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How to “Wow” Your Interviewer

Claudia Enriquez is a second year student receiving her Masters in Public Administration from NYU Wagner. She currently works as a Graduate Program Assistant at NYU Wasserman. She is a New Yorker at heart, growing up in Long Island, then moving to upstate New York to attend college, and now she’s back downstate and enjoying her time at NYU.

You landed the interview, now it’s time to bring out your A game and really ‘wow’ your interviewer. Follow these simple steps below and prepare to land that dream job/internship!

Research, Research, Research

Did I mention research? Check out the company’s website. Review the company’s mission statement, values, culture, goals, achievements, recent events, and the company’s products/services.  If you know anyone who works there – ask him/her to give you the inside scoop!

Practice Makes Perfect…Or at least Preparation!

Be prepared to the job interview. Practice general and challenging interview questions with your peers.  Practice in front of a mirror – don’t be shy! The more prepared you are, the more confident you’ll feel, which will come off during the interview.  While you should practice, be authentic during the actual interview.

NYU Wasserman has plenty of great career resources.  Swing by during walk-in hours for a mini mock interview, or make an appointment with a career counselor. You can find other helpful resources on CareerNet, under the Career Resources tab. Check it out!

Get Ready and Be on Time

The night before do the following:

  • Have your outfit picked out (rule of thumb: dress one or two levels up)

  • Pack your bag

  • Print out extra copies of your resume

  • Get directions to your destination (Check alternative routes)

  • Relax and have a good night’s sleep

The day of the big interview give yourself enough time to arrive. Arrive between 5-7 minutes early. If you’re too early walk around, grab some water, etc. As soon as you walk through the door, all eyes are on you – that means, be polite to everyone, from the receptionist to the person interviewing you.  Remember to put on your best smile!

How to Answer Questions During the Interview?

During the interview make eye contact and answer questions with confidence.  Use the STAR method:

  • Situation – Describe the situation you were in (e.g., the name of the internship or course you were taking)

  • Task – Identify the specific project you were working on and briefly discuss what it entailed

  • Action – This is the most important element! Specifically identify what YOUR action was related to the question that was asked

  • Result – Close the question by stating an outcome to your situation

If you ever find yourself stuck on a question, that’s okay! Say to the interviewer ‘that’s a good question, let me think about it.’ Pause, breathe, think, and then give your answer.

Ask Meaningful Questions

At the close of the interview, the interviewer will always ask if you have any questions for them.  Have about 5-10 questions prepared, but of course, don’t ask questions already answered during the interview.

Below are good examples of what to ask the interviewer.

  1. What qualities do you think are most important for someone to excel in this position?

  2. What do you personally like most about working for this company?

  3. What would be one of the greatest challenges a person in this position would face?

  4. Can you tell me more about the team I’ll be working with?

  5. What are the next steps in the interview process?

Follow Up

Send a thank you email or a letter to your interviewer(s) 24-48 hours after the interview. If you interviewed with more than one person, send tailored individual thank you notes. Reiterate your strengths and your interest in the company. This is also an opportunity to add anything you did not discuss during the interview. As always, thank them for their time and the opportunity.

Good luck!

4 Golden Rules to Rocking Your Virtual Internship

By Janel Abrahami

Janel Abrahami is a May 2014 graduate of NYU Steinhardt’s Applied Psychology program. She currently serves the NBCUniversal intern population as a Campus 2 Career Assistant and a catalyst for early career development.You can find her talking about all things work on Twitter and LinkedIn

Looking for a flexible way to explore a new industry or pursue a passion while at school? Consider a virtual internship! Check out the NYU CareerNet job board for current openings.

From campus ambassador gigs, to web development co-ops, to editorial spots, virtual internships are as limitless as ever before. These unique positions allow young professionals to gain valuable experience in chosen fields while still maintaining some flexibility in their crazy schedules. They can even be great ways to extend summer internships into the fall semester by doing work remotely from campus!

