Recruiters and Career Fairs ~ Getting Results ~ Bill Golden says …
by Bill Golden
Ever go to a career fair and come away believing that it was a total waste of time?
So you say to yourself: I went looking for opportunities and the recruiting looked me in the face for about 15 seconds and said, “Thank you. We will review your resume. Please go to our website in the meanwhile, search on jobs and apply for those of interest to you.”
Yes, it happens.
Yes, it happens often enough because the blank look that you got from the recruiter was probably equal almost to your own.
… take a moment … take a breath … it’s true, isn’t it?
A great many people get in front of a recruiter at a career fair and just freeze up. They smile, push their resume forward and say something like ‘Hi, my name is ____’ and then the conversation stops … about 5 seconds before you hear: ”Thank you. We will review your resume. Please go to our website in the meanwhile, search on jobs and apply for those of interest to you.”
I am absolutely no fan of cover letters. Most are worthless, say nothing, and do nothing for you. Some people even go so far as to put their contact info only on the cover letter, believing that it will somehow magically stay attached to their resume.
However, one of the best ways to get a recruiter’s attention is to have a VERY SIMPLE cover letter that says I am interested in the following positions offered by your company.
Simple means: list the positions + provide your contact info. Your resume should do the rest of the talking.
When meeting a recruiter: ‘Hi, my name is _____. I have a _____ security clearance (or a certification in X, Y and Z) and I am interested in the following kinds of positions: ___, ___, and ___.
Keep it simple, focused and of interest to the recruiter.
Almost every career event publishes in advance the organizations that will be recruiting, and a list of many of the jobs being offered. Do your homework. Even if jobs aren’t listed in advance you can always google the organization and go to their career webpage and get a list of jobs currently being offered.
Visit http://www.USAJobZoo.com or http://USADefenseIndustryJobs.com for all of your job search needs. Both are IntelligenceCareers.com websites.