When you squeeze through a crowded auditorium in a career expo or compete with hundreds of other applicants on an online job platform, you want to be the centre of attention. Yet, standing out “in a positive way” is no easy task. There are a lot of things you should prepare to ensure that your first impression can catch recruiters’ attention. Only then, you will be one step closer to the job you always dream of. 

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Bob Westerkamp said that attending a job fair is one of the great ways to bolster your job-seeking efforts. Albeit doing online job hunting can also be a good choice when you have limited time, meeting recruiters in person will boost your chance of getting hired. Yet again, both job fairs and online job search are a real bear. Therefore, make sure to follow these tricks to help you stand out in the crowd. 

Tricks for a job fair

  • Make sure you pre-register online to avoid the lines. 
  • Find out who will be in the job fair. You can look for or ask the committee who will be attending prior to the event. Knowing the list helps you make sure that you can talk to top companies, especially if you have limited time. If you have more time, however, make sure to connect with everyone to leverage your circle. 
  • Research companies that will be your priority choices. Read every important information available to help you prepare for an on-spot interview. Generally, if a recruiter puts attention to you, they will do pre-interview right in the job fair. 
  • Dress as though you are going on a job interview. First impression is always important whether it is for a formal or casual event. It helps boost confidence too. 
  • Take multiple copies of your resume. Make sure that you have packed everything you need in a small bag the day or night before the job fair, such as paper, resume, cv, pen, brochure, question list, etc. DON’T give the recruiter impression that you are unprofessional by forgetting something. 
  • Arrive early to get the complete list of jobs that recruiters are offering. Arriving early can also give a good impression to recruiters that you are a punctual individual. 

Tricks for an online job search 

  • Prepare your resume for the ATS. Different from offline job search, in online job search, you should put relevant keywords to your resume so the ATS machine can detect you. Read more for a quick start to begin your resume crafting. 
  • Get your social media ready. According to a Career Builder survey, over 70 percent of employers are snooping around social media platforms before inviting you for an interview. Employers will also consider your social media behaviour before making hiring decisions. Those who behave spitefully (posting harsh content or comments) will usually be disqualified from future opening. Read more for social media tips and tricks for job seekers. 
  • Secure your privacy. Set up a separate email account that will be used solely for professional purposes with proper name and address – not the hotshareen77@blabla.com or coolchick@hotmail.com. Talentvis suggested that you should be smart when making such email accounts, especially if your name is listed as the most familiar names and surname ever. A simple trick if your name is already taken, you can combine your name with your profession or degree – or you can change the email domain. 
  • Make sure your employer does not stumble onto your resume if you are still in employment because it will result in chaos into your current job, hence, use the blocking feature many sites have to restrict access. 

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