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How to Create a Professional Video Background

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Are you someone who always turns on their video camera for meetings and wants a real background – versus a virtual or blurred background – but not sure where to start? Creating a professional background does not have to be time-consuming or costly. Here are five things to consider when creating a professional background. Location. Find or create a designated space for taking virtual calls. By designating a space for virtual calls, you will not be scrambling before your next call trying to find a good background forcing you to use a virtual background. Instead, find a location that is not busy. … / Read more »

Why Job-Seeking Students Should Stop Using Virtual Backgrounds and Turn Your Video On

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As more companies, schools, career fairs, and job interviews are going virtual, video meeting etiquette is something we are all learning about. We have learned how it can be easy to turn on virtual backgrounds or not turn our cameras on at all. However, it is more professional to have our camera on and use real backgrounds. Below are reasons why we should use our camera, why we shouldn’t use virtual backgrounds but real backgrounds, and tips on how to create a professional background. Why you should turn on your camera By turning our camera on, it shows we are … / Read more »

4 Virtual Career Fair and Video Interview Follow-Up Email Templates

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After attending a virtual career fair or completing an interview, send a follow-up email or card to who you spoke with. Sending a follow-up note reminds the interviewer that you are a strong candidate who is passionate about the opportunity presented. By sending a follow-up, you are leaving a great impression and you leave the recruiter feeling like they spent their time wisely by speaking with you. The follow-up does not need to be lengthy. In your follow-up, you should mention something specific you talked about with the recruiter, so they remember who you are. Make sure you thank them … / Read more »

24 Questions for Students to Ask Employers at Info Sessions

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The purpose of an information session is for employers to inform you about their company. While employers will do a lot of the talking, they want to hear what questions you have about their company. By attending information sessions, with a wide variety of questions prepared, you are showing your interest in their company. To help you feel prepared, review the six question categories listed below that you should touch on at the next virtual information session you attend. Questions About the Job Most employers will expect most of your questions to come from this section. It is natural to … / Read more »

Nine New Year’s Resolutions to Guide Students to their Dream Job

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As we enter a new year, job seekers should follow this list of resolutions to prepare for the start of a new career. The new year should be a time to focus on hope, growth and new opportunities ahead. Listed below are nine tips on how to begin the process of finding a great new career this year. Update Your Resume Set aside some time to focus on perfecting your resume. Add your most recent experiences and new skills to impress employers. Be sure to highlight accomplishments. Your resume should tell a story vs. being just a list of tasks/responsibilities.  … / Read more »