Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Don’t get lost, get found

It takes two to tango. While companies are striving to be the most attractive at career fairs, it’s mutually imperative for you to stand out in the crowd. While attending a career fair, don’t get lost in the hustle and bustle. The key is to be found!
Here is how to stand out and give a lasting impression:
1.       Be prepared
·         Utilize your local Career Services to proofread your resume.
·         How would you sell yourself in 30 seconds or less? Create and practice your elevator speech. (To learn what and how to perfect an elevator speech, please click on the following link. http://www.heroesofhiring.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-if-you-bumped-into-your-ideal.html)
2.       Don’t waste your time
·         Familiarize yourself with the companies that might be a potential fit.
·         Really want to stand out? Recruiters may ask if you have any questions about the company or position. Prepare thoughtful follow-up questions, which will show your interest in their company.
3.       Dress to Impress
·         Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have. If your goal is to be a professional, dress business professional.
·         When it comes to hair, there are two rules of thumb. If it’s on your face, shave it. If it’s on your head, make it neat.
4.       First impressions are last impressions
·         It’s no secret that people enjoy being around happy people. Approach with a genuine smile and make an effort to remember people’s names.
·         Start things off on the right foot by having your resume handy and your elevator speech ready. Now is the time to shine!
5.       The three day rule isn’t just for dating
·         Follow-up is important, although timing is key. By calling the next day, you could be perceived as desperate. However, if you wait too long to follow-up, you might seem uninterested.
·         Follow-up with your recruiter in a few days. Two to three business days is ideal.
By following these basic guidelines, you will be found and never lost again!
You can find Trevor at trevor.friel@mattressfirm.com

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