However, with this flexibility may also come a lack of structure that could derail your progress working away from the office. Heed these golden rules to get the most out of your virtual internship- just add WiFi:

  1. Set clear goals from the beginning: The best way to determine how much progress you’ve made is to measure against a fixed goal. Have a conversation with your supervisor at the start of your internship about what she would like you to accomplish, as well as the company’s goals in general. Keep these handy to reference when working and be ready to…

  2. Schedule regular check-ins with your supervisor: Plan 30-minute calls or skype sessions every month or after each project to get feedback on what what’s working and what can be improved upon going forward. This is a great time to get valuable feedback from your boss, but it’s also a chance for you to be honest about your experience so far and make sure that you are getting the guidance and mentorship you need as well.

  3. Keep track of your deadlines: When school and extracurriculars are also competing for your commitment, it can be easy to lose track of an internship assignment- especially when your boss is not personally there to make sure you get it done. Keep a shared work calendar on Google Drive with your team; break assignments into smaller tasks; set reminders on your phone- however you stay organized and keep your deadlines in mind.

  4. Stay inspired!: A virtual internship should be an organic way to pursue your passion wherever you are. Keep up-to-date on news in your field, subscribe to trade journals, and network with other virtual interns to share ideas and find inspiration when you feel disengaged.

Have you held a virtual internship before? What advice would you add to this list?

Networking at the Summer BBQ

So, with the long weekend approaching, and the weather warming up nicely, you may find yourself outdoors this weekend, enjoying a nice barbecue, picnic, or celebration. If not this weekend, you’ll definitely be outdoors in a social setting at some point this summer. In addition to simply relaxing and catching up with friends and family, you would be wise to take that time and use it to network and plan ahead in your career search. Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for full-time employment or still in school and angling for an internship, here are a few quick tips for when you find yourself gathered outdoors with potential contacts.

1. Go easy on the food & drink

Sure, you can grab something off the grill and have a refreshing drink. It’s summer, after all! However, be mindful of your intake when in networking mode. It’s not cool to be talking through your burger or to be expanding on your interests with mustard on your face. Similarly, it’s best to not excitedly slur your way through a conversation because you’ve had one or two too many beverages. Think in moderation!

2. Start small and don’t monopolize time

When you identify people that you’d like to speak with, make some small talk before delving into more job-related topics. Folks are in leisure mode and don’t want to be bombarded with anxious or overzealous interrogators. When the conversation turns toward business, ask a relevant question or two or showcase something specific from your set of qualifications. Avoid a rehearsed speech and don’t attempt to rehash your entire resume. Sometimes all it takes is a mention that you’re looking for work to get the ball rolling, so also make sure that you are honest and clear in your career intentions. Know when to wrap things up, too. If you’re around the same people for most of the afternoon, you won’t want to be talking shop all day. If that person is just making a quick appearance at the outing, you’ll want to allow them to make the rounds without you taking up all of their time.

3. Make the most of that time you have, though

Be sure to thank the person and ask for a business card or contact information, so that you can follow up at a later date. Perhaps you can meet up again for coffee or for a tour of the office? Hopefully, you’ll be able to send along your resume in a later email. Asking for contact information ensures that you’ll be able to take the conversation further! Plus, don’t forget to follow up with a thank-you email.

4. Continue moving forward

Hopefully, your conversations led somewhere. At the minimum, you should have probably received some insight or advice that compels you to further your research and career exploration. Add the people you spoke to on LinkedIn, Google their companies, and use sites like CareerNet and Vault to look more closely at the person’s day-to-day job responsibilities. Keep the motivation and idea gathering flowing!

International Student Discussion About Internships

On Thursday, April 17, Jinyue Zhang, a Masters student in the Management and Systems program at SCPS attended a special workshop hosted by the NYU Wasserman Center @SCPS called “Succeeding in Your Internship: International Student Roundtables”.

