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Creating an Effective Strategy for Online Career Fairs and Events

Many of us find ourselves doing things via technology more often these days. Your job search activities are no different! Companies continue to look for ways to connect with students virtually, often via webinars, information sessions and career fairs. To make the most of virtual events, create a plan, stay engaged and follow-up with the tips provided below.

Before: Prepare, Practice, and Apply!

Although the format may be different, the preparation is much the same as attending an in-person event. Be sure to register in advance. This will give you access to the information you need to prepare, including the format and topics. 

  • Career Fairs: Upon registration you should receive a full list of attending companies to research and submit applications prior to the fair. Have you updated your resume recently? If not, schedule an appointment in advance to have an ECS Advisor review it. Begin to think … 
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Staying Connected and Visible from Afar

In light of the coronavirus outbreak (COVID-19), ECS is fully committed to assisting you with your career related needs and concerns. We understand that you may have a lot of questions about your next steps. Rest assured, there are plenty of ways to connect virtually with employers that can help set you up for success. Consider these 6 strategies.

Create and/or update your Handshake profile.

If you are not yet registered with ECS, find out how to register here. Your ECS Handshake job search account is a “one-stop shop” for finding jobs, researching employers, keeping updated on ECS events, and accessing helpful documents.

If you recently created your account, consider exploring the “Students” tab to get profile ideas from your peers who have made their profile public. Stand out to employers by keeping your interests up-to-date and discover three Handshake profile “must-haves” here.

Apply to positions online.

Apply to jobs … 

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How to Politely Avoid Shaking Hands

Adapted from a  National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE)  resource written by Will Zwikelmaier.

Whether for health, personal, or religious reasons, turning down a handshake in a professional setting can be uncomfortable. If you are actively interviewing or networking and find yourself asking “Can/ Should I decline a handshake?”, you’ll want to read on. 

You have likely heard that a confident handshake can set the tone for a great interaction. While it’s true that people can pick up on cues like nervousness and confidence from body language, it is also important to note that your handshake is not indicative of your professional skills. Shaking hands is a learned activity and, in many cases, simply a social norm. 

It is your choice to decide whether or not to handshake, and it can sometimes be best to err on the side of caution. But, with no communication things can … 

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Career Competencies Most Valued By Employers

The results are in… and for the past few years, critical thinking, teamwork, professionalism, and communication have been consistently rated by employers as the four most desired competencies according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE). Engaging in activities, projects, and experiences that develop these competencies will not only enhance your resume, but will also provide strong examples for upcoming interviews.

Most employers use behavioral based interviewing questions to learn from your past experiences and understand how you might approach a similar situation in the future. These questions require a specific example and often relate to a competency or personal characteristic. As a step in your interview preparation, reflect on the eight keys to career success and recount stories that show your mastery of the competency. This will help you anticipate question topics and recall the specifics of the situation. Using the STAR format to respond to questions ensures you … 

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How to Organize Your Job Search

The job search process can be intimidating. There’s a lot to consider with online job boards, interview questions, resume prep, and everything in between. While it can be overwhelming, finding ways to organize the job search will help you feel more confident, comfortable, and prepared.

Use these quick tips to create an effective strategy!

Reflect On Your Job Search Goals

Before you start anything else, make sure you take some time to reflect on what your job search goals are. Do you have a specific industry you’re interested in? A role? A city? How important are company values for you? Can you be flexible with company size? Are you interested in a structured leadership development program?

Knowing what your professional and personal goals for the job search are can help you prioritize. The more confident and clear you are on your goals, the better you’ll feel when everything really kicks into … 

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