By: Jennifer Miller
Standing in the 85 degree heat with a group of eager college kids waiting to talk to you probably does not bode well with the mood of a recruiter. Students in full business attire, wanting more than anything to land their dream job while talking to someone for 5 minutes at an overcrowded booth: this was the scene at a recent job fair on USC’s campus. Now, HR is not my expertise in any way, but I think I now have some good insight into the mind of a recruiter. These job fairs are not about hiring everyone that could possibly fit the position, but they are an opportunity for the best of the best to stand out in the crowd. These “cream of the crop” students are often the ones that make the best first impression. Drenched in sweat, but still able to make enough of an impression for a recruiter to remember you… that’s impressive.
Most students in business schools are told to make the best first impression that they can. It is how you get your foot in the door. So put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter. Who will you pick? A: The well-dressed guy who walks up, smiles, shakes his hand and immediately asks questions or B: the equally well-dressed guy that walks up, hesitates, and waits for the recruiter to start talking. At something like a job fair, recruiters want that initial “wow” with a student so that they can make an instant decision if this is someone who should get an interview or even a second thought. It does not guarantee a job, but it’s a good starting point.
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By: Wendy Lin
Most of us looked forward to the feast that Thanksgiving brings, along with the warm and loving aura of the holiday. Sweet moments of families gathering around the table, chattering happily and laughing heartily are cherished. Until it hits midnight. The quiet night becomes filled with anxious murmuring, and the impatience builds up to exploding frustration. The minute those doors to the “treasures” opens, protect yourself, men and women, because it has become a war zone.
Black Friday, as this phenomenon is called, holds its demonic powers over the people through time-limited discounted prices. Electronic products are especially to die for, as hundreds of dollars can be saved. And I literally mean, “to die for.” An article posted last November, after our most recent Black Friday, described exactly how primitive people can become in the face of a holiday deal. We saw pepper-spraying, mugging, stabbing, and shooting as channels of aggression, just to satisfy materialistic needs. Whoever can come out of it alive is – as they would like to think – the winner, so perhaps Black Friday is the modern-day form of Darwin’s so-called “survival of the fittest.”
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