Category Archives: Skill Building Thursday

LinkedIn is the Must-Use Digital Career Tool

LinkedIn is the online social network created strictly for professionals.  Yesterday, Rachel Frint of the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS hosted a Leveraging LinkedIn Webinar to discuss ways to enhance your profile, expand your professional network, and empower your career.  In case you missed it, here are some tips and tricks for using this online social platform.

5 Profile Must-Haves:

  1. Have a professional Profile Picture. A headshot with a solid background works well. Be sure to check out NYU Wasserman Social Media Week for our LinkedIn Photo Booth!

  1. Create a customized, Professional Headline that is enticing and accurately describes who you are as a student and/or professional. This 120-character description is the only customizable information that someone will see when you appear in a search.

  1. Write a Professional Summary.  It should be short, concise, and targeted.  Share information that describes your skills, areas of expertise, and the value you can provide to the employer. Use keywords and phrases that appeal to professionals in your industry, and leave people curious and wanting to learn more about you!

  1. List Skills & Expertise.  Identify skills that sell your unique brand. This section can help you to avoid including overused buzzwords (i.e. Team Player, Problem Solver). This is also the place to include technical and language skills.

  1. Use keywords and phrases that relate to your career goals and areas of interest. Review LinkedIn profiles of others in your field for industry-specific buzzwords that you may consider including in your own profile.

5 Tips to Expand Your Professional Network on LinkedIn

  1. Invite people you already know.  This can include family, friends, professors, current and past colleagues, and other NYU students. This is a great first step to expand your connections.

  1. Customize your LinkedIn invite messages: Think quality instead of quantity when connecting to others. Never use the default request; “I’d like to add you to my professional network.” Instead, explicitly share how you are connected and why you are reaching out to that person.

  1. Join groups and participate in discussions.  Here you will be able to share your expertise and connect with other professionals in your field.  The first group you should join is the NYU Wasserman Center Student and Alumni Career Connections.

  1. Follow companies that interest you. Company LinkedIn pages list current news, available jobs, and you will be able to see if you are personally connected to anyone who already works for this employer.

  1. Use LinkedIn Alumni to further build your network: Visit to see what alumni in your field have accomplished since graduation and expand your sense of what’s possible for you. Find mentoring opportunities since your fellow alumni are often are ready to help.

Next Steps

Bringing Fireworks to your Internship

So, you’re about half way through your summer internship? How can you make sure you’re shining like the 4th of July fireworks? Here are a few tips on how to sparkle this summer:

  • Reflect on your experience – if you’re happy with the opportunities you’ve had so far, ask for ways to become more involved in these projects. If you’re unhappy with the experience, you still have time to evaluate why and take initiative to make the most of the internship experience.
  • Schedule a formal mid-summer check in with your internship supervisor to evaluate your performance thus far. Ask about ways that you can continue to grow and develop professionally, as well as contribute to the team.
  • Stay busy – there is always work to be done! Ask your supervisor what he/she needs help with and volunteer to work on all types of projects.
  • Grow your network – ask colleagues out for coffee or lunch. Conduct a non-formal informational interview to learn about their career paths, experience within their roles, and for advice.

Make the most of the second half of your internship and enjoy the holiday on Thursday!

Careers in Healthcare

In case you missed it, Careers in Healthcare hosted by North Shore LIJ Health System and the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS are bringing you industry insights to help you navigate your career in healthcare.

Did you know that North Shore LIJ Health System is the nation’s 3rd largest integrated healthcare network, based on net patient revenue and the largest in NY State?

●      They have 16 medical facilities and their locations include Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

●      Ranked in Diversity Inc as 7th in Top Ten Companies for Veteran’s according to and ranked 9th in the Top Ten Hospital Systems

Did you know that North Shore LIJ has all types of positions available in healthcare?

●      Clinical and non-clinical professionals (nurses, doctors, technicians, analysts)

●      Internships/Fellowships

●      Clinical Professionals

●      Allied Health

●      Corporate

Did you know that the recruitment cycle varies depending on the career path?

