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Spring Semester Career “To-Do List”

Welcome back to campus! We hope you all had a wonderful winter break and are rejuvenated for the Spring Semester. To hit the ground running hard, we have created a Spring “To-Do List” to guide you in developing your professional skills this Spring Semester.

1. Get to know the NYU Wasserman

NYU Wasserman empowers students and alumni to succeed at every stage of their professional development. Early and frequent engagement with the center is important for your professional development. NYU Wasserman is prepared to help you:

  • Identify career paths and job opportunities
  • Develop a personal brand
  • Create a successful job search strategy
  • Provide personalized career development programs

Stop by one of the NYU Wasserman’s 3 locations (NYU Wasserman @ Poly, Wasserman Center at SCPS), check out our website, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Wassertube, and here!

2. Attend the Career Fair

When: January 30th, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Kimmel Center 4th & 10th

NYU students from all majors and disciplines are invited to meet with employers to explore full-time opportunities and summer internships! Career fairs are a great way to meet employers and learn about different companies and job opportunities within those organizations.

Remember: Business casual attire is expected, professional attire is preferred – be sure to bring copies of your resume.


Learn how to prepare for the fair
Learn how to make the most of a career fair

Participating employers

For a list of employers attending the fair, log in to NYU CareerNet and click Events > Career Fairs. (Be certain you are not viewing the event listing under Events > Seminars.)


Advanced registration is not necessary. Student registration will take place on the day of the fair in the second floor mezzanine lobby. You need only your NYU ID or NYU-Poly ID card for entry.

3. Revamp your Resume

Your resume is the first chance you have to make a lasting impression. However, the average employer only spends about 30 seconds looking at a resume. In this job market, you must have an expertly crafted resume.

Follow the link here to see if your resume makes the cut.

If you would like help revamping your resume, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. You can do so through your NYU CareerNet account under the “Short Cuts” menu.

4. Sign up for the Mentor Network

Want to explore a career? The NYU Wasserman Center’s Mentor Network  is an informational tool that links students with alumni and other professionals. Mentros in this program are available for:

  • In-person Informational Interviews
  • Day on the Job/Job Shadowing
  • Phone/Skype Contact

To get involved, meet with a counselor for mentor network orientation and to discuss your general career interests. If you have additional questions please contact

5. Join Linkedin

Linkedin is the leading professional networking tool. Its mission is to connect the word’s professionals to make them more successful. Through Linkedin:

  • You can connect with colleagues, classmates, companies, employers, professionals and much more
  • Build a profile that demonstrates your professional skills, education, and work experience
  • You can join groups in industries you are interested in, participate in discussions about trends or changes in the job market
  • View different career paths

To create a Linkedin here.
Join the NYU Wasserman Center Student & Alumni Career Connections Group here.

Also, join us at the NYU Wasserman Center on February 7th at 12:30 PM to see Lindsey Pollak present on how to navigate social media for professional uses.
RSVP through NYU CareerNet or here.

5. Build Your Personal Brand

To be a competitive applicant in today’s job market, you must be able to communicate and market your personal brand.  Your personal brand what makes you uniquely distinguishable. Here’s some things to think about:

  • What is your personal brand?
  • What makes you credible, relevant, and different from others?
  • What is your 30 second “elevator pitch”?
  • How do you want people to remember you?

Want some further help? Check out this Workbook from PwC here.

6. Follow us on here, Twitter, Facebook, Wassertube & Pinterest!

For more career advice and information as well as NYU Wasserman and employer events, don’t forget to follow us on all of our social media platforms.

How to Tuesday: How to Rock the Class of 2013 Resume Book Collection

Class of 2013! You’re just a couple of weeks away from senior year. Which means…. its time to start looking for jobs!

Still reading? Okay great..

Don’t you wish a magical job fairy would find the perfect job for you, and send employers scrambling to call you? Well, we have the closest thing: Resume Books! Put your best foot forward and let the employers who want you, find you themselves.

Starting TODAY until Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 3pm, the Wasserman Center for Career Development will collect resumes for the Class of 2013 Resume Book Collection . These books will be distributed to hundreds of employers in industries such as government/nonprofit,  finance, marketing, engineering and technology, advertising, public relations, entertainment, health care, consulting, education, real estate and many more, and serve as one source for recruiting Class of 2013 graduates.

