Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Thanksgiving Day Plan

It has been a long semester. We all need this four-day weekend to relax and spend time with family and friends eating and shopping!  However, I have a few specific ideas for Thanksgiving Day.

1. Get up before 9am, have a nice breakfast and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Make sure to relax and lay on that couch!
2. Help your family prepare some food for your Thanksgiving meal.
3. Think about who will be attending your Thanksgiving Dinner.  Who do they work for? What jobs do they hold or held in the past?  Even if these jobs and career paths are not related to what you want, these people may have some professional insight to share with you, or may know other people who can help you.
4. Create a mental list of questions you may want to ask these people about their jobs and career paths. Remember, these are probably family members or friends. They want to help you. 
-What do you like about your job?
-What are challenges?
-How did you get your job?
-What skills are important for this work?
-What would you recommend I do while I am in college to prepare for my career?
-Can you recommend anyone I could speak to about my career field of interest?
5. Sit down for your dinner; enjoy the food, the conversation, and start asking questions! It is important to ask others for insight and help because 85% of jobs are found through the people we know!

And do not forget to follow up on any insight you learn, contacts or assistance that might be offered, and resources that might be provided! 

Suzanne Dagger, Director of
Career Development and Assessment

Monday, November 24, 2014

Events for Week of 11/24

The Career Center is wishing all those in the Hofstra community a warm and happy Thanksgiving!

Career Center Hours for Thanksgiving Week:
Monday: Open 9 AM - 5 PM 
Tuesday: Open 9 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: Open 9 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed

Need to get your resume critiqued or your cover letter edited? Stop in during our Quick Question hours, no need for an appointment!
MONDAY - FRIDAY: 10AM-11AM and 2PM - 4PM

Check out this Candid Career video with some advice about making the most of your internship experience and for other career-related advice!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Power of “Thank You” – Two Little Words Can Do So Much

In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, I wanted to visit the topic of the two most powerful words: 
thank you.  Yes our parents taught us it was polite to use “please” and “thank you,” but did you also know it could make or break your career? 

I keep all my thank you cards and emails, some even on display in my office.  Those who are appreciative for my help always stand out in my mind.  Want to know the secrets to making gratitude at work also work for you?  Don’t worry; this doesn’t defeat the purpose of giving thanks or mess with your karma.  Check out this blog from the Daily Muse for helpful hints: 2 Little Words That Have a Huge Impact at Work. 

Put this to practice and thank someone today!  Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Deanna Rodin, Associate Director

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Make Sustainable Connections!

Last night, we hosted our Green Careers: Meet and Greet event in the Student Center. Students were able to meet with professionals from a variety of areas in the Sustainability industry and learn what it is like to work in a “green” career field!

Seeing students and employers make connections on the basis of sustainability as an industry got me thinking about how the connections we make sustainable themselves. Meeting with employers in your field of interest is a great way to get introduced to the variety of opportunities available to you, but it also allows you to build up a network of professionals with whom you may be working or interacting with in the future! Keeping this in mind, it’s very important to keep the connections going after the initial interactions are made.

As you’re meeting with professionals, make sure to get their business card or other contact information. Then, just as you would after an interview, follow-up with them within 24-48 hours to thank them for taking the time to speak with you, and include some of what you talked about or found interesting from your conversation. If you can find the professional contact on LinkedIn, even better! Sending a connection request allows you to not only reach out, but to make a connection that allows the professional to see what you’ve been up to!

Need advice on how to sustain your networking connections? Come on in and let us help!

Amy Smith, Assistant Director

Monday, November 17, 2014

Events for the Week of 11/17

Events for Week of 11/17

Check out this Candid Career video for advice regarding internships and other career related topics!

Synergy Resource On-Campus Recruiting
Resume submission deadline Monday, November 17, 2014 by 11:59 PM
OCR Position for Software Developer/Programmer. Seeking students with a Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Information Technology, or related field preferred or equivalent experience preferred. See PrideCMS for more details and for resume submission.

Green Careers: Meet and Greet
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 5pm in the Multipurpose Room West
Join representatives from “green” companies and positions and find out how you can find your ideal career in the sustainability industry. All Hofstra students are welcome! Refreshments will be served!

Friday, November 14, 2014

What Makes a Great Internship?


As the semester is coming to an end, you may be starting to apply to internships. There are tons of internship opportunities to apply to, and it may be hard to figure which ones are the best fit for you. has made this process much easier with its Top Internship Rankings. surveyed thousands of current and former interns about their internship programs. Respondents rated their experiences in five areas: Quality of Life; Compensation & Benefits; Interview Process; Career Development, and Full-time Employment Prospects.

In addition, to the best overall internships, there are rankings for the best internships based on industry such as Accounting, Finance, Energy, Media and Retail.

Don’t forget to take advantage of your free account at All Hofstra students are eligible for a free account by registering. You can do this by entering your portal, clicking on “my apps” on the top right corner, and clicking on the Vault icon in the pop-up window.

By using your account, you can view Vault’s industry guides, internship reviews from former interns, apply to internships and full-time positions, and much more.

Nayelli Perez, Assistant Director

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Using Information Interviews and Shadowing to Find Your Career

The best way to explore a potential career choice is by speaking with and/or following someone who works in that career.  So, how do you do that? Informational interviewing and job shadowing are two great options.

Informational interviews help you learn first-hand about your chosen profession by asking questions about tasks, business environment, and educational background.  Shadowing a professional allows you to follow someone in your career choice as they go through a typical day or week on the job and ask questions and observe the work.

Finding a Profession(al)
Finding someone to interview or shadow is not difficult. Ask your parents and your friends’ parents if they know someone you can interview. Ask your professors for recommendations of professionals in the field. Go to your career center: Many maintain lists of alumni and employers who are willing to help in your career exploration.

Next, call or write a letter requesting an information interview or job shadowing. People who like their jobs tend to enjoy talking about them. You compliment the professional by expressing an interest in the career. In your phone call or letter, explain how you found the person you want to interview and request time for an appointment. Emphasize that you want to find out more about the career—you’re not looking for a job. If you’re lucky, the professional you contact may have other colleagues you can interview also.

Asking Questions
Take notes during your time with the professional. Here are some questions you might ask:
  • What is your typical workday like?
  • What do you like most (and least) about your job?
  • What skills/abilities are most important to succeed in this job?
  • What is your educational background?
  • How did you get started in this field?
  • What courses were most helpful to you and which would you recommend?
  • What is the best way to get started in this field?
  • Do you have any additional advice to help me prepare?

Following Up Your Interview
Review your notes. What was your impression? Did you leave the interview feeling as if you can envision a future in this occupation or were you discouraged—you don’t feel you learned enough about the occupation or the job description doesn’t sound appealing any longer?

Take your thoughts and concerns to the career center staff and get feedback on the next step to take in your career exploration. You may want to do additional information interviews in this career path or you may want to reexamine your goals and find a different path for your interests.

No matter what you decide, send a thank-you note to anyone you interview or shadow. Whether you decide to forge ahead on that career path or find another one, this professional may be a good person to network with when you begin your job search.

Courtesy of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

Gary Alan Miller, Executive Director