Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Your Relationships with Your Future Employers: How far is too far?

For many college students, entering the workforce is a new and unfamiliar experience. Consequentially, this opens the door to a new form of etiquette. From your first interaction with a company, to the way you conduct yourself once obtaining the position, maintaining a professional image can be challenging.

Recently, companies have elected to participate in college campus events as a means of connecting with new students. These employers have volunteered to hold ice cream socials, create workshops, speak in front of classes, and even assist in the move-in process. With these efforts, employers are creating a friendly rapport between themselves and the student in hopes of making the interview process a little less intimidating. Although these ideas have had some great success, there is a downside to this level of employer/student integration. Being that these activities are social, it makes it difficult to maintain a professional front.

As young professionals entering the workforce, it is important that you always maintain a certain level of professionalism, regardless of the situation. Regarding events that take place outside of the office, it is easy to become too comfortable. Although these events are created to make you feel at ease, be sure to conduct yourself in a way that would make the employer proud to have you on his/her staff.

Always be mindful of the way your language changes in different situations in order to make sure a professional tongue prevails in any setting. Although the concept of code switching does come as second nature, your ability to maintain appropriate conversation will set you apart from the rest! In terms of proper dress, many young professionals question their attire when interacting with employers in a casual setting. If you are unsure about what to wear, don’t be afraid to ask! It is always better to know than to show up in the wrong outfit. That being said, if the suggested dress is casual, be sure to maintain a certain level of appropriateness. Avoid any clothing that is too tight or see-through, as well as any graphics that could make your future employer uncomfortable.

As companies that continue to break down employer/student walls, it is easy to let proper etiquette slip through your fingers. However, with these tips, you will rule the boardroom AND the ice cream social!  

All the Best,
Sabrina Iaria
Career Center Graduate Assistant  


Thursday, November 16, 2017

The Fight for Your Greatest Life

What are the new, up and coming fields? Just like you, I was asking myself the same question. This is a great question to be asking yourself and making sure that you have, of course, chosen a major where your field will make you happy but will also help you make some money. After doing some much needed research on the topic for myself and the lovely students of Hofstra University, there are a few jobs that are in high demand right now.

All these jobs are subject to change within the next few years because what America needs right now may not be anywhere near what we need three years from now. From what I gathered, the top three jobs according to the data collected from several sites are (not in order): Registered Nurses (with a median salary of $68,000), General Manager or Operations Manager of  Business (with a median salary of $98,000), and Data Scientist (with a median salary of $111,000). I would recommend doing a bit of research on your own on as it is a great way to see if your career has a bright outlook.

While this is good to know, don’t feel like that is all that is out there! These may be popular or most needed, but may not be the best fit for you. What is great about these options is that all these different jobs can fall under numerous majors. You don’t have to be a business major to manage a business. It all boils down to how you apply your knowledge and resources. Managerial skills and the ability to process data are advantageous expertise in a multitude of fields highlighting exactly why your transferable skills are just as important as the actual degree that you hold. 

Just because the need for certain career is high and it isn’t your career doesn’t mean you can’t make money and have an abundance of happiness in your life. I like to think that life happens in such a way that allows everybody to have the power to change their own destiny. Life is all about your perspective; any and all majors at Hofstra provide an opportunity for personal and professional success.

Everyone’s future is bright and life is too short to think that you aren’t going to make it wherever you want to be in life. Don’t forget that no matter the major you choose, it’s up to you to utilize the resources to contribute to your success. If you are feeling doubtful (which I really hope you are not), you have time to change your major if you ever want or need to. Need help with that? That is where the Career Center comes into play. 

I’ll leave you with my favorite quote:
“It is never too late to be what you might have been”
- George Eliot

While this is open to interpretation, I take it to mean that it is never too late to change who you are, or what you want to be.
Hadiya Robinson
Undergraduate Assistant for External Relations

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Power of Thank You

            With Thanksgiving around the corner, I wanted to discuss the power of gratitude, and the importance of saying, “Thank you” after an interview. There are two ways to go about this. You can send an e-mail or hand-write and mail a Thank You card. Here are a couple of tips on what to include:

Tips to Writing an E-Mail Thank You:

1. Like a cover letter, make sure to include the position you are looking to be hired for.

2. Add in something that you talked about in the actual interview. This is one way to help you stand out from the crowd.

3. I always recommend saying you appreciate the person’s time. Everyone loves to be thanked, and your interviewer is no exception.

4. Make sure you have someone else read the E-mail to correct typos and grammar. Fresh eyes will see something you may have missed.

5. Send within 24- 48 hours of the interview  

Bonus Points: Sending a personal E-mail to each person that interviewed you


Tips for a Handwritten Thank You

1. Make sure you plan out beforehand what you are going to say. Cross outs and white-out are never professional.

2. Write slowly and carefully to make your handwriting is as neat as possible (Script is preferable).

Life Hack: If you worry that your handwriting is not neat enough, have a friend write out carefully as you dictate (No one will ever know!)

