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THE REPUBLIC CAREER FAIR • WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH • NOON - 5PM AT THE CLARION HOTEL (I-65 AND JONATHAN MOORE PIKE)


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Relationship between academic major and unemployment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Bring confidence to job interview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Cover letters. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Wanted: jobs for veterans. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Social media important part of job search . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Looking for first job. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Four-year degrees for nurses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Learn about prospective employers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 What not to do at job interview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Find the perfect job for you. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Problem of being overqualified. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 How to succeed at job fair. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Proofread your resume. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Conduct search discreetly. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Help for Generation Text. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

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Digest these tips for a business meal By Diane Stafford McClatchy Newspapers A business meal is never just about the food. It may be about the drink. If you’re a job applicant or ambitious employee, you should treat with care any job interviews or business meetings conducted over a meal. They’re only partly social situations. They’re also ways to evaluate your personality, how you treat others, your conversation and your manners. The basic reminders:  Always defer to the host, the boss or the interviewer in choosing a seat, ordering or leaving the table.  If there’s a menu with a wide price range, ask what entrees your host/boss suggests.  Choose something easy to eat. Struggling with spaghetti can be a problem when you’re trying to converse.  Keep the conversation light until the host/boss turns it to business.  Be kind to servers.  Don’t dig in before everyone is served. And watch your body language so that you’re not hunched over your food or shoveling it in.  If something is seriously wrong

with the food, be polite when you request a change. If it’s only a small problem, ignore it and go with the flow.  Napkin in lap, of course.  No talking with food in your mouth.  If alcohol is served and the host/ boss is drinking and urges you to join in, it’s fine to order something. Drink it slowly. You also may decline without comment.  If the host/boss doesn’t give a clue about whether she will be drinking, pass until you’re pressed to join in. Then use the same pricing judgment you applied to the meal order — nothing too expensive.  If you’re worried that food is stuck in your teeth, it’s better to excuse yourself to the restroom than to pull out a mirror at the table. (And women: No makeup application at the table.)  Remember throughout the meal to maintain eye contact with the others at the table. Spread your attention around if it’s a group situation.  Your goal at the table is to be a pleasant, interesting guest or companion — someone they’d like to eat with again. That’s what wins hiring points.

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Indiana Business Research Center BLOOMINGTON — A new report from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business offers insights into the value of certain disciplines and professions during a recession. The report, “Major Unemployment: How Academic Programs of Study Affect Hoosier Unemployment Patterns,” was produced by the Indiana Business Research Center. It found that graduates’ academic majors can greatly influence the probability of becoming unemployed during an economic downturn. “This study explores the potential effect of academic majors on unemployment dynamics — the risks of becoming unemployed and the likely duration of unemployment,” said Timothy Slaper, study co-author and the IBRC’s director of economic analysis. Previous studies have demonstrated the economic benefits of having a college degree. This project looks at what Hoosiers have found to be the most employable professions and is modeled after a similar study done by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. IBRC researchers used data from the Indiana Workforce Intelligence System to examine the employment history in 2009-10 of 178,000 people living in Indiana who graduated from state public colleges and universities. They were classified into 16 groups, based on their program of study. They found that those with degrees related to architecture, industrial arts, consumer service and engineering had the highest probability of becoming unemployed during or just after the Great Recession. One of every 13 graduates in those fields experienced some period of unemployment from 2009 to 2010. On the other hand, those who pursued degrees in health, education and biology/ life sciences had the lowest chances of being unemployed. Only one out of every 44 graduates in those fields found themselves unemployed. The researchers also looked at how the level of degree attainment — ranging from a certificate or associate degree to bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degrees — affected the odds of unemployment. “Health-related majors are the programs of study with the least probability of being unemployed, regardless of degree level,” the report said. “Compared

to other levels of degree attainment, sub-baccalaureate graduates had wider ranges of unemployment probability. For example, more than one in five certificate holders in engineering, industrial arts/ consumer services and business became unemployed between 2009 and 2010.” The majors with the greatest chance of being unemployed depended on the degree level. For example, among bachelor’s degree recipients, communication/ journalism graduates had a greater chance of being unemployed — the third most likely field among those at that level. At the master’s level, business graduates moved into the third highest unemployment probability slot. “The academic majors with lower chances of unemployment also varied by degree level, but the majors of biology/life science, health and education still have a general lock on the programs of study with the least chance of being unemployed,” Slaper said. The likelihood of becoming unemployed declined as degree attainment rose for all the program of study categories. A second part of the research looked at the 7,400 people who were unemployed during the study period to see how programs of study affected how long they were unemployed. The report revealed that health majors — if they found themselves unemployed — were likely to be in that situation for the shortest time, usually four weeks or less. Architecture graduates consistently had the greatest chance of prolonged unemployment — more than 26 weeks. They had only a 28 percent chance of finding work in four weeks or less. While their chances of becoming unemployed were high, industrial arts and engineering graduates often found their time without work could be relatively brief. “What affects the probability and duration of unemployment more: academic program of study? The level of degree attained? The industry of one’s employment? Our analysis of the employment history of Indiana’s public university and college graduates in the aftermath of the Great Recession points to the academic program of study having the most profound effect,” the report concluded. A complete copy of the report is available online at www.ibrc.indiana.edu/ analysis/reports.asp.


