By Consiglia M. Intile, MA, NCC
NLU Assistant Director of Career Services
See upcoming NLU Career Fairs here
Attending career fairs is an excellent strategy for job seekers. Most job seekers face the challenge of getting a face-to-face interview with employers; career fairs give you an opportunity to shake hands with the employer’s representatives and make your first impression count. To make sure you create a positive lasting impression, follow these eight tips below.
1). Research, Record, and Review
Once you register for the career fair in advance, you will have the opportunity to view the companies that will be attending. You can upload your resume on each employer’s website so they will have a copy on file. Research the companies, read their mission statements, goals and values, and make a list of the companies that interest you. You can jot down the company name and its mission statement on a piece of paper and review it before the day of the career fair. Continue reading
By Consiglia Intile, Assistant Director of Career Services, National Louis University
The holidays are here and you decide to finally take a break from career searching to celebrate the festivities, because you have the notion that companies will not hire during the holiday, but this is in fact false. This is actually the time of year when employers have more free time since their colleagues take time off work. To make the best use of this time and kick your career search into high gear, here are some tips that will help you stay on top of your job search during the holidays. Also, continuing your search over the holidays shows employers you are hardworking and serious about finding a position and they will find this impressive. Continue reading
By Paula Rucci Voigt, National Louis University Career Development Office
You may have heard the phrase, “Your Network Is Your Net Worth.” Noting that studies have shown that networking is the most effective way to land a job, it is evident that networking is essential to the health of your personal brand, your career, and your job search strategy.
Dictionary.com defines networking as “a supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest.” Sounds simple and straightforward, right? Continue reading
Networking is more than a buzzword: it is a tool, a plan, and a strategy. It can help you secure your first job, but also extends beyond that to form the foundation of your future career.
Statistics show that 70% of jobs are landed through networking. Chances are you’ve heard of at least one friend or classmate getting recruited from LinkedIn, or scoring a job at a hiring event. Continue reading
So, you’ve secured an amazing internship? Here are 12 easy steps to making the most of your internship experience and showing future employers that you’ve taken initiative in developing your skills. Continue reading
In October, LinkedIn, the popular career-oriented social media site, launched its University Rankings and University Finder for people seeking a college whose graduates get jobs in their chosen fields.
This is a rubber-meets-the-road test unlike any other rankings system, and National Louis University performed extremely well. To gauge the results, LinkedIn taps into its own database of 300 million members and identifies the universities they attended and the desirable employers they work for. It then determines which universities produce the highest number of alumni who work for desirable employers in the fields in which they pursued their degrees.
Connections for life. What does that really mean? When this poster went up on Michigan Avenue outside the Chicago campus, I began to wonder why we need connections for life, what it means to have connections for life, and what it takes to maintain those connections for life. I then found a great article posted 1 year ago titled, “Hire Economics: Why Applying to Jobs Is a Waste of Time,” and my questions started forming their own answers:
Being halfway through the awesome M.S. in Written Communication (MSWC) program, I have already created and begun implementing a post-graduation plan of action. A few months ago I took advantage of the adept services offered by the Career Development Office here at NLU and had my resume critiqued. My job has now become looking for a job, and the CDO was instrumental in assisting me in crafting a first-class resume that I can submit with total confidence to potential employers.
We already learned from Emily Drake that the first step to any job search is getting to know yourself. What do I do next? Take action! Communicate, communicate, communicate. Now is the time to put your money where your mouth is to effectively share who you are, why you are credible, and why you are interesting.
Here are 3 ways to Take Action:
I just posted last month about how to prepare for a job interview, but what about preparing for a job fair and, realistically, what kind of results are possible?
There is no better way to answer these questions than to talk about what just happened on March 4th at the 2014 NLU Educator Job Fair hosted at NLU’s Lisle Campus. Held from 1pm-4pm with potential post-fair interviews taking place between 4:30pm-6:30pm, both the employer and student respondents to the post-fair satisfaction survey agree that the 2014 Educator Job Fair was a wild success.