Sunday, September 19, 2010

Job Fair Success: What college students need to know

Job fairs are very common, especially targeted for college students and grads. Here are some job fair tips for college grads and anyone attending one.

You have to know what companies are going to be there. Look at the flyers, ads, and websites of the job fair to learn all the details you can. Pick just a handful of companies to go after. You will waste time by going to all of them. You need to plan what you will say and do to sell yourself to the person manning the booth.

Highlight your positives and accomplishments. Tweak these for the companies you are looking at. You need to sell yourself withing seconds. A great first impression will go a long way. Be concise and to the point. Don't ramble.

Dress for success is a cliche, but well worth remembering. Dress like a day at the office, not a day at the beach. You can never overdress. Don't wear anything crazy, thinking you will make a statement. You will only embarrass yourself and have your resume trashed.

Make sure you know all about the companies you meet. Know how you can help them. How you can be an asset to them. Know the companies purpose, mission, products, and objectives. Show them how you can enhance these targets.

Remember, you are selling yourself. Be sure and have good, clear copies of your resume. Don't be too cute with your resume. A person reading it should readily find out all needed information about you. Not pretty pictures, icons, or silly things. You are trying to get a job. Strive not to just make a long lasting impression, but a positive one as well.

One thing many job fair attendees forget, is to collect information on the company as well. Fliers, business cards, and other literature will allow you to follow up with and inquiry or at least a thank you. Using snail mail for a short note might make a better impression and not get lost in a ton of emails. The follow up can be very important.

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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Some more ways to cut college costs

College students are mostly young people. Young people love cell phones. The problem is cost. With text and internet, the cost has gone up. College students also need to realize that they will spend a lot of time studying. Or should. Cell phones become less of an issue. Get a very cheap plan if you must have a cell phone.

You don't really need a car in college. Students either live in the dorm or very close by. The cost of a car, including parking fees, gas, and insurance can be hundreds of dollars a month. There is not a lot of good reasons for a college student to have a car. Learn ways to get cheaper car insurance for college students.

You can now stay on your parent's health insurance until you are 26. But even for some families, having a college student on their plan is expensive. Check with your college and see what cheap health care they might provide on campus.

A great way for college students to actually get more money, is to work on campus. Many jobs are available. From dorm advisers, to food service. Check out the jobs on campus. it takes a lot of people to run a college campus!

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Sunday, September 12, 2010

College degrees that have the most job opportunities

Think the job market for college grads and others is shrinking? It depends on what your training is. If you are going back to school or just starting, here are some college choices to get the most job offers.

Engineering is still hot. In fact, the highest paid college graduates are in the engineering field. Not all engineering grads are the most wanted. Chemical and green energy are biggies. Engineers geared for the future and not the past will remain in high demand. Computer engineering is great.

Computer science degrees are hot. Very hot. Go for information technology, systems analysts and software engineers. You can't go wrong with most anything in the computer science field, including security and databases. Related to computers comes video games.

Video game programmers and creators are a tremendous market. Get degrees or training in animation, game development, even film. Film, games, and computers are rapidly morphing into one big related field.

One career that is recession-free, is the medical field. Colleges will need to keep turning out doctors, nurses, and those in the paramedical field. If you go to college for the medical field, you will have plenty of jobs to choose from.
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If you choose the right career and degree, college graduates can have employers waiting at their doors!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Getting Merit Scholarships

Almost every college and university offers some type of a merit scholarship or aid. This is in addition to your regular financial aid and is given on the basis of merit, or your education achievement such as GPA. There are few things to consider if you wish to be on the receiving end of a merit award.

Many colleges have raised their merit awards. Before you accept anything, look into the college and see what types of merit awards they offer. One website, http://www.meritaid.com/ helps you in this search.

If you can, find out what the student body looks like as far as scholarly applicants. This information should be available from the financial aid office or other department. It will show the details of students who attend there, like GPA, honors, AP, SAT, and other types of scholarly accomplishments. Do a run down as to how you stack up to the average student there. You want to be in the top 20-25% to ensure a good chance at a merit scholarship.

Find out details on the merit award like how many years you can get it. A lot of colleges make keeping your award each year harder. That is, they make the GPA high. Realize that college classes get harder, not easier. If money is an object, you may find yourself taking easier classes to qualify, but wasting time on classes that are not for your major. Bottom line is, study, study, study.

Sometimes colleges that are more expensive can be cheaper for you. That is, the cost of attendance is high, but the college awards financial aid in all forms to lessen the amount of out of pocket you pay. Thus, an expensive school that can get you 80% of the cost, may be cheaper for you than a cheaper college that gets you only 60%. Be sure and read: >Financial aid secrets and College money secrets for more information on getting more money.

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