Thursday, October 20, 2016

What is a Career Fair and Why Should I Go?

Good question, and we know some of you are thinking it. While the words “career fair” are thrown around in our office with great frequency, we realize that students may not truly know what a career fair is. So, consider this Career Fair 101 regarding our Fall Career Fair, happening on 
Wednesday, November 2nd from 11-2 in the Mack Arena.

A career fair is a gathering of companies that are looking to hire students for full-time, part-time or internship positions. If a company is at the fair, chances are they are actively looking to fill these roles, although they may have varying timelines. For example, some hiring needs may be immediate, while some may be for the following academic year or summer. So, no matter when you graduate, chances are you will find employers who fit your time table.

Not looking for any position at the moment? Coming to a career fair is still a great idea so that you can walk around and know what to expect when you are ready to search for an internship or job. Walking into a room of over 125 employers can be intimidating, so doing a practice run is a great idea!

Here are some frequently asked questions about our career fairs:

-What should I wear?
Wear your professional best! Come in business attire. If you are not sure what that means, we can help!

-Is the fair only for business majors?
NOPE! Employers attending the fair will be representing a wide variety of industries, including engineering, education, health care, not-for-profit, and may others!

-What employers are coming? 
You can find the list here. Review this list prior to the fair, and identify your top preferences. Research those companies so that you know who they are and what they do. Don’t just look at the company name, but review the jobs that they are seeking to fill. If you are a marketing major, don’t necessarily skip over a hospital, since maybe the hospital is looking for interns for their marketing department.

-Should I bring resumes?
Yes, and plenty of them. It’s a good idea to have your resume looked over by The Career Center prior to the fair. **Students can get a quick resume review during our Quick Question drop in hours, which are Monday-Friday from 10-11 and 2-4, no appointment necessary!

-Should I bring cover letters?
Nope, not necessary.

-Should I follow-up with employers?
Yes, take a business card from the representatives and make notes on the back with anything relevant that they told you. Send them a thank-you email for taking their time to attend the fair, and attach your resume, even though you may have given them a hard copy at the fair. Don’t be disheartened if you do not receive a reply. Recruiters attend many fairs and meet many students, but taking the time to follow-up with them shows your interest.

Have any more questions? We are here to help! Give us a call at 516-463-6060 or email us at Quick Question drop in hours, which are Monday-Friday from 10-11 and 2-4, no appointment necessary! See you at the fair

Sunday, October 16, 2016

The best way to be a STAND-OUT candidate!

Imagine that you have a problem. There’s something that needs to get done and your job is to find the right person to get that thing done. You have people counting on you to choose the right person to do this work! What do you do?!

You decide that your first step is to tell everyone you know (and the internet) all about the thing that needs to get done. You start writing and include all of the aspects that are most important to you, those that are critical to your team, and then you add in a few attributes that you would just really like to see in someone you bring in to do the work. Then, you wait; you wait for people to answer your call for help. And they do! It’s so exciting! People want to fix your problem!

A lot of people want to fix your problem. You now have a large file of documents from people who want to fix your problem. You’ve decided you’d like to talk to at least three of them in person. How do you get this stack of 50 down to three? Seriously—how do you do it? Take a moment and think about what your strategy might be. What do you focus on first? Second? Is there a way to immediately eliminate any applicants?

Knowing how the hiring process works is the best way to be a stand-out candidate! Always put yourself in the mind of the person who is hiring when you are writing your application materials. Think about what steps they go through in getting a stack of 50 applications down to five or fewer for in-person interviews. Think about how they will evaluate your experience, education, and interest. They’re looking for your story, but more specifically, your unique story as it relates to their problem (job description). How can you share with them how you are going to fix their problem?

Make a lasting impression at the 2016 Fall Career Fair on November 2nd! Be that person who can fix an employer's problem! Don't know where to start? Feel free to give us a call at (516) 463-6060 or stop in to make an appointment with a career counselor at any time!

Click the Handshake link to find out more about the 115+ employers attending the Career Fair! 

Need tips on how to get ready for the fair? Click the Handshake link below for GA Scott's 
"Prep Before You Step Program" to learn how to dress to impress and create an amazing resume for your for 2016 Fall Career Fair debut! 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

WHY you should do an internship...

