Wednesday, January 11, 2017

What did you keep putting off during fall semester?

After the holidays and celebrations, you still have a few weeks before spring semester kicks off.  If you traveled to your hometown or simply drove down the road as usual, take the time to reflect on your time off and identify a couple of things you would like to accomplish.  

What did you keep putting off during fall semester?  What might you be able to accomplish now?  Connect with old friends, visit distant family, volunteer locally, or even take advantage of university resources.  

Believe it or not, most student services offices remain open during winter break, including The Career Center.  Did your family or friends ask about your post-graduation plans?  Did you think about perhaps securing a spring or summer internship?  Did you want to update your resume and meet with your career counselor?  

If so, feel free to schedule either an in-person or phone appointment by calling us at 516-463-6060 or using The Career Hub’s online scheduler.  Use the down time to prepare for spring semester and beyond!  Enjoy and see you soon.  

Thursday, December 22, 2016

The best way to spread good cheer, is to sing loud, and Volunteer

With the holidays upon us and the new year approaching it’s a great time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished, what you’ve learned, and what’s next. As we run around trying to wrap up end of the year responsibilities and secure some much needed rest and relaxation, I invite you to consider the idea of becoming involved in some volunteer activities in your community, for a local or national organization, or in your career/industry of choice.

What a great experience you will have to talk about at your next internship or job interview. What a cool subject you can discuss with your friends and family, and fellow students and professors. And future employers.

It's always a good idea to give back, to help out, to donate your time in exchange for some experience, knowledge and new contacts. Plus, it looks really good on a resume. And volunteers you meet may have a friend of a friend who is in need of someone with your skills, or have knowledge of internship or job opportunities. Perhaps a position at the organization at which you are volunteering may become available in the future (especially once they get to know how cool and indispensable you are). 

Here are just a few of the places you can find volunteer opportunities:

-       Hofstra University’s Center for Civic Engagement

So ask yourself, how will you contribute? How will you help? How will you give back?

Happy Holidays, happy volunteering and here’s to a very pleasant 2017,

Michele Roberts
Assistant Director at The Career Center

Hofstra University

Monday, December 19, 2016

Maybe it’s the holidays, or maybe it’s graduation…

 From one soon-to-be May graduate to all who are making those next big steps, can you feel the excitement in the air? Maybe it’s the semester winding down with break upon us, or maybe it’s the holidays right around the corner, but I’m feeling like my time at Hofstra has just flown by. And maybe for you, your time at Hofstra has also passed with the blink of an eye, but I hope you’ve had a chance to stop and reflect on your experiences while you were here.

 Whether your next steps include job searching or applying for some sort of graduate program, taking that time to reflect on yourself can actually help to prepare for interviews and land those opportunities. Look back on your classes, extracurricular activities, jobs, volunteer, and anything else that took up your time, and ask yourself:

 ·     “What did I learn from each experience?”
·     “What big projects did I work on/lead?”
·     “What skills did I use/develop while a part of this project?”
·     “What are some things I want people to know about my participation in this organization?”
·     “What were some things that happened that I’m not so proud of? What did I learn from it and what will I do differently next time?”

Taking the time to reflect on all the interesting things you’ve done prepares your “arsenal of stories” that you can pull on in an interview.

But know that The Career Center is here to support you if you’re unsure where to start! We offer the StrengthsFinder assessment (for individuals and for groups) that allows you to identify your top 5 strengths and explore how these strengths are being used and how that can help you in your future. So if you need some support exploring your answers to the reflective questions above or are interested in taking the StrengthsFinder, stop by The Career Center or call (516) 463-6060 to make an appointment with your career counselor!

Anne Monique Concepcion, Assistant Director

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Starting Your Spring Internship on the Right Foot

This past semester you have spent researching, prepping, and interviewing to land an internship. For some of you it may be the perfect internship and you could not be more excited, for others you may be dreading this unpaid graduation requirement. For all of you, however, congrats are in order. Landing an internship is not easy, and takes time and resources to do so. Here are seven tips to get the most out of it.

1. Dress the part. Before you show up in an inappropriate outfit make sure to ask your supervisor the dress code. We at the career center recommend that if you are uncertain of what that means to please contact a career counselor, or at the very least over dress. Better to be overdressed than to be underdressed and embarrassed.

