Job fair tips

As the job market floods with new talent, many job hunters are turning to virtual and physical job fairs to gain reach and visibility. But for job seekers without the right information, these fairs can be a waste of time, reports

From big cities to small towns, job fairs are being organized at a record pace. But job seekers need to do their homework before they attend an actual event, or they can expect long lines, indifferent recruiters and more frustration than satisfaction.

“Fairs that are targeted to a specific industry, function or company tend to attract smaller, more focused companies and provide the best experience,” explains Tony Lee, publisher of “Larger fairs can provide additional benefits, such as free seminars, resume critiques and other career-related services. But large fairs also typically offer overcrowded ballrooms, tired recruiters and high levels of candidate anxiety.” offers these important tips to help make your job fair visit as productive as possible:

  • Pre-register online. Visit the associated Virtual Job Fair and research company opportunities by searching available positions and completing skills interviews. If any openings look like a good fit, go ahead and apply to get a leg up on other attendees. With this information in hand, you can target employers and have a pitch customized for each opportunity.
  • Arrive early. By beating the crowd, your odds grow of speaking with recruiters who are fresh and more willing to spend time with you. You also increase your odds of meeting with your top picks early on.
  • Develop your “elevator pitch,” a 30 to 45 second statement summarizing your background and career goals (the name comes from your ability to make the pitch between floors in an elevator.) The pitch should be tailored to include skills that are relevant to the specific needs of each company.
  • After each recruiter meeting, take notes summarizing your conversation. Include suggestions or next steps the recruiter recommends. Try to get a business card or an email address from every recruiter you meet so you can follow up effectively.

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Pink slip parties, elevator pitches and a new jobcast

Six fantastic new shows this week with a slew of interesting career advice. Do you know someone who just got laid off? Tell them to tune into and help them improve their job search skills!

1. TOTAL PICTURE RADIO: Scenes from a Pink Slip Party

The second Pink Slip Party, held in Norwalk, Connecticut, maxed-out the fire marshall occupancy at the Black Bear with over 300 attendees. The event was sponsored by OperationsInc’s ‘Job Search Essentials’ workshop for job seekers and Hayden Wealth Management. I spoke with David Lewis, President/Founder of OperationsInc. [download mp3]

2. JOBS IN PODS: Marriott Timeshare Sales Jobs

This jobcast will feature the role of Sales Executive for the Marriott Vacation Club at the Timber Lodge in Lake Tahoe California. They are looking for self-motivated sales professionals who can sell timeshare rentals for this beautiful vacation resort popular with skiers.[download mp3]

3. SECRETS OF THE JOB HUNT: Advice for 1st Time Job Seekers

Kathy Simmons from Netshare stops by to talk about how job seekers who havent had to job hunt in a long time can achieve success in the job market. [download mp3]

4. SAVVY JOBSEEKER: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Job Search Success

“It’s hard to find a good job.” “The economy stinks.” “No one is hiring.” If any of this sounds familiar, tune in to learn how your perspective plays a role in your job search and what you can do to change it. Guest expert: Janet White, author of Secrets of the Hidden Job Market: Change Your Thinking to Get the Job of Your Dreams. [listen via BTR]

5. CAREER COMMUNIQUE: Stand Out Online with Social Networking

Join Annemarie Cross and Keith Keller to learn how you can begin to build your professional online profile. Take your search to the next level with social networking sites, such as twitter, blogs, Linked In, Facebook and other online mediums. [listen via BTR]

6. JOB SEARCH GUY: Perfect Your Elevator Pitch

An exclusive interview with co-founder Laura Allen of with a great and easy way for you to develop your 15-second “elevator pitch” that you can use to get noticed and separate yourself from the competition. Also, Joe shows you how you can use Twitter to find jobs with a new killer feature from Workhound. Is age bias hurting your job search? Discover Joe’s no-nonsense answer here. [download mp3]

Laid Off in the USA

Special thanks to the folks at Laid Off USA who added the player to their blog. We love that they are helping to spread the word! Jack White is the blog’s author.

Top Secrets of Expert Resumes

This is a guest post by Steven Provenzano, CPRW / CEIP

It seems no matter how good we have it, we all want a better job.

That means keeping track of job listings, networking, tracking down leads, analyzing potential employers and scheduling interviews. But these depend on other people, word of mouth, and the quality and quantity of job postings available at any given time.

Only your resume gives you total control over how you’re perceived by potential employers. It doesn’t have to be a passive job listing with subjective information on why you think you’re a great and wonderful person (which of course you are).

You need a high-impact career marketing piece that takes full advantage of the paltry 10-60 seconds of attention most resumes receive.

Perhaps you don’t think of you’re a very good writer, and just don’t like “writing about yourself.” You’re not alone: even published authors and top-flight executives who visit my office tell me they have trouble writing a decent resume. They also tell me, “My resume isn’t perfect, but I’ll explain myself in the interview.”

However, you may be the perfect candidate for a position and still not get the interview, for no other reason than your resume. Resumes are typically used to exclude people from positions more often then include them; whomever is left in the ‘potential’ stack gets called for an interview.

The bottom line? What employers want to know from each person “sitting” on their desk is: What can you do for me? How can you fill this job effectively? Why should I talk to you?

Use a Profile to Focus on Keywords

Pre-digest your information; boil it down to keywords related to essential skills and abilities. These can be as basic as sales, marketing, client relations, target marketing, project management, budget planning or forecasting.

Once you have these items, group similar words together and list your level of proficiency, for example:

> Skilled in sales, marketing and new business development, including full responsibility for account acquisition and management.