As the 2016 Fall Career Fair is fast approaching, we at the Career Center encourage you to seek out all the wonderful internship opportunities that will be presenting themselves on campus November 2nd! With over 100 employers attending, the possibilities are endless! Internships are a great way to gain experience and explore a field of interest while you’re pursuing a degree. At the Career Center, we’re happy to talk with you about all of the benefits of having an internship experience along with getting you prepared for your dream opportunity! Here are a few very important reasons why you should intern...

First, internships allow you to work hands-on with professionals in the field! If you’ve always wondered what it’s like to work in your industry of choice, internships give you a front-row seat! While interning up close and personal, you're better able to figure out what you like and what you don't like about a given position or field of study! 

Second, internships both improve old skills and cultivate new ones! The skills you’ve gained from your classwork and co-curricular activities will be strengthened by the professional experiences you have, while new skills will be acquired as you meet unique people, execute new and challenging tasks and take on different responsibilities. 

Third, as an intern you can make great connections that will benefit you in many ways throughout your professional career – you never know who you might meet along the way that can help you take that next BIG step in the future! 

If we can help you, schedule an appointment with us at any time online at or by calling 516-463-6060.  

Don’t forget to register for the 2016 Fall Career Fair and check out all the employers attending! Click the link provided to view all the event information!

We can’t wait to see you there! 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Top 3 reasons no one applies to your job

With fall recruitment well under way, our team at Hofstra University receives calls from a wide range of local, regional, and national companies to discuss campus recruitment. All companies, regardless of size, location, or industry, express the same goal: successful campus recruitment. During these calls, our team will share general campus recruitment opportunities, including online postings, career fairs, and on-campus interviews. However, in our experience, here are the top three reasons you might experience low applicant numbers.

1. Your target audience is not your audience. In other words, your target audience may not know or understand who you are as a company. If you are a national company who leads your respective industry, chances are your clients know you well. However, your clients and prospective recruits live in two separate worlds. How might you educate prospective applicants on who you are as a company? Hint: the answer may not be an information session, as information sessions typically work best for those with already established brands for recruitment.

2. You focus too much on line of business recruitment. For example, if you recruit for sales positions, depending on your approach, this may be all your target audience knows about you. You may be perceived as a company that only offers sales positions. However, would your target audience benefit from knowing what you do (see #1)? Would your target audience benefit from understanding that you are a great place to work? Consider the fine line and explore the perfect blend of both big picture company brand and specific line of business recruitment.

3. You forget how your target audience receives information. College students today serve as the most diverse (by all means) group yet. However, understand that student demographics at each college or university vary. For example, Hofstra University enrolls a high number of “traditional” college students (18-25 year olds). Therefore, consider how this group receives and processes information. Is your company brand on mobile communications? Is your company name and logo seen multiple times before a prospective recruit applies to a position?

Do know, however, that not every company can achieve or answer every question every time. Many recruiters often find themselves looking to fill positions as soon as possible. In these cases, these approaches do not seem feasible. However, if you find yourself engaging in long-term campus recruitment planning and you have the time and staffing to draw out some of these questions, highly consider it. Whether your company name and logo rise above others on campus, or if your target audience develops a better understanding of who you are as a company, chances are you will experience higher quality applicants to fill your recruitment needs.

Send your questions about campus recruitment and campus branding to our team at or call 516-463-6060. Until then, happy recruitment season! We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.

Stefano Verdesoto, Assistant Director of External Relations

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Some important ways to maintain self-care and remember to make time for fun!

Can you believe it’s already October? Now, if you’re a Libra like me whose birthday falls this month, you understand the annual excitement that is your birthday, but also the stress of balancing midterms and class assignments that usually pile up around this time. Throw in some career fairs, job searching, or an internship, and you’ve got yourself a perfect storm to forget about the fun side of life! Whether you have something to celebrate or not, it’s important to maintain your self-care and bring your best self forward. Here are some ways I try to maintain self-care and remember to make time for fun:

* Carry a planner and write EVERYTHING down – this helps you keep track of tests, assignment due dates, club meetings, and any other commitments you may have that could sneak up on you.

