COVID-19 shut down the job fair as we know it. Here’s how one school is reinventing it

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Virtual job fairs might be the future—but as ArtCenter shows, there are still plenty of kinks to work out. With unemployment at unprecedented levels and college campuses vacant due to stay-at-home orders, it can be a scary time to graduate. How exactly do you join the workforce when the world around you seems to be falling apart? Read Full Story

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How to use virtual career fairs to find a job during the pandemic

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These fairs can help you find a job, but they work a bit differently than traditional in-person events. Career fairs used to be a great place for entry-level candidates to discover new companies and get some informal one-on-one time with hiring managers. Then, the pandemic happened, and this form of recruiting became too risky. But career fairs didn’t go away altogether. Like many other types of events, they went virtual. Read Full Story

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This is how to ace an interview at a virtual job fair

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No longer for recent college grads or seasonal workers, virtual job fairs are an opportunity for job seekers to interview anywhere, at any time. As more leaders learn to manage remote workers, businesses are discovering unique silver linings related to virtual teams. Topping the list is the ability to tap a global talent pool through virtual job fairs. This new virtual job fair works for companies at all stages and for all levels of job seekers, not just for recent college grads, or seasonal help. Read Full Story

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6 quirky questions from real-life job interviews

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These are questions that several interviewees shared—and some suggested answers. Last month, I wrote an article about quirky interview questions —you know, the random queries that interviewers sometimes ask to see how well you think on your feet. The article generated a fair amount of buzz and many exchanges on social media. In a LinkedIn Asia survey, nearly 60% of respondents said they’d like to see an end to these off-the-wall questions. Some called them stress-inducing, and others felt they have little to do with the job. Read Full Story

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How to find a job during a pandemic and a recession

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This may be the most difficult time to look for a new job, but there are still opportunities if you’re flexible. Let’s be honest—in many ways, this is probably the worst time in recent history to be job hunting. By some estimates, nearly 20% of Americans are unemployed, and social distancing requirements mean job fairs, in-person interviews, and networking events are all canceled. Read Full Story

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4 simple steps for negotiating a higher salary

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Even after a tough economic year, you still have a right to negotiate, and be compensated fairly for your work. Negotiating the salary when you’re being offered a job can feel uncomfortable. If you don’t, though, you may be leaving money on the table. A survey of hiring managers by the staffing firm Robert Half found that 36% are more likely (and 50% are equally likely) to negotiate salary with new hires than they were the year before. The key is to take emotion out of the equation, say Melanie Feldman and Anna Schuliger, cofounders of Get Hired , an online job search course geared to young professionals. Read Full Story

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