Friday, April 21, 2017

Don't miss the last events for the 2017 Spring Semester!





Pride Shadowing Program
The PRIDE Shadowing Program is an opportunity for students to explore possible career fields and gain exposure to the professional work environment. Participants will visit a host organization for one day and learn first hand how classroom learning can be linked to career choices and further educational goals. Shadowing can help students obtain knowledge that comes only from being in the job setting.

Seeking Purpose Series: Dr. Preeti Gupta
Come hear Dr. Preeti Gupta speak about her experiences as Director for Youth Learning and Research at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Preeti Gupta is responsible for strategic planning, program development and research and evaluation for out of school time youth initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History. Her portfolio also includes leading the summer museum residency components of the newly initiated Masters of Arts in Teaching program for Earth Science teachers. Her research interests are focused on the trajectories of youth’s experiences with science in and out of school settings, the role that museums play in motivation and deepening engagement with STEM and STEM careers, youth employment and workforce development and the factors that mediate how youth identify with the scientific enterprise.
Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
SC Plaza Rooms - Student Center

Job Search and Dating – A Parallel Universe


Often times when I meet with students, I use analogies to simplify concepts. This approach ensures that we are on the same page.  My favorite analogy is comparing dating and job searching... They are essentially the same.

Why?

What is your resume? A profile picture...you are putting your best foot forward and presenting the best PICTURE of yourself both on paper and in a photograph.

Why are you called for an interview? Based on the “picture” you sent and the content you provided... you were selected for “a date".

How should you dress?  Both for a date and interview.... you must look presentable base on location or industry.

What does a first date look like?  Maybe coffee or a quick bite at Starbucks... the 1st interview usually is a “screening”  and if you did well in either you will be called back.

Why didn’t you hear back from the date or the interviewer?  No chemistry or not a good fit....Have you ever gone out with someone and you just did no like them, for no reason at all? Same with an interview, sometimes they just liked someone better.  

Second interview to "meet the team”! This is the equivalent to taking the new partner to a family wedding or holiday dinner to meet DAD or THE BOSS....  You (1st interviewer) is  hoping the team/family like the pick as much as you do.  It’s your job in both cases to impress them (don’t be fake) with your charm.  Know your industry and stay away from hot topics like race, religion and politics in both cases.

Job offer aka the proposal – this is evaluation time! Are you ready to make this level of commitment? Is this a right fit for you?....  If the stars are not aligned, let the person know and this way they can find someone who wants to be that relationship or company.  Don’t make decisions based on not wanting to “be alone” or unemployed.  

So my words of advice in both scenarios Don’t be a desperate dater or job seeker.


Lorraine Massiah
Assistant Director, Career Center

Friday, April 14, 2017

“I went to the Spring Career Fair, now what?”

It was great seeing so many of you at the Spring 2017 Career Fair! This was our largest fair to date, with over 700 students attending, and we hope that you had a positive experience. For some of you, it might be clear what your next steps are, and not so much for others. Either way is completely okay! Hopefully these scenarios and suggestions can help.

* Met with great companies, but they don’t have positions of interest: In this scenario, you have the advantage of having connected with some recruiters, and this is the first step of the relationship building process. One suggestion is to message the recruiter periodically (maybe start with once a semester) and keep him or her informed with your updates and what you are interested in pursuing; the updates will help keep your name and story top of mind for when opportunities of interest do open up within the company. Another suggestion is to use the insights that you gathered from the conversations to help you gain more clarity around what attributes you are looking for in a company and then you can articulate that in conversations with other companies as part of your reason for why you want to work with them. 

* Met with great companies, and they have positions of interest, but you don’t qualify for them: In this scenario, you have connected with recruiters, which is important. The next step would be to do some introspective reflection and assess why you don’t qualify for the positions of interest. Is it because the position requires a certain class year? GPA? Other experience? Have no fear, you are not the first person to encounter these obstacles, nor will you be the last. If you weren’t able to address these perceived barriers in your initial conversation, we would encourage you to follow-up with the recruiter and share with them your value proposition for why you are a great candidate for the position, even if you don’t check off all the boxes they are looking for in an ideal candidate. This scenario is all about selling your story, hustling hard (see post "It's ALL about Hustle"), and applying anyway. Feel free to schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to help you develop and sell your story.

* Didn’t see any companies of interest: We thank you for coming to the Career Fair anyway and hope that you were able to have some good conversations even if they didn’t pique your interest. Although this scenario can be frustrating, it can also help you gain some more clarity around what it is that you are looking for in a company; sometimes the best way to figure out what you want is by knowing what you don’t want. We recommend that you schedule an appointment with at Career Counselor to debrief on your Career Fair experience and what your strategy should be moving forward.

We at the Career Center are here to help you throughout your different scenarios, so don’t hesitate to come in for our drop-in hours (between 10-11am and 2-4pm every day the university is open) or schedule an appointment with a counselor. 

Happy Spring!

Ava Danville, MBA
Assistant Director
The Career Center, Hofstra University

P.s. As a reminder, if you have not yet sent follow-up thank you emails to any recruiters you spoke with, we recommend that you do that as soon as possible and include some information about your conversation to refresh their memory.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

April events you just cannot miss!

April events you just cannot miss!  