* Meal time is for meals, and not work! – First of all, make time for meals. But secondly, let this time be time you listen to music and unwind, read a book, or eat with friends you haven’t seen lately because of all your commitments.

* Try out deep breathing exercises – Breathing exercises are a very easy way to relieve stress because you can do them anywhere! Next time you’re feeling stressed while walking to your next meeting, do some deep-belly-breathing exercises to regulate your air intake.

* Try out grounding techniques – This is helpful to relieve any anxiety you may be feeling and can also be done anywhere. Look around you identify (5) things you’re seeing, (4) things you’re hearing, (3) things you’re smelling, (2) things you can touch, and (1) thing you can taste.

* Always have something to look forward to – Find and schedule time to celebrate big and little things (and write them in your planner)! Whether it’s a birthday or submitting in your midterm assignment, reward yourself with your favorite treat or plan a bigger celebration for the important events, and make a countdown! Having something to look forward to makes your busy days go by faster!

And remember, if you feel The Career Center can support you, don’t hesitate to reach out! Give us a call at (516) 463-6060 or stop by M. Robert Lowe Hall to set up an appointment!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Career advancement through kindness and likability

When you're working toward launching your career, it is quite natural to focus on developing skills and gaining experience.  To be sure, skill and experience go a long way toward helping you land internships and jobs.

However, in this post I'd like to talk about two things you might not automatically consider when trying to advance your career:  kindness and likability.

There are some who will argue that likability is actually more important than skill.  Of course, there are others who disagree.  My point with this blog is not to compare the two, because ultimately my argument is that you need both.

But, it's much easier to ignore the role of likability, and authentic kindness, than skill for emerging professionals. 

I don't have any magic to tell you how to be more likable or how to bring more kindness into your approach to the workplace.  What I can tell you, however, is that once you are actually on the job (or internship or volunteer site or classroom), demonstrating kindness, showing interest in others, and generally being the type of person that others want to be around will absolutely help you advance your career.

There's no definitive list of what makes someone likable, and if you're doing it right, it's probably tailored to your authentic self .  There are some good places to read about such characteristics to get a sense of what I mean.

So, if you're ready to make the most out of any experience.  Focus on kindness and pay attention to how you're treating others.  Likability matters in the short- and long-run!

By Gary Alan Miller, Executive Director
Hofstra University, The Career Center

Friday, September 16, 2016

What does David Axelrod have to do with The Career Center?

On September 13, 2016, I had the opportunity to partake in one of the Debate activities where David Axelrod, Democratic strategist came to talk about the evolving media and political landscape. Regardless of your political affiliations, one of the big takeaways that I took from his presentation was the power of your story.

I learned that he heard President John F. Kennedy speak in New York City when he was a young child, that he sold campaign buttons for Robert F. Kennedy when he was 13, that he worked for the Chicago-based Hyde Park Herald while he was an undergraduate student at the University of Chicago, and so much more. As someone who admittedly was not as familiar with Mr. Axelrod’s story as other people are, he sold me on being fully qualified for the positions that he has held since being in college. He told his story in a way that was personal, impactful, and more importantly, memorable.

David Axelrod’s presentation, and the Debate season as a whole, is a great metaphor for the importance of your personal story. As you think about how you want to brand yourself and how you want to take advantage of different opportunities throughout your undergraduate career and beyond, it will be important to think about your story. What experiences have you had which are driving your desire to pursue a particular path? What stories could you elaborate on if someone were to ask you about how you have been successful in a given area? Why are you interested in a particular opportunity or position? Why should someone choose you over another candidate?

You want to get to a point in your life where you know your story better than anyone else and that you are able to convey to others important nuggets of your story that they could then remember and repeat. My biggest takeaways from David Axelrod were that he has been passionate about politics since he was a young boy, has followed that path and been very successful along the way. What will your story be?

Want to further explore how to articulate your story? Schedule an appointment with a career counselor by calling 516-463-6060 or by visiting Looking forward to hearing your story soon!

Ava Danville, MBA
Assistant Director, The Career Center
Liaison to the Frank G. Zarb School of Business