> Proficient in total project management, from technical staff training to product design, development and rollout in major national markets.

> Comprehensive experience in finance, accounting and C-level audits, including strategic planning, team training, quality control and client relations.

This gives you total control over how you’re perceived by employers. Without this section, you’re basically a victim of your work experience and education, and what if your most recent experience isn’t related to your current career goals?

Consistently Market Your Skills and Abilities

Steer clear of fluff words such as “Self-motivated, hands-on professional with an excellent track record of…” Let’s face it. The first two items in this sentence could be said about almost anyone. As for your track record, let the employer decide if it’s excellent by reading about your abilities (on top) and your duties and accomplishments (under the Employment section).

This can be the most difficult task on any resume, and it has to be written just right. If it’s subjective or contains ideas that can’t be verified through education or experience, then don’t include it, or you’ll lose your credibility. Consider getting advice from a Certified Professional Resume Writer who typically won’t charge for a review.

A Title or Objective?

Think of a basic Title or Objective for the top of your resume.

This is typically very brief, just one or two words: SALES / MARKETING or ACCOUNTING / FINANCE, or something as simple as EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP. Give the reader some idea of where you’re coming from, and generally where you want to go, without blocking yourself from consideration for other positions.

Employment and Education sections.

Now your writing must consistently verify, support and quantify what you’ve stated in your Profile section. Help the reader actually see you at your last position by spelling out daily duties most relevant to your career goals. Quantify how many people you supervised or trained, explain types of clients you work(ed) with, computers utilized, and most important, results.

What are/were your achievements? Give facts and figures like budget amounts, how much you’ve saved the company over how long, awards, recognitions, etc.

Avoid the ubiquitous “References Available upon Request” at the bottom of your resume. If employers really want references, they’ll ask you. Consider “CONFIDENTIAL RESUME” at the top of your resume, and/or stating this in your cover letter. Always respect the reader’s intelligence!

Research the company’s brochure, annual report and job advertisement, if any, and tailor your resume as much as possible to the position.

Final Thoughts

Although personal networking is the best way to get a job, an excellent resume can open doors all by itself, and is still required in many networking situations. Of course, a brief cover letter should be targeted to the hiring authority whenever possible.

Tell employers what you know about their operation, and why you want to work specifically for his/her company. Make them feel like they’re the only person getting your resume. Consider this: a resume that’s only slightly more effective than the one you have now could help you get a job weeks, or even months faster than your old resume.

Resume writing is an art form in itself, and there are few hard and fast rules. You need a complete, professional job search strategy, and your resume must be a key part of that strategy. When you implement these ideas in the next update of your resume, you’ll almost certainly get more interviews.

Steven Provenzano is a former corporate recruiter and author of six career books, most recently Top Secret Executive Resumes. He will analyze your resume free of charge and provide feedback. He has appeared on CNBC, CNN/fn, ABC/NBC in Chicago, on numerous radio programs and in major newspapers such as the WSJ. He is a Certified Professional Resume Writer/CPRW and Certified Employment Interview Professional/CEIP; his work is endorsed by Chicago Tribune Career Columnist Lindsey Novak, and top executives at such firms as Motorola. For your free resume analysis, send in confidence to or call toll free: 877-610-6810.

Cover letter secrets

“Cover letters offer a golden opportunity to link your set of skills, experience, talents and interests with a particular company or job. They are your formal introduction to people who can be influential in your job search, and they prepare your readers for all the details, experiences and accomplishments highlighted on your resume,” says Louise Kursmark, co-author of the recently released book 15-Minute Cover Letter, Second Edition.

In her book, Kursmark shares several winning strategies for crafting cover letters. And that’s just the beginning. She also reveals how to use cover letters to get on employers’ radar screens and secure interview opportunities. And, no, blasting hundreds of unsolicited resumes and cover letters is not a strategy she recommends!

Instead, consider the following tips. According to Kursmark, these actions are effective strategies for scoring face-to-face interviews.

· Pack your P.S. with punch. Most people immediately jump to the P.S. portion of a letter and read it again after finishing the rest. With a P.S., you can close your letter on a particularly positive and powerful note. To do so, be sure the P.S. contains information valuable to the employer. You might mention how a skill or experience of yours relates to one of the employer’s current goals. You might also congratulate the reader on an achievement or media coverage.

· Write to someone in particular. Avoid sending a letter “To whom it may concern.” If you don’t know the name of the person who will receive your letter, try searching Google or LinkedIn to uncover the name of the appropriate hiring manager or a contact in the human resources department.

· “Drop names” to make an impact. One of the most compelling ways to begin the letter is to mention the name of a person who referred you. If don’t know someone connected to the employer, consider referencing an interview you might have seen or read about that featured quotes from someone employed at the organization.

· Refer to your resume, but don’t repeat it word-for-word. Your letter should expand on the results, skills and success stories that are in your resume. Be sure to add more details about these points or blend two or three accomplishments from your resume into one powerful story in your letter.

15-Minute Cover Letter, Second Edition, is available at all major bookstores and from the publisher ( or 1.800.648.JIST). The author, Louise Kursmark, is immediately available for print, broadcast and online interviews. To speak with Kursmark or request a copy of her book, please contact Selena Dehne.

TIP on applying for a job when you are overqualified

When applying for a position you know you are over qualified for, downplay your abilities and your accomplishments. The hiring firm will get a sense that the job may have some challenges in it for you. Most will not hire you if they feel you will not challenged, for fear you will become bored with the position and leave in due time.

Submitted by:

Krista Clyburn, Owner of WAHM Addicts