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How should I prepare for a Career Fair?

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Nicole at West Virginia University asked: “I have couple of big career fairs coming up, and I want to be as prepared as possible. What can I do to improve my chances of finding a job there?” Thank you for your question, Nicole. Whether they’re on campus, sponsored by a workforce commission or a company, career fairs are a great place to shake hands and get your name in the recruitment pool. With a little preparation, research and networking, you’ll be ready to make the most out of your career fairs. Treat it like an Interview. Career fairs are essentially … / Read more »

5 Steps to a Successful (And Not So Awkward) Informational Interview

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An article by contributor Michelle Riklan. Many applicants experience only the interviewee side of the job application process. They apply for a job, come to the interview, and answer some questions about their work and qualifications. They don’t experience what it’s like to be the one asking questions. If you haven’t interviewed anyone before, an informational interview can quickly go awkward. Still, information is power, so gritting your teeth and going to an informational interview will help you learn about the job or company you’re targeting, in a way no online research or job fair can teach you. Once you … / Read more »

How to Nail a Phone Interview

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An article by contributor Brian Chen. I have noticed a trend among individuals that are having a challenging time preparing for interviews. I am starting a weekly interview tip to assist active job seekers. My first tip is going to be regarding phone interviews. Some candidates see phone interviews as pointless, but they serve a purpose. Most phone interviews are a first round with an HR Manager and you may think “It is just an HR Manager” or “They do not know anything about the job.” In fact, they are the gatekeeper to your next role. It is important to … / Read more »

How to Make Employers Look Beyond a Criminal Record

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Once you have had a criminal record, it can be rather difficult to rebuild your reputation. No matter how hard you try to demonstrate that you’ve changed your ways, some people will always affix a black mark alongside your name due to misdeeds from the past. This can be especially problematic when applying for work, as employers could be reluctant to hire someone who has had a criminal record. They cannot discriminate against someone purely for this reason, though, and it should only prove to be an obstacle if there is a strong link between the vacancy and the nature … / Read more »

How to Respond to Five of the Most Difficult Interview Questions

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An article by contributor Rachael Murphey. Job interviews are often stressful. However, being prepared for interviews will help you gain confidence and land you the job you want. Read on for answers to some of the toughest interview questions. 1. “Why should I hire you?” The employer wants you to discuss how your skills match the position for which they’re hiring. First, examine the job posting for the position you’re seeking. Write down the qualifications they’re searching for in an ideal candidate. Then, decide how your skills meet the employer’s expectations. For example, if they’re looking for someone with five … / Read more »