Students will participate in small group discussions and have the opportunity to network with and receive advice from Hofstra Alumni and other Industry Professionals representing various Careers in Sports Media, Music and Entertainment, News, Technology and New Media and Non-Profit
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Green Room #211 - Herbert School of Communications


Students are invited to Service Networking, an afternoon of community service and networking with professionals and alumni. The program begins at The Career Center where students and professionals/alumni will be transported to Friends of Hempstead Plains . At the site, an informal pizza lunch will take place where students can engage in a healthy dialogue with professionals in the field and make connections. After lunch, students and professionals will work together to cut shrubs, weed, plant seeds, and participate in general spring clean up. Afterwards, The Career Center will provide transportation from the community service site back to the Career Center.
Friday, April 21, 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Career Center, M. Robert Lowe Hall 


Come hear Dr. Preeti Gupta speak about her experiences as Director for Youth Learning and Research at the American Museum of Natural History.  
Wednesday, April 26, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
SC Plaza Rooms - Student Center


For more events, check out Handshake at hofstra.edu/careerhub.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

April Events!



What does your April schedule look like? 


Over 30+ employers will be at the fair offering internship and job opportunities in the health and helping professions fields. This event is for undergraduates, graduates AND alumni! Register on Handshake to attend!
Tuesday, Apr 11 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hofstra University, MultiPurpose Room

The PRIDE Shadowing Program is an opportunity for students to explore possible career fields and gain exposure to the professional work environment. Participants will visit a host organization for one day and learn first hand how classroom learning can be linked to career choices and further educational goals. Shadowing can help students obtain knowledge that comes only from being in the job setting.

Hiring Teachers, Leaders, and Operations Roles! Come mingle with Success Academy recruiters and learn about teaching and school leadership opportunities. All majors are welcome—you don’t have to be an education major to take advantage of this opportunity! Light food will be served. Please note this is an off-site event and attendees are responsible for transportation. Register here.
 Wednesday, April 12, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Interested in learning more about the Sustainability and what careers can be found within the industry? Join The Career Center and the Hofstra University Sustainability Department for a panel of professionals, followed by an opportunity to meet and build up your professional network!
Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Career Lab - Career Center, M. Robert Lowe Hall

Students will participate in small group discussions and have the opportunity to network with and receive advice from Hofstra Alumni and other Industry Professionals representing various Careers in Sports Media, Music and Entertainment, News, Technology and New Media and Non-Profit
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Green Room #211 - Herbert School of Communications

For more events, check out Handshake at hofstra.edu/careerhub.

Snag that next dream internship, graduate assistantship, or employment opportunity!


With Summer fast approaching, various interviews are being conducted for internships, graduate assistantships, and employment opportunities. No one can deny how nerve-racking an interview can be, but we hope these 6 tips will help you land that dream experience!

1. Do your research on the company.
An employer does not want to hire someone who has no knowledge of their company. Go on their website, and read up not only on your department, but others as well. Especially note the company’s mission statement. If possible, speak to someone who is currently working there. While in the interview, you should try to incorporate the organization’s values in your answers.

2. Prepare questions you are likely to be asked.
A question that is almost a guarantee is the classic “Tell me about yourself”. Sounds easy, right? However, this question is deceptively hard to answer because it is so vague. The key to answering this question is showing you will fit in their company, bring about their desired goals, and elevate it with your skill set. To do so you need to highlight your successes, past involvements, and strengths.

3. Have questions for the interviewer.
This tip ties into your research. Never ask the employer a question that is easily answered on their website. A good question to always ask is “What is your favorite aspect of working here?” Afterwards, be sure to say “Thank you!” for the interview. Everyone loves to be appreciated, and they did choose you.

4. Choose what you wear with care.
The importance of this tip cannot be overstated. Often, employers know within the first ten minutes of an interview whether they are going to hire someone. This is because first impressions matter. One way to make an excellent first impression is by choosing an outfit that is appropriate, modest, and not too flashy. They say that the best color to wear is navy blue because it portrays that you are calm and to be trusted.

5. Remember your body language
Be sure to have a good, firm handshake, sit up straight, and have your shoulders back. Try to be confident, but not cocky. In addition, have consistent eye contact and smile. This will all help improve your first impression.

6. Sign up at the Career Center for a mock interview!
Afterwards, continue to practice with a friend or family member. The more prepared you are, the better you will come across in the interview.

~Wishing you all the best of luck~

 Kristi Rieker 
Career Center Fellow 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

THE biggest event of Spring plus more!


THE CAREER FAIR IS THIS WEEK! 

Spring 2017 Career Fair

Lots of employers will be at the fair offering both amazing internship and job opportunities that you just can't miss!! This event is for undergraduates, graduates AND alumni! Make great connections and put your personal brand to the test! Register on Handshake! 
Wednesday, April 5, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex, Hofstra University


Health and Helping Professions Career Fair
Over 30+ employers will be at the fair offering internship and job opportunities in the health and helping professions fields. This event is for undergraduates, graduates AND alumni! Register on Handshake to attend!
Tuesday, Apr 11 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Hofstra University, MultiPurpose Room


Green Careers
Interested in learning more about the Sustainability and what careers can be found within the industry? Join The Career Center and the Hofstra University Sustainability Department for a panel of professionals, followed by an opportunity to meet and build up your professional network!
Wednesday, April 12, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Career Lab - Career Center, M. Robert Lowe Hall

Career Snapshot

Students will participate in small group discussions and have the opportunity to network with and receive advice from Hofstra Alumni and other Industry Professionals representing various Careers in Sports Media, Music and Entertainment, News, Technology and New Media and Non-Profit
Wednesday, April 19, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Green Room #211 - Herbert School of Communications

For more events, check out Handshake at hofstra.edu/careerhub.