Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Interviewing is 'Scary'

It’s beginning to look a lot like FALL! The weather is getting cooler, the leaves are changing and its officially Spooky Season! With all the fun Fall activities, apple picking, pumpkin carving, haunted houses, it is important to also remember that Fall also brings internship opportunities. Many companies who are recruiting for spring semester interns have started posting about their opportunities. And in the theme of all things spooky…let’s talk about the spookiest part of the internship process. THE INTERVIEW (queue dramatic scary music)! 
Interviewing can be scary, especially in these virtual times. Below are some important tips to help ease the interview jitters, so that you can save the “scaries” for all those Halloween movies. 

DO YOUR RESEARCH on the industry, company and the position. Researching is an important part to preparing for an interview. Know the companies mission statement, what they do, current industry trends, and the people that work there. LinkedIn is a great tool to help with research before an interview! 
KNOW YOURSELF- practice your elevator pitch before an interview. Know your skills, interests, values, goals and your story! Also know why you are interested in that company and position that you are interviewing for. Knowing these things about yourself will help with the scariest question of all, “Tell me about yourself.” 
TELL YOUR STORY- an interview is a way for the employer to get to know you and your story, and you have to sell it. Think of your top 10 “drop the mic moments,” the things that you are most proud of. Remember to make sure that you talk about those 10 moments when you are on the interview, they are a part of your story. 
DRESS TO IMPRESS- it is better to be overdressed! Think about the company culture and how your attire for the interview will fit into the company. 
DON’T “GHOST” YOUR INTERVIEWER- always send a “thank you” email within 24-48 hours after an interview to everyone you met with that day. Mention something specific you talked about with each person to give it an extra personal touch. 
Want more interviewing tips? Make an appointment for an “Interview Practice/ Preparation” with the Center for Career Design and Development, or practice with our newest interviewing tool, Big Interview! 


Cheryl Posner
Career Advisor, Liaison to the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication


Wednesday, October 7, 2020

"Virtually" Everything You Need For Our Fall Career Fairs!

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!
Virtual Career Fair Dates:
Fall Career & Internship Fair (for all majors) 10/7 from 11-2 EST
Engineering & Computer Science Career & Internship Fair 10/21 from 11-2 EST
School of Communication Career & Internship Fair 10/28 from 11-2 EST

The Center for Career Design & Development is here to answer any questions that you have. Call us at 516-463-6060 or send us an email at

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Networking and Informational Interviews

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.

Young professionals often network for a variety of reasons and discover information about:
An industry/field and a specific company/organization
How to gain access to the "hidden" job market
Guidance and advice and to expand your network
How to learn updated information regarding how a company recruits
How to help contacts know what you want to do and how they can help
How to build your connections

Networking is simply establishing a link with another person and fortunately, people like to talk about themselves and most people enjoy giving guidance and advice.  Other professionals want to help you with your internship/job search, they just don't know how.  Networking is the perfect way that they can help. You can initiate the process by setting up networking meetings (aka informational interviews). You can start things off by reaching out to a known connection (a friend, colleague, professor, coach, family member, friend of a friend, etc.) and asking if they have 15-20 minutes to speak with you and share information about their own career path and any advice they would have for young professionals. After your meeting, you can connect with them via LinkedIn and ask if they have anyone in their network who they would be comfortable introducing you to and you can then reach out to establish a new connection - and the process of growing your network continues.

Sometimes these types of informal networking meetings happen on the job, in an airport, in a coffee shop, etc. Given the unique circumstances we find ourselves in at the moment, some of the face to face networking opportunities will not happen organically. You can take initiative to outreach to set up these meetings via phone or zoom. At Hofstra University, the Center for Career Design and Development created a brand new online networking program, Network with Pride. Each Wednesday at 12:15pm EST, you can join a networking meeting via zoom and meet with professionals from a variety of industries to learn about their career path, tips/advice that they have for Hofstra students and alumni, and you can ask specific questions. Check Handshake for dates/times.

Set a goal to participate in at least 1-3 networking meetings a semester and you will be well on your way to building your connections. Each time you make a new connection, you build your network and position yourself for the next internship or job. 


Jenna Campolieta
External Relations Coordinator | The Center for Career Design and Development

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Thank You from the Career Center!

To state the obvious, this semester has been far from traditional. With unforeseen circumstances turning our world upside down, I am more than proud of how the Hofstra student body has prevailed. Through resiliency, dedication, and determination, the Pride has become stronger than ever and is standing together in unity. Despite any and all adversity, Hofstra students have been able to meet their semester goals and run through the finish line. Each and every day, Hofstra students prove to be an
inspiration, both professionally and academically.

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!

Sabrina Iaria
Career Advisor

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Alumni Connections Closer

As the old saying goes, “it’s not always what you know, but who you know”. Especially in these virtual times, it is imperative to focus on expanding your professional network. These connections could be amongst colleagues, family, friends, professors, administrators and other professionals within your target industry. Some of the most profound connections that you can make during these times and beyond are with fellow Hofstra alumni.

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!

Sabrina Iaria
Career Advisor

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Supply and Demand: Supplying the Skills that are in Demand During COVID-19

With COVID-19 becoming the focal point of society, it is important to understand how your skills, education, and experiences qualify you for the in-demand jobs and internships of today. Whether you
are graduating and seeking a full-time job, or looking to land your first internship, here are some tips to help get your foot in the door:

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:

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!

Sabrina Iaria
Career Advisor

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Coping and Connecting in Today’s Virtual World

When in the office, or on the job hunt, one of the things we all look for is a work-life balance. We crave a professional environment that speaks to who we are as individuals and who we believe are our most authentic selves. We pride ourselves on the lives we build that not only go beyond the 9-5 workday, but compliment it. Family gatherings, social outings with friends, and events we all look forward to are key elements to the lives we choose to live.

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
that we take the time to cope and connect with those who help aid in our balancing acts. Family dinners via Zoom, virtual game nights with friends, and the 3-mile walk you strive to take every day are all part of your growth process, even if it is not directly related to your professional development.

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!

Sabrina Iaria
Career Advisor