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10 Helpful Tips to Survive The Highly Competitive World of Job Fair

10 Helpful Tips to Survive The Highly Competitive World of Job Fair

Job fair is a highly-competitive place. You got to put your best foot forward in order to land in the job of your dreams, and if you just recently got out of college, then it would be a lot tougher fight since you need to “dress to impress” to land that very first job.

According to research, 48% of fresh graduates don’t have any job lined up right after graduating and this rate is increasing significantly year by year. To make it much more difficult, job market is getting more competitive than ever and since it is a competition, the competent and the aggressive are the most likely winners. Not only competence makes one a winner, you got to have an ounce of aggressiveness as well. Aggressive job hunters do not let the job call on them, they seek it – in the job fair. With proper approach, you will surely have a satisfactory result in your job hunting.

There was once this guy that I knew, Ben, who was laid off from his job. Not willing to just sit around the house and wait for something to happen, he searched the internet for a job. One week later, he found out that there will be a Tech Fair to be held in his area. He decided to attend it since he landed his last job at a fair.

Convinced with the potentials of the career fair, he armed himself by gathering helpful information on how to prepare the necessary papers so he can avoid the common resume mistakes that many overlooked as well as the kind of documents to attach with it. The next day, Ben set out with high confidence and hope. His confidence, however, was shattered when he saw the long queue of job applicants waiting to be ushered in. This was entirely different from his previous experience.

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Not willing to give up, he kept wearing his courage and patiently waited in line. He saw familiar faces, friends, and even former coworkers. To kill the time, and also to properly prepare himself, he started asking questions regarding what was going on inside the fair and how to deal with it. Willingly, some of his friend, who were veterans of the career fair system, gave him these helpful tips on how to survive the highly competitive world of job fairs.

1. Go Straight to The List

As soon as you get inside, your priority should be the list of participating companies. From that list, choose the companies that interest you. Rather than spending your precious energy from wandering from booth to booth, find a place where you can go over the list.

2. Do A Quick Homework

On a listing sheet, which are usually being handed out and provided, check the job openings in the company of your interest. You may use a computer, if available, to look up the companies of interest.

3. Plan Your Route

Get a floor map of the venue. This is usually found at the entrance or at the reception table. Find the location of the companies of your interest on the map and plan your route so as to save time and energy.

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4. Keep Yourself Calm, Energized and Enthusiastic

Try to make an impression to the company representative that you are highly interested in their company. Strike up a friendly conversation with a representative about the company and be a good listener.

5. Approach The Decision Maker

If possible, try talking to the hiring manager of the most senior of the team. There may be lots of useful information from recruiters or human resources personnel regarding the company, but the hiring manager is certainly the one with the most influence.

6. During Interview, Do Not Sell Yourself Short

Tell the interviewer about your strengths and what you can contribute to the company when hired. Companies are greatly interested in your potentials. Prepare a short statement about yourself and your credentials without being conceited. Two minutes is sufficient for this. The key to successful interview is capturing the interviewer’s interest.

7. Follow Up is Important

So try to ask for the name of the person you can call or write to. If you can ask for a business card, so much better.

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8. Redundancy is Okay

When making a follow up through a letter, always re-attach your resume even if they already asked it on the job fair event. Two copies of each as you will be addressing the human resources office and the hiring manager. Mention in your letter that you have already met the company’s representative and been interviewed during the job fair. Reiterate once more your strengths and potentials and what you can contribute to the company’s welfare when hired.

9. Phone Them Up

One week is long enough waiting time to follow up through phone. You may inquire regarding the statues of your application.

10. Limit Not Yourself

Do not focus on one opportunity. Use the power of the internet to do research on other participating companies. Check to see if these companies have additional openings. In doing so, you can plan your job hunting well.

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    Always remember that the job market is highly competitive. Do not be overwhelmed by the number of applicants applying on the same as you are. Don’t be discouraged if you go home without being hired. Just keep a positive outlook and use this experience to make you better prepared for your next application.

    The contacts and information you gathered from the last career fair will be of use to you in the near future. Persistence and preparedness make a lot of difference – because dream jobs may appear in the most unexpected place in a most unexpected time.

    Featured photo credit: About Careers via jobsearch.about.com

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    Last Updated on June 19, 2019

    8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

    8 Life-Changing Skills You Can Learn in Less Than 6 Months

    Everyone has the ability to learn a life-changing skill not just this year, but in the next 6 months.

    By life-changing, I mean something that can have a positive impact in your life moving forward, even if it’s something you can’t envision today. Certain skills we can immediately reap the benefits of, while others will be life-changing when we least expect it.

    In this article, we’ll share 8 life-changing skills you can learn in 6 months, where you can learn them, and how you can get started today.

