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Sports and Entertainment Panel Recap

Michelle Tran, Steinhardt MCC 2017, talks about the Sports and Entertainment panel.

On Thursday Feb. 6th, the NYU Wasserman Center at SCPS, hosted a panel of professionals who are currently in the sports media and entertainment industry.  From golf, to baseball, and even Tough Mudder, the panelists provided expert insight about the sports media industry itself, the qualities of a best entry-level candidate, and day in the life experiences on the job.  Here are the 5 main tips that the 6 panelists shared:

1) Networking

There can never be too much networking.  All panelists agreed that the number one way to further your career is through networking.  Dan Asip, Manager of Service & Retention at MSG, explains how networking can determine your chances of moving up from an internship status to obtaining that full-time job position available in another department.  In order to be able to secure a job, you have to talk to the right people and build relationships with others who can support you when the time comes for interviews.  Go beyond just talking to people within your office.  Expand your horizons and expand your network of people to best serve your career.  Asip and the other panelists agree, creating relationships with your colleagues goes a long way.

2) The glamorous life doesn’t come cheap

The idea of working in the sports media and entertainment industry has a certain sexy and glamorous appeal to young and eager students.  A life being surrounded by sports legends, big-name executives, and star athletes appears to be the dream job.  But the journey to the glam and glitz is no easy task.  Leign Ann Minutoli, Assistant Brand Manager at the Topps Company puts it plainly: “Expect to be poor when you first start off.”  No career starts off easy or the way one dreamed it to be.  Adam Suritz, Tough Mudder recruiter, can attest to this reality as he himself started off as an employee in the Apple Human and Resources Department entering in employee work times.  Don’t expect to get the dream job right out of college.  Jillian Wright, Director of Corporate Sponsorship at the Staten Island Yankees, gives the example of moving to Staten Island for the job, and says you have to be willing to relocate.  Ultimately, don’t lose faith in your career.  Be able to adapt, improvise, and overcome obstacles one way or another.

3) Be open to working in different sectors of the industry

In order to thrive in this industry, all panelists agree that one must have an open-mind in applying.  Don’t confine yourself to just one sector of the industry.  You may want to work in the social media department, but do not confine your application to just this one branch of the company.  Along with applying to this social media position, maybe decide to apply to the communications department or the marketing department or even the fan development department.  The point is to go into the application process with an open mind in order to show versatility and willingness to try something new.  Who knows, maybe your interests can shift to a different department you never thought plausible just by simply trying it out.

4) You don’t have to be an avid sports fan

                 Just because you go into the sports media and entertainment industry, doesn’t mean you have to be an avid sports fan.  All panelists work with colleagues in their respective companies that have a variety of backgrounds that may not be revolved around sports.  Vanessa Bekono, from GroupM ESP, mentioned that in their company career changers with a background in a different industry and experience working with clients are an asset, and you can learn the entertainment and media business on the job.  All these recruiters are looking for in a candidate are work ethic.  Knowing the entire roster of the New York Rangers and freaking out when meeting client-athletes will more likely decrease your chances of being hired versus acting in a civil and professional manner within the office environment.  For Scott Lipsky, manager of digital media at US Golf Association, some background knowledge of the sport is helpful but in the end, it comes down to whether or not you can get the work done and finish the projects that are given to you.  You prove your abilities not by acting like a mad-raving fan, but by the work you successfully accomplish.

5) You are interviewing the job, as much as the job is interviewing you

In the interview process, it is not just about showing up to the interview, answering the questions, handing in your resume, and walking out.  Minutoli and Suritz agree

Engineering & Technology Career Fair Tips from Alliant Technologies, LLC

Jay Brennan, Vice President Human Resources at Alliant Technologies, LLC offers forth some tips and advice in preparation for Thursday’s Engineering & Technology Career Fair at NYU-Poly. Don’t forget to stop by! The event runs from 11:00am-3:00pm.

