Meet Us at a Career Fair

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It’s that time of year when Daxko’s People Team hits the road for the opportunity to meet the best and brightest college students in the state. Each event, we look forward to talking with students and recent alum about their interests, career opportunities at Daxko and next steps.

I invite you to check out the six career fairs below and come meet us! Your school’s career services center will have more information and instructions on how to register. Remember these events are usually open to alumni as well. In 2012 we will have entry-level and experienced opportunities to share with you.

You’ll definitely want to read Kristie A’s blog post, Job Fair 101 – How to Work the Room, before you venture out. We look forward to meeting you soon!

University of Alabama in Huntsville
General Career Fair
February 8th
9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Auburn University
Business/Non Technical Career Fair
February 9th
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm

University of Alabama
Business/Non Technical Career Fair
February 15th
11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Birmingham Southern College
General Career Fair
February 21st
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Samford University
General Career Fair
March 1st
12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

University of Alabama in Birmingham
Business/Technical Career Fair
March 13th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Plethora of (free) Career Assistance Groups in Birmingham

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Something I’ve been involved with over the last 7 years is helping people in their job search. Since I was blessed with a fulfilling career in recruiting, I feel like I owe it to job seekers to give them helpful tips to steer them in the right direction.

In my last blog post LinkedIn — How Are You Using It, I mentioned that I created a group on LinkedIn to unite job seekers and HR reps in Birmingham. Its purpose is to network, share job search resources, and spread the word about career fairs and jobs. It is an open group, so I invite you to join “The Career Assistance Ministry Network in Birmingham”.

If you know someone in the job search, feel free to share this list of 14 Career Assistance Groups in Birmingham. They all offer ways to teach job seekers the ins and outs of assessing career opportunties, learning job search strategies, effective networking, interviewing skills and negotiating techniques.

I recently heard a job seeker say they were frustrated with not being able to connect with a “warm, breathing human being” when they were applying for a job. Unfortunately that is the case these days, but people CAN connect with a human being to partner with them on their job search.

For example, one of the first groups on that list is the ACT Ministry hosted by Asbury United Methodist Church. They partner each attendee with a mentor to help them work through the career search guide and keep them motivated. Most of the mentors are people who have been through the ACT Ministry program and secured a successful job.

If you would like to help others in their job search, please consider volunteering with one of these wonderful groups. You can let me know in the comment section and I’d be happy to connect you. Here are a list of common opportunities:

  • Going to a networking event with job seekers
  • Reviewing resumes
  • Sitting on a recruiter/HR panel to answer questions
  • Conducting mock interviews
  • Being contacted one-on-one to talk about your industry
  • Being a one-on-one mentor
  • Teaching about a job search topic (i.e. “how to” on networking, using LinkedIn, resumes, interviewing, negotiating)
  • Speaking about a specialty job search topic (i.e. importance of branding)

Don’t forget to Pay It Forward when you can!

Kristi Merritt has been an active and visible recruiter in the Birmingham market for more than seven years. For five of those years, she led the Mountaintop Community Church’s Career Assistance Ministry. Kristi enjoys sharing the insight she’s gained and teaching people the tools they need to be successful in their job search. You can professionally connect with her on LinkedIn and follow on Twitter (@kristi_merritt).

LinkedIn: How are YOU Using It?

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LinkedIn is a very powerful tool – how are you using it? As a professional, it’s important to build a network with like-minded individuals. If you are a believer in information sharing, this networking tool makes it really easy!

“As of this year, LinkedIn operates the world’s largest professional network on the Internet with more than 120 million members in over 200 countries.”

Here are a few reasons to use LinkedIn:

  1. Connect with like-minded individuals to share information
  2. Find out about local user group meetings and get active in the community
  3. Participate in discussions in your field and share ideas
  4. Ask for advice or pose tough questions
  5. Find hidden jobs
  6. Become a thought leader

Joining Groups is one of the best ways to find people to connect with. There is a group for everything. Just do a search under Groups for your field or interest. You can add Birmingham, AL if you want to find local groups.

For example, search “Birmingham AL Marketing”.  This pulls up 5 groups, including the Birmingham chapter of the national American Marketing Association. Anybody who touches marketing should be in this group!

Another example… I created a group to unite job seekers and HR reps in Birmingham. Its purpose is to network, share job search resources, and spread the word about career fairs and jobs. It is an open group, so I invite you to join “The Career Assistance Ministry Network in Birmingham”.

This post was inspired by a speaking engagement I did for the Career Connection Group, a local Career Assistance group that gets together once a month to discuss job search techniques. At this meeting I demonstrated “Using LinkedIn to Get Noticed”. Click on the link to view my how-to outline and share it with any job seeker you know. You should also check out the list of the 14 different Career Assistance Groups in Birmingham. These groups provide great job search insight, discussion and networking.

LinkedIn is an extremely powerful tool in the job search because you can connect with people who work for the company that you’re interested in. Better yet, you can connect with the hiring manager!

I am an open networker and have over 1,600 1st degree connections. If you link with me, you could have access to view more than 9 million 2nd & 3rd degree connections! As a recruiter, I connect with anyone in the US so I can build my network and effectively search candidates for hard-to-fill positions at Daxko. It also serves as a way for candidates to stay connected with me throughout their career.

Why wait – start building your professional network now!

It’s Career Fair Time!

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Posted by Kristi M

It’s that time of year when Daxko’s People Team hits the road and has the opportunity to meet the best and brightest college students in the state. Each event, we look forward to talking with students and recent alum about their interests, career opportunities and next steps.

I invite you to check out the career fair line-up below and come meet us! Your school’s career services center will have more information and instructions on how to register. Remember these events are usually open to alumni as well. And as you can see from daxko.com Careers page, we have plenty of entry-level and experienced opportunities.

You’ll definitely want to read Kristie A’s blog post, Job Fair 101 – How to Work the Room, before you venture out. We look forward to meeting you soon!

University of Alabama in Birmingham Career Fair (technical & nontechnical)
September 20th
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
UAB Campus Rec Center

Auburn University Non-Technical Career Fair
September 21st
3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hotel & Conference Center

Auburn University CS/Software Engineer Lunch
September 21st
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Shelby Center

University of Alabama General Interest & Business Career Fair
September 22nd
10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Bryant Conference Center in Sellers Auditorium