·       Make sure that you check for openings in your desired career field and apply ASAP!

·       For example, in finance the recruitment cycle is year round since it is a growing area within the health system.

·       Click here to take you to NSLIJ’s careers page for job openings.

Did you know that NSLIJ is federally funded and a “human” reviews every application?

·       By creating job alerts it will give you a better chance of being considered if you apply early on in the process! If your resume is #5 as opposed to #105 it will make a difference. Word to the wise: only apply to positions you are qualified for!

Did you know that your personal brand is critical?

·       Quantifying statements in your resume demonstrates success with your experience.  Key skills that should be highlighted in your resume should include customer service, integrity, leadership, teamwork and technical skills.

·       Wear formal business attire always to an interview in healthcare.

·       Linkedin is the most preferred form of social media in the healthcare professional setting.

Did you know that NSLIJ has Military and Veteran’s Employment Programs?  

·       Bernadette Ann Fackovec is a Specialist for Military Programs at NSLIJ Center for Workforce Readiness, and is focused on furthering the health system’s mission to increase veteran outreach.

·       Click here for more information.

Schedule an appointment on NYU CareerNet to meet with a career counselor and work on your career strategy today!

Job Hunting and Email Etiquette

The most common form of communication while searching for a job is via email. Therefore it’s important to keep your emails very professional. Here are some tips to keep in mind when communicating with potential employers:

  • State your reason for writing the email up front: Within the first two sentences you should state your reason for emailing.
  • Keep your emails short and simple: Its very tempting to tell your life story over email because its less intimidating and also because you want to make a good impression. However most employers are very busy and don’t have time to read long emails.
  • Always leave multiple ways for them to follow up with you: Rewrite your email address and telephone number at the end of the email. This way the person can choose how they want to follow up with you.
  • Always attach your resume: It’s a great way to sell yourself and can say more about you than an email can.
  • Follow up (within reason): If you don’t receive a response right away, wait a week or two before you follow-up with an additional email. If you still don’t get a response, chances are you never will. That’s the nature of the job hunt. Keep looking for other jobs/contacts


Skill Building Thursday: What’s Your Biggest Weakness? Finding the strength in it!

The interview question that gives people the most anxiety is “Tell me about your strengthens and weaknesses.” It’s more comfortable to talk about your strengths. In fact most people walk into an interview with the purpose of impressing the interviewer with what they can do best. So why do they ask you about your weaknesses?

Because being able to recognize, assess, and improve the areas where your lacking is a key skill. Lets think about how companies grow and improve. At the end of the fiscal year, they assess what they did well and what didn’t work so well. They may look at revenues, talk with clients, or request feedback from employees. Yes, its good to hear how well they performed, but they really want to know how they can improve. So why wouldn’t they expect that from their from an employee?

Knowing your areas of improvement shows that you’re actively thinking about how you can better yourself and grow with the company. Here are some tips to prepare for this question:

  • Think about areas in your life where you didn’t do something so well. It can be current or in the past.
  • Write down the steps you took to improve. Did you seek advice? Take a class? Read a book?
  • Next, write the results. Did you completely improve? Are you still working on it? What’s your progress
  • Finally write down how can you relate this experience to the job you’re applying for? How will utilize this skill at the job? Or how you can utilize those steps in the future to overcome a challenge at the company

Once you’ve written it down, make sure you practice your telling your story so that it sounds natural. Good luck!

Student Veterans: Create a “Civilian Friendly” Resume and Cover Letter Language

In order to be competitive in the civilian job market it is important to adapt your military experience into civilian terms.  Being able to explain, and promote, your transferable skills can give you an advantage and help you secure the interview.  For help in doing so, you can meet with a Wasserman Career Counselor one-on-one or go to O*Net Online and click on “Crosswalk Search” to enter your military job code. This tool will convert your military assignment into a civilian occupation with key words to help you communicate your experience.

Here are some other cool tools to help you with the job search!


The American Legion

The International Contractors Association

The National Veterans Organization of America

The Society of American Military Engineers

The Student Veterans of America

Employment Opportunities & Information Internet Sites