Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Power of “Thank You” – Two Little Words Can Do So Much

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to visit the topic of the two most powerful words: 
thank you.  Yes our parents taught us it was polite to use “please” and “thank you,” but did you also know it could make or break your career? 

I keep all my thank you cards and emails, some even on display in my office.  Those who are appreciative for my help always stand out in my mind.  Want to know the secrets to making gratitude at work also work for you?  Don’t worry; this doesn’t defeat the purpose of giving thanks or mess with your karma.  Check out this blog from the Daily Muse for helpful hints: 2 Little Words That Have a Huge Impact at Work. 

Put this to practice and thank someone today!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Deanna Rodin, Associate Director


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make Sustainable Connections!

Last night, we hosted our Green Careers: Meet and Greet event in the Student Center. Students were able to meet with professionals from a variety of areas in the Sustainability industry and learn what it is like to work in a “green” career field!


Seeing students and employers make connections on the basis of sustainability as an industry got me thinking about how the connections we make sustainable themselves. Meeting with employers in your field of interest is a great way to get introduced to the variety of opportunities available to you, but it also allows you to build up a network of professionals with whom you may be working or interacting with in the future! Keeping this in mind, it’s very important to keep the connections going after the initial interactions are made.

As you’re meeting with professionals, make sure to get their business card or other contact information. Then, just as you would after an interview, follow-up with them within 24-48 hours to thank them for taking the time to speak with you, and include some of what you talked about or found interesting from your conversation. If you can find the professional contact on LinkedIn, even better! Sending a connection request allows you to not only reach out, but to make a connection that allows the professional to see what you’ve been up to!


Need advice on how to sustain your networking connections? Come on in and let us help!

Amy Smith, Assistant Director

Monday, November 17, 2014

Events for the Week of 11/17

Events for Week of 11/17

Check out this Candid Career video for advice regarding internships and other career related topics!

Synergy Resource On-Campus Recruiting
Resume submission deadline Monday, November 17, 2014 by 11:59 PM
OCR Position for Software Developer/Programmer. Seeking students with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Information Technology, or related field preferred or equivalent experience preferred. See PrideCMS for more details and for resume submission.

Green Careers: Meet and Greet
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5pm in the Multipurpose Room West
Join representatives from “green” companies and positions and find out how you can find your ideal career in the sustainability industry. All Hofstra students are welcome! Refreshments will be served!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Makes a Great Internship?

 

As the semester is coming to an end, you may be starting to apply to internships. There are tons of internship opportunities to apply to, and it may be hard to figure which ones are the best fit for you. Vault.com has made this process much easier with its Top Internship Rankings.

Vault.com surveyed thousands of current and former interns about their internship programs. Respondents rated their experiences in five areas: Quality of Life; Compensation & Benefits; Interview Process; Career Development, and Full-time Employment Prospects.

In addition, to the best overall internships, there are rankings for the best internships based on industry such as Accounting, Finance, Energy, Media and Retail.

Don’t forget to take advantage of your free account at Vault.com. All Hofstra students are eligible for a free account by registering. You can do this by entering your my.hofstra.edu portal, clicking on “my apps” on the top right corner, and clicking on the Vault icon in the pop-up window.


By using your account, you can view Vault’s industry guides, internship reviews from former interns, apply to internships and full-time positions, and much more.

Nayelli Perez, Assistant Director

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Using Information Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career



The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career.  So, how do you do that? Informational interviewing and job shadowing are two great options.

Informational interviews help you learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background.  Shadowing a professional allows you to follow someone in your career choice as they go through a typical day or week on the job and ask questions and observe the work.

Finding a Profession(al)
Finding someone to interview or shadow is not difficult. Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if they know someone you can interview. Ask your professors for recommendations of professionals in the field. Go to your career center: Many maintain lists of alumni and employers who are willing to help in your career exploration.