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‘I think I can, I think I can …’

Having healthy dose of confidence essential in successful job interview

By Sarah Suksiri With so much riding on the outcome, a job interview is often the last place where job seekers expect to feel confident. They’re worried they’ll say the wrong thing or make a bad impression — or worse, make no impression — on the interviewer. But if it’s making a good impression that they’re worried about, confidence may need to be a job seeker’s first concern. According to Columbus Young Professionals board member Brian Small, the ability to project confidence during a job interview increases the chances of receiving a offer. “Having confidence in an interview will most likely translate to confidence in one’s work and interpersonal professional relationships,” says Small, who works in human resources at Cummins Inc. Companies want to feel confident about their hiring decisions, so a job seeker who seems unsure of his experience and abilities gives the interviewer little assurance. Although few people are born ready to command a room and blow an interviewer away with their natural poise and presence, everyone can increase their confidence with a little time and practice. For starters, the little things that mother always said — speak up, use better posture, look people in the eye when you’re talking with them — can go a long way toward creating a positive, confident presence in the interview room. From there, job seekers would do well

to research the company beforehand. Walking into an interview unprepared and unaware is more than enough reason to feel nervous. But a job seeker who knows the company’s values and goals and any recent news about it will appear prepared and knowledgeable. Job seekers should also practice their responses to typical interview questions.

Confident answers to common questions such as, “Talk about a difficult decision you had to make” or “Describe a time when you came up with a solution to a problem” will use specific details rather than general terms to illustrate the job seeker’s qualities beyond what’s on paper. Along those lines, Small recommends that job seekers take some time to assess

their strengths and weaknesses closely. “Candidates can do this by taking personality tests, which help them tie together their personal characteristics to professional history and performance,” he says. These personality tests, sometimes known as aptitude tests, are often available through career services centers, where career advisers hold mock interviews for job seekers who want to practice their interview skills and receive helpful feedback. During the interview, job seekers should be sure to ask questions about the position and the company. Questions convey interest and intelligence and recognize that the job seeker isn’t the only one who has something to prove — the company, too, needs to convince potential employees of its value as an employer. There is such a thing, however, as too many questions — and too much confidence. “It’s one thing to be confident and ask some broad questions about the possibility of advancement so your potential employer knows you’re motivated,” says Alesia Benedict, a career coach and writer for Salary.com, “but if the interviewer senses you’re already looking past the job for which you’re interviewing, that could raise some red flags.” Aggressive questioning, a condescending tone or an unrealistic self-perception can lead the interviewer to think that the too-confident job seeker is egotistical and conceited — and not likely to be a good team player. Small adds, “There’s a fine line between arrogance and confidence.” He says job seekers who can comfortably discuss their weaknesses and failures and what they’ve learned from them will maintain a humble but confident persona.

Cover letters: Do they read them? By Diane Stafford McClatchy Newspapers Hiring professionals are divided about cover letters. Some don’t read them. Others do. Because job hunters don’t know which camp their application will land in, most career advisers recommend including cover letters. Brad Justice, a small business owner who sells office furniture as a profession, has for years pursued his avocation of counseling job hunters and sales reps. Put him in the cover-letter fan camp. He thinks cover letters are “infinitely

more important than the resume,” and he devoted a chapter to “cover letters that sell” in his book, “The Art of Getting Hired.” It’s easier to let your personality and communication talents shine in a cover letter than in a formatted resume, he says. Remember that the goal of cover letters and resumes isn’t just to get you hired. The goal is to spark interest, to get invited for interviews. Among his tips:  Your cover letter should be four or five succinct paragraphs — long enough to provide specific details but short

enough to sustain interest.  Say something nice about the organization in the first paragraph and display some knowledge of the company.  Tell why hiring you would benefit the organization. Be specific. Don’t waste space citing your GPA, past honors or other activities. Your resume has those details.  Point out the part of your work history that’s most relevant. Help the hirer understand your transferable skills.  Close by saying you’re looking at several opportunities and create a sense

of urgency by asking for a response. Other advocates of cover letters say they’re useful for dropping names and for mentioning key associations in the company, as long as they’re important and relevant. Also, it’s OK to send a cover letter in several ways: Paste it in the body of your emailed resume, choose job board options to attach it to your resume, mail it through the post office or fax it. You can’t make someone read it, but you can increase the chances of getting noticed.


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Veterans have hard time finding jobs By Getahn Ward The Tennessean America’s military veterans rate as heroes willing to put their lives on the line during wartime, but at home they face a higher-than-average unemployment rate and a tough time transferring the skills they learn in the service to the private sector. And with more veterans seeking jobs after returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — and federal government efforts to slim down the military — the job outlook doesn’t look great. On the bright side, though, veterans have access to a number of programs to help them shift into the civilian work force. Employers have a split personality about hiring veterans, employment experts say. Some bosses see veterans as plum picks because of their proven leadership skills. However, others remain reluctant to hire, fearing that former soldiers may be too rigid and unable to adapt or that they may have unwanted baggage, including physical or mental problems. “The employers are worrying that they’re hiring people that have baggage

“What we have to do is really take the boots out of the resume.” — Renee Bobb

from being in combat operations, but the military is so much more than hunters and killers,” said Harold Riggins, transition services manager with the Army Career and Alumni Program at Fort Campbell, Ky., which helps soldiers prepare for civilian jobs. Veterans with disabilities face unique issues. Often, employers considering hiring them have to make special accommodations. On average, the greater the severity of the disability, the lower the proportion employed, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. One example of an adjustment would be allowing a flexible work day for a veteran with a back injury unable to sit in a chair for long periods of time, said J. Michael Haynie, assistant professor of entrepreneurship and national executive director of veterans outreach programs at Syracuse University.