The NYU Spring Engineering & Technology Career Fair is a great way for you to make initial contacts with prospective employers. You can use this opportunity to meet people who work for the company and ask questions.  It is important to make a great first impression and, hopefully, open the door to further interviews.  While this is always important, it is even more important at a career fair, because you only get a few minutes with the prospective employer to impress them.

First and foremost, a career fair is a professional recruiting event.  Dress appropriately.  While a business suit is not necessary, your outfit should still be clean, pressed and neat.  Looking like you’ve just hit the gym or rolled out of bed will not help.

Next, your resume is your calling card.  It should be neat with no typos, and accurately represent your skills and experience.  We look for resumes that list actual accomplishments, so when listing jobs, internships and projects, make sure you highlighted what your role was and how your contributions helped make your task or project successful.

It is also important to know something about the employers you want to meet. Your career office normally provides you with a booklet or website that lists all the employers attending.  Do your homework and learn something about the company.  Check out their website.  If we’ve been to your school before, we may have hired people you know.  Ask around among your friends and peers.

Prepare some questions you want to ask prospective employers.  We are always looking for thoughtful, intelligent people who come prepared, and asking thoughtful, intelligent, well-prepared questions is a great way to demonstrate this.

Lastly, make sure you have a good time at the career fair.  We want to hire people who are pleasant and fun to work with, so smile and look people in the eye. Relax and be yourself.

Please stop by the Alliant Technologies table and say hello.


Stand Out and Make a Connection at the Spring Engineering and Technology Career Fair

Stand Out:

Be ready to talk about your interests and abilities in relevance to what the company does. This helps potential employers get a feel of who you are, what you can do and what you are willing to learn. Mention your previous experience, if any, or any related background experience. This helps companies identify you as a possible candidate for an internship or full time hire. We want to meet you!

What is your specific area of interest or specialization within your major?

For instance, you might be majoring in Computer Science and Engineering or Information Systems, but it is helpful to be specific about your particular area of interest, which might be Programming, Networking, Internet Security, Data Mining and so forth. Of course, you may be open to all and willing to adapt to any specialization, but speaking about your particular interest/forte gives you an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, and lets us know more about you.

Do you have an area in your field you are passionate about?

To be willing to learn and adapt is one thing, but your passion for something is different. If you have the chance, definitely communicate on your core values or something that you are very passionate about.

What are any specific credentials you possess? Have you received a scholarship or award?

Regardless of your resume, a student who is a good communicator will go far in standing out among the crowd.

Make a Connection:

Be ready to talk about why you are interested in a particular company.

Research the companies that interest you. Visit their websites!

We invite you to visit our website: www.veusoft.com to get a full understanding of our services at Veusoft.

Ask smart questions, and point out specific interests within the company.

If you already know what a company does before you approach the booth, you’ll be in a position to express interest in their specific services, and ask the types of questions that will help you decide whether the company would be a good fit. This allows the employer to make a connection with you, and lets them see that you are truly interested in joining their team.

Veusoft is a Fully Managed IT Service that specializes in Networking and Infrastructure, Storage Management, Virtualization and Cloud Computing. We are looking for candidates from Computer Science or Telecommunications backgrounds with interests in the field of services that we provide, as well as students who are interested in long-term employment after internship or training opportunities. Be sure to visit our booth this Thursday at the Engineering & Technology Spring Career Fair at NYU-Poly!

Career Fair Prep From @Razorfish

Greg Pfaff, a Senior Recruiter at Razorfish, offers ideas on how to market yourself to the digital community. Helpful information as the Spring Job & Internship Fair fast approaches. Be sure to visit their booth on 1/30 at Kimmel and again on 2/6 at the Engineering & Technology Spring Career Fair at NYU-Poly for more information.

“Marketing yourself as a developer”

A major barrier for students coming out of a university looking for jobs is that they lack “professional experience”. Most companies have tight deadlines and can’t afford to train or take a chance on a rising star in the development world. Sadly, this leads to solid engineers/students being passed on with lots of potential. Here are three things that every student should do to make themselves as marketable as possible coming right out of college.

