Thursday, December 14, 2017

SnowManaging Your Time Over Winter Break

At this point in the semester, there are so many emotions ruling your days. There is anticipation for the end of all the exams, papers, and presentations; nervousness about how all the grades are going to turn out; sadness (or joy) about not seeing your professors, classmates, and friends on a regular basis; and eagerness for all the treats that are likely coming your way with the holidays just around the corner. No matter the combination of emotions that you feel, managing your time now, as well as throughout the break, can be what sets you apart from your peers come January.

To better understand how to utilize time off to help with professional and personal development, we asked the Career Center’s Student Advisory Board to weigh in with their suggestions.  The Student Advisory Board is a group of students from all class levels who meet monthly to provide feedback on Career Center Services. Their input is valuable to The Career Center and, hopefully, will be to you too!

“Shadow someone in your industry to gain experience and insight into what the field is like.”
- Alli, Sophomore, Public Relations
Reach out to family, friends, neighbors, LinkedIn contacts, etc. to see if they are willing to allow you to spend the day with them and learn about the day-to-day of their job. By doing so, you will learn if that particular field would be a good fit for you! Who knows? You could also make some great connections for your future job search.
“Use your down time to perfect your LinkedIn and resume. Also, practice writing sample cover letters.”
- Sabrina, Graduate Student, Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies
In between eating cookies and watching movies, break out the old resume and take a look at what you can do to make it better. Keep in mind that in the Career Hub portal, there is a Career Guide that takes you through the step-by-step process of making your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn better. Each component speaks to who you are as a person and an employee, so dust off the Microsoft Word file and get to improving!
“Contact the Career Center to do a phone appointment or document review.”
- Ryan, Junior, Journalism
The Career Center is OPEN in January and this is a perfect time to stop in and get your materials reviewed, practice interview skills, or explore career options. If you are not around, give us a call to set up a virtual or phone experience; Counselors are available and eager to help you in any way possible. You can also email the Career Center ( to have them review your documents!
“Take advantage of your part-time job to build upon pre-existing connections.”
- Imani, Senior, Accounting
If you are working a part-time job over the break, chances are this is a bit of a down time in the year. If that is the case for you, this is the perfect time to talk to people in your office about your career aspirations. By developing these connections, these co-workers will be more likely to write you positive letters of recommendation and potentially help you find opportunities in your field.
“Cold connect to potential resources on LinkedIn.”
- Kristi, Graduate Student, Mental Health Counseling
Reach out to recruiters or other individuals in fields you are interested in on LinkedIn and ask for an informational interview. The worst thing that could happen is they ignore you and that’s on them! By putting yourself out there, you are opening the door to investigate career opportunities, widen your network, and potentially create a valuable connection.
"Start looking for internships, leadership programs, and shadowing opportunities for the Spring and Summer semesters.”
- Simone, Junior, Community Health
It is never too early to start exploring how you will spend the warmer months of the year. Utilize resources such as Handshake and UCAN available on your Hofstra Career Hub to begin the internship and job search. Also, be on the lookout for other programs available such as PRIDE Shadowing and STRIVE for PRIDE which take place in the spring and are great opportunities to enhance your skills and explore various career avenues.
 “Follow the Career Center on social media!”
- Maggie, Graduate Student, Forensic Linguistics
Stay up to date with all the latest happenings with the Career Center. We can be found on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook so if you do anything over the break, take two seconds and check out our social media pages. These are a fantastic resource to know what opportunities the Career Center has going on throughout the semester.
So take some time to snowmanage your time over the break so your spring semester is more chill than a January night. On behalf of The Career Center and Student Advisory Board, we hope you have a wonderful and safe winter break. Stay warm!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

10 Ways to ~Work It~ in the Workplace

You went through the interview process and have now landed your dream job. You want to make a good impression, but there are just some things that are total no-no’s when it comes to the workplace. Although there are many, there are a few I have found to be crucial to success, no matter what the atmosphere you work in. Keep reading to get the 10 best ways to ~work it~ in the workplace and get you on your way to your best professional life:

#1: DON’T dress inappropriately! You need to dress appropriately. Although different industries call for different attire, you need to make sure even if it is just business casual that you don’t take the casual part too far. My advice to you, if you have to second guess yourself when you look in the mirror right before leaving for work, you should probably change whatever outfit you have on. What do I mean by this? Maybe for women it is that your dress or skirt is too short or that your shirt is cut a little too low. For men, it could be as simple as using a belt so that your pants are not hanging down.