Many veterans seek civilian work in security, information technology or as mechanics, job experts say, while others pursue contract work for the military or with the U.S. Department of Defense. Often, the path to a job involves learning new skills. One challenge veterans face is finetuning their resume to weed out military lingo that civilian employers won’t understand. “What we have to do is really take the boots out of the resume, which means tailoring the resume to make sure that anybody — whether they’ve served in the military or not — can understand the skill sets of that particular vet,” said Renee Bobb, assistant employment coordinator with Operation Stand Down Nashville, a veterans services group. In addition to programs that help veterans find jobs with existing companies, others hope to create more veteranowned businesses. Veterans own up to 13 percent of all small businesses nationwide, and their five-year success rate is nearly twice as high as the national average, according to data from the U.S. Small Business

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Administration. Several states have enacted new laws giving certain preferences to disabled veterans who want to start a business. John Alexander of the Tennessee Career Center said the typical veteran’s work ethic and punctuality impress most bosses. “Employers recognize it, but part of the problem is that there’s not as many openings,” he said.


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Online onlookers learn all about you Employers use social media to get a better picture of job candidates

By Sarah Suksiri Like most things in our society, the job search has been transformed by the digital world. Gone are simpler times when job seekers submitted a resume, had an interview and then waited for a phone call. Now, the majority of recruiters are searching for potential employees on social media, email is the primary method of contact, and online application systems are becoming the norm, while the paper resume has all but disappeared. There are advantages to the new way, such as the convenience of sending out multiple resumes a day and the possibility of hearing back quickly. Ambitious candidates have found creative ways to make the Internet work for them by creating engaging blogs, impressive online resumes and even video applications, but there are also plenty of downsides. Increases in ease and access have given

rise to an increase in the volume of applicants, too, which means some applicants will never hear back at all, let alone quickly. So if you’re a job seeker in the digital age, it’s time to update your online image and polish your digital presence.

Refining e-resume

Emailing an employer your resume allows for fast delivery and makes it easy to update any of your information on the cheap. No more expensive resume paper or tedious delivery. But other than that, the high standards of the traditional resume still apply to the electronic version. No matter what the format, Carol Kostrzewsky, career services coordinator at IUPUC, says, “Resumes stand out when they are perfectly formatted, not too wordy, have absolutely no errors and are focused on accomplishments rather than simply a list of duties.” In other words, the less formal feel of email does not mean sloppy content is acceptable. An error is an error and will reflect on you as a careless worker. As with paper resumes, a proper elec-

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tronic resume will have an accompanying cover letter. “Use the cover letter to explain why you are specifically interested in the position,” Kostrzewsky says. And although it may be tempting, she recommends avoiding the trendy fonts and formats that many word processors offer. Rarely do hiring managers spend more than a few minutes skimming through each cover letter and resume, and what catches their attention are your feats, not your fonts. Just as important as tailoring your cover letter and resume to the position is this simple but often overlooked “nono” of email resumes: Never send your application materials to more than one employer at a time. A long list of recipients in your message’s address line will surely lose you all their time and attention.

Taming social media

A generation ago, all an employer knew about an applicant was included in just a few pieces of paper. Now, says Kostrzewsky, employers have access to all of the personal details of your life that you make available on the Internet. “It’s important to keep your personal life private,” she says.

That may mean making your Facebook and Twitter and other social media profiles private. At the very least, it means removing any material from the public eye that doesn’t reflect on you as responsible, mature and professional. LinkedIn is another form of social media that has become a popular way of networking socially and professionally. Research from The Undercover Recruiter shows that of the 93 percent of recruiters who are using social media to find new hires, 98 percent of them are checking LinkedIn. What’s more, 34 percent of those recruiters have made social media discoveries that ultimately led to the candidate not getting the job. To avoid becoming one of these social media casualties, be sure to have a photo that reflects your professionalism and that any updates you post are with the intention of showing recruiters that you are serious about your field. Leave the personal updates about your girlfriend and cat to your private Facebook and Twitter accounts. Most people are aware that posting photos of less-than-mannerly behavior and making offensive comments will be damaging to their online reputation, but see online on page 11


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online continued from page 10 don’t forget the details. Repeated spelling mistakes and poor grammar usage in your everyday posts can be as telling as errors in a resume.

Web advantage

While too much personal information can be damaging, too little can also be a disadvantage. Being an engaged social media user shows employers that you are a proactive participant in your network and can affirm the positive qualities you list on your resume. Think of it as an extension of your resume and an opportunity to show employers the substance behind the claims you make on paper. Use Twitter to retweet recent news relevant to your industry. Post photos on Facebook of yourself at a community service event. After you’ve assessed all of your social media outlets, Kostrzewsky recommends doing an Internet search for your name to see what else comes up. These results, she says, are essentially how you would be seen “through the eye of a potential employer. “If you’re not happy with all that you see there,” she says, “you can add carefully crafted comments to a book or article on a website that relates to your field. This way, when someone Googles

you, they will see that you are someone interested in learning about and being active in your field of expertise — a good way to show that you would be an excellent employee.” For example, if you’re seeking a job in the financial field, learn which financial news blogs or forums are considered the most reputable and leave thoughtful comments with your name. Ultimately, reports The Undercover Recruiter, employers are searching for you on social media in order to learn more about three things: whether you present yourself professionally, whether what you say on your resume is true and what other interesting features of your life will distinguish you from other candidates.

