Monday, April 18, 2016

Choice Theory and Job-seeking

William Glasser, an American psychiatrist who was known for the creation of Reality Therapy and Choice Theory, believed that all behavior is purposeful.  Whether it is to satisfy our basic needs of survival or our desire for freedom, fun, love, belonging, or power, we act for a reason.  We can control these behaviors by acting in certain ways that help people and our relationships (e.g. being supportive, encouraging, listening, accepting, or trusting) or hurt our relationships with others (e.g. criticizing, blaming, complaining, nagging, or punishing).

Our behavior is under our control; what is not under our control, are the behaviors of others.  So for example, if an employer does not respond right away or does not show you the respect of replying to your follow-up email, do not fret.  Employers are very busy people and sometimes they will take days to respond to an email or phone call.  As long as you keep your composure and relax (do not email them a million times waiting for their response), everything will work out. 

And if that employer does not respond back, it is not the end of the world.  Perhaps they found an in-house option for the position or they found a better fit with another candidate.  Do not be hard on yourself and do not lash out at the employer; your time will come.  If you burn bridges with a potential employer you ruin any chance that you can have with them in the future.

Do not be your own worst enemy.

Scott Davidson
Graduate Asst., Hofstra Career Center

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Meet our HU Students: Kirupajini Gnanamurthy

My name is Kirupajini Gnanamurthy. I am a junior. My major is Community Health and my minor is nutrition science. My future plan is to become a surgical physician assistant. While attending Hofstra University I have gained a lot. I have gained new connections that help me with my future career and pathway to graduate school. I have also met some amazing people who are now my friends. I have acquired several resources that have helped me get farther into my career in the form of internships and guidance counselors.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

#HUInternSelfie Spring 2016

Congratulations to our winner, Pamela Lacayo, for winning #HUInternSelfie 2016! 

Check out her selfies below while at her internship with Northwell Health:


Visit our website to find out how to participate!

A few reminders...

  • In order to participate, you need to follow us on Instagram (@hofstracareer), tag us in your weekly selfie submissions and use the #HUInternSelfie hashtag.
  • To see all submissions, we will be checking the #HUInternSelfie hashtag on Instagram. If your profile is on private, we will be unable to view your submission and it will not count towards the challenge. 
  • To know if we have received your submission and is counted towards the challenge, we will 'like' your photo.
  • In order to be put in the $250 Bloomingdale's gift card raffle, you must submit at least ONE selfie challenge!
  • Be on the lookout for a surprise challenge during our Spring Career Fair on March 9th!


Week 1:

Selfie of you on your daily commute!


Week 2:

Selfie of you shaking hands with your supervisor!


Week 3:

Selfie eating lunch at your work site!


Week 4:

Selfie with the view outside your window!


Week 5:

Selfie at your work space!

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

It's Not About Who You Already Know, It's About Who You CAN Know

Last week online news magazine Slate ran an opinion piece on the uneven power of informational interviews. You may remember from Gary Miller’s blog post that an informational interview is a meeting that you request with someone whose career you admire. During the informational interview, you ask that person how she got started in the field and what advice she has for a student or recent Hofstra alumni like you, just starting out. At the end of the meeting, you ask who else in the field with which you should be talking. This is the most powerful way to job search! You receive the best advice, and, you now have professionals in your field who are interested in helping you in your career.

The Slate piece agreed with that assessment, but said it makes the hiring process unfair, giving those who seek out an informational interview an unfair advantage. I argue that is exactly the reason why informational interviews are critical.  We are not all born with a built-in professional network. The informational interview you can schedule with Hofstra alumni allows you to tap into the powerful network that being a Hofstra student provides for you. For first generation college students, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, and students whose parents are unwilling to tap into their own networks to help, the informational interview provides that advantage that others already have.

This spring, tap into your built in Hofstra advantage! Check out the alumni feature on LinkedIn to see which alumni have positions you want, or careers you admire, or are just doing something really cool. Send a message, set up an informational interview, and see where your Hofstra network can take you.

Lisa Tandan
Director of Career Development and Assessment