The Steps in a Nutshell (Must be completed by May 17th 3pm):
1) a) Meet the eligibility requirements below. b) Come in during walk-ins and get your resume signed off on by a counselor.

Yes, you must still come in – even if someone here has looked at your resume before. It never hurts to get another set of eyes on it!

2) Submit the signed form and hard copy of your resume book to the recruitment desk.

3) Select up to 4 books for your resume to be included in

4) Complete the electronic upload process (you’ll get these instructions after we receive your hard copy).

Eligibility Requirements:
– Be officially recognized by the University as receiving an academic degree (Bachelor, Master or PhD) in January, May or September 2013 (certificate candidates, MBAs and Law students are NOT eligible).

-Get your resume critiqued and signed off on by the Wasserman Center or NYU-Poly Career Center staff before the deadline. Click here for the Wasserman walk in hours schedule. Click here for the NYU-Poly walk in hours schedule. This must take place even if a counselor has looked at your resume in the past.

For detailed submission instructions go to

How to Tuesday: Socialize your Way to a Job/Internship! 5 networking tips

Yes, what you’ve heard is true: a majority of jobs are never posted. Employers often rely on employee recommendations to fill positions so meeting professionals is a great way to improve your chances of landing that coveted job or internship. Networking can be a scary concept. Don’t play hide and seek with the hidden job market – be constructive and effective with these  simple tips. :

1. Make networking a habit. You probably have the opportunity to meet someone new or strengthen a relationship every day. Networking is about building professional relationships with individuals working in a variety of areas. Make it a habit to engage with others even when you aren’t job searching. Offer to help others who want information about your career or connections with your contacts.

2. Talk to people you already know about your career goals. Even
if your friends, family, classmates, or colleagues aren’t pursuing the same profession, they probably have contacts in other areas. Be sure to ask them for introductions – in person or via email.

3. Build upon your current network. Make it a priority to attend events – at Wasserman and elsewhere – where you can meet professionals in your field of interest. Consider joining a student club or professional association to expand these opportunities.

4. Focus on gathering information. Professionals don’t always know about open positions and, even when they do, they may not feel comfortable recommending someone they don’t know. Instead of immediately asking for a job, start a conversation or ask for an informational interview. This strategy can get you insider information on hiring trends and companies in your industry of interest. Once you’ve made a good impression and started to establish a relationship, ask that your contact keep you updated if he/she hears of any openings in the industry.

5. Follow up, but don’t be pesky. There’s a fine line between being assertive and aggressive. After you meet a professional, it’s great to follow up with a brief email or LinkedIn request expressing gratitude for the conversation and/or asking for a follow up discussion. Sending period emails with relevant news articles or brief updates on your professional pursuits are great ways to ensure your contacts will think of you when a position opens.


Overheard at Wass: Can I make an Appointment?

“Can I make an appointment?”

Absolutely!  So glad you asked!  This is one of our most popular requests.  We have a wonderful staff of career counselors who can assist you with everything from career exploration to resume critiques and interviewing tips.  For your convenience, we’ve moved to an online system, so now you can schedule an appointment with a career counselor through your CareerNet account.
**(Alumni who graduated more than 1 year ago should call 212-998-4730 to ask about appts.)**

Scheduling an appointment online is easy!  Here’s how:

1.  Log into CareerNet.

2.  On your homepage, click on the “Request a Counseling Appointment” link, located on the right hand side under “Shortcuts.”

3.  Select your location.

4.  Select all of the counselors’ names, or if there is a particular counselor with whom you would like to meet, you may choose just his or her name.

5.  Select a blue date from the calendar and choose a time.

6.  Type in your reason for the appointment (e.g. resume review, mock interview, career exploration) and click “Submit.”

You will receive an email saying that your appointment is “pending” and another email when the counselor has approved the appointment.  Please allow a couple of business days for the approval email to be sent.  Remember to write down the correct time, date, and location of your appointment and the name of the counselor.  On the day of your appointment, arrive at least 5 minutes before your appointment time (10 minutes if you need to print your resume) and be sure to let the reception desk know that you have arrived!