Where paper prevails

One place where paper is still preferred over pixels? The thank-you note. Career experts agree that after an interview, a follow-up note handwritten on nice paper and delivered to the office address leaves a personal touch and a lasting impression. Though the digital realm may be radically shaking up the way you apply for jobs, some things — such as common courtesy and good taste — remain the same.

Advice for college grads seeking a first job By Marvin Walberg Scripps Howard News Service As job hunting continues for recent college graduates, Jane Horowitz, a career coach who specializes in helping college graduates land their first professional job, offers important insights to improve their chances. Her playbook reflects the new job search realities, including:

The first job shouldn’t necessarily predicate a career.

Take the first few years out of college to explore and experiment with work. All the thinking in the world and selfinduced pressure, plus pressure from family and others, didn’t help Northwestern University art history major Jessy figure out her career path. Taking on several different professional jobs did. She interned at a public relations agency, worked at an event production company and then at a brand communication firm. With each position, Jessy developed valuable skills and importantly, identified what she did and did not want from her career. Three years after graduation, Jessy launched her career as a staff associate, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific,

House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Underemployment doesn’t have to be bad employment.

Many college graduates will work at jobs they are overqualified for or they will work part time. Survival jobs meant to give recent grads a year or two of fun send a bad signal to employers. Hannah patched together jobs at Apple and Niketown stores that enabled her to develop valuable skills that enhanced her resume. The result? She leveraged her bachelor of arts in exercise and sports science, her experience at leading retailers and her passion for sports to land a full-time job in the visual merchandising and marketing group for Sports Authority Inc.

Think rifle shot vs. machine gun.

Landing a job is a numbers game, but more is not better. College grads need a more strategic and targeted approach. Barbara, with a master’s degree in special education from Miami University, focused on identifying potential schools that met her criteria for employment, and then created a plan to maximize her exposure to those schools at a job fair. She landed her dream job within three weeks.

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More nurses need four-year degrees By Richard Newman The Record (Hackensack N.J.) HACKENSACK, N.J. — The health care sector has been one of the better segments of the nation’s slowly improving employment picture. Nevertheless, nursing student Corynth Torres is bracing for what could be a long job hunt. “Honestly, I don’t expect it to be easy,” said Torres, who recently graduated from Bergen Community College’s two-year nursing program. She plans to take the state examination for certification as a registered nurse soon afterward. Torres said nursing “seemed to be the right choice” because it offers the best opportunity for steady employment, good pay, flexible hours and advancement. However, competition is stiff because the number of nursing graduates has risen and older nurses are delaying retirement in an uncertain economy, leaving fewer openings. Another barrier for many graduates is employers are more insistent that nurses hold four-year degrees. “New graduates are having trouble for the first time in a long time,” said Sharon Zaucha, associate dean of nursing at the community college. “The enrollment trends are still very strong, but there are not a lot of jobs for entry-level registered nurses,” she said. A recent report from the New England Journal of Medicine said a long-standing nursing shortage is over, at least for now, after the number of full-time nurses in the United States grew by 386,000 between 2005 and 2010, despite the recession. By 2020, a nursing shortage could return

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Education specialist Pamela Pascarelli works with nursing student Corynth Torres, right, at an orientation session for student nurses at Hackensack University Medical Center. as an anticipated surge in nurse retirements will coincide with a rise in demand for health care as baby boomers reach Medicare eligibility. That is a plausible scenario, according to Susan Bakewell-Sachs, program director for New Jersey Nursing Initiative. That program helps nursing schools develop curricula with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and New Jersey Chamber of Commerce Foundation. “This is a temporary easing related to the effects of the recession,” BakewellSachs said.

In New Jersey, for example, the average age of the state’s 114,654 registered nurses is near 50, she said. Meanwhile, employers and nursing schools are working to meet a recommendation by the Institute of Medicine, the health arm of the National Academy of Sciences, that 80 percent of registered nurses have bachelor’s degrees by 2020. Hackensack University Medical Center, for example, hires registered nurses with two-year associate degrees only if they are enrolled in a bachelor’s program, said Karen Hanson, the hospital’s director of talent acquisition and retention.

Beginning in 2013, all new hires must have a baccalaureate nursing degree, she said. Currently, about 63 percent of the hospital’s 2,800 nurses hold the four-year degrees. The hospital offers employees tuition reimbursement up to $5,250 a year, Hanson said. The number of people receiving baccalaureate degrees in nursing doubled nationwide to 161,540 in 2010 from 72,986 in 2000 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing based in Washington. The Hackensack hospital, because of its prestige and “extremely competitive” pay and benefits, has not faced a nursing shortage, Hanson said. It receives more than 10,000 nursing applications a year to fill about 300 jobs on average, she said. In a metropolitan statistical area that includes New York City and some of its suburbs, the average annual pay for registered nurses is more than $83,000. Torres said her goal is to get a nursing job and work toward a baccalaureate at the same time. She plans to focus her job hunt on same-day surgery centers. That is not a bad strategy, according to Bakewell-Sachs. Much of the growth in nursing jobs is taking place in nursing homes and at ambulatory-care centers, pharmacy clinics and in the home health services area, she said. “What I tell students is they should be thinking of a career trajectory that includes an education projection path,” said Bakewell-Sachs. “Anyone who has other people’s lives in their hands must be a lifelong learner.”

