Thursday, April 24, 2014

Things ARE Looking Up!

For so long now, we have been bombarded with images, news articles, and for many of us the stark reality of unemployment.  As a result, college students across the country have been left with feelings of confusion, disillusionment, and apathy.  Many college students still question if the economy is still suffering like it was a few years back and/or what is the purpose of their college degree if it is so hard to find a job?

As a native New Yorker who regularly reads Newsday and watches the local and cable news affiliates, I have become used to seeing negative reports on job prospects for college graduates. For instance, at our Spring Career Fair, which hosted 114 organizations looking to recruit students and alumni, WCBS produced a news segment with the message that it was still hard to get a job.

Hmmmmm.... that was indeed strange, since there were so many organizations at the fair that were looking to hire! Furthermore, I directly witness and see the data that Hofstra graduates find jobs at a strong rate and for the last few years on a national level, the hiring of college graduates was on the upswing, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers.  So why, then, was the media still reporting how difficult the job market is for college graduates?


Well, to my pleasant surprise in Thursday's edition of Newsday, there were two positive articles on the same page with the headlines "Local jobless rate dips" and "Job outlook improving for new grads."  This is what I am witnessing at the Hofstra Career Center! It is getting better. Our graduates are getting hired. True, it may not be in their ideal position, but there are jobs out there.

If you are embarking on your job search, The Career Center is here to guide you. Make an appointment by calling 516-463-6060! Read our tip sheets to help you get started in your search by clicking here!

You can get a jump-start by coming to our Crunch Time workshop with Indeed.com representatives on Monday, April 28th at 1pm in The Career Center and learn how to use the #1 job search site to maximize your job search!

Suzanne Dagger,
Director of Career Services

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Climbing the Corporate Ladder


Want to be the CEO of an international company like Target?   Or maybe electronics is your thing and being the CEO of Best Buy would be your dream job. Well, let me give you the inside scoop on how Robert Ulrich, CEO of Target Corporation from 1994-2008 and Brad Anderson, CEO of Best Buy, got their starts. You might want to right this down so go get a pen.  Are you ready?  Here it is…they worked in retail. 

Robert Ulrich started as a Cart Attendant, then held various positions including Sales Manager, Buyer, Group Manager and Vice President for Dayton Hudson department Store Group (now Target.)

As for Brad Anderson, he attained a Bachelor’s degree in sociology and went to work as a salesperson for a music store.  He rose up through the ranks, eventually becoming Vice President, Executive Vice President, President and COO and, later, CEO of Best Buy.

Retail companies are famous from promoting from within.  In fact, when they hire college grads it is with the intent to train them so that they can, in fact, climb the corporate ladder.  They look for applicants who enjoy working with people, have enthusiasm and motivation and can think on their feet.

Two giants in the retail industry will be visiting The Career Center to speak with students about managerial training programs. Target will be holding an information session on Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30-7:00 and Macy’s will be holding “Meet & Greet” sessions on Tuesday, May 6 from 10:00-12:00 and 2:00-4:00 (stop in anytime during the Macy’s open hours.)


Hope to see you there!

Darlene Johnson,
Senior Associate Director

Monday, April 21, 2014

Events for the Week of 4/21/14

Resume Re-Do
Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm in The Career Center
Are you looking to re-vamp your resume, but your job prevents you from coming to The Career Center during our business hours? Attend this workshop to receive valuable tips about writing your resume straight from a Career Center representative, on your own time!


Quick Question Hours:
Get your Resume or Cover Letter critiqued at The Career Center!
Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 4pm

Friday: 11am – 1pm


Save the Date!

Crunch Time with Indeed.com
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1pm in The Career Center
Seniors, don't wait until after graduation to start your job search! It's CRUNCH time! Hear from Indeed.com employees on how to use the #1 job search site to maximize your job search and CRUNCH on some snacks while you learn!

True Hofstra Story: Internships
Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30-10pm in the Student Center Greenhouse
Don't be fooled when it comes to internships, hear the True Hofstra Story. Hofstra students "spill the beans" on internships at this tell all coffee house event!

Target Information Session
Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30-7pm in The Career Center
Meet with Target representatives to hear about available employment opportunities within this retail corporation and gain insight on what it is like to work with the company!

Plug Into Your Career
Wednesday, April 30 from 6-8pm in the Multi-Purpose Room East
Learn from a panel of professionals in the fields of Information Technology and Business from both start-up and established companies. Gain insight on how they got started in their careers, and how you can find your own niche in the technology industry!
Participating companies include CA Technologies, EGifter, Wolters-Kluwer, TEKsystems, and Uncubed/Wakefield Media.



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?


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!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Get in the Driver’s Seat

While looking online for tips and advice to share with you via our Twitter account (@HofstraCareer, but you knew that, right?), I came across this article that outlines 50 career tips for college students. Reading each one, and highlighting what stuck out to me, I stopped here:

31. You won’t reach your career goals if you let someone else drive your career. Go from passenger to driver.

“Go from passenger to driver.” Perhaps the most important thing you can do for your career search (and really, any aspect of your life) is to be in control. This can happen at any and all points of your collegiate journey; by choosing a major, joining clubs or organizations, and having internship or experiential learning opportunities, you are jumping into the driver’s seat and charting a course for the rest of your life.

It’s easy to allow yourself to be influenced in these choices by friends, family, professors, or co-workers. But at the end of the day, YOU are the one whom these decisions will affect. YOU are who will be sitting at a desk, working for a company, in a profession, following a path that ties it all together and moves you towards your future. Just make sure it’s the path YOU want and that YOU have constructed, for the bettering of YOU.