Keep an up-to-date social coding profile.

It is so important to show potential hiring managers how active you are on social networking coding sites like Github and Codepen. It shows that you not only have a thirst to learn/solve problems but you are active about it in the community. Additionally, you could also take a website that is currently live and re-code it to make it better. Also, have your own online portfolio, a central hub for all potential employers to see.  Put all of your ideas/concepts/passion projects/live websites on there. These are great ways to visually showcase what you have done and most importantly gives managers a way to tangibly see your code. This could give you a leg up against competition when going through an interview process.

Attend industry events.

These are a great way to get your name out there. The development community is thriving and it seems every technology or framework you could imagine has their own local Meetup group and the best part is they are usually free. Being part of your local development scene will not only open doors for you in terms of potential freelance and full-time opportunities but it will give you a chance to meet with local/likeminded individuals and experts of technology who are a wealth of information to your learning process. Secondly, you could attend a development conference.  These usually aren’t free but they are great way to learn about the cutting edge technologies and strategies being used.  They are usually hosted yearly and have all the major contributors in technology.  They can be a great source of inspiration and education.

Find a development mentor.

The development community is extremely friendly. Everyone is out to solve problems and having a mentor can grow your skill set very quickly. Remember: they were once in your shoes so they can understand the frustrations of staring at SublimeText for hours. Most of the developers and engineers I have had conversations with were ready, willing and able to try and help me through a development problem I was having. It is a very open and helpful community and asking questions while having them explained real-time is something that is a decided advantage over a StackOverflow or Quora.

How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Willow Caffrey has been at UBS for 3 years and focuses on recruitment for the various Corporate Center Graduate Training, Co-Op and Summer Internship programs. Corporate Center divisions she covers include Group Technology, Group Operations, Risk, Human Resources, COO, Corporate Real estate and Administrative Services, Legal, and Compliance. Here, she offers tips for Career Fair preparation. 

Attending a career fair can be intimidating, however with enough preparation, Career Fairs are a great opportunity to meet key company stakeholders and get you on their radar. Having attended many career fairs as both a student and a recruiter, below are some quick tips to help you prepare.

1.       Do your research! Prepare a list of the organizations you intend to speak to, and do your research by visiting the company’s website. Avoid questions such as, “What does your company do?” or “What are you here for?”. Instead, spend the few minutes you have with each recruiter selling them on why you are a fit for their companies.

2.       Check the university career center page ahead of time. You’ll have a better idea of what roles that company is currently recruiting for on your campus and how you may be a good candidate.

3.       Prepare 3 quick lines about yourself to use when introducing yourself, but don’t sound too rehearsed or scripted.

Introduce yourself (Hi, my name is John Smith and I am a junior at NYU)

Express your interest ( I’m particularly interested in Group Technology)

Pose a question (I was curious to know if you do direct group hiring or if you hire into a pool and allocate into groups)

4.       Make sure you follow up with organizations after the event to remind them of your conversation and interest in their roles

5.       Be YOURSELF!

Following these 5 tips will help impress potential employers and help you have a successful, and less stressful, career fair experience.

Interested in a summer internship with UBS? Be sure to visit their booth at the Spring Job & Internship Fair this Thursday, January 30th.

 

 

 

Tips for Career Fair Preparation

As the Spring Job & Internship Fair fast approaches, there are a lot of elements that come together to make a great impression at these type of events! Here, Alicia Mucci, Campus Development Manager at KPMG, shares a few of her favorites to help you really stand out (in a good way!).

