Thursday, June 25, 2015

Backyard BBQ

Summer is here! And what better time for a backyard BBQ?! And since we are always career-minded here at the Career Center – I often like to compare the elements of a backyard BBQ to a job search:

1. Who's on the guest list/in your backyard? (your established contacts). This would include people in your social circle, relatives, friends, professors, old bosses or co-workers. Have you told them you are looking for an internship or job? Do they know (if) you graduated?

2. Your tools - (in this case a resume, cover letter, linked in profile, portfolio, website) Only instead of a spatula, tongs and forks and knives - make sure you have all of the job essentials . You want to be ready if Aunt Bess tells you to send your resume to her boss.  

3. The grill - what's sizzling? (what's new and exciting in your career path, area of study or on your resume)? Do you have adequate gas for your grill? What are you doing lately to demonstrate that you are engaging in your career pursuits – are you a writer? What are you writing? Are you a bio-chem major? What are you researching? What are you making? What's a new and hot topic to discuss with a potential employer?

4. The menu – what are you serving? (skills and abilities). A variety or the same old, tried and true menu items? Is everything fully cooked or are things still too rare in need of some more time/effort/refining/refreshing? 

5. Who can help? – do you need a side dish, bag of ice or dessert? (a contact name at a company, interview practice, a ride to the bus or train station or to borrow a suit)? There is no shame in asking for a hand.

6. Decorations – are they modern or are they vintage? (how are you presenting yourself)?  Simple, classic, contemporary or elaborate - or are you maybe too fancy or ornate for a job interview?

7. Entertainment - band, DJ, Pandora or Uncle Harry playing the harmonica? (are you entertaining your guests/the employer during your interviews with stories and examples of your work)? What is going to set you apart from the other candidates?

The key ingredients for a successful backyard BBQ (and job search) should be planned out and prepared in advance. This should hopefully be a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests! So ready, set, take a deep breath, be yourself and have fun. And thank your guests for coming and for all of their help. 

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer relaxation

This is here just to help you relax this summer.  We hope you're  having a great time, whatever you're doing.

If you didn't see our announcement by email, soon Pride-CMS will be replaced by a new system called Handshake.  More info will be coming soon.  But, in the short run, please log into Pride-CMS to save any documents you have stored there!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Look your Best in your Next Interview!

You always hear that for an interview, you should dress for success--but what does that really mean? Here are some tid-bits about personal grooming to keep in mind as you prepare for your next mock or real interview:

  1. Do not wear too much fragrance. If you have been told in the past, "I smell you when you leave the room," YES that is too much.
  2. Brush your teeth (and make sure you check for bagel seeds in-between!) 
  3. Wear clothes that fit. If they are too tight, you will look uncomfortable and feel uncomfortable as well.
  4. Wear comfortable shoes; for ladies, make sure your heel height is appropriate.
  5. Ladies, keep a shorter nail length and wear neutral nail polish.
  6. Minimal jewelry overall; for the men, NO earrings.
  7. Hair should be neat and clean (keep in mind, there are MANY old school interviewers, know the work culture of the company!)
  8. Makeup – less is best!
  9. For clothing, men should wear a dark suit and ladies may want to consider wearing stockings with your skirt suit (better to safe than sorry!)
  10. No matter your look, bring your BEST you.
Have you come into the Career Center for a Mock Interview? If you haven't, you should! Schedule one by calling us at 516-463-6060 or using our online scheduler at!

Lorraine Massiah,
Assistant Director

Monday, May 18, 2015

Helping Others While Helping Yourself

Recently, students interested in the various areas of criminology had the opportunity to participate in a brand-new program with The Career Center, our Afternoon of Service.

Those of us in The Career Center have noticed that students are more eager than ever to give back to the Hofstra community.  In fact, social responsibility is rising among attractive characteristics of perspective employers.  At the same time, companies are recognizing that their employees want these opportunities as well. So, The Career Center created a way for both students and employers to achieve this goal, while also giving our students a way to engage and network with employers in their field of interest.

We were honored to have representatives from government, forensic accounting, social justice and banking join us first for lunch in The Career Center. During this time, the professionals were able to share their experiences and answer questions from students. Then, it was off to the Mary Brennan INN. The INN (Interfaith Nutrition Network) addresses the issues of hunger and homelessness on Long Island by providing food, shelter, long-term housing, and supportive services for those in need.

We took a tour of the facility, and then got to work. Some of us were stocking shelves in the pantry, while others sorted and coordinated clothing donations.  Students worked side-by-side with professionals, who talked about their daily jobs. They also gave valuable career development advice and tips.

At the end of the afternoon, students had a wealth of information, valuable networking contacts, and the satisfaction that they helped a great cause.  The Career Center looks forward to planning more of these events in the coming semesters. For more information, please contact us at 516-463-6060 or stop in to M. Robert Lowe Hall on the south side of campus.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Internship Careernival!

The Career Center ventured into uncharted territory with our Internship Careernival last week; an opportunity for students to engage with employers in a more informal environment than a traditional career fair.

The intramural soccer field was transformed into a carnival, complete with hot dogs, cotton candy, games and even a huge, inflatable Twister board. But that wasn’t all the Careernival had to offer!  Employers seeing interns for this summer or fall were also in attendance, speaking to students of all majors and class levels.

Feedback from both employers and students after the event was very positive. Several students remarked that the event was fun and that it also “leveled the playing field” a bit by having a more informal environment. Many great connections were made that day!

To keep up with the Career Center’s events, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn!  You don’t want to miss the next great one!

Darlene Johnson,
Director of External Relations

Monday, May 11, 2015

Career Center Events for Week of 5/11/15

Events for Week of May 11th

The Career Center staff is wishing Hofstra students luck on all your finals, and have a warm and happy summer!

Looking to get ahead on your Path of Pride this summer and need a resume critique or a cover letter edit?

Stop by our Summer Quick Question Hours!

10AM-11-AM & 2PM-4PM
No appointment needed!

Candid Career is a great resource to receive advice on the career process and learn more about various careers and industries!

Check out this Candid Career video learn about communications and workplace, Part 2 of their Business Etiquette series!

Don't forget to keep checking PrideCMS to find out about various events and job/internship opportunities just for Hofstra students!

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Find Your Career

My favorite part of being a career counselor and working at The Career Center is helping students and alumni figure out their career and/or major. At The Career Center, we offer various tools and resources to help students with their career exploration and decision-making. And, as a career counselor, I am always on the lookout for articles that offer tips on this aspect of what I do. Recently, the website, Mind Body Green, posted the article 10 Questions to Help You Tap Into Your Purpose, which lists questions people could ask themselves when they are figuring out their path:

1. What’s my hunch about what I should do next?
2. What have I previously dismissed that is something I’d really like to do?
3. Who in my life would be unconditionally supportive toward me as I try to achieve my goals?
4. Who in my life has a strong opinion about what I should be doing?
5. What real world experience could I pursue to give me more insight into my path?
6. Who could I talk to who is already doing what I want to be doing?
7. What’s most important to me right now?
8. What will inspire me to take action?
9. Is there anything I need to let go of that is currently keeping me stuck?
10. What’s the next small, real world step that I see in front of me?

Check out the article to see how these questions can help you find your career!

Nayelli Perez,
Assistant Director