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Career Day Planning – Be Prepared and Keep An Open Mind

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For those who are really serious about pursuing a career in a chosen field or doing some serious research on what is available, career day planning should begin well in advance of the event. There are two ways to look at career day. The first involves preparing. The second primarily involves keeping an open mind about what may be available.

Experts in career day planning and job counselling always recommend that the job seeker wear "professional" clothing. While the description of the term "professional" can vary, it would probably be best not to attend career day events in blue jeans, tennis shoes or a floppy hat that is usually worn on the weekend. The visual impression a job seeker makes on company representatives is a very important factor in whether or not that individual will be considered for the job.

In addition to giving some thought to the clothes that will be worn, career day planning should always include some research into the employers who will be present at the event. While it may not be productive to spend a lot of time on all the details, more information is generally better than none or too little. This may be one of the keys to a successful career day. Job seekers should be familiar with the companies they want to visit with. Representatives will remember those who have solid knowledge of the business that may be their employer for life. Tip: Make this research a key part of career day planning.

As with any important activity in life, whether it is work, sports or family activity, preparation is important. This great sales tip may work well as part of career day planning – Do not go into a meeting or sales presentation without being prepared. Don't just wing it! As one career counselor emphasizes – Market yourself. Of course, one other essential factor in preparation involves having several copies of the resume available. Take more copies to the event than you think you might need!

The second way to look at career day planning does not actually involve a lot of planning. However, it may be wise to plan for a small percentage of time (and mental energy) for options other than those key, targeted companies. Arriving early, when company representatives are fresh and energetic, is the best idea for success. With good preparation and focus, a job seeker can make contact with all of the employers of interest, and still have time to "cruise" about to see if there are other possibilities that were not apparent before the event. Be prepared, be positive and good luck!


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