Let us help you in achieving your career goals by coming in to The Career Center! You can make an appointment by calling 516-463-6060 or come in during our Quick Question Hours to chat with a counselor.

Amy Smith,
Graduate Assistant

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Job Interview Blunders

As graduation approaches, many students will be interviewing for upcoming positions.  Here are ten interview blunders, adapted from this article.

1.  When thinking about what you are going to wear to an interview, you not only want to look good but you want to be comfortable.  This includes comfortable shoes.  Ladies, if the high heels are hurting your toes so much that you can barely walk, consider a more comfortable option.  Gentlemen, if that top button on the shirt is a hint too tight, you may also want to consider a different shirt.  Try on your outfit prior to the day of the interview to make sure it still fits and you will be comfortable in it.

2.  Research the company or agency you will be interviewing with.  You may be asked, "What do you know about our company?"  You should be able to answer with something specific and concrete.  

3.  SALARY; when is the right time to bring it up? This is tricky, if you are offered the position and the salary is not included, you should ask at that point.  However, if you are flying to California for an interview you may want to talk salary soon to make sure it is worth the move.  Be careful and plan when you ask, there is no right answer.

4.  NEVER be late.  You must account for your travel time.  If your directions say it takes 35 minutes for travel time, add on at least an extra 20 minutes for unforeseen tie-ups like traffic or roadwork.  Don't forget to take into account looking for parking, especially in an area that may not have parking lots.  If you haven't traveled to the destination prior to the day of the interview, give yourself extra time in case you do get lost!

5.  DO NOT LIE or misrepresent the truth.  EVER.

6.  The world is a very small place. Do not speak badly about a former employer, even if you have a bad experience with them.  Think about what you have learned from the experience and how it makes you a better employee.

7.  If you have been told in the past that you wear too much cologne or perfume, consider toning it down for an interview. Be very careful; you want to leave a positive impact with the prospective employer because of your experiences, not the scent of your fragrance.

8.  Don't fidget, just relax! You have already been called in for an interview; they have already picked your "profile," now it is time for the "first date".  The employer wants to get to know you. JUST RELAX and be your best self.

9.  Listen to the questions being asked by the employer. We see many times during mock interviews that though students give good answers, they don't answer the question asked.  Take time to make sure you heard the question and then take a  deep breath and answer the question properly.


10.  Sean  "Puffy" Combs, during his show Making the Band, told a contestant, "I want to know that you are hungry, not desperate".  There is a very fine line between the two--an employer wants you to be eager but they do not want a doormat!

Good luck on all your upcoming interviews! If you would like to schedule a mock interview for some practice, call our office at 516-463-6060 to schedule an appointment.

Lorraine Massiah
Assistant Director

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

When to Be Modern (and When to Go Old School) in Your Job Hunt


With the emergence of new technologies, software, and social media sites, there are many different ways to search and apply for jobs. That being said, when you are in the midst of searching for a job, it is important to find a balance between old and new job search methods. Although your application may look or sound different depending on the industry and organization (i.e. startup vs large corporation), there are a few solid job search and application rules to follow regardless of industry. This article from TheMuse.com provides a quick but useful overview of some tried and true "old school" job search habits to stick with and some more modern job search habits to be aware of. 

Kaitlyn Riley, Assistant Director 

Monday, April 14, 2014

Events for the Week of 4/14/14

CPT Workshop: Summer Internships, Practical Experiences, and Externships
Wednesday, April 16 from 11:15 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Breslin Hall Room 103
Are you an international student thinking about engaging in an internship or practicum off-campus? In order to engage in paid or unpaid practical experiences off-campus, international students must be authorized for Curricular Practical Training (CPT). You need to receive an updated I-20 before you start working. For more information, click here.

Quick Question Hours:
Get your Resume or Cover Letter critiqued at The Career Center!
Monday – Thursday: 2pm – 4pm
Friday: 11am – 1pm


Save the Date!

Resume Re-Do
Thursday, April 24 at 6:30pm in The Career Center
Are you looking to re-vamp your resume, but your job prevents you from coming to The Career Center during our business hours? Attend this workshop to receive valuable tips about writing your resume straight from a Career Center representative, on your own time!

Crunch Time with Indeed.com
Monday, April 28, 2014 at 1pm in The Career Center
Seniors, don't wait until after graduation to start your job search! It's CRUNCH time! Hear from Indeed.com employees on how to use the #1 job search site to maximize your job search and CRUNCH on some snacks while you learn!

True Hofstra Story: Internships
Tuesday, April 29 from 8:30-10pm in the Student Center Greenhouse
Don't be fooled when it comes to internships, hear the True Hofstra Story. Hofstra students "spill the beans" on internships at this tell all coffee house event!

Target Information Session
Tuesday, April 29 from 5:30-7pm in The Career Center
Meet with Target representatives to hear about available employment opportunities within this retail corporation and gain insight on what it is like to work with the company!

Plug Into Your Career
Wednesday, April 30 from 6-8pm in the Multi-Purpose Room East
Learn from a panel of professionals in the fields of Information Technology and Business from both start-up and established companies. Gain insight on how they got started in their careers, and how you can find your own niche in the technology industry! Participating companies include CA Technologies, EGifter, Wolters-Kluwer, TEKsystems, and Uncubed/Wakefield Media.



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?


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!