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What now, Wasserman? The Dejected Job Searcher

Ive been looking for work and don’t seem to be having any luck. Do you have any tips for staying optimistic in the face of rejection? I feel like I will never find a job at this rate. How do I keep from feeling dejected and maintain a forward momentum? What now, Wasserman?                                                                             – Downtown and Dejected

Dear Downtown,

Rest assured that anyone who has ever been on a job search has, at some point, felt the same way you do. Looking for a job is a job of its own so don’t let yourself feel defeated. You need to realize that every resume you put out there is another opportunity for an employer to see your name and your skills. Every effort is worthwhile and every step forward is an achievement. If you find yourself starting to get down on your job search perhaps you should try diversifying your approach. Have you only been applying to jobs through one online job board? Make sure you are using as many as possible instead of just one. Look for jobs through CareerNet and Idealist.org. Try networking through LinkedIn as well. Being given advice by your parents and your friends? How about meeting with a career counselor to see if they can offer you fresh tips? There are a multitude of ways to job search and when you only utilize one or two of those avenues, the search can get tiresome and disheartening. Mix things up to keep the momentum going. Reach out to previously untapped networks to see if you can gain a position through a friend you hadn’t expected. Also, be sure to remember that the average job search can last anywhere from 3-6 months so keep your chin up and don’t despair. The right job is out there for you so don’t get down like Charlie here:

“After graduation, when anybody asked if I had gotten a job yet”

What now, Wasserman? The Overseas Job Search

After studying abroad and traveling through Europe, I think I’d like to work abroad when I graduate. This seems a daunting task as job hunting is tough enough already. How do I search for jobs overseas? What now, Wasserman?

-Apprehensive Abroad

Dear Apprehensive,

While it may seem a herculean endeavor, finding work abroad is actually more feasible now than ever. First things first, you need to think long and hard about where you want to go. There is a lot to consider in deciding on a country to live and work in. Before getting on a plane with a stack of resumes, you need to first do extensive research on the country you are considering. A work permit is necessary to be legally employed, so you will need to research your chosen country’s policies ahead of time.

Make sure your resume is appropriate for the country you will be applying for jobs in. International resumes differ from domestic resumes and you need to ensure you are submitting an appropriate CV. Schedule an appointment with a career counselor to be certain it is the correct length and includes any additional information they may expect.

So you have your country picked out and your resume updated.. what now? Fortunately, the Wasserman Center has a vast array of resources available to help you find work abroad. Start by visiting the global resources on our website, or information and job listings for countries around the world. You can also access the GoingGlobal database through NYU CareerNet, which contains more than 80,000 pages of information from work visas to employment trends and everything in between. Ready to apply for that dream job now? Good luck! Buona fortuna! Bonne chance!

What Now Wasserman?

“Help! I’ve been given an offer by an employer and they are asking for my salary requirements. How do I make sure I don’t go too low or too high? What next Wasserman?”

– Complicated Compensation

Dear Complicated,
First, congratulations on the offer! Next, make sure you do your research! Investigate ahead of time to find out what the normal salary range is for the position. Payscale.com and glassdoor.com are great places to start. Offer them a pay scale range and don’t go below what you can actually afford or give an unrealistically high number. Finally, be ready to negotiate! Having a clear understanding of what your salary requirements are and what you can expect to be compensated will allow both of you to walk away satisfied and looking forward to a new working relationship. Good luck!

What Now, Wasserman? Prepare, Prepare, and Prepare…but don’t Cyberstalk

I finally scored an interview for my dream job, but I don’t know how to prepare! Do I stalk my interviewer on Facebook? Find out his Twitter handle and pretend to like the band he went to see last weekend? What now, Wasserman? – Cyberstalking in Founders

First, please do not cyber stalk your interviewer. Second, calm down. There are tons of ways to prepare for an interview so have no fear, take our advice, and you’ll be confident and prepared to land your dream job. The best way to prepare for any interview is to first do your research. Be familiar with the job description and know about general industry trends. Find out about your employer the right way; utilize tools like Hoovers and Vault (available on NYU CareerNet) to learn about them and their career. You should also familiarize yourself with the organization’s website. Look for client information, the annual report, the company mission, and the general language used, etc. And this may be an obvious tip, but be prepared to discuss your goals, accomplishments, and experiences. Make sure to have specific examples ready in case your interviewer should ask for them. So start preparing and practice practice practice!

What Now, Wasserman: What’s your conflict?

We’re here to answer YOUR questions for career-related issues you encounter. Feel free to contact us with any questions and get featured in What Now, Wasserman!

“Help! I was asked in an interview to describe a previous conflict I’ve had at work and how I resolved it. I don’t know what to say. What now, Wasserman?”                                                                                                                             – Conflicted in Palladium

First, congratulations on the interview! As for questions like the one above, stay calm and use this as an opportunity to highlight your exceptional problem solving skills. You should always be prepared for questions where they want you to explain a difficult situation you encountered in a workplace so they can see how you handle yourself. Make sure to have an answer prepared that does not require a long explanation of the circumstances. Keep the details about the situation brief and instead expand more on how you solved the conflict. Good examples to use are situations where you were able to compromise with a coworker you disagreed with or a time when you were able to diffuse a high stress situation so that the work could be completed on time. Stress your strengths and focus on your ability to stay clear-headed in a conflict. Do not say that you have never had a conflict at work. Employers know there will always be conflicts – they just want to ensure they can depend on you to handle it calmly and professionally. So prepare your responses ahead of time, work on examples that best highlight your skills, and wow those interviewers with your brilliant conflict resolutions!