#2: DON’T talk too much about your personal life in the office.
It is nice to have friends at work, but when others hear what you are talking about, it may be deemed “TMI.” Don’t bring your personal life to the office. The two need to be separated. So, my suggestion, if you do have that close friend at work you would like to talk to about personal issues, go out to lunch to discuss them!

#3 DO be open-minded. Understand that not everyone is going to share the same ideas or opinions. In order to work in a collaborative office, this is essential.

#4 DO arrive early. People notice when you are in early and ready to start the day before everyone else. Not only does this apply to the workday, but meetings as well. Do not set up a meeting with someone and then forget. Not only is this rude but it looks like you don’t care.

#5 DO offer to work on a new project or complete a task you haven’t before. This will showcase your confidence in the task as well as showing that you are a team player. Everyone LOVES a team player!

#6 DON’T gossip.
Gossiping is NEVER a good look, especially if you are the new kid on the block. The only person you are hurting in this situation is yourself. You will create a hurdle for yourself to jump over in the future when you need to work with that individual on a project.

#7 DON’T “reply all” on every email. Understand when and when not to hit reply all on an email. Sometimes is it necessary, other times not so much and it can get annoying being on the receiving end of pointless emails.
#8 DO bring in treats for your co-workers. Try to see if anyone is allergic to anything first. People always appreciate a little something to snack on while at work.

#9 DON’T ignore advice from your boss or supervisor.
These individuals have been in the game a lot longer than you have and know a thing or two about the company, position, or simple tasks you complete on a day to day basis. Chances are, they were in your position at one point and know the ins and the outs. They would not be giving you advice if they did not think you were capable of the job- they want to help you out and watch you succeed!

#10 DO smile and say hello. Everyone always remembers the person that smiled and said hello to them in the lobby or in the parking lot. Even if you do not work with them directly at the moment, you could be introduced to them in the future. MAYBE even apply for a position that reports to them, and that impression that have of you already will put you in a promising position. Your smile will always brighten someone’s day no matter what, even if it is just one person.

Good luck with finals and have a wonderful winter break!
Clare Dieumegard
External Relations Graduate Intern

Hofstra Career Center

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Career Readiness & Studying Abroad

This past week, I was fortunate enough to travel to Italy. It was a trip filled with joy and adventure; however, there was a fair share of stress that comes with traveling alone. Between the copious amounts of walking, gelato, and the occasional (read: every day) confusion, I was reminded of my study abroad experience in college. The summer of my Sophomore year, I was provided the opportunity to study in Salzburg, Austria. This experience solidified for me that while traveling is difficult, it is completely worth it. The mission of The Career Center at Hofstra University is to provide students with the resources to lead meaningful lives and careers. In cooperation with this mission, I urge students to take advantage of any opportunity to travel.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), studying abroad is considered one of the top 5 ways to gain experiential learning. Experiential learning is an essential component of a college education because it significantly increases a student’s career readiness. Career readiness, as defined by NACE, is the “attainment and demonstration of requisite competencies that broadly prepare college graduates for a successful transition.” These competencies include critical thinking, communication skills, digital technology, collaboration, leadership, and global fluency. These capabilities can all be further developed within a study abroad experience.

Often employers will look upon an international experience with a positive attitude. This is supported by NACE’s research where “49% of the general population of recent graduates finds a job within 12 months of graduation, compared to 97% of study abroad alumni. In addition, IES Abroad conducted research on their graduates, and determined that of those who completed the program over 78% felt they increased their communication skills, self-confidence, adaptability, and cultural understanding.

I always encourage students to put their study abroad experience on their resumes because it demonstrates how they are able to work within a diverse population. In addition, it shows perseverance, and cultural acceptance. If you are unsure how to word your bullet points, think of the STAR method. STAR stands for Situation/ Task Action and Results. Think of your experience and what transferrable skills you were able to gain. For example:
  • Adapted to an unfamiliar environment and embraced cultural differences
  • Organized numerous educational opportunities for up to 10 students to increase knowledge of country’s history, including a trip to Pompeii, Athens, and Greece
  • Handled monetary transactions in numerous currencies for up to 10 students
If you have any questions or concerns about how to properly articulate your experience, please do not hesitate to visit the Career Center, where a counselor will be more than happy to assist.

~ Have a wonderful Fall Semester and Winter Break ~
Kristi Riecker
Graduate Assistant
Hofstra Career Center

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