2. Be put together. Do not show up on your first day looking sloppy. Studies have shown that people are more likely to put positive attributes to a person that is physically attractive, also known as the halo effect. And while this is grossly wrong, it always helps to make a good first impression.
3. Plan ahead. If you have never been to the site before, look it up. Figure out the proper route. Do not decide the night before is the perfect night to celebrate being 21. Staggering in on your first day is a mistake you do not want to make. It may seem like overkill for some of you doing menial tasks, but sometimes a little sacrifice is necessary.

4. Arrive early. With many internships, employers will be looking at their interns to see if they are right for their company. This means that they want to see good work ethic. If waking up is not your thing, you need to go to bed early and set as many alarm clocks as
you need. I once had a professor who always said “If you’re early, you’re on time. if you’re on time, you’re late. And if you’re late, you’re embarrassed.”

5. Be professional. This means being respectful to your fellow interns and employees. This includes social media, peeps. You need to be aware that your social media is a part of your marketing. If you google yourself and do not like what you see, then things need to change.

6. Don’t blow off this internship. If you’re internship is not one to lead to a job, that is okay! This is all a part of experiential learning, and it will be helpful whether you get a job or not. This internship can lead to a glowing reference, an opportunity for networking, or a better understanding of what you want to do in your career. You never know the opportunities or skills that can arise simply from being in a workplace.

7. Make friends. You don’t know what kind of people you will meet on site. It is important to keep an open mind when meeting people. This internship can either fly by or drag on for months all depending on your co-workers. Some of the best people in my life I would never have met if it were not for the places I have worked.

Wishing you all the best of luck!!

Kristi Riecker

Career Fellow 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

21st Century Career Readiness

What are the skills that students graduating in 2016 need in order to be career ready? Based on the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) Career Readiness list and the 21st Century Skills initiative, Hofstra is excited to introduce our 21st Century Career Readiness list.

Try using this list for yourself:
1. Rank each section on a scale of “mastered” (5) to “needs substantial work” (1).
2. Then, list several ways in which can you work toward improving in that set of skills. You can use the CareerHub website to get ideas.

This is a great starting point for career counseling! Call 516-463-6060 or visit the CareerHub to schedule.

Lisa Tandan

Director of Career Development and Assessment 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

What the election has taught me about the job search process....  

You never know what the employer is looking for....they may want someone with years of experience in the field or perhaps they are looking for a new fresh face to bring a totally different perspective.  How are you to know? You can’t, it's just that simple.  

All you can do is put your best foot forward and present your best self.  No matter how well you think you are doing in an interview, do not assume you have the job.  On the flip side just because you feel like you don’t meet the criteria for the job description, you should apply anyway and make a great pitch for yourself to convince the hiring manger how your transferable skills will be a great fit for the position.  

Use your network to leverage yourself and if you don’t get the job, be gracious and don’t burn any bridges. Employers might remember you in the future and may reach out if a different position becomes available that you could be a better fit for! 

Thursday, November 10, 2016

No one likes interviews, but here’s how to hate them less

You attended a career fair, exchanged pleasantries with recruiters, talked about your experiences, and submitted an online application after the event, as requested. Suddenly, you receive an email asking to schedule a first-round phone screening. What do you do?

First, know your audience. Remember that interview and hiring processes vary by industry and company. Some companies might hold first-round interviews with human resources recruiters, others might hold first-round interviews with hiring managers. If you speak with human resources first, note that the type of questions might vary and focus more on general topics, including the overall position, organizational structure(s), your educational training and experience level, salary ranges and benefits, and the projected hiring timeline. On the other hand, if you speak with a hiring manager first, prepare to speak about these topics, and also prepare to discuss more position-specific requirements and examples to prove your abilities.

Second, study like you do (or did) in school.  Review the job posting carefully and prepare talking points. Circle keywords and develop specific examples and stories for you to share with your interviewer. For example, if a posting emphasizes “communication,” “teamwork,” “reporting,” and “HTML,” think of specific stories you may share with the interviewer to prove your abilities. Also, as you wrap up your story during the interview, continue to keep the audience in mind and explicitly connect your story's ending to the new position.

Last, welcome nerves, fears, and uncertainty. In other words, acknowledge that interviews will challenge you, but also remember that your research, practice, and preparation will help you welcome the stressful aspects of the process. You might face a question you did not prepare for. You might mix up your words. You might never hear back from an interviewer. In the end, simply do your best, speak well, and maintain a positive attitude. Your perseverance, professionalism, and energy will help guide your process.

To further discuss your goals and how to reach them, feel free to schedule an appointment online at or call The Career Center at 516-463-6060.

Stefano Verdesoto, Assistant Director of External Relations