    1. Speed reading

    Bill Gates has been known to state that if he had one superpower, it would be the ability to read faster. What Bill and the rest of the mega-successful understand is that knowledge is power. The ability to process information faster from books, articles, and reports is what will help us learn faster, and therefore improve each aspect of our life faster as well.

    Where you can start learning: Speed reading courses are becoming more popular, as more people realize how important it is with the limited time we have. You can check out free courses like Read Speeder or you can start learning how to use Spritzlet, which allows you to speed read articles online with a browser extension.

    2. Public speaking

    Research shows that people fear public speaking more than death itself. There’s something terrifying about being in front of dozens or hundreds of people, and exposing yourself completely. It’s when you’re most vulnerable, but learning how to public speak is a life-changer.

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    Warren Buffett has given advice to recent graduates that the number one skill you can have to succeed is public speaking skills. Everything from communication, confidence, and sales is developed when you develop your public speaking skills.

    Where you can start learning: Luckily, there are great communities out there like Toastmasters that organize local meetups all around the world. You’ll find amazing public speakers that are looking to get to the next level to beginners that are just getting started. Check out Toastmasters’ website here.

    3. Spanish

    As the third most spoken language in the world, the ability to speak Spanish will allow you to reach over 500M people around the world. No matter where you live, knowing how to speak Spanish is becoming increasingly more important, with the Hispanic population and economy spreading quickly worldwide. If you’re living in the US, this is even more important, with over 30% of the population being Hispanic.

    Spanish is also on this list, because it’s one of the easiest languages to learn. Sure, Mandarin is an important language to learn, but it’s an incredibly difficult one to learn. If we were to measure the level of importance and the time to learn for all the languages available, Spanish would make it to the top of the list.

    One of the biggest reasons why people never reach fluency in any foreign language is: using the wrong method, and lack of time.

    It turns out that humans retain only 5% of what we learn from lectures, 20% of what we learn from apps (visual cues), and 90% of what we learn from immediate immersion. Yet, how do 90% of learn a new foreign language? Language schools (lectures), books, Duolingo (apps), etc that don’t provide the real-life immersion required for our brains to learn faster.

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    Where to get started: If you want the most effective way to learn a language, learning from real-life interactions is the best way to do it. There are great websites like Rype, which offers Spanish coaching for busy people, solving the issue of lack of time and bringing real-life immersion to your screen. With Rype, you can book as many lessons as you want, at any time of the day, any day of the week, allowing you to fit it into your schedule, no matter how busy you are.

    4. Accounting

    If you’re looking to get into business, accounting is one of the core fundamentals you’ll need to succeed. While you don’t need to be an expert, you definitely should understand the basics.

    This skill can also be used to manage your personal finances, to meet your financial goals, and having more control over your life.

    Where to get started learning: If you didn’t learn accounting in school, no worries. You can either teach yourself using books, or check out free accounting courses online.

    5. Microsoft Excel

    Most people reading this probably have a basic understanding of Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet. While this is a good start, there are so many powerful functionalities that are hidden, which could make your life a lot easier.

    Excel is also a great asset to have whenever you’re looking for a job, as many corporations rely on Excel to organize and manage multiple parts of the business.

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    Where to get started learning: With the popularity of Excel, you can find tons of free resources and videos online to learn. Check out Excel Exposure, Lynda, and Excel with Business.

    6. Blogging/Vlogging

    Blogging is a powerful tool if you want to spread your ideas, build your brand, or grow your business. Since it was introduced, blogging has taken on a life of its own, and today there are ~2M blog posts being written on a daily basis.

    Where to get started learning: Anyone can start blogging today. All you need is a content-management system like WordPress, which is completely free. Personally, I think the best way to start learning how to blog is to just start writing. There are techniques you can learn on how to promote your blog, but the best way to grow your blog is to write great content.

    7. Weight training

    Yes, weight training is a skill. It’s not as advanced as learning how to code, nor will it take as long as learning a new language, if you just want to learn the basics.

    We’re not promising that you’ll get a body like Arnold Schwarzenegger, but you will see much faster results for whatever goal you have, just by understanding how to workout properly. And of course, when you’re dealing with an activity that involves physical strain, you’ll always want to caution yourself.

    Where to get started learning: There are amazing body builders that are sharing all of their secrets for free on Youtube. You can check out Bodybuilding.com’s Youtube channel to get started.

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    In the digital world that we live in, from Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook, there is no avoiding photos and videos. In fact, social media has increasingly gone away from text sharing and almost everything to photo and video editing.

    Where to get started learning: For photo editing, you can use Photoshop. For video editing, you can use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. Keep in mind, there are dozens of editing software tools for video and photo editing, but what’s more important are your editing skills, not the tool itself.

    Check out education websites like CreativeLIVE or Skillshare, where you can learn from experts themselves on how to best use design and software tools.

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