Listed below are some related FAQs that may come in handy when scheduling an appointment.
As always, if you need extra assistance, you can call the reception desk at 212-998-4730 to speak with one of our staff members 🙂

Q:  What if I don’t have a CareerNet account?

A:  No worries!  Call the reception desk: 212-998-4730.  It’ll take just a minute.

Q:  What if I don’t have the “Request a Counseling Appointment” link?
A:  The link disappears temporarily if you already have an appointment scheduled.  To check if this is the case (or to cancel or reschedule your appointment), try this:  At the top of your CareerNet homepage, click on the “Calendar” tab.  Then click the “Counseling Appointment” tab.  Here you can view your upcoming appointment.  (If you are missing either of these tabs, call the reception desk: 212-998-4730)

Q:  How can I cancel or reschedule my appointment?
A:  We ask that you cancel or reschedule your appointment as early as possible so that other students may sign up for that appointment time.

Canceling/rescheduling an appointment that is more than 48 hours away:

At the top of your CareerNet homepage, click on the “Calendar” tab.  Then click

the “Counseling Appointment” tab.  Click “Cancel” or “Reschedule.”


Canceling/rescheduling an appointment that is less than 48 hours away:

Call the reception desk to let them know that you need to cancel: 212-998-4730

After your original appointment time has passed, the “Request a Counseling

Appointment” link will reappear on your homepage and you will be able to

schedule a new appointment.

Q:  I already have an appointment scheduled.  Can I schedule another one?
A:  You may only schedule one appointment at a time.  Once your current scheduled appointment time has passed, the “Request a Counseling Appointment” link will reappear on your homepage and you will be able to schedule a new appointment.  If you need to speak with a career counselor before your scheduled appointment, please come to our walk-in hours, offered Monday through Friday.

Q:  I already have an appointment scheduled.  Can I see if there are other times available?
A:  Sure!  If your appointment is more than 48 hours away, you can view other available appointment times by following the steps to reschedule your appointment (see above).  Clicking the “Reschedule” button does not cancel your current appointment time until you have submitted a request for a new appointment time.  **Remember:  You can only schedule one appointment at a time.  If you need immediate assistance, please come to our walk-in hours, offered Monday through Friday.

Q:  Can I schedule an appointment for today?
A:  Through the online system, appointments need to be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance.  If you need same-day assistance, we have walk-in hours every weekday at specific times: (link to walk-in hrs) Walk-in hours are 5-minute sessions for resume and cover letter critiques as well as quick career-related questions.

**If you are applying for jobs and would like to have a mock interview, please plan in advance and schedule a 30-minute appointment online.  Employers sometimes give as little as 1 day’s notice for interviews- don’t get stuck trying to schedule a last-minute mock interview! Remember:  Be prepared. Plan ahead.

Q:  Why can’t I click on any of the dates in the calendar?
A:  If none of the dates on the calendar are blue (i.e. all of the dates are gray), check to make sure you’ve chosen the correct location and that you’ve selected all of the counselors’ names in the boxes to the left of the calendar.  If you still cannot click on any dates, all of the appointments are booked and you should check back later.  A bit of insider information:  The counselors regularly add appointments to the calendar based on their availability.  If it looks like there aren’t any appointments all month, check again later to see if more have been added.  Also, you will not be able to view any appointments more than 28 days out.  So if it looks like there aren’t any available appointments for the next several months (or years), don’t panic!  Those appointments will appear as the dates draw near.

Overheard at Wass: Cut (out) the Tension

On-Campus Recruitment is in full swing! Many of our juniors and seniors are breaking out their business suits and chugging coffee as they await their interview. Here’s how we can tell it’s officially recruitment season!


student 1: “wow its really tense over here”

student 2: “ya you can really cut it.”

student 3: “with a knife.”


We know this is a stressful time of year, but try to focus and relax before your interviews! You want employers to see you calm, cool, and collected. Focus on something pleasant. Like this puppy.  He really wants you to do well!  Don’t let him down!

Best of luck to all our students with interviews! We’re here to help if you need anything.