During the event, students had an opportunity to meet with NYU-SCPS international alumni and second-year graduate students who have interned at fantastic companies. The guests were settled at one of the roundtables, and eight or nine students as a small group asked questions and learned about the background of the guests. The discussion rotated every eight minutes. Soon after the rotation started, both the students and the guests became highly focused on the discussion. And after an hour and a half of talking and laughing, everyone found they gained great insight from the guests and generated a clearer direction about their internship search.

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Here is some of the valuable advice offered forth by the special guests.

Tips about searching for the internship:

1.     Be fully prepared: “Spend 80% of your time building skills and your personal brand.” Said Mark Li (graduate degree in Integrated Marketing). Success is the accumulation of everyday effort. There are many things to do before you worry about how to network. You can sit down in the library to work on a resume that can highlight all your skills. You can read newspapers and blogs to become more familiar with the culture and job market in the US. You can also try to write a blog, or even an eBook, just to show your expertise in the specific industry.

2.     Be proactive: What’s the next thing you should do after the preparation work? Networking. That’s when you can show your knowledge, and impress people around you. Having a positive attitude is crucial. This is also important for an interview. During the interview, always remember to be confident, ask questions and be humble about learning.

3.     Take advantage of the resources: Luckily, there are plenty of resources we can use as NYU students. Search information on NYU CareerNet, make an appointment with one of the great career coaches, or join the Mentor Network. Finally, the use of LinkedIn cannot be overemphasized. Building a professional profile and participating in specific groups on LinkedIn will always help.

Tips about relationship building:

1. Don’t be afraid to ask: When you are already a part of the company, never hesitate to ask questions. This is when a new stage of networking begins. People are always glad to answer thoughtful questions. By asking questions, you’re able to have a better understanding of the corporate culture, and maybe gain more hands-on experience.

2. Dealing with culture shock: Many international students find themselves facing great differences in the working culture here. However, when you are knocking your head against the wall trying to fit into the new culture, don’t forget you have your own culture to help showcase your personality. For instance, instead of drinking coffee, Bill Yao (second-year M.S. Sports Business candidate) always makes himself a cup of tea in the office. And surprisingly, he found that people started a good conversation with him about Chinese tea.

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As a first-year international graduate student in SCPS, I found this event more interesting and helpful than any others I’ve been to. More importantly, when talking to the second-year graduate students, I can’t help but think about what my career path will be by this time next year. Looking at what others have achieved will always motivate you to work harder. If you didn’t have a chance to attend this event, don’t miss another workshop like this in the future!

Why Social Media Profile Links Always Belong On Your Resume

by Alan Katzman, Founder of Social Assurity LLC

Many articles have been written warning about social media’s impact on the job search relying on the blurred lines between personal and professional information to make their point. With a predilection towards possible negative outcomes, the prevailing default advice favors hiding social media activities from potential employers. This perspective and the prevailing analysis is dated, misplaced and inevitably leads to irrelevant outcomes.

By comparison, understanding the distinction between private versus public information provides a better backdrop for the contextual argument and offers concrete guidance for all of us to follow when it comes to using social media for career advantage.

Many will argue that pointing hiring managers to your social media profiles is not necessarily a good idea. They support their argument by claiming your resume should be as concise and to-the-point as possible, and listing your social media profiles will take up valuable space. They also argue that most of our social accounts are personal, not for business, so putting them on the resume is often irrelevant.

Addressing the last point first, whenever we post to social media we are essentially publishing that information for public consumption. You should consider anything posted online to be “public” no matter what your “privacy” settings are. Wikipedia defines social media as “the interaction among people in which they create, share, and/or exchange information and ideas in virtual communities and networks.” Therefore, whether the posting is professional, political, religious, familial, sexual, sophomoric or intellectual in nature, by voluntarily placing it in the public domain via social media, we are sharing that information with others and it becomes a part of our individual discoverable public record.

Each one of us has every opportunity to keep our personal thoughts, beliefs and experiences private and off the public record by simply choosing not to post them to social media. Once posted, however, building a fence around what is personal versus what is professional is virtually impossible. Can we rationally rely on the Internet to properly filter, categorize and respect public posts of personal information? Of course not.