1.    Review Your Resume!

  • Be concise and do not exceed one page
  • Keep it neat, attractive, organized, and easy to read
  • Ensure formatting is consistent throughout the resume and use spell check
  • State your best qualities through your work experience and on campus activities
  • Be honest
  • Use action verbs to describe your duties and responsibilities (e.g., developed, managed, created, etc.)
  • Quantify experiences to show levels of responsibility (e.g., number of people supervised)
  • Be professional and appropriate
  • Avoid “buzzwords” and abbreviations

2.    Dress Professionally!

  • Aim for a neat, clean look
  • A suit is a must for career fairs
  • Remove visible body piercings and cover tattoos
  • Pay attention to the fit of your clothes—make sure they aren’t too tight
  • Keep perfume/cologne to a minimum
  • Always think about what message you want to send. If you have to stop and wonder, “Can I get away   with this?” it’s probably not a good idea.

3.    Be Confident!

  • Enunciate when you introduce yourself
  • Be ready with your two to three sentence “elevator pitch”
  • Don’t be afraid to join a conversation politely. Avoid lurking behind professionals
  • Smile! You’re great!

Remember to register for the Spring Job & Internship Fair on Career Net.  It takes place Thursday, January 30th from 11:00am-3:00pm at the Kimmel Center, Floors 4, 9, and 10. For more information and updates, follow #NYUCF14!

Under Armour: Part-time Positions Can Lead to a Career

-By: Taylor Bechtel (center, top row-black shirt) – Selling Specialist at UA Brand House in Harbor East, Baltimore

I remember the first time I walked into the Under Armour Brand House in Harbor East, Baltimore. At the time, it was just a hollow shell waiting to be filled with the latest and greatest Under Armour product. I remember standing there, anxious like you would be before taking the field for a big game. But really, that’s the best way to look at the Brand House. To me, it’s much more than just a retail store; it’s my playing field, my arena. Each and every day that I come into work, I try to keep that game-day mentality – I can relate as a student athlete. I have learned to view my fellow associates as my Teammates.

This sort of mentality has taught me the valuable lesson of accountability and teamwork. Working at the Brand House has given me the opportunity to build upon my skills and has really allowed me to develop and grow.  The way I see it, the game has just begun for me and my career. As ambitious as my goals may be, I know that I need to put time and effort into practice and preparation. But working at the UA Brand House has truly allowed me to practice and hone my skills. It has taught me a lot about my strengths and weaknesses, and has allowed me to prepare myself for the next level. It has taught me the importance of working as a team, and that you must always keep a goal in sight.

Just as UA’s Founder and CEO Kevin Plank would say, “you have to stay humble and hungry”. Working here has taught me I should never settle or let myself become complacent; improvements can always be made. Here at Under Armour, we pride ourselves on passion and continuous innovation. I’ve also learned to constantly strive towards improving myself and those around me.

Now, I’m interviewing for an In-Store Visual Merchandising opportunity within arguably one of the greatest Retail hubs in the country, NYC (Soho) and an opportunity to grow my retail career with one of the hottest brands on the planet – Under Armour!  It all started by accepting a part-time opportunity within the first-ever UA Brand House while putting myself through college.

Sound like a place you would like to work or intern? Swing by the Career Fair on January 30th from 11-3pm at the Kimmel Center and meet representatives from Under Armour. You can also check out their openings on Career Net with Job IDs: 917872 and 917022.

 

Insider Tips for the NGO, NonProfit, and Government Forum

Celia Givens is a junior at NYU studying Middle Eastern Studies & Political Science senior graduating in May 2014. Here is her take on making the most of NGO, NonProfit, and Government Forum.

I’ve always been interested in working for a government organization, so I jumped at the chance to attend the NGO, Non-Profit, & Government Forum in Washington D.C. last year. Although I dreaded getting up for the bus that leaves from Wasserman at 6am, I learned a lot about specific organizations and made some amazing industry connections.

Not surprisingly, career fairs are what you make of them. If you don’t prepare ahead of time you can end up wasting your entire day sweating in a business suit. Here are some tips to make sure you make the most of the NGO, Non-Profit, & Government Forum this year:

Research the organizations beforehand

Wasserman will always post the list of organizations on NYU CareerNet before the career fair. Decide which companies you are interested in and research them online. Take notes so when you’re talking to the recruiter you can impress them with your knowledge and interest in the company.

