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    Landing that ever elusive career job can be quite discouraging at times. Applying for jobs can be an arduous task but is necessary to get a job in our field. Employers who post positions on internet job boards are flooded with emails from potential candidates. Some of the time your application can be lost in the mix. Of course ensuring your resume and cover letter are up to date with proper formatting is imperative. However there are a couple of ways to put yourself ahead of the curve/competition. Networking is a great way to build relationships with potential employers. Look for networking event opportunities such as a hiring fair. A hiring fair is where one can make a great impression on these potential employers. Before attending these events make sure to bring updated resumes and have questions for the employers. Plan on bringing two resumes for each company in attendance. If you know what companies will be in attendance do some research on them to show you know what you're talking about. Introduce yourself to these employers, be enthusiastic, and ask questions. This will show these employers you are interested and engaged with them. Bring a pen and paper to take notes as well. Dress like you would for an interview. It's always better to be overdressed than underdressed. Be prepared to be interviewed(informal or formal) by someone from those potential companies. Talk to job seekers like yourself at the hiring fair about potential job leads and other important information pertaining to your career (this may help you in your job search). Collect business cards and follow-up with them via email. Email to thank them for their time and inquire about any employment opportunities.

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    ABM College students if you're still in school and have practicums coming up you should attend these hiring fairs as well. Take the initiative and ask these employers if they offer practicums. If not than just follow up with them when you're closer to finishing your program. You can also email them to request an information interview. An information interview is an informal interview you would be conducting to ask questions about the industry and the interviewee's job. This is a more relaxed environment and can be crucial in building confidence for a formal interview in the future. Information interviews are another form of networking and can lead to employment as well. It cannot be understated how important networking is in landing that career job. So take advantage of these opportunities and put yourself out there!

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