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Students: How Many Hats Can You Wear?

Entry by Pat Patterson

In today’s workplace, employers are placing more emphasis on an employee’s ability to multi-task…and I don’t just mean texting and talking at the same time.  A diverse collection of workspace-related skills may increase your likeliness of landing your dream job.  According to research from Robert Half International, multi-tasking is a prominent attribute desired for the hottest jobs of 2011:

“The common thread among the jobs highlighted in our research is that they help businesses improve efficiency and profits, and foster a more positive customer experience,” said Max Messmer, chairman and CEO of Robert Half International. “The most successful job candidates bring multiple skill sets, a track record of success and a strong sense of accountability to their roles.”

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Knowing this information, at your current or upcoming internship, you may want to ask your supervisor for opportunities that may enhance any …

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Career Fairs 101: After the Career Fair

Entry by Pat Patterson

Students

After a career fair (From the 2010 September INTERNnetwork):

Jot down your notes and organize the information you collected (including contact information – it is a good idea to note where you met certain individuals and what you talked about), write thank you notes to those you met, apply for positions you are interested in, and follow up with employers about applications you submitted.

Remember, making a positive impression with people greatly influences your internship and career search.  When recruiters sift through resumes and decide who they plan to interview, you are more likely to stand out if the recruiters remember who you are and the interest you showed in their particular organization. 

Employers

After the Career Fair (From the National Association of Colleges and Employers NACE)

Post-fair activities do help with your recruiting efforts. Here are some ideas:

Host a networking …

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How Will You Be Remembered?

Entry by Pat Patterson

Regardless if you are at a networking event or a friend’s cookout, you are likely to meet new people, perhaps someone who will lead you to your next internship or job.  Whether you will continue to keep in touch with new contacts depends on how favorably they remember you.

A great first impression will increase your chances of continuing a relationship with someone you meet.  Especially for those internship and job seekers at career fairs, making a great first impression may determine whether or not a recruiter decides to toss your resume aside or keep it in the pile of potential candidates.

In Kevin Eikenberry’s blog, Leadership and Learning, he provides ten valuable tips on how to make a great first impression:

Relax. This comes first, especially if the situation is one where you feel you need to make a great first impression. You want the new …

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