Sweaty palms, a power suit and a well crafted introduction may be part of your current interview preparation, but a successful interview requires much more dedication.

A few quick tips would be:

1. Proper preparation – know the company’s mission statement, competitors and individuals you are interviewing with.  Most importantly know the history, who and what has shaped the organization.

2. Advanced Screening – creating informative and well formulated stories to accomplishments and statements from your professional history that directly tie into what the employer is asking for.  In short, match your skills to the job description by telling a story displaying each skill for the interviewer.

3. Create a conversation – this should not be a 20/20 question and answer session with Barbara Walters.  An interview should allow for ample time to for the interviewer to get to know you, as well as time for you to get to know them.  Engage the interviewer with questions, and show interest through inflection, body language and most importantly, eye contact.

 

For more great interview etiquette advice, view the infographic below supplied by Rasmussen College.

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Career Link: Apps for Applying

The days of job searching with newspapers and we’re hiring notices have long since passed.  Today a job seeker can find a job and apply from a mobile device.  To make that process easier, here are the best applications for your handheld devices.social-media-headaches

Top 10 FREE Apps for your Job Search

Dropbox

Free, online cloud storage system which allows users to save photos, documents, presentations and projects with any person who has an email address.  Great for quick resume updates, on the spot presentations and document sharing.

Beyond.com Search Jobs iPhone App (free)
The Beyond.com Search Jobs iPhone App allows job seekers to search for jobs, save jobs, and email job listings so you can access them from your computer.

Felt
With the use of an ipad, users can write and send personal handwritten thank you cards without the sluggishness of snail mail.

Indeed (free)
Similar to the online website, the application allows you to search and save occupation searches and email listings to yourself or others.

LinkedIn (free)
LinkedIn, the mecca of all online professional networking sites provides access to profiles, contacts and a plethora of articles and resources.  LinkedIn allows users to take their professional network with them wherever they go.

LinkUp (free)
The LinkUp Job Search Engine app lets users search for jobs on company web sites by keyword, location, company, and category. You can save jobs to your Favorites and access them via browser or feedreader. Searches can be saved and you can apply to jobs through your iPhone and/or email job openings to yourself or a friend.

Proven (free)
Proven is an app you can use to search and apply for jobs on Craigslist and Indeed. You can import multiple copies of your resume and cover letters, access your application materials and apply for job postings directly from your phone. You can also save or share the job posting and apply later on. The app also tracks applications.
Please Note: Especially with Craigslist job postings, it’s important to avoid job scams.

Real Time Jobs (free)
The Real Time Jobs app, from TwitterJobSearch, allows users to find an apply for jobs with a single tap. Job seekers can attach an online CV or resume, a social media profile, and/or a video CV to job offers that have been posted to Twitter with a single click.

TweetMyJobs (free)
Twitter provides instant access to updates, and companies have been posting jobs since its start.  TweetMyJobs provides users the opportunity to save specific searches based on their occupational needs.

BeamME (free)
BeamME is an application that allows users to send virtual business cards. “Vcards” can be sent to devices via SMS and email. The recipient typically only has to open the message and click one button to add you to their contact list with no special phone, software or registration required.

Here are a few more recommended from About.com that are not free; view the complete list here.

Good Job (1.99)
Good Job enables users to manage job search activities like tasks, events, follow ups and interviews. You can save an unlimited number of jobs and contacts and you can save your login information for some job and company sites.

Hidden Jobs App (.99)
Statistics show that 80% of job openings are never advertised. With the Hidden Jobs App you can discover many of these positions at companies that are expanding and making news. This app tracks company job announcements from newspapers, online media and press release sources. Currently tracking over 300,000 of new jobs across the U.S. It’s updated daily and lets you browse by state. The app will display the number of jobs being created alongside the company name and state. Then it will connect you to the article that mentions the jobs so you can read it. Available for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

Job Frenzy (.99)
Job Frenzy is powered by the job search engine Indeed.com. Users can search for jobs by email and location then save the jobs and email them to themselves or a friend.

Now Hiring (.99)
The Now Hiring application allows users to search US and international job sites. With Now Hiring, users can filter their searches by location, full time/part time, date posted, and many more options. With the favorites tab, it is easy to pick up where you left off and email listings with the touch of a button. Now Hiring list jobs in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Spain, and India.

Resume PRO (1.99)
Create a PDF resume on your phone with Resume PRO by inputting personal and professional information. You can preview your resume and email as a PDF to yourself or someone else. There’s also a generic cover letter you can include when you send your resume.