Seniority Rules: A CAS Senior’s Experience with Wasserman

Sharifunnesa Khanam

My name is Sharifunnesa Khanam. I am a senior in the College of Arts and Science at NYU. I have utilized the Wasserman Center for Career Development ever since I was a first-year student. During my freshman year, I attended some workshops. During my sophomore and junior years, I participated in the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation (D.I.C.P.) program. By participating in it, I learned more about networking with employers and even participated in mock interviews with some recruiters. I also went to seminars and presentations including one that taught us to create our own brand through 90-second pitches about ourselves. By going to Wasserman, I definitely learned a lot more about the professional world than I would have otherwise.

I think its very important for us as college students, especially nowadays, to be aware of how to handle ourselves when we network with employers or even attend an interview. Even if you’re in a pre-professional program and think you may not need to use Wasserman, these are still some great skills to learn while you’re still in college. Wasserman also offers career assessments if you’re unsure about your future career and want to know more about what types of jobs you might be fit for based on your personality. I would recommend taking one of those exams at some point. If you already know what career you would like to pursue, Wasserman also offers a Mentor Network which allows you to get in touch with alumni who work in that field. This is a great way to find out more about the profession. You can always find out more about these resources by visiting the website or by calling Wasserman and scheduling an appointment with a career counselor.

Overheard at the Front Desk: Please sign in. Please.

We’re in high traffic mode here at the Wasserman Center! A lot of you are starting the semester off right by checking out all of our resources.

The front desk of the Wasserman Center (often referred to as “the front lines” or “the porch”) is staffed by two full time employees, Tanya Hodges and Sheila Lynch, and a few part-time student employees.  They are often our traffic directors, and can help direct you with your Wassserneeds!

Being on the front lines is fun and exciting as every day brings something new: a new face, a new job opportunity, a new success story.  But there are some questions that we hear almost daily.  Or 20x daily.  Overheard at the Front Desk will tackle these frequently asked questions and give you a sneak peak at life on the porch.
“Do I have to sign in?”

Yes, please.

“Even if I’m not here for an appointment?”

Yes, please.

“But I just have to print something.”

Yes.  Please still sign in.  Please.

“But… why?”
Ah!  Now THAT is a great question.  Why do we ask you to sign in?  Chances are you’ve already swiped into the building, so if you guessed that it’s not a security measure: you are correct!  The reason why we have students and alumni sign into the kiosks upon entering is… ::suspense::… YOU!

By having you sign in and tell us what you are here to do, we are able to see WHO comes to the Wasserman Center and WHY.  We use this information to determine the needs of our students and appropriately allocate our resources.

Signing in is very easy and it only takes a few seconds.  You simply type your ID# on the keyboard (N# without the N for NYU students; Poly ID for Poly students) and hit “return”.  Then, use the kiosk as a touchscreen and tell us what you are here to do.  If you have any trouble, we’re here to help! 🙂

How to Tuesday: How to use the Wasserman Center


Happy Tuesday! No matter what stage you find yourself in your career development, it’s always good to have an idea of what we have going on here on the 2nd floor of Palladium. We think our Wassertube video sums things up nicely!


As always, feel free to find out more by scheduling an appointment, or by just swinging by for free coffee, or free use of our lovely computer lab (including printing!).




Welcome to the Wasserblog!

We at the Wasserman Center hope you like our new blog. We’ve been hard at work to make sure it has the type of career-related information that will be helpful and interesting to you. This is a work in progress, and we are always open to new ideas. Weekly posts will include:
Employer Partner Monday
Our employer partners will post once a week and share different insights into their offices, employees, and what it will take to land a job with them!
*We also welcome any non-employer partners to contribute posts!
How To Tuesday
We’ll give you the steps you need to succeed in writing a resume/cover letter, protect your online reputation, or network your way to success.
Ask A WasserPeer Wednesday
Have you heard about our amazing Peers-in-Careers Their advice to you will rival Dear Abby’s. Send your questions to them, and they’ll respond to them in their weekly column.
Follow-up Friday
A weekly wrap up of WasserEvents and beyond! We’ll also talk about what’s up for the following week.

Most importantly we want to hear from YOU. Whether you’re a freshman, graduate student, employer, or an alumni, our hope is that this blog can serve as a platform for discussion. We can all learn from each other!

Have ideas or want to blog? E-mail us at