Check out firm before applying

By Marie Stempinski Tampa Bay Times How do you find out what it’s really like to work at a company you’re interested in? Plan on doing a little homework. Experts say the best information comes from people already working at the company you’re considering. An honest evaluation from someone on the inside will give you the pros and cons and can also update you on the long-term growth opportunities or lack thereof. But what if you don’t have access to someone who will or can give you that information? Here are some other sources of information: Read online employee-review sites such as Glassdoor.com and CareerBliss. com. What are employees saying about

the firm you’re considering? What are the pros and the cons? “Nice place to work if you are in India.” “Nice environment and cooperative staff.” “Stress, stress, stress and nothing else.” These are a sampling of postings by employees on online company-review sites. They give an insight into what it is really like to work in various firms. Check out the company’s website. Look over the homepage and see how they present themselves. Do they do a good job of telling people who they are and what they do? Go to the “About” link. There should be information on the goods and services the company provides, its history, its mission statement and, perhaps, its top staff.

Next go to the “News” link. Find out the latest information about this firm. New products or services? Awards? Recognition? Long-term plans? Companies usually only focus on the good stuff, but you can determine if their mission and the products they make or the services they offer dovetail with your personal ethics and future plans. Click on the “Staff ” link and get the names of the top players, including the head of HR if possible. That person or her staff may interview you. Check these people out on LinkedIn to get a feel of their background, experience and training. Check out their social-network pages (if they have any). How do they present themselves to business and general audiences?

Put the company’s name into major search engines. What pops up about the firm regarding products and services, employee recruitment and retention, customer satisfaction, financial stability or problems, etc.? Pick up the latest issues of a few major business publications such as Business Week, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal. How is this company depicted? Is this the place for you? All this information can help you determine if the company you’re considering is the right fit for you. It can also help if you interview by allowing you to tailor your answers to match your skills to the skills the company needs. And you will have better insight on how to position yourself as the best person for the job.


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Really, don’t make yourself at home By Tyrel Linkhorn Toledo Blade We’re often told to make ourselves comfortable during job interviews, but kicking off your shoes is probably taking things a bit too far. Yes, according to CareerBuilder.com’s recent interview mistakes, one job seeker eased into his socks while trying to get his foot in the door. Still, compared to another who showed up wearing a Boy Scout uniform for no apparent reason, giving the dogs some air doesn’t seem so bad. Prepared as that scout may have been, it’s safe to assume no job offer was tendered. The annual list is good for some chuckles, but it highlights common mistakes that can quickly torpedo any chance at landing a gig. The list contains some items that seem like no-brainers, but the complaints show up again and again. The most common blunder: applicants answering cellphones or sending and receiving text messages during an interview. “It’s really kind of surprising the number of recruiters reporting people checking their Facebook, their email,” said

Probably not smart career moves

Toledo Blade A few of the most memorable or unusual interview experiences reported in a survey of 3,000 hiring managers by CareerBuilder.com:  Candidate brought a “how to interview” book with him to the interview.  Candidate put the interviewer on hold during a phone interview. When she came back on the line, she told the interviewer that she had a date set up for Friday.  When a candidate interviewing for a security position wasn’t hired on the spot, he painted graffiti on the building.  Candidate was arrested by federal authorities during the interview when a background check revealed the person had an outstanding warrant.  Candidate talked about promptness as one of her strengths after showing up 10 minutes late.  Candidate referred to himself in the third person.  Candidate asked for a sip of the interviewer’s coffee.  Candidate told the interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job offered was worth “starting the car for.” CareerBuilder’s Nathan Lippe. “You can make a guess that it’s a nervous tick they have.” Lippe is product director for CareerRookie.com, a site geared toward college students or recent graduates searching for internships or first jobs. But he said it’s not just young technophiles

tapping away at their smartphones. “It’s everybody,” he said. “You might expect an experienced worker to know that’s even more of a problem than a student, but everyone should realize you need to focus on the person you’re talking to, not things outside the room.” CareerBuilder’s poll, conducted by

Harris Interactive, asked 3,000 hiring managers to rate the biggest mistakes candidates make during interviews and to share their weirdest interview memories. After phone use, the most common faux pas were appearing disinterested, dressing inappropriately, appearing arrogant, talking negatively about current or previous employers, and chewing gum. “I always advise people, when they get dressed beforehand, look in the mirror and ask themselves, ‘Would my grandmother approve?’” said Mike Veh, the workforce development manager at The Source of Northwest Ohio. Veh said appropriate dress is one of the most important points he makes to job seekers. He recommends that people dress professionally for interviews, even if they are sure the workplace has a business-casual dress code. Other common tips: Maintain eye contact, allow plenty of extra time in case of unforeseen circumstances and don’t be afraid to play up experience that shows your skills and accomplishments, even if they’re from college or jobs in different fields.

