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Tips & Tricks

The job search is truly the first step in your professional journey, but it is not a simple one. It can be overwhelming, time consuming, and discouraging. However, we are here to make this daunting process a little easier to tackle. There is not a single formula to make your search flawless, but there are a few tricks to making this task simpler. 


The majority of medium and large sized companies (and even some smaller ones!) use an ATS for hiring needs. An ATS is a type of software used by recruiters and employers during the hiring process to collect, sort, scan, and rank the job applications received for open positions. Only a small percentage of application packages will be seen by a person.

Here are some helpful links to learn more about an ATS:

8 things you should know about  Applicant Tracking Systems

What is an ATS Resume?


We all have a large circle of personal contacts.  Networking is a natural process in which we all engage on a regular basis.  Networking is about building relationships. Everyone networks without even thinking about it.  It is one of the most important career management skills you can develop.

What are the benefits of networking?

  • Uncovers information and opportunities you would never discover in any other way

  • Enhances your credibility and visibility

  • Puts you in less competitive and potentially more productive circumstances


What are you actually doing when you are networking?

You are asking for:

  • Information – about organizations and recruiters in your field of work that you could contact

  • Introductions and referrals – names of people who are able to offer more information, help you set up networking meetings or make decisions about employing people

  • Feedback – on your skills and achievements and you resume, given your target market

  • Support, encouragement or advice – guidance on your job-search strategy and identifying and evaluating opportunities


While Job Fairs aren't happening right now due to COVID-19, they typically are a great way for you to explore potential employment opportunities and learn more about companies who are actively hiring in your neighborhood. There are a few important things to keep in mind before, during, and after the job fair to make it successful for you:

Before the Job Fair:

  • Find out which businesses will be there.  

  • Narrow down your list of businesses to include those who have positions you are interested in and prepare questions you would like to ask them.

  • Prepare a “30 second commercial” or “elevator speech.” Think about your strong points, your goals and where you want to go within the corporate structure.  

  • Bring copies of your resume to hand out to the companies.

  • Take a portfolio or briefcase to hold corporate literature you will receive.


At the Job Fair:

  • Dress Professionally.  Job fairs are interviews, so make sure your attire is appropriate as first impressions are important.

  • Target specific companies that you are interested in.  When you check in, find out where these booths are located and try to visit them first.

  • Network with others while waiting in line, as you may hear about other job opportunities that you were unaware of.

  • Shake hands and introduce yourself to company recruiters when you reach the table. 

  • Take time to talk to recruiters.  Know something about the company and act very interested in the opportunities they have.

  • Keep an open mind and explore all options.

  • Always ask for a business card from the company recruiter. 


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