Monthly Archives: August 2011

Career Fairs

Although attending a career fair sometimes may sound as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist, they can be extremely helpful in not only attaining a new job but also for developing new contacts and getting your resume out there.

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make when attending a career fair is not doing enough background work. It pays to research which companies will be there and what jobs they will be hiring for. With this information, you can plan out how you are going to promote your skills and education to potential employers in regards to the jobs at hand.

In addition to finding out which jobs to prepare for, you can also take a look at who works there, and you never know, you may already have an old colleague in place and waiting to open the door for you. Overall, it’s simply a much better idea to walk into a career fair with plenty of ways to carry on a conversation and not just telling them that you want a job.

And as always, wear something nice! Business professional or even business casual attire is the way to go. First impressions cannot be undone.

Keeping all that in mind, check out the following National Career Fairs that will be held soon around the country in a city near you;

  • Atlanta Career Fair: Monday October 3, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference; 450 Capitol Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • New York Career Fair: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 11am to 3pm @ Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street; 440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Houston Career Fair: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza Houston – River Oaks – Near the Galleria; 2712 Southwest Freeway; Houston, TX 77098
  • Detroit Career Fair: Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit South); 17201 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195
  • Dallas Career Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel & Suites – Dallas Love Field; 1241 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
  • Philadelphia Career Fair: Monday December 5, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza; 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Charlotte Career Fair: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel; 2800 Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, BC 28217
  • Phoenix Career Fair: Monday, September 26, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Phoenix Airport Marriott; 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Chicago Career Fair: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ The Congress Plaza Hotel; 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Los Angeles Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Los Angeles – International Airport; 9901 West Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • San Diego Career Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Boston Career Fair: Monday, October 17, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel Boston; 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

Obama to Unveil New Jobs Plan

If you happen to be one of the millions of unfortunate Americans who have been out of work for months at a time, you may have feelings of desperation and resentment towards the government for not taking further steps to remedy the unemployment situation.

As of right now, 14 million Americans are unemployed. This number does not include the millions more who have given upon on their job search after months of making no progress and those who have chosen to take part-time positions in order to fill in the gaps. Of the 14 million out of work, more than 6 million have been unemployed long-term. The current national unemployment rate is over 9%.

These numbers are definitely not music to the ears of the American working class. The Great Recession (apparently over) has given way to a weak recovery, and progress has been sluggish. In addition, a persistent fear among the long-term unemployed is that they might never find jobs again and have to live on government assistance for the rest of their lives.

It’s easy to point out the negative, but there is hope for the future. According to a recent article by the Associated Press, President Obama plans to unveil a new economic strategy to boost the economy and get Americans back to work in early September. Just after Labor Day, Obama will deliver a speech detailing his plans for helping out the unemployed and getting them back to the workforce.

Obama’s new bag of economic tactics will include:

  • Tax cuts to help the middle class
  • A build-up America construction program
  • Help for the long-term unemployed
  • Plans to tax the wealthy more in order to help cut the deficit

It may very well be that Obama is sweating about being re-elected for his second term. This makes sense. The 2012 election is right around the corner. According to the Associated Press, no incumbent in recent years has ever been re-elected for a second term with unemployment rates so high.

If you ask the Republican Party, they will probably tell you that President Obama is simply trying to get on our good side in order to be re-elected. But you have to take into consideration that times were tough when he stepped into office, and it usually takes more than three years to turn the entire economy around. Progress has been made; slowly but surely. The only way to go now is up.

So do not despair. There is hope on the horizon. We can only hope that Obama’s new jobs proposal will really help to ignite the economy and get us back to work in full force. In the meantime, it might be a good idea for the long-term unemployed to step in and pick up a part-time. As crazy as it might sound, it’s easier to find a job when you’ve already got one.

Persistence is Key in Job Search

Finding a new job can be tough these days. Unemployment rates are dropping, but the job market and the economy have not fully recovered from the lasting effects of the Great Recession. We are nowhere near the state of job stability and prosperity that existed ten years ago.

If you are one of the unfortunate individuals that has had to look for work in our sluggish economic climate, you know all too well about the trials and tribulations of the job search. It’s not enough anymore to simply peruse the classifieds or walk into a business that has a “Help Wanted” sign hanging in the window. Nowadays, it takes ingenuity and perseverance to land a job.

Before you even start looking for a job, think first about what you want to do. Even though it may seem that any job is better than no job at times, you don’t want to be stuck doing something you can’t stand. It’s important to do a self evaluation before putting yourself out there in the job world.

Think about your skills. What are you good at, and what do you like to do? Once you have figured this out, you should then highlight your qualities that will be most useful in your job and your search for work. You might have to spend a few hours revamping your resume, but it will pay off in the long run.

After you have assessed yourself and determined what you are good at, the next step is to figure out where you want to work. Although the easiest method in looking for a job may be to just log on the Internet and check out who has job listings up, this is not always the most effective procedure. Think about how many other people are doing the exact same thing. Why would you want to apply for a job that one hundred other desperate souls have already attempted?

Most positions these days are not filled through online job listings. A lot of companies don’t even post openings online. Many jobs are filled through word of mouth or by people going out of their way to track down work.

One of the best ways to get a job is to pick a company that you want to work for and do your research. What types of jobs do they have there, and who is in charge of hiring? Figure out what position might suit you best, and then track down the higher-ups so you can communicate with them directly. This way, you won’t end up being just another name on an endless stack of resumes.

So if you really want to find a job in today’s economy, you must be persistent and able to single yourself out from the crowd. Businesses want to hire people that are unique and special and capable of performing the task at hand. It’s up to you to convince them that you are the right person for the job.

How to Use Social Media to Get a Job

The job market has changed quite a bit since the days of perusing the classifieds and beating the pavement. These days, it’s important to be aware of your online presence and how you might present yourself to potential employers. Social media is a wild frontier. There are a lot of possibilities, but you can also build up a bad reputation if you are not careful.

Most companies look at applicants’ online profile before considering them for a position or even an interview. So it pays to keep your nose clean. Posting up those pictures of your drunken debacle out on the town last weekend might not be the best idea. Your potential bosses most likely do not care to see you shooting Jager bombs or chugging beers.

Social media can be beneficial in your job search. It’s all about using your connections. If you are on Facebook, you probably have over one hundred friends. And out of these one hundred friends, there’s bound to be somebody working in an establishment that you might be interested in. Since most jobs these days are landed by word of mouth, it’s important to utilize your connections to the fullest.

This does not mean posting on your Facebook wall that you can’t wait to get a new job so you don’t have to work at that crap place you do now. This is another area where you have to watch your back because your co-workers or current bosses might be checking out your social media profile when you are least aware.

Contrary to popular belief and the influence of Mark Zuckerberg and Hollywood, it’s not all about Facebook either. There are plenty of other social media platforms out there; some even more helpful in your job search.

LinkedIn is a great resource for those looking to establish professional connections. In addition to hooking up with people who might be able to aid you in your job search, you can also post your resume and credentials to let all the headhunters out there know what you’re all about.

The cool thing about LinkedIn is that it’s a place where like-minded individuals come to meet other professionals and job-seekers. Lots of employers use LinkedIn to see who’s out there and who might be good for their company.

Establishing a sound online reputation might take a significant amount of time and effort, but in the long run it can pay off. The few hours that you invest now into hyping up yourself online might benefit you in dollars and cents in the near future.

The next time you are on Facebook, stop worrying about what your friends are doing and start making a good name for yourself. Somebody out there is looking at you.