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How to find a job that suits you

By Rex Huppke Chicago Tribune Spirited young women and men have recently graduated from the joyous, beer-soaked, afternoon-napping-allowed world of college and entered the soulcrushing, coffee-soaked, afternoon-napping-frowned-upon world of work. I kid, of course — graduates, you’ll love the real world! (No, you won’t. ... Return to school immediately. ... I haven’t had fun in 20 years. PLEASE TAKE ME WITH YOU!) As most of you know, the first postgraduation step is to get a job, which is unfortunate because there aren’t quite as many of those as there used to be. I consulted with job search experts and business owners to come up with some pragmatic tips for young job seekers — not the “add some zazz to your resume!” or “make sure to wear a power tie” type of advice. Concrete, sensible stuff that fits the modern business world. Tom Walter is head of a company called Tasty Catering and co-author of the coming book “It’s My Company Too!” He said the vast majority of companies that are hiring are smaller ones

with fewer than 500 employees. Yet many college graduates are still being taught job search and interview approaches tailored for large, monolithic corporations. Smaller businesses, Walter said, tend to look for employees they believe will fit into the company’s culture — they’re

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“hiring for attitude.” “If you’re looking for a job, you don’t want to just take something that comes along,” he said. “You need to find a place that matches your core values. That’s a place where you’ll be recognized, and that’s a place where you’ll have a better

chance of getting hired.” This requires research. Simply applying for every job you hear about isn’t going to get it done. You need to take some time, reflect on what inspires you, talk to people in the field about what they do and then start finding companies that match your desires. “What they should do is investigate the company and deeply dive into it and figure out if their personal skills and values line up,” Walter said. “Ask about the culture, ask about core values, ask about how they measure your performance. “We had this young man come in here once for an interview, and he knew about our culture and he said what was important to him was that he be respected from the day he starts working. That was clearly a differentiator. That stood out.” The young man got the job. So the lesson here is that before you find work, you’ve got to do work. And if it goes right, you’ll wind up in a job that’s a good fit, which is a rare feat for a person just out of college. Along with researching the daylights out of companies, graduates need to netsee job hunt on page 15


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job hunt continued from page 14 work like never before. Talk to alumni, friends of family, friends of friends, strangers you meet on the street. (OK, maybe not that last one.) Kathy Ver Eecke, a marketing expert who works with early stage startups, suggests finding the heads of smaller companies on social media and interacting with them. Comment on their tweets or shoot them links to stories you think might be of interest. Ask whether you can meet them for coffee or try to set up an informational interview. She suggests that candidates “express enthusiasm for the business that borders on obsession.” Smaller companies are looking for people who are driven, informed and can bring something to the table right off the bat. You might have to settle for parttime opportunities or contract work at first. But remember, anything you do, whether it’s paid or volunteer, provides critical experience and opens more networking doors. Once you land an interview, be prepared to ask questions that show you care not just about the job but also about the company’s character. “If you come in just like every other person and talk the applicant talk, the stuff many 45-year-old people are telling

college students to do, that’s not going to work,” Walter said. “You need to ask questions like: What are your core values and what does your company stand for? How do you make your culture work? As an employee, what would your organization judge me on most?” Don’t ask questions like this just to suck up to the interviewer. You should be asking them earnestly, because if your beliefs and desires line up with the company’s, you’ll be a far better and happier worker. Fresh out of college, this is the right time to figure out what you need to feel fulfilled at work. It gets harder to do that later in life. Walter summed it up nicely in a recent post on his blog, “Thomas J Walter The Serial Entrepreneur” (thomasjwalter.com): “As a graduate trying to gain employment, screen companies for their ability to provide you an income, but join a company that shares your attitude and core values. Skills can be taught to an individual, but an individual’s attitude can rarely be changed.” I came out of college, believe it or not, as a chemical engineer. I worked, miserably, for several years before realizing that writing was my passion. It took several more years to find my path, but once I got there I never looked back.

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What you should say in an interview when you hear the dreaded ‘overqualified’ By Diane Stafford McClatchy Newspapers “I wasn’t aware this company wanted to hire underqualified people.” Gotta love that snarky response. It’s what one long-term job hunter — sick of hearing that he was overqualified for a job — wished he’d said. Of course, it’s better to use discretion, no matter how many times one hears that culling comment from hirers. Culling? You bet. Calling a candidate “overqualified” is a facile way to pare the candidate list. It’s also the easy way to avoid giving the real reason for rejection. Using the “overqualified” dodge may mean: “We’re looking for younger workers.” “You earned too much more in your last job to be happy with this pay.” “You wouldn’t like working for a boss with less experience than you.” “You’d become bored and have a bad attitude.” “We think you’d leave as soon as you found something better.” “Overqualified” can be code for something presumptive, if not discriminatory. Job hunters repeatedly tell me they’d

like to be able to counter those assumptions. Unfortunately, they’re usually weeded out of the candidate pool before they have a chance. If you’re in that position and have the opportunity to respond, here are some points to make:  My skills and experience make me the most-qualified person to meet your needs.  It is not as important at this point in my work life that I earn as much as I did before. My needs have changed, and I’ve never measured self-worth by the size of a paycheck.  I’ve been able to find satisfaction in every job I’ve held, as long as I’m making a valued contribution.  I haven’t been a job hopper, and I don’t intend to start now.  I’ve fully researched the duties and expectations for this job, and I believe I’m a great fit. If you think age is the barrier, you could consider including only the past 10 to 15 years of work on your resume and removing big titles and graduation dates to raise the chances of reaching an interview.