Plan your route

Career fairs are crowded and students tend to swarm the same five tables. Look at the map of the fair before you start making rounds so you can be strategic. If one table is too crowded, come back a little later when it’s less busy so you can have a meaningful conversation. Pro tip: Talk to the companies you are dying to work for early in the day before recruiters get hungry and start thinking about lunch. Recruiters are people too, and they get tired.

Bring several copies of your resume

This is a no brainer. If you end up getting along well with a recruiter and you don’t have a resume on you, you might be blowing your chance. Print at least 10 copies, on clean, white paper. Always have them readily accessible so you don’t spend five minutes searching through your bag to hand it to an employer.

Prepare 2-3 questions about the company

Every student asks the same question: Tell me about your organization! Recruiters are used to giving students the same talking points about their company, especially if there is a long line. Instead, ask them about their internship program for paralegals or their specialization in grassroots campaign training. These are the questions that will help them remember you when you follow-up later on.

Ask for a business card and follow up

Always ask for a business card. On the back, write down several things you spoke to the recruiter about so you will remember exactly who they are later. In the next few days, (no later!) send them a follow-up email detailing who you are, what you spoke about, and what you are interested in. By including what you spoke about, the recruiter will be more likely to remember you and help you out. Even if they aren’t hiring, you can always ask for an informational interview (or phone call!) to learn more about the industry.

If you are interested in a job or internship with an NGO, Non-Profit, or Government organization come join us at the Forum in DC on December 6th. Click https://nyu-csm.symplicity.com/students/index.php?mode=form&id=ac7e75fb9415d54519edfe94f308cd45&s=event&ss=ws for more information on the fair and reserving a seat on the Wasserman bus to DC.

What’s Next? Entrepreneurship

Ever thought about starting your own business or getting involved in an exciting new venture? Come on out to the Wasserman Center for What’s Next? Entrepreneurship on Wednesday, October 30th at 5:30pm. Here, entrepreneurs will share tips for making an impact on and off campus. Hear their stories and gain helpful tips for your career exploration.  Click on the links below the panelists’ names for more information and we hope to see you there!

Jasmin Hume
Co-founder
BenchPals, Inc.

Sonia Kapadia
Founder & CEO
Taste Savant

Joe Landolina
CEO and Co-Founder
Suneris

Brian Shimmerlik
Co-Founder & CEO
Vengo / TaxiTreats

Sam Slover
Co-Founder – VP Technology
Learn It Live

Preparing for a Career Fair

Employers are very interested in finding out about you and your career interests. They also want to share important information about their organization and available opportunities. Take advantage of this great networking opportunity. Here is how you can maximize your experience.

BEFORE THE FAIR

  • Impress employers by researching their organization beforehand. Review the list of participating employers and research organizations that interest you.

  • Prepare questions in advance about the organization and the opportunities they have available. Employers want employees who are proactive, thoughtful, and listen well. Make yourself stand out with smart questions. Don’t ask questions that could be answered simply by looking at their website.

  • Prepare your resume and bring multiple copies with you that you can offer to interested employers. Print on resume paper.

  • Dress professionally. Make a strong first impression by dressing in professional business attire. This is generally

  • Prepare a 60-90 second pitch to introduce yourself when meeting professional contacts for the first time. Greet them with a firm handshake, make good eye contact, and smile. You will make a strong first impression and help convey to the employer that you are a serious candidate. For example: “Hello. I’m Jackson Samuels, a junior in Media, Culture, and Communications. I’m looking for an internship related to marketing for next summer. I read on your web site that (name of company) has an internship program in your corporate marketing department, and I’ve done some project work that I believe gave me skills related to the internship work. I’m very interested in your program.”

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