Friday, October 24, 2014

Feel the Fear and Connect Anyway



One of the best ways that you can learn about an industry is by networking. Many students don’t know how to network or where to start. This article by The Seattle Times gives some easy to use pointers on how to conduct an informational interview (one of the best tools in networking), which include:
  • “Once you specify a few companies you think would be the best places to start, go through your LinkedIn contacts and see how close a connection you have to employees there.”
  • “Look over the interviewee’s profile on LinkedIn and come up with some questions about his or her career history. The more you know going in, the more the interviewee will be likely to share insights with you.”
  • “never, ever ask the interviewee directly for a job.”
  • “to keep your momentum going, ask for the name of a colleague or another person in the profession whom you should contact.” 

One important tip I would add is to prepare questions before your informational interview. Doing this will allow you to make the best use of your time and show that you are prepared. Our Career Planning Handbook provides sample informational interview questions in the Interview section.

Happy Networking!

Nayelli Perez, Assistant Director


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Preparation Begins with Motivation



There are a lot of reasons you might have a hard time motivating yourself to take steps with your career. Sometimes you might not feel confident; sometimes you might lack focus; sometimes you may feel like you are lacking direction.

When you struggle with issues like this, it sometimes best to simply get the ball rolling, even if you don’t know in what direction to roll it! 

I recommend you use your support network, and my guess is that you have a bigger support network than you even realize. You can speak with friends, family, career counselors, RAs, academic advisors, faculty members and many others here at Hofstra – all of these folks are just waiting to be your cheerleader, your supporter, your mentor.

The truth is, no one can take that first step except you. All of those around you who want to see you succeed typically rely on you to start the conversation. But, you can do it.  I know you can!  Decide today to make that first step a priority – just say to someone, “can I talk with you about where I think I’m heading?”

You absolutely can move yourself forward, whether you’ve decided on your goal or need to figure it out. As the late Zig Zigler said, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.” Get started today!

Gary Miller, Executive Director

Monday, October 20, 2014

Events for Week of 10/20/14

 Events for Week of 10/20


 

Fall General Career Fair
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 11-2pm at the Mack Sports and Exhibition Complex
Join us to meet employers and learn about their companies, and full-time, part-time, and internship opportunities across multiple industries. Please dress professionally and bring plenty of resumes! 

General On-Campus Recruiting:
On-Campus Recruiting are opportunities brought right to the Hofstra campus! Employers post job and internship opportunities that students are eligible to apply to; and if selected, first-round interviews occur right on campus at the Career Center. All positions are listed on PrideCMS and require resume submission by the respective application deadlines listed below: 

Bloomingdale's: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM
OCR Position for full-time Executive Development Program. Students of all majors and all degrees are welcome to apply. 

OEC Group New York: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 11:59 PM
OCR Position for full-time Ocean Import Coordinator, Pricing Analyst, Accounting Clerk, Accounting Intern, and Administrative Assistant. See each listing for desired majors and degrees.

Kohl's Department Stores: Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 11:59 PM
OCR Position for Store Management Internship and full-time Store Management Trainee. Seeking Business students.

Go Government: Stand Out in the Federal Application Process
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., Career Center Workshop Room Marketable skills such as leadership, networking, communication and teamwork are critical to careers in government, even in technically specific fields. Join agency representatives and Partnership staff for a discussion about how to identify and highlight these intangible skills to give you an edge over the competition for federal internships and jobs. Pre-registration is encouraged on Pride-CMS.


Succeed with Indeed
Friday, October 24, 2014 from 12:30-1:30pm at C.V. Starr 210
In a fun and interactive session, come hear from Indeed.com employees on how to best utilize one of the most comprehensive search engines for jobs across the globe! In a single search, Indeed offers free access to millions of jobs from thousands of company websites and job boards. You will have the opportunity to use the site during this session, learn how to optimize your search, upload documents, create a profile, and use the app on your smartphone. Pizza will be served and there will be give-a-ways!

We have added new Quick Question hours!
QUICK QUESTION HOURS:
GET YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER CRITIQUED AT THE CAREER CENTER!
MONDAY – FRIDAY: 10AM-11AM and 2PM – 4PM

Save the Date!

Bloomingdale’s Information Session
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 from 4-5:30pm at the Career Center
for undergraduate students
The Bloomingdale’s Executive Development Program (EDP) is your first step in developing your leadership skills to successfully manage multi-million dollar businesses.  Our developmental curriculum provides the skills and confidence needed for you to lead a team of professionals in our stores. You will have exposure to all functional areas of retail from leadership, human resources, promotional events, business analysis, problem solving, buying and planning and visual merchandising.  We will guide you on how to recruit, attract and retain the top professionals in the industry.  You will build problem solving and collaboration skills as well as and influencing and presentation skills.  You will learn how the store team works to maximize sales opportunity by leveraging our core values (People, Service and Loyalty).  


Compliance and a Culture of Integrity Conference
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 from 8-5PM at the University
Club, David S. Mack Hall, North Campus
Join the Frank G. Zarb School of Business and Center for International Financial Services and Markets for this upcoming conference covering topics of compliance and ethics, developing a culture of integrity, risk assessment, and more. Free for Hofstra students. Registration is required through Hofstra.edu/zarbconference and must be completed by October 24th.


Project Firefly: Holt Valuation Challenge
Registration Deadline: Sunday, November 2, 2014
Register through holtvaluationchallenge.com to compete for a chance at an internship or CO-OP with Credit Suisse HOLT and affiliates!
 
Target Information Session
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 from 5:30-7pm at the Career Center
Find out about job and internship opportunities at Target, as well as their commitment to volunteering, health and wellness. Refreshments will be served, no registration necessary.


Looking for information about different careers while building your professional network?
All you have to do is A.S.K.!
Get answers by using the Alumni Student Konnection, where you can communicate directly with Hofstra Alumni in a variety of fields to learn more about different careers and industries that interest you! Use this resource to build or add to your professional network and learn about ways to advance your career search!
To get started:
Log In to the Hofstra Portal at my.hofstra.edu
Click on "Hofstra Online"
Click on "A.S.K. Online - Alumni Student Konnection"
Search by Class Year, School, Major, or other keywords to Konnect with Alumni!

Looking for more information about the career search process?
Visit Candid Career!
Candid Career is a great resource for students, no matter where you stand on your Path of Pride. You can watch videos that show you what it's like to work in a certain field, learn tips and tricks on interviewing, and more!

We have tons of great entries offering career advice, details regarding upcoming events and humor! 
To access the Pride Career Management System simply log in to the portal and click on the Pride-CMS icon located under "my apps" to start taking advantage of countless internships, full- and part-time opportunities!
We understand how busy you are and as a result The Career Center has created various Quick Tip Videos for you to listen to and view from the comfort of your own computer!

Use the hashtag #HireWithPride to follow all our career-related updates!