Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
I know, I know, you're tired of the phrase "the new normal." So am I. However, we can't deny that things that we didn't even know about last year are now part of our every-day life. Take virtual career fairs, for example. In all my years of working in career services, I had never coordinated a virtual career fair until Covid struck. Now, I've already had 2, and we have 3 more this semester.
What's a virtual career fair? Well, it can mean different things, depending on what platform a school is using. In our case, we are using Handshake, a platform that I hope many of you are familiar with. In Handshake's case, engagement with employers takes place after students sign up for 1-1 and group sessions. So, that means that you need to put some work in even before the fair. Here's a to-do list:
- Make sure that your Handshake profile is complete. Check for any inaccuracies in your class year, GPA, or anything else. Let us know if you see anything that needs to be changed.
- Click "register" on the Handshake fair page.
- Take a look at the employers who have registered. Check back frequently because we are receiving new registrations almost every day.
- Review the scheduled 1-1 sessions and group sessions. If a registered employer has not created their schedule yet, check back.
- Register for 10 minute 1-1 slots, and 30 minute group sessions. Be open-minded! Try to fill your schedule as much as possible so that you can engage with many employers. You can sign up for sessions up until the time of the session, but don't wait, some schedules will get filled before the day of the fair.
- Make sure that your resume is updated.
- Check your privacy settings in Handshake and be sure to have yours set to "community." That means that once you sign up with an employer, that employer can see your profile.
- Research the employers that you are meeting with.
- Plan what to wear, and we don't just mean from the waist down!
- Consider where you will be at the time of the fair. Do you have a quiet place? Will there be noise distractions?
- Test your audio and visual technology before the fair. We highly recommend using Chrome for our virtual fairs.
- Know that our office will have a Zoom room set up for any questions that you have during the fair.
- Participate in our Prepare For the Fair Career Conference on 9/28 (information on Handshake) to get your resume, job search and career fair questions answered. Plus, it will give you practice using the system!
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
You may have heard that networking is more important than ever and wondering why. During a difficult job market, it is essential to stay connected and build your connections. More importantly, networking is the number one way you will find your next job or internship. The next time a company has an opening for a full-time position or internship, the first thing that most hiring managers will do is ask their colleagues if they know of anyone who is looking for an opportunity. If you just recently networked, YOU are that someone who is looking and they will hopefully think of you, share the opportunity with you, and potentially consider you for an interview.
External Relations Coordinator | The Center for Career Design and Development
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Over the summer, the Career Center is still here to assist in your professional endeavors. If there are any documents (resumes, cover letters, personal statements) you’d like to have reviewed via email at this time, or if you’d like to schedule a meeting via Zoom, we are here for you. We are more than happy to help you navigate through these virtual times.
Some appointment options that are still available to you are:
· Document Reviews
· Internship/Job Search
· Practice Interviews
· Career/Major Exploration
· Strength/Skill Building
On behalf of Hofstra’s Career Center, we just want to thank you for your adaptability and dedication to your professional grown! We hope you have a wonderful, safe, and healthy summer!
Wednesday, May 6, 2020
In your attempts to remain active on LinkedIn, be sure to check out the Hofstra homepage. Here, you will be able to search through Hofstra graduates that may be working in a field that you aspire to be part of. Connect with those who have experiences that most directly relate your goals in an effort to make a name for yourself within your target industry. These connections will point you in the right direction in terms of companies and professional associations to look into!
You may also come across alumni who have previously graduated with the same major as you and are now working in the professional world. If you are unsure about how to best utilize your degree post-grad, talking to alumni and hearing their experiences is an awesome way for you to gain insight and ideas about where you see your professional self in the years to come.
The Hofstra network is constantly active and forever growing. Alumni, world-wide, are always looking to lend an extra hand to help a fellow Hofstra graduate. Having Hofstra as a common ground provides you with a foot in the door as you start to expand your network. Don’t hesitate to ask for an informational interview or any pro tips to propel you forward as a professional. Remember - once a part of the Pride, always a part of the Pride!
For more information about how to leverage your Hofstra network and request an information interview with an alumni, schedule an appointment with a Career Advisor today!
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
1. Focus on Who’s Hiring: Tech companies, healthcare, financial services, and business software companies are still hiring. Check out the list of those companies who are still accepting applications, as well as those who are currently on a hiring freeze: https://candor.co/hiring-freezes/
2. Explore Micro-Internships: Micro-internships are short term-project based assignments. These experiences allow you to explore career paths, expand your skills, and develop professional networks during these virtual times. With the majority of micro-internships ranging from 5-40 hours of work, it is easy to gain experience from multiple companies in a short period of time.
3. Create a Plan to Turn Your Internship Virtual: Whether you’ve already accepted an internship prior to the virtual shift or are still networking, brainstorm ways to make your opportunity work without stepping foot in the office. Be prepared to discuss how you can help on specific initiatives that have been impacted by COVID-19 and show your employer that your essential to their efforts.
4. Be Mindful of the Applicant Tracking System: With everyone applying to opportunities online, talent acquisition professionals are being flooded with applications. In order to get yourself noticed and through the Applicant Tracking System (ATS), it is important to customize your resume for each job you apply to. Focus on the language within the job description and match it to your resume. The more key words you use, the better!
For more information on how to leverage your skills and land opportunities during COVID-19, schedule a Career Center appointment today through CONNECT!
Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Managing that work-life balance shouldn’t stop now. As important as it is to keep up with schoolwork, the job search, and other professional development opportunities, it is also imperative
You have learned to navigate your online education and the virtual job search, so what is stopping you from integrating your connections in these newfound times? Where there is a will, there is a way!
For more information on how to cope and connect during the virtual shift, register for today's Workshop Wednesday on Handshake!