3. Make sure the card itself is professional. 


Why you should send both:
Beware of sending only a handwritten card because the U.S. Post is not a 100% guarantee. If you send it to the wrong address or it is over a holiday weekend, the card could be delayed for quite a bit. However, I highly recommend both the e-mail AND the handwritten.
According to one recruiter, they said that in one position they went through about 300 interviews. Of the 300, about 150 sent Thank-You emails. Of those 150, about 5 sent a mailed card. Those 5 made it to the 2
nd round of interviews, even if they were not being considered. That is how much they stood out from their cards.  

~Best of Luck, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving~  
Kristi Riecker
Graduate Assistant
Hofstra Career Center

Thursday, November 2, 2017

This Week’s Homework Assignment is to Embrace Success

With the Career Center wrapping up the last of our Fall Career Fairs this week, we wanted to ask you, the students, about your “Why”. Why did you go to the fair? Why did you not? Why are you postponing your own success? Why are you taking advantage of some opportunities, but not others? We want to hear your voice and know your story, but it is important for you to come out and share it.
Below, Professor Vickerie of the Department of Management & Entrepreneurship in the Zarb School of Business provides advice designed to help you answer maybe some of your own “whys” and understand how to propel your own success. Professor Vickerie has her BBA 100 class attend the Fall Career Fair as part of their curriculum. She encourages her students to attend career fairs as it is the perfect way to create an impactful moment. Many of her freshmen and sophomore students were nervous and unsure of themselves before they entered the massive room with over 125 organizations. Yet, over half left with promises for an upcoming interview!

So check out her words of wisdom, and stop by the Student Center Atrium on Wednesday, November 8th to provide the Career Center with some feedback about how we can best serve you!

Dear Students,

You have the ability but it is your job to develop a toolbox that will enable you to shape your own path to success.

YOU!!! You AND your friends!!! You and your friends need to talk to as many potential employers that connect with your interests. You want to give yourself options to choose between internships rather than only having one or none.

As early as possible! You should be going to a career fair in your first year! The main point is to get as much practice as possible with presenting yourself to a potential employer, both in person and on paper. Even though you may not get a job at the first career fair you go to, more than anything else, attending multiple fairs will help you hone your skills for the big game later.

Professor Vickerie

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

How your Involvement(ality) can help you with your Career Path

As I transition into my role at the Hofstra Career Center, I cannot help but reminisce on my journey of how I got here. Like most students, I went to college to learn and get a degree which would help me with my future. The college experience is different from being in high school because you are able to learn and grow in ways that you did not imagine, both in and outside of the classroom. The expectation is that you will make friends, study all night, and graduate from the best years of your life. However, what I learned was that the most influential part of my college experience, one that no one clued me in on, was getting involved on campus.
The best aspect of getting involved is that it plays an important role in your career development.  Here are a few ways getting involved on campus can do that:
·       Discovering a career path: Whether you already know what you want to do or if you are still searching, being involved can play a role. Join clubs, organizations, honor societies, or get involved in an office on campus, you never know where it can lead you.
·       Networking: Being in college is a time to open your horizons, meet others that share your interests and background, as well as those who don’t. Involvement in different offices on campus, clubs, and organization helps you build a diverse network of people that are either professionals or will be in a few short years. Plus, you never know who they may know or bring in as guest speakers.
·       Learning how to work with others: Being involved means you will most likely work with others. Working in groups outside of the classroom can teach skills that group projects in the classroom cannot: how to reach a common goal that is not for a grade. Collaboration, compromise, and flexibility are just a few of the skills that will be important for your future job.
·       Leadership Development: Being able to hold leadership positions teaches you effective ways to manage and work with others. It can also help with your self-esteem and public speaking skills. Employers want to hire students that take initiative, are well rounded and show they can bring the company forward. These are skills you can develop or enhance in a leadership role.
·       Diversifying Experience: Having a wide range of interests and experiences shows that you are adaptable and can work well in different environments. Companies want more well-rounded candidates because it brings innovative ideas to the table.
·       Feeling Connected: Getting involved on campus brings a sense of connectedness and loyalty to the college you attend. Studies show that students who feel more connected to their college are more successful both academically and on their jobs after graduation.
·       Being in the know with opportunities: Knowing people on campus means that you are in the know of important opportunities on campus. Whether it is a job fair, or a one on one with a CEO that wants to give back to their alma mater, being involved means you will hear about these opportunities first hand. 

It is a sure-fire resume builder: As a college student who may or may not have a lot of professional experience, being involved in campus adds depth and skills to your resume. Employers want to see leadership, initiative, and teamwork. Who better than a students made the most out of their college experience.
SO… Join a club, or organization, get involved in the student leadership office by being an orientation leader, join student government, a Greek letter organization, or find a on campus position in any of the offices. Whatever it is that interests you on campus GO FORTH IN YOUR CAREER PATH.

Sabeen Sheikh, MHC
Career Advisor | Career Center