Category Archives: WasserWord of the Week

Wasserword of Week: Perseverance

Perseverance [pur-suh-veer-uhns]: continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition : the action or condition or an instance of persevering : steadfastness

Perseverance is an important part of any job search. Don’t get discouraged if you don’t land that interview you hoped for. Don’t give up just because a company hasn’t responded to your application. Determination and perseverance are the key to making sure your search stays strong despite setbacks. Keep sending out those resumes, be diligent about following up after interviews, and with perseverance and a lot of hard work, you’ll land your dream job!

WasserWord of the Week: Dress Code/Professional Attire

Dress Code: formally or socially imposed standards of dress

There are a myriad of rules and suggestions for appropriate business dress. For interviews or events it is important to know what it means to adhere. Definitions of “dress code” usually fall into 3 different categories:

Business appropriate attire is generally a suit. For women, some dresses accompanied by a blazer are also appropriate. Choose basic colors (navy, charcoal gray, brown, or black) and keep the styles simple.

Business casual is a very popular dress code these days. This most often refers to slacks with a sweater or a casual blazer. Contrary to what many believe, putting a blazer over jeans does not make it business casual. Jeans are a strictly casual clothing item and should never be worn to an interview or an employer event.

Social/Evening wear is for formal events only. Do not wear an evening gown or a tuxedo to an interview or an event unless explicitly asked to do so.

Shoes should be conservative. Women, this means no stiletto heels, platforms, or open-toes. Men, stick with basic black or brown dress shoes in classic styles.

Accessories should always be simple and minimal. Ladies, do not wear overly large jewelry as it may be distracting during an interview. Men and women, if you have any facial piercings consider removing them for the event.

Always find out what the dress code is for an event you are attending. If in doubt, wear a suit. It is always better to be dressed more professionally than to appear too casual. Remember the old adage, “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have!”

WasserWord of the Week: Senioritis


A condition where students in their final year of college suffer from lack of interest, disorganization, and an overall apathy toward their academics.
Great tips on how to avoid Senioritis can be found in this article via

WasserWord of the Week: Informational Interview

Informational Interview

Connecting with professionals in your field(s) of interest to get an insider perspective about their industry or company.  A great way to build contacts and learn about various career paths others have taken. Can be ineffective if contacts perceive you are simply asking for a job, and are not genuinely interested in their backgrounds.  Prepare for an informational interview like you would an actual interview by researching the individual, industry and company, and coming up with specific questions.  Ask for a specific amount of time and be mindful of their schedules  (“I would love an opportunity to meet for coffee for 30 minutes at a time and location convenient for you”); always follow up with a thank you.

WasserWord of the Week: Volunteer


A critical career development opportunity in which participants gain relevant experience, expand their professional network, develop valuable transferable skills, and make a meaningful contribution to an organization that interests them. Though sometimes overlooked by job and internship seekers, volunteer opportunities prove to be invaluable in students’ career development and marketability.

-She was interested in the Peace Corps, so made an appointment at the Wassserman Center to meet with the Peace Corps recruiter.

-He wanted to add more volunteer experience to his resume, so he checked out opportunities at the Office of Student Activities.

WasserWord of the Week: Vault

an arched structure, usually made of stones, concrete, or bricks, forming a ceiling or roof over a hall, room, sewer, or other wholly or partially enclosed construction

-The vault is designed to safely store the seeds of hundreds of thousands of plant varieties from crops grown throughout the globe.

-Vault Career Insider is an awesome tool that you can access through your  NYU CareerNet homepage. It offers comprehensive industry, company, and position guides to help you figure out the age old question of “What do I want to do when I grow up?’

WasserWord of the Day: Networking

net·work·ing net-wur-king

– A supportive system of sharing information and services among individuals and groups having a common interest: Working mothers in the community use networking to help themselves manage successfully.

– Your network is your net worth! Make sure to make as many contacts at career fairs, through LinkedIn, or other career-related events.


WasserWord of the Week: Interview

in·ter·view/ˈintərˌvyo͞o/                                                                                                          A meeting of people face to face, esp. for consultation.

-He interviewed for an Editorial position yesterday, and it went well. Yay!

-He forgot to brush his teeth before his interview. Eek.

WasserWord of the Week: Professionalism

pro·fes·sion·al·ism  /prəˈfeSHənlˌizəm/

The competence or skill expected of a professional

– The key to quality and efficiency is professionalism

Professionalism means you do not show up for an interview in a fairy costume