Bio Careers® is presenting another Virtual Job search Summit very soon, April 3rd and 4th, 2013.
I would urge each of you to attend, and take advantage of the resources available to you.
Remember, the thing about job fairs is the limited time you have to get your point across, so in order to help you make the most of your time there, here are some strategies for you:
BEFORE YOU GO:
Research the companies – Know what they do.
Research the key people – Who can hire you.
Write down — What you have to offer, in light of what they do.
Write down – What you are going to say about yourself.
Adjust — Resumes and cover letters to reflect how you fit at each organization.
KEY – Being generic means an early exit from consideration
KEY # 2 – Don’t ask ‘Are you hiring?” or “what do you do?”
WHILE YOU ARE THERE:
Be focused and positive – Smile
Ask good questions (about them) and tell great stories ( about how you “match”).
Name gather – “who is in charge of X department” or “who does the hiring for…”
The idea is to exchange information and get the next meeting.
AFTER THE EVENT
Follow up with the people who can hire you, and keep following up.
If you do your homework before the event, you can better position yourself as pertinent to the organization, and you will then have a basis for developing a relationship. Relationships are what will position you as an “insider” and one who is “kept in mind” by those who make hiring decisions.
Job fairs can be a difficult and stressful environment, but hopefully these tips can make them a more positive experience for you.
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
The Five O’Clock Club is a nationally recognized outplacement firm with a proven job search methodology that helps job seekers get better jobs faster.
The Five O’Clock Club also provides affordable, humane outplacement services to companies who care about the well being of their employees.
Tom is also an experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
Learn more: http://www.fiveoclockclub.com http://www.patrick-international.net