Weekly Job Byte

Smart Things to Actually Do and Not Do at Job Fairs

I’ve been to many career fairs, both as a job seeker and as a speaker and advisor.

When looking for a job, I would typically come to the fair early in the event, dressed well and holding a binder or folder with resume copies. Once inside, I’d scan the room (or fair map) to decide which companies to visit. Then I’d head first to whichever company stand had the shortest line of waiting job seekers.

I came more or less prepared, yes, but too often I arrived with the wrong mindset: I basically treated the fair as a simple item to check off on my job search to-do list.

Instead of aiming to really push my job search forward, I would ultimately just go through the motions of handing out all the resumes I brought with me, trying to get it all over with and get out of there as soon as possible, without truly taking advantage of what was going on around me. Read More.

New Start Career Network Spring Job Fair! 
Please join us! NSCN members are invited to participate in our 2018 Spring Job Fair, which will feature dozens of employers that are seeking candidates for a wide range of positions.
Date: June 7, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 a-1:00 p
Location: Rutgers Univ. Busch Student Center located at 604 Bartholomew Road, Piscataway, NJ Please register here. ​​
Space is limited so be sure to register today!  Please note that the Job Fair is only available to NSCN members.  

Networking For A Career Change

Networking is critical to landing your next job, but when you are changing careers, your network will predominately be helpful to your old career, not your new one. Furthermore, your existing network will have existing expectations and opinions of you and may have a harder time seeing you in your new career. Therefore, changing careers often means changing your network. Here are seven networking contacts to prioritize for your career change:

Changing your network doesn’t mean deserting your existing network. In fact, the cheerleaders you already know – the most optimistic, supportive people – are critical to your career change. These will be people who can motivate you when you’re frustrated or encourage you when you feel stuck. Stay in touch with these people, and spend your breaks with them. Read More.

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