Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Dating - Path to Pride

Why didn't they call?

I thought we hit it off...

Does this sound familiar…when it comes to your job search? Yes, getting a call back from your interview can feel a whole lot like trying to get a second date from that person you're really into. And just like dating, you need assistance to follow the steps to success.

1. Visit With a Career Counselor
When you're not sure what to do or need to vent, doesn't it always feel better when you have someone to hear you out? Making an appointment with a career counselor can provide that. You can express your concerns and figure out a game plan to get to the career you want.

2. Take a Career Assessment
When dating, you sometimes run into a dead end and have to self-reflect on what you really want. The same goes for figuring out the careers best suited for you. At The Career Center, you can "find yourself" by making an appointment to take a Career Assessment.

3. Research Careers
When you have figured yourself out and what you want in a significant other, the next step is to see who's available and if they fit your "type".  After you have narrowed down your career choices, you can start researching them by using the resources provided at The Career Center's website (

4. Begin to Make Connections
Studies show that most people meet their significant other through a mutual friend. Networking is just as important in your career development. Put yourself out there and make connections by developing your LinkedIn profile, joining Hofstra clubs and attending campus events such as the Job Fair.

5. Develop Your Career Skills
Stepping into the dating world can seem daunting, so it's important that you have all your "tools" ready: clothes, hair, etc. The same goes for finding a job or internship; you want to make sure that your resume, cover letter and interview skills are all the best that they can be. The Career Center can help with one-on-one appointments and Mock Interviews.

6. Search and Apply for Internships
Once you are ready, going out on dates is a good way to figure out what you like and don't like. Figuring out the career that you want is a similar process. The best way to find out if a career is right for you is to get relevant experience through internships, part-time jobs and/or job shadowing.

7. Establish Post-Graduation Goals and Plans
After dating for a while, you will probably come at a crossroads where you have to decide what you want, which may include picking someone to be in an exclusive relationship with. At the end of your time at Hofstra, you will also have to make a decision. Will you start finding full-time work in your chosen career field or will you go to graduate school?

Lorraine Massiah
Assistant Director For Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives

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