Next, call or write a letter requesting an information interview or job shadowing. People who like their jobs tend to enjoy talking about them. You compliment the professional by expressing an interest in the career. In your phone call or letter, explain how you found the person you want to interview and request time for an appointment. Emphasize that you want to find out more about the career—you’re not looking for a job. If you’re lucky, the professional you contact may have other colleagues you can interview also.

Asking Questions
Take notes during your time with the professional. Here are some questions you might ask:
  • What is your typical workday like?
  • What do you like most (and least) about your job?
  • What skills/abilities are most important to succeed in this job?
  • What is your educational background?
  • How did you get started in this field?
  • What courses were most helpful to you and which would you recommend?
  • What is the best way to get started in this field?
  • Do you have any additional advice to help me prepare?


Following Up Your Interview
Review your notes. What was your impression? Did you leave the interview feeling as if you can envision a future in this occupation or were you discouraged—you don’t feel you learned enough about the occupation or the job description doesn’t sound appealing any longer?

Take your thoughts and concerns to the career center staff and get feedback on the next step to take in your career exploration. You may want to do additional information interviews in this career path or you may want to reexamine your goals and find a different path for your interests.

No matter what you decide, send a thank-you note to anyone you interview or shadow. Whether you decide to forge ahead on that career path or find another one, this professional may be a good person to network with when you begin your job search.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Gary Alan Miller, Executive Director

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Get Connected to the Health Sciences & Human Services Career Fair!



Hello students, 

Today is the Health and Human Services Career Fair. It is being held in the Multipurpose Room of the Student Center from 4-6:30 PM. All majors welcome, come see our employers and positions they have to offer. Even if you are not looking for a job, internship or volunteer experience stop by and see what a job fair is all about. Get "face-time" with employers and see what qualities they are looking for in new hires. I hope to see you there.

Lorraine Massiah,
Assistant Director

Friday, November 7, 2014

Passing On Tips I Learned...



Last night I went to a wonderful event offered by the New York State Society of CPAs. The event started with a panel of accounting and human resources professionals giving their tips and advice on many areas of job search, gained from their own experiences with students over the years. While the event was geared towards accounting students, the information shared by these professions is relevant for all students in any major.  Here are some of the points that were stressed the strongest:

  • Look for internships and mentoring programs to boost your resume, but also to reinforce you desire to be in your field of choice.
  • Communication skills are crucial!  That goes for non-verbal communication as well. Practice your handshake and maintaining eye contact during conversations.
  • Employers will only spend a few seconds reviewing your resume. Therefore, you need to be strategic on where you place the key information.  The most relevant experiences and skills should always be at the top of the resume.  Within your jobs, put the most relevant bullet points first.
  • Use an objective to let the reader know right away what type of position you are seeking. For example, are you looking for an internship or full-time job?
  • Cover letters are important!  Your cover letter is a writing sample for the employer.  Be sure it is free from any spelling or typographical errors!  (Same for the resume!)
  • Be prepared for your interviews.  Know the interviewer’s name beforehand.  Even look them up on LinkedIn! Give yourself ample extra time to get there; you never know what can happen!  Will you need to find a parking spot?  Also, bring a few resumes with you.  Look the part!  Dress professionally and neatly. 
  • Speaking of LinkedIn, if you don’t have a profile, create one!  If you do, make sure you have a picture that shows you at your professional best and be sure to add all work and educational experiences to your profile.
  • Give examples during your interview. Tell a story that illustrates the skill that you are trying to convey with your answer.
  • Always follow an interview with a thank-you email.  Again, this should be a professional email free of any errors.
  • Once in an internship or full-time job, take initiative! Ask your co-workers if they need any help with anything. Don’t wait to be asked. Read whatever you can read.  Volunteer for whatever you can volunteer for.  Take the any opportunity to meet your co-workers.


Of course, we at The Career Center have been saying these things all along!  Want more tips?  Make an appointment with a career counselor today!

Darlene Johnson,
Director of External Relations