In the context of resumes and the job search, remember that the ultimate hiring decision has always been a subjective one and most often comes down to personal characteristics and soft skills. Interviews and reference checks were once the sole domain of determining whether a candidate is “likeable” and whether that candidate possesses the personality traits to work well with the team and/or mesh with the company’s culture. For decades now, responsible employers have been performing pre-employment background screenings looking at candidates’ credit ratings as well as their criminal and civil court records which can all be classified as personal information (yet readily available to the public). Social media has encroached onto this domain and now provides employers with a fast, easy, efficient and inexpensive way to assess a candidate’s character, maturity, authenticity, credibility and overall “likeability” before incurring the costs of an interview and background screening.

According to a recent JobVite survey, just about every employer will eventually take a look at a candidate’s social media activities as part of the recruiting/hiring decision process. Therefore, making that inspection easier and less time consuming by being transparent and directing employers to your social media profile links will not only be appreciated by the potential employer but can also be advantageous to the candidate as well. Directing employers to social media profile links eliminates the risk of mistaken identity especially if the candidate has a common name. What could be worse than being disqualified from a job because of a stupid post made by someone with the same name?

Moreover, businesses are coming to realize that their prospects, customers and clients are also using social media to learn about the businesses and employees they are doing business with. So the lines between personal and professional are even further blurred as an employee’s personal life as reflected on Facebook and Twitter may attach to and potentially impact the reputation of the employer. Realizing this, employers now possess a pecuniary interest in the personal social media activities of their employees.

Given all of these arguments, we believe it is imperative for candidates to always provide links to their social media profiles on their resumes.

Social Assurity suggests placing a URL to a prepared social media landing page at the top of your resume alongside your telephone number and email address. This obviates the need to take up valuable real estate on your resume by listing each of your social media profiles separately.

Google Plus works extremely well as a landing page URL. The Google Plus URL is clean and descriptive (i.e. https://plus.google.com/+Socialassurity/about) and provides a robust “About” page where candidates can not only publish links to all of their social media profile pages such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. but also link to any publications, blogs and personal websites. Google Plus also provides a place where the candidate can write their own story for anyone to see using a far friendlier template than LinkedIn. Google Plus seems to ensure a high ranking of your personal page on Google Search and with strategic use of keywords, also provides good SEO so recruiters who might be searching through the hidden job market will be more apt to find you.

In conclusion, learning how to curate and manage your social media profiles in support of your job search has quickly become a fundamental life skill. Providing people with access to your profiles shows you have nothing to hide and also shows you have a fundamental understanding of how social media integrates with the realities of the business world.

The first step in leveraging social media to make a powerful and meaningful virtual first impression upon employers is to make sure you can be found rather than deactivating social media accounts or creating aliases to remain hidden. Candidates must view their social media as an asset as opposed to a liability by saying “if they’re going to be looking at me then let me give them something to see.” For example, you can begin using Twitter as a professional networking tool or create a Pinterest board that visually mirrors your resume. It is also important for your resume and LinkedIn profile to be completely in sync and to properly categorize your Facebook friends with privacy controls set accordingly.

Given the large number of applicants to the most competitive jobs and the continuing growth of the hidden job market, it is imperative that serious applicants look at their digital presence as an asset and a natural extension of their professional resumes in order to be found through the social network and then to set themselves apart from other qualified candidates.

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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!

How to Make the Most of Your Time Back Home

By Hillary Lee, CAS 2015, Peer in Career

Finals are done, finals are over!  Time to go home, relax, and hopefully enjoy spending quality time with your family!  But wait, while you’re home, you should still be thinking about how to take advantage of all that free time you have and use it to prep for the job search process.  Taking advantage of your time at home?  It’s only a month, what could there possibly be that you can do?  Oh, but the opportunities are limitless.  In this post, I have listed 3 basic, easy, simple things you can do over break to help prepare yourself for the job search process during upcoming semester and beyond.

