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GradIreland Career Fair

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I attended the GradIreland Career Fair at the RDS on 13th Oct 2010. It was an excellent event, with over 120 stands, and attended by 7000+ students. Well do to the team at GradIreland for putting on an impressive event.

I presented to a “standing room only” audience of 100+ Graduates, from 3.30 to 4.30. I was very impressed with the numbers that turned up, considering I presented at the end of a very long day. The presentation went well, and well received, judging by the comments afterwards.

The topic was “Standing out in a competitive graduate job market”. Below are some of the key message points.

– Develop an ongoing approach to job search – Build your Personal Brand
– Record your job search activity – Results don’t lie
– If you are not getting your desired results – change!!
– Stop hiding bland CVs and cover letters
– Stop reacting to the job market. Start attacking it proactively! (80/20 rule)
– Inject creativity when stuck on “M50 of the job market” (advertised jobs).
– Implement “VISIBILITY” strategies to access the hidden jobs.
– Become LinkedIn & SM Savvy.
– Become the “King of Networking”
– Become a salesperson – be able to sell yourself.

Thanks a million to everyone who made the effort to attend my presentation. And thanks to GradIreland for inviting me to talk at the event. Feel free to post comments below.

Happy Job Hunting!!

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11 thoughts on “GradIreland Career Fair”

  1. Paul comes across as a guy who is stubborn almost in his pursuits and simply will not accept that any situation is going to pan out any other way than how he wants it to. His enthusiasm is infectious – this is certainly inspiring stuff!

  2. A rather positive and up beat guide on how to find a job in these tough times. While the talk went on longer than the sheduled 30 minutes only a few people left.

  3. Thanks for the comments Guys

    @Gavin – Glad you found the talk useful. Implement what was discussed and it will help your job search.

    @Brendan – I was having too much fun, and had too much to talk about, to end in the 30 minute allocation 🙂

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  4. Very inspirational talk, from a genuinely motivated speaker. It has changed my attitude and approach to job hunting.

  5. Paul’s talk was very inspiring. He has an orginality of presentation and content which keeps the audiance attention. He has given me a new approach to job/career seeking for this the second decade of the 21st Century. Well done and thank you.

  6. I would like to give a huge thanks to Paul and his dedication to jobseekers out there. I found his advice at the Gradfair 2010 very motivating. His advice was endless and he just fired out ideas from start to finish.

    I’ve now been very active in my job-hunt and have put his tips into action. Recently I even got an interview and I believe I wouldn’t be in this position if it wasn’t for him!

  7. Hi,

    I attended Paul’s session at the RDS, having been job seeking for about 8 weeks with little or no result or real direction.

    When I left the presentation, I felt re-energized and motivated and positive. Over the following few weeks I re worked my CV, put my online presence in place and put more as much work in, in the two weeks following the session as I had in the 8 weeks before.

    The result has been that today I accepted a job which came to me, purely from following Paul’s advice.

    An inspiring session, that delivered a perfect result for me. Thanks Paul.

  8. Gabriel

    Delighted to read your great news. I am thrilled that the presentation at GradIreland Careers Fair helped with your job search. Best of luck with the new job!!


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