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Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor Peter M. Rivera, Commissioner

Labor Department gets Job Seekers Ready for Career Fairs

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Albany, NY (July 13, 2010) -


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Labor Department gets Job Seekers Ready for Career Fairs

Every Friday we let you know (in the Labor Buzz and on our Facebook and Twitter pages) about next week's job fairs. Now we're taking it a step further and giving you hints to help you get the most out of each job fair. Let us know how it works and how to make it better - and Good Luck!

The 6 "R's"

RESEARCH, REHEARSE, REVISE, REVIEW, REINVENT, RESPOND - These are your keys to success at your next job fair.  Like clockwork, the New York State Department of Labor's One-Stop Career Center in Albany hosts a workshop to help clients prepare for upcoming job fairs.   Their keys to success will work for you too - no matter which part of the state you call home.

RESEARCH - the companies which will be represented at the fair, find out what positions they are looking to fill and see how those jobs match your interests and qualifications.

REHEARSE - practice your quick (60 second) presentation.  You want to be able to quickly explain how your skill set match the hiring company's need.

REVISE - Tailor your resume and cover letter to specifically address the needs of the company - the needs you've found through your research.

 REVIEW - Look at your presentation, resume, cover letter and clothes to make sure you really are putting your best foot forward.

 REINVENT - Be flexible.  Look at your skills; see how they translate to a different field, then be willing to think outside the box when it comes to the type of jobs you are applying for.

 RESPOND - Always send "thank you" letters to the people you interviewed with.  That means you will need to get contact information during your brief job fair mini-interviews.

For more information, contact the One-Stop Career Center nearest you - and good luck!



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