Events for Week of 10/20
Monday, October 20, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
POP QUIZ!!! When is the Fall Career Fair? If you answered, Wednesday, October 22, then congratulations! The Career Center’s Fall Career Fair offers you a chance to meet employers face-to-face and ask about their job and internship opportunities.
Employers from many industries will be there to meet YOU. Yes, that’s right, YOU!! Over the years I have heard many reasons (excuses) as to why students do not attend career fairs. I would like to address those concerns here
1. The employers there are only looking for salespeople.
Not true. Yes, there are always going to be a fair amount of sales opportunities. Think about it, pretty much every company uses sales staff in one way or another. However, there are plenty of opportunities in other areas as well.
2. I am not graduating yet so there is no need for me to go.
Not true! Many of our employers are looking to hire interns or volunteer workers. This is a terrific opportunity for you to gain work experience that is related to your major and career goal while you are still a student. Not sure of your major or career goal? An internship is also one of the best ways to “try on” a career to see if it fits.
3. I don’t have a resume.
Well, that one is a problem; you do need a resume for the career fair. However, The Career Center counselors are here to help you create a resume, or revise the one that you have. To get resume assistance, you can either make an appointment with a career counselor, or come to The Career Center during our Quick Question hours. Quick Question hours give you the opportunity to meet with a counselor for a quick resume review without having to make an appointment; you can just come see us Monday-Friday at any time between 10-11 or 2-4.
4. I don’t have anything to wear.
Yes, you do need to dress professionally for a career fair, but chances are you do have something appropriate in your closet, or on the floor, that would do. Just be sure to iron it first.
5. There is nothing in my major/industry.
While we try our best, we cannot always accommodate every single major at every single career fair. But you should always take the opportunity to come and meet with employers. You never know what they may have for you. Accounting firms have marketing people, hospitals have human resources staff. At the very least, you are making connections with people.
See you there!
Director of External Affairs
Thursday, October 16, 2014
I know it is scary. I know you are dreading the reality of a job or internship search. I know you are afraid of rejection. I know you are worried that you will somehow make a mistake. I know it is MUCH easier to put this whole search off, semester after semester. But then, BAM! You find out that the employer you have always dreamed of working for is looking to hire Hofstra students! But oh no, you also just found out that the deadline is in two days, and you are crammed with school work, and all the other things that you do.
So what do you do?
A) Throw together a resume using your roommate’s as a template. Hey, it landed them an internship.
B) Use the resume you had since high school and hope they don’t notice that you haven’t really updated it and also that you didn’t submit a cover letter.
C) Knock on The Career Center doors and windows at 10 p.m., hoping a career counselor is still there working.
D) Skip your mid-term to come to The Career Center for resume or cover letter assistance.
E) Easily apply, because you have been keeping your resume up to date, have gotten it critiqued at The Career Center and have worked with a career counselor on cover letter writing.
I think we all know what the answer should be – E. Procrastination is so easy, while preparation makes you work hard and face your fears. I don’t know about you all, but I certainly would like to be able to easily apply for my dream job. Oh, that’s right, I already did: #hofstracareercounselor .
Director of Career Development
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
I know, it doesn’t sound like there are many similarities between getting ready for a career fair and planning a birthday celebration, but if there’s anything I learned from celebrating my birthday this past weekend, there are definitely some overlaps that you can take into consideration:
- Planning the right outfit is key: Whether you’re looking for a cute dress, matching shoes, and that perfect hint of detail from a statement necklace; it’s important to dress your best, but still professional, when meeting employers. You want to dress to impress, but also remember that you’ll be moving around from table to table—so same for a night out in the city, it’s probably best to ditch those 6-inch heels.
- Do your research: Similarly to researching and finding a good restaurant everyone will enjoy, it’s important to do the research on employers to learn if it’s the right fit for you. You’ll also dazzle employers by your extensive knowledge and avoid the “deer-caught-in-the-headlights” look when you’re asked a question you don’t know the answer to.
- Make a plan and prepare beforehand: You generally want to have an action plan of where you’re going and what events you’ll attend beforehand. You may need to call ahead and make reservations or set up a game plan for travelling. Similarly, you want to make a plan of which employers you want to visit before going to the career fair so you can utilize your time wisely and print out an appropriate number of resumes to hand out. Be sure to get your resume critiqued before the day of the event and print out extra in case you come across an employer you weren’t expecting to be interested in!
- Follow up with people after the event: Whether it’s giving thanks to a guest for being a part of your celebration or sending some love for a birthday present you received, you want to follow up with recruiters with a thank-you letter to express gratitude for taking their time to meet with you. This leaves a positive impression on the employer and makes you more likely to get an interview!
So, next time you’re planning a birthday celebration or looking to attend an upcoming career fair, be sure to keep these tips in mind so you’ll be prepared and ready to have a great time—or score that interview!
|Anne Monique Concepcion,|