Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Making Your Space Cubicle Chic

Working in a cubicle is sometimes a way of life in office settings. But, depending on the rules of the organization, that doesn’t mean yours has to be boring. So, here are five great examples of “cubicle chic” to inspire you in the workplace.  Be sure to talk with your supervisor before you get too creative!

Gary Alan Miller,
Executive Director

Friday, October 2, 2015

Just Add Some Lemon!

Although water is essential for life, sometimes it gets pretty bland and you need a bit of zest to make things interesting. I personally like to add lemons to my water, some people add mint, but it's up to your personal preference of how you want to shake things up from the monotony of every day water.

Think about how this could relate to the career-application process. Every day employers are getting piles of resumes and cover letters or conducting interviews, and the ones that stand out are the ones that have that "oomph". There are many ways to personalize your documents to stand out:
  • Depending on the industry, you could add color in your resume. You don't want to go overboard with color, but minimally adding a pop of color could make your resume stand out.
  • Changing up your font from the generic 'Times New Roman'. Try out a new professional font (no comic sans or curlz!) and see how it changes the "feel" of your resume. 
  • Add an objective that personalizes your resume to the specific opportunity you are applying for. This shows the employer that you didn't just write a generic cover letter to send to multiple jobs!
  • Personalize your documents for the type of position you are applying for. If you are applying for a retail sales position, your documents should reflect more customer service skills than if you were applying for a desk-job. Think about the skills that you'll need for that position and make it unique for each document!
These are just a few of the things you could do to metaphorically "add the lemon" to your career-application process. And as always, if you need support and advice on how to stand out, give us a call at (516) 463-6060 and schedule an appointment!

Anne Monique Concepcion,
Graduate Assistant

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The New Girl/The New Guy

Starting a new job or internship is nerve-wrecking and exciting all at the same time. You were able to lock down the position you were aiming for, and as thrilled as you are, you are now entering into unchartered territory. You will be the “new girl or guy,” in the company.  As you try to learn the company’s culture and everyone’s name and job title, there are a few key factors to always keep in mind:
  • Be Confident. Don’t underestimate yourself, you were able to land your dream position and here is your chance to prove yourself.
  • Be Willing to Learn. There will be a lot of new work for you to take on, so have your pen, note pad, and an open-mind ready to learn.
  • Be Friendly. Be open to meeting everyone, keep a smile on your face and introduce yourself.
  • Be Prepared. Be ready for whatever may be thrown at you, whether it is a heavy work load, adjusting to new personalities or navigating yourself around the facility.

Being the new person at work is never easy, but keep in mind that everyone has been the new person at some point. Everyone has experienced those same butterflies. 

Nalani Goonetilleke,
External Relations Intern

Monday, September 28, 2015

The Power of Meeting People

You walk in suited up, shoes shined, and with your pad folio at hand. Another career fair. 

Last week, as I met with a student, he asked, "What's the point of a career fair anyways? They always just tell you to apply online." I smiled and said, "Yeah... That's annoying, right?" I meant it. However, I believe in the power of meeting people.

Think about this: if you worked as a recruiter, and your internship posting received over 100 applications, what would you do? Chances are, next to your pile of 100+ applications you will find a smaller pile of 5-10. This smaller pile probably came to you from people you know and trust (i.e., referrals). If you worked as a recruiter, which would you review first? 

That's the power of meeting people. 

Do know that not every interaction at a career fair will result in an interview or offer. However, I strongly encourage you to believe in the power of meeting people. If you do attend a career fair, meet with a recruiter, and he/she asks you to apply online - go ahead. They may refer your application to the hiring manager, moving your application from the bigger pile to the smaller pile. Or, they may remember you down the line, in a few semesters or a few years, perhaps when you find yourself back on the market. You never know, so stand up straight, smile, and go meet people. 

Stefano Verdesoto,
External Relations Assistant Director

Thursday, September 24, 2015

What Did You Do Over The Summer?

Well, it’s officially Fall! There is a slight chill in the air and you can get just about anything pumpkin-flavored that you could possibly want. But let’s not forget so quickly about this past summer! How did you spend your time off? Did you travel extensively? Were you working? Volunteering? Learning a new computer skill? Any of these things can now be put on your resume.

Never underestimate the value of any part-time job. Say, for example, you are a Public Relations major and you were a lifeguard one day a week over the summer. You may think that putting this position on your resume doesn’t make sense because it’s not related to your major and because it was only one day a week. However, there is no requirement on the number of hours that you need to do a job in order to put it on your resume. Also, while the position itself may not be related to your career goal, the transferable skills learned and used at that job would be relevant to any position. As a lifeguard you have a serious amount of responsibility and must work under pressure.  You also must pay attention to what is going on around you and respond when needed. Maybe you also trained new lifeguards, supervised others, or were given responsibility to open and close the pool area. All of those job duties would fit in quite nicely on a resume!

The Career Center is here to help you take those summer experiences and put them on a resume or practice talking about them in an interview. Make an appointment with us before those summer memories fade away like your tan lines.

Darlene Johnson,
Director of External Relations

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Why didn't that employer call?

The two things that we often neglect to pay attention to when applying for jobs is our E-Mail address and the outgoing message on our cell phone. Be mindful of what employers will assume about you based on those things. If your outgoing message on the phone has music with curse words and inappropriate language, you my want to consider switching to the default outgoing message. And if your email address is something like or, please know it is time for something that is more workplace appropriate. When employers are going through hundreds of potential applicants don't let your email address or outgoing message prevent you from advancing to the next round. Think smart, make appropriate changes, and land that next opportunity!

Lorraine Massiah,
Assistant Director

Friday, September 18, 2015

The Story of the Black Blazer

Yesterday, one of our Career Center team members came into the office having just spilled coffee on her shirt whilst driving to work. As we talked about how to best hide the stain for her meetings throughout the day, I remembered that hanging in my office was a black blazer that I keep in my office “just-in-case.” She threw on the blazer, and it covered up the stains so she could go about her day looking polished and professional (and, might I add, it fit perfectly!).

This blazer was one which I had long ago left in The Career Center one day, but decided to keep there after a conversation with another colleague about a tie that I found in an office drawer. The tie, I found out, was used by a previous tenant of my office during our On-Campus Recruiting programs in the event that someone came in for an interview without a tie, or needed to learn how to tie one in preparation for an interview of their own. I looked at the black blazer hanging in my office (which I had consistently forgotten to bring home with me each day… oops) and I knew that if it stayed hanging there, its time of necessity would come… and it did!

The age-old motto of the Boy Scouts is “Be Prepared,” and I think that saying holds true for most, if not all, aspects of our lives—especially our careers! Whether you keep a few printed resumes in a portfolio during a meeting with your advisor, or business cards in your pocket at a networking event, you can keep yourself ready for any opportunity that may present itself to you. Of course, we never know what can happen over the course of a semester, a week, or even a day. Sometimes, we find ourselves in a very different position at the end of the day than when we woke up! Similarly, you never know when something will pop up that affects a friend, family member, or colleague, and your preparation or quick-thinking could be the thing that not only gets them through, but shows them they have your support. Our best weapon against uncertainty is to expect the unexpected, and when we see an opportunity to prepare ourselves for whatever may arise (like keeping a black blazer at the ready), we should do so!

Happy Prepping!

Amy Smith,
Assistant Director