After nearly 30 years, Caltherm Corporation is a growing global leader of custom thermostatic and pressure control devices manufactured in the United States primarily for diesel and marine engine applications. You can visit our website at www.caltherm.com to see open positions. Come and talk to us at the

Career Fair on September 19th. We also accept applications at our office on 910 S Gladstone Ave, Columbus, IN from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Mon – Fri or send a resume to hr.caltherm@caltherm.com.


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Points to help you succeed at a job fair By Marie Stempinski Tampa Bay Times Job fairs are popping up all over. Opportunities for a face-to-face encounter with a company representative abound. But how do you ace the job fair interview? Brent O’Bryan, vice president of Learning and Development at AlliedBarton Security Services in Tampa, Fla., posted some tips on shrm.org, the website for the Society for Human Resource Management. His post is titled “The Realities of Job Fairs: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.” O’Bryan notes that you should do some homework. Knowing which companies are going to be there, what they do and what types of jobs they offer is the beginning. Then you can decide which is the best match for you. He suggests that you take a good inventory of your education, skills, experience and prior employment, and then focus on what you have to offer these specific potential employers. Remember, you are “selling” yourself, and they will be asking questions that help them determine if you are a good fit for their company and for the jobs they offer.

O’Bryan also reminds applicants to “dress for success.” Think about the type of job you’re applying for. People in technology fields rarely wear dresses or suits to work, so clean, neatly pressed shirts, blouses and slacks are fine. On the other hand, many corporate office jobs and jobs in the hospitality sector call for suits and/or dresses for women. Don’t forget your hair, nails, breath and general grooming. First impressions can make or break you. Here are more tips:  Remember your manners. Address the person you’re talking to as Mr. or Ms. Don’t use first names unless they ask you to.  Follow up with an email through LinkedIn. Or, better yet, a hand-written note sent to the interviewer’s office address is always appreciated.  Feel free to ask questions. Find out how the position you’re interested in fits into the company’s structure, what training and advancement opportunities are available and how your special abilities (speaking/writing foreign languages, experience working on certain machinery, etc.) might benefit the company and help you ace the job fair.

Avoid typos by proofreading resume By Max Messmer Scripps Howard News Service What will prompt a prospective employer to immediately eliminate you from consideration for a job? A typo. Yes, a single errant keystroke can prove costly to your career. Seventy-six percent of senior executives said that just one or two spelling or grammatical mistakes on a resume is enough to ruin an applicant’s chances, according to a Robert Half survey. In another study, CareerBuilder recently asked hiring managers what would make them automatically dismiss a candidate from consideration. Typos topped the list. Take heed and keep yourself in the running by carefully proofreading your document. The following individuals knocked themselves out of contention with these easily avoidable errors: “SKILLS: Strong verbak skills.” Frankly, we’re more concerned with your writing abilities. “QUALIFICATIONS: Team player and good hepper.” We could use some help understanding this statement. “SALARY REQUIREMENTS: Me

rate is affordable.” My, my, my. “STRENGTHS: Positive additude.” This doesn’t add to your case. “QUALIFICATIONS: I have the skills and abilities the knowledge and the experience.” But, unfortunately, not the commas. As any schoolteacher will tell you, the English language is tricky. When you review your resume and cover letter, keep your eyes pealed ... er, peeled ... for homophones, words that are pronounced the same way but have different spellings or meanings. “STRENGTHS: Able to collaborate with colleagues from either side of the isle.” Who needs vacation time when you work on an island! “EDUCATION: Duel major in literature and criminology.” A grammatical misdemeanor. Finally, while you should use humor sparingly, if at all, in your application materials, this witty (and punctuationminded) professional gave us a good laugh: “ABOUT ME: Hard-working, funloving, hyphen-using.”

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Cummins Inc., a global power leader, is a corporation of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute and service engines and related technologies, including fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration, emission solutions and electrical power generation systems. Headquartered in Columbus, Indiana, (USA) Cummins employs approximately 44,000 people worldwide and serves customers in approximately 190 countries and territories through a network of more than 600 company-owned and independent distributor locations and approximately 6,500 dealer locations.

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Hunting for a job? Be very, very quiet By Diane Stafford McClatchy Newspapers It only takes one click on a job board or social networking site for an employer to show you the door far sooner than you intended. Ross Macpherson, president of Career Quest, at www.yourcareerquest.com, says a stealth job search is essential if you believe you’ll be fired or in trouble if your boss knows you’re looking. “Don’t do any job search activity on the company email or phones,” he advises. “Meet recruiters off hours and in different places. Emphasize to everyone that this is a confidential search. Ask them to contact you before they contact anyone in your behalf.” He warns about going to work dressed up for an interview if you normally wear business casual at work. “Change off-site, or everyone will immediately know something’s up.” And don’t tell your friend in the next cubicle that you’re looking. Workplace secrets usually are poorly kept. If you’re posting your resume online, Macpherson says, consider replacing your name with “Confidential Candidate” and

using job descriptors rather than the name of your company or job title. There’s no guarantee that tactic will get your resume past screeners who are looking “for perfect round pegs for round holes,” but it may be safer than the prospect of getting fired if you’re sure your current employer will react badly. Macpherson recommends turning off the notification feature that tells your LinkedIn contacts when you’ve updated your profile, if it raises job hunting suspicions. And, although this runs counter to the usual networking purpose, you might want to turn off the feature that allows others to see your contacts “if you don’t want people to see that you’ve added a bunch of recruiters,” he says. Other advice: Find out which recruiters your current employer uses “and avoid them so they don’t send your resume back to your boss.” Conversely, you may want your search known if you think that it can be a bargaining chip for better pay or for a promotion. But a word to the wise: That works best when you have a job offer in hand.

