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Start a Conversation That Could Change Your Career

April 7, 2016

Do half your networking conversations end with you making this face?

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Make better connections with employers that could lead to a job at AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Career Fairs on April 8 (RSVP here) or on October 27 (RSVP link coming Fall 2016). Below, are five ways to prep before a career fair or job interview.

Learn How the Experts Network

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You may not be rolling up to save the galaxy, but it’s important to make a good first impression at a career fair or job interview. Check out our career fair resource page for resources that apply to an interview or virtual fair.

Be Confident and Network with a purpose.

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Get tips for how to present your personal brand in-person and online in AmeriCorps Alums’ on-demand training, Smart Networking. Click here to watch it!

Make Your Virtual Reality Reflect Your Actual Reality.

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There are a lot of bad LinkedIn profiles out there. Make sure yours isn’t one of them. Update your LinkedIn profile before you talk with an employer. If your interviewer doesn’t Google you before you meet, there’s a strong chance they will after you talk.

Not sure where to start? Learn how to maximize your LinkedIn profile and network in this on-demand workshop.

Update Your Resume to Reflect Your AmeriCorps Experience

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It takes more than a good line to make it to the top of the resume pile. Is AmeriCorps on your resume? If not, add it. Check out our flyer on the “Top 5 Skills” AmeriCorps alums bring to their careers and our most popular webinar ever on resume writing from our Career Coach, Denise Riebman, for ideas and tips.

Know What You’re Getting Into
Friends gif about getting a jobDo your homework ahead of time. Know your elevator speech, what type of roles you’re looking, and how the event and interview will work. Click here to browse FAQs about AmeriCorps Alums Virtual Career Fairs.

Also, walk around in the employer’s shoes: learn about their mission, values, and current work. Make sure your first question after “Hello” isn’t “How are you?” (The average resume reviewer takes about 6 seconds to decide whether the candidate goes into the “possible fit” or “not a fit” pile, and these reactions can happen just as fast at a career fair or job interview). For ideas about what to ask at AmeriCorps Alums networking events, click here.

Do These 8 Things Before, During, and After a Career Fair or Job Interview

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While we don’t recommend sarcasm in your thank yous after a career fair or interview, we do recommend that your exit be as memorable as your entrance. Make sure to do these eight things before, during, and after the event.

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