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Job fair

Now that you’ve tuned up your resumes, you might want to head over to the campus Job Fair this Thursday, March 6.

The event, sponsored by the SJSU Career Center, will bring more than 100 employers to campus Thursday afternoon to discuss potential jobs and internships with students.

More than a third of the employers are offering internships … so this could be a great way to kickstart that internship hunt, or to get a lead on that first job after graduation. job fair


How social is your resume?

social media resumeDid you know that 92 percent of employers reported using social media for recruiting potential new hires last year? That’s up from 89 percent in 2011.

Here’s an interesting news brief and really well-done graphic explaining why you may need a “social resume” — and how to create one.

You might want to pay particular attention to the tips on what employers want to see when they look you up online, and what they don’t want to find. (Hint: profanity and poor grammar and spelling are at the top of the “don’t want to see it” list.)


I ran across a couple of interesting resume- and career-related blog posts, so I’m passing them  on:

In Final Cut: Words to Strike from Your Resume, which appeared in Forbes online, self-described “word nerd” Elizabeth Lowman writes:

The average resume is chock-full of sorely outdated, essentially meaningless phrases that take up valuable space on the page. Eliminate them, and you’ll come off as a better, more substantial candidate—and your resume won’t smack of that same generic, mind-numbing quality found on everyone else’s.

Some of the words she recommends you avoid using in your resume are: experienced, team player, customer focused, people person, energetic and enthusiastic. To find out why, and what to say instead, check out the article.

Another recent article focuses on the skills and qualities employers say they are seeking in new hires. According to a recent survey by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers), three top-rated skills include:

  • the “ability to work in a team structure”
  • the “ability to verbally communicate with persons inside and outside the organization”
  • the “ability to make decisions and solve problems”

Resume resources

resumeSince you’re working on resumes and cover letters this week, I’ve added some resume-writing links to the Texts/Resources page of this blog. You’ll find them listed under the heading Samples & Examples.

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