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Developmental Services, Inc is a nonprofit agency established in 1975 to help children and adults with mental, physical, and emotional disabilities reach their greatest potential at home, work and in the community. DSI provides early intervention services as well as job training and job placement, independent and group living, life skills training, respite care and family support. DSI is currently hiring for Direct Care Staff. Come visit our booth at The Republic Career Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 19, Clarion Hotel. We will be accepting applications and also collecting resumes for future professional positions. For our Direct Care Staff positions, we are looking for compassionate people to work with the developmentally disabled in their homes. We are hiring for the following areas: Columbus, Madison, Seymour and Greensburg. Full- and Part-time positions available. Benefits available to people who work 30+ hours. Must have a good driving record. To learn more, contact us at 1-812-376-9404, or visit us online at www.dsiservices.org


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U want a job? Help for ‘Gen Text’ By David Phelps and Chen May Yee Minneapolis Star Tribune Corporate recruiters say they see the problem a lot these days: College juniors and seniors stepping into the job market — too casually. They’re members of “Generation Text.” Blame texting. Blame tweeting. Blame the relaxation of social norms that has left some members of this laid-back generation apt to say “hey dude” in just about any setting. Regardless of the cause, many of today’s young adults are thin on the skills and etiquette required for interviewing. “We call them ‘Generation Text,’” said Mary Milla, a communications consultant and media trainer. “Voice mail is out, e-mail is too slow, so now they’re texting, and their spelling is awful.” Rookie job seekers have always been known for an unpolished mix of bravado and naivete. Now their shortcomings extend beyond basic mistakes of etiquette, recruiters say, and include goofs punctuated by some modern twists. In other words, wear the nose ring at the nightclub, not the interview. And when you write a résumé, don’t use the same style and spelling that would be found in a sloppy 140-character tweet.

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Melissa Kjolsing, communications manager at the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota, has noticed a few things about recent internship candidates at the medical technology industry group. “They don’t review their documents,” she said. Sometimes, she gets letters addressed to someone else. Other times, the date is old, the result of a careless cut-and-paste job. Candidates sometimes have trouble answering questions about previous challenges or future goals. Impressed by one application from a journalism student at the University of Minnesota, Kjolsing called and left a voicemail. Three weeks went by before the student finally got back to Kjolsing — in an e-mail time stamped at 3 a.m. Kjolsing found herself wondering: “Is this somebody I can trust to come in for work on time at 7:30 or 8 a.m.?” The student didn’t get the internship. Generation Y, loosely defined as those born in the 1980s and 1990s, has its defenders. Their very familiarity with social media mores and trends can make them attractive hires for companies looking to market to young people, said Ryan Paugh, the co-founder of Brazen Careerist, a Web-based community for business networking.

It’s not that young adults can’t communicate, Paugh said. “We follow different rules.” Marketers understand that if you e-mail a young person, they “don’t want something AP style,” he said. “It can be sweet and simple.” He noted that many topics discussed on the Brazen Careerist website — “How to write a stellar résumé” — are issues every generation grapples with. Paugh, based in Madison, Wis., reckons that colleges in general need to do a better job giving graduates practical advice on résumé-writing and interviewing. Milla and business partner Marta

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Rhyner surveyed 100 firms and found that a notable 99 percent said college graduates needed help preparing for job interviews. The survey’s respondents also said that nearly two-thirds of applicants were unable to provide “succinct examples” of why they were right for the job, and one-third could not provide messages relevant to the job. It’s not that the kids aren’t bright enough, Rhyner said. They just have spent most of their lives under the direction of others, including parents who took them from one organized activity to another when they were younger.

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“They don’t see things that can be potentially negative, like a nose ring, because everyone told them they were great,” Rhyner said. Sensing a need, Milla and Rhyner created a one-day training program to prepare young adults for the job market, modeled after training they do at executive levels. They charge $435 per person and limit the class size to 12. Participants will run through mock job interviews on video at the beginning and the end of the class to see if their communications skills improve. It’s called “One Trophy,” countering young people’s experience that everyone gets a trophy for participating. Not so when it comes to employment. “These people are used to talking in 140-character tweets,” Milla said. “We want to get them to talk in paragraphs.” At a recent class, participant Ryan Walden was impressed. “As a student, you get used to texting, sending e-mails and informal speech,” said Walden, a small business entrepreneur who sells commercial breathalyzers to drinking establishments. “You don’t know how you come off to people as a professional.” The class, Walden said, “taught me to know my audience.”


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Whether you are looking for a great place to stay, or you are looking for a great employment opportunity, The Clarion Hotel can exceed your expectations! Located on State Road 46 at Interstate 65 within one hour of Indianapolis, Cincinnati and Louisville, we offer a wide range of services and career opportunities.

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Housekeeping, Dining Room Servers, and Banquet Servers. Part-time and full-time positions available. We offer paid vacation and medical insurance. Please visit our booth at The Republic Career Fair, which is taking place at The Clarion Hotel on Wednesday, September 19th, from Noon – 5pm. Meet our staff face-to-face, to learn more about what we have to offer you! If unable to attend the event, please email your resume to: tadams@imd1.com.

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