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6 Things Employers Should Remember at Job Fairs

Having been no stranger to these, I have had my share of experience with different employers at job fairs… Here is my short list of what I think they should remember:

1.) Do be polite and courteous to the job seekers. Yes after the 30th person you have probably said the same thing a lot of times, but remember you are the company for that moment and thus the way you behave reflects back on the company image.

2.) Be knowledgeable about the company you are representing! When you can answer the basic questions of the job applicants with confidence, it gives you more credibility. I have been turned off by companies whose representatives could not answer basic questions.

3.) Do not act bored or as though it is a chore to be there. Even though you are on the other side of the booth, people can pick up signals, and this behaviour creates a negative reflection on the brand… making you miss out  some great potential recruits.

4.) Be honest but not discouraging. There are ways to reject people that are not suited to your company, do it with tact. Be respectful.

5.)  Be positive and empathetic, you were once in their shoes and you  never know when this job seeker you are meeting will be your next boss/network/ or contact!

6.) Be the best you can be to get the best you can get. I believe in leading by example and recruiting is no different!


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Branding Love

On a family discussion over two television characters who my sister and I were guessing to be married on February 14th, my dad commented asking about the significance of the day. We both shared a chuckle and my mom ‘hmmped’ at his lack of memory when it came to remembering such days. But my sister and I both knew that ‘hmmp’ did not hold much madness behind it, as both my parents love each other despite their usual rifts.

I am not saying that the occasional chocolate or flowers or jewellery is not appreciated. I myself have bought or received one or more of these things for or from my significant other and cherished it. But the rate at which this day is advertised is alarming!

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I feel  as a society, we have branded the concept of love to perfection – “Love is the color RED”  – Why? What is wrong with blue, green or purple? or even black?… I understand that is the color of the heart and the metaphoric attribution, but going to the mall in February and seeing all red has made me wonder about it’s hype…“HEARTS = Love” Again I am all good with the concept but the excessive branding in the physical sense really does not get the person to fall in love anymore than they were before. I think it is a very clever strategy in the part of Ferrero chocolates to have the heart shape boxes out for valentines day, rather, it is great for all the other marketers cashing in on these icons of love from la senza lingerie to Target…But on a human to human level I feel it lacks authenticity. The thought that one can never go wrong with a “bigger rock” because ‘diamonds are forever’, and the ‘bigger the diamond’, ‘the more your love’ are brilliant marketing ideas that makes the coal shine it’s way to our bankbook…These ideologies have become part and parcel of our culture and I see this shaping the expectations of individuals on love…

As my final thought on this, I want to say that I hope when my future children love, they love with all their hearts, feel equal love from a ‘bouquet of thoughtful gestures’ as they do from a ‘bouquet of flowers’ or that ‘diamond ring’, be there for each other through spring, winter fall and summer and most of all brand their love with kindness, hope, and imperfections of being human with all the colours of ‘being happy’.