Add Experience to Your Resume:

Just because winter break is about a month long doesn’t mean you can’t make it a productive one.  There are many things you can do over break to add more experience to your resume.  Possibilities include volunteering at a local organization or shadowing a professional in the field you are interested in.  This way, you can test if a specific field is actually what you are interested in before dedicating a summer (or lifetime) to it.  There are even some select companies who offer short internships over winter break that you can apply for (but this also requires research in advance). Fortunately, there’s CareerNet to help!

Maintain Connections and Continue Networking:

Never lose touch with the people from your past!  Meet up with old high school friends, see how they’re doing and where life is leading them.  Keep those old connections alive! Just because you only see each other a few times a year does not mean they are not important.  Another way to maintain connections is to visit your old high school.  Catch up with with your old teachers, thank them again for all they have done for you and for those recommendations that got you into NYU.

Prep Yourself:

Winter Break is prime time to prepare for the job market.  Without the stress of school or other responsibilities, you can dedicate more time to improving the way you represent yourself to employers.  Don’t just review and edit your resume, have others look at it too!  Ask your family or friends to take a peek at it and tell you what they feel. You can even let your old teachers to look over it as well.  Having multiple sets of eyes on your resume can never hurt.  Break also gives you time to practice your interview skills.  Explore CareerNet and test out all the neat features you can use, like Big Interview or InterviewStream.  Now is the perfect time to practice in front of the mirror, because for the next month, you won’t have roommates who will judge you as you talk to yourself.  You can also use this time to do more research on the field you are interested in.  What jobs do you want to explore in the future? What are the qualifications for those jobs?  What can you do to improve your qualifications?  These are all questions you will have time to explore and answer over break.

These are just some examples of how you can make the most of your break from school.  Don’t just sit there are watch Netflix on your bed the whole time! Remember, you are limitless.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Joanna Harp


Joanna Harp, a graduate from NYU with a degree in Media, Culture, and Communications talks to us today about how college helped prepare her for her career as a Vice President and Publisher of Haymarket Media, Inc.

How did you find your job? Recruiter

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Not a weird job but attended Comic-Con during my year at DC Comics.  If you’re not a comic fan, the environment is certainly a strange one!

What’s the best career advice you ever received?  Your career is like a chess game; you need to envision where you want to be a few jobs in advance and set yourself up for the future, not just the immediate.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? Generally being asked to address a specific skill set I may not have.  Equate it to a skill I do have and draw relevant parallels.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Balancing school, work and internships.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? Pursue what you like, the money will follow.

Guest Blogger: Q&A with BALLROOM BASIX™ Founder Sidney Grant

Learn more about the inspiring inner city school project and apply to several internship opportunities that will help you make a difference!  Expand your skills as a Development and Fundraising intern, a Media Services intern, or a Programming intern by applying through NYU CareerNet.

 

Founder/Artistic Director Sidney Grant gets a thank-you hug from one of his BALLROOM BASIX™ students, “Miss Angela” from PS114Q in Rockaway, whose school was severely damaged in Hurricane Sandy

 

 

Before we talk about your inspiring inner city school project, BALLROOM BASIX™, I have to ask you how got your your nickname: Dr. Dance. It’s fantastic! Can you tell us about it?

Years ago I was at a dinner dance on the Upper East Side, seated next to none other than the famous sex therapist, Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Our first dance together was a foxtrot. As we were gliding across the floor, she asked me what I did, and I told her that I teach connection to young and old alike through Ballroom and Latin dancing, and went on to explain my philosophy about what an incredible contribution this connection can make in the lives of those who experience it. When the dance finished, she looked up at me and exclaimed, “You, sir, are the Dance Doctor!” The next day I registered the name at City Hall — and the rest, as they say, is history.

A history that includes being named “New Yorker of the Week” on NY1 news last summer, and being nominated for “New Yorker of the Year” in December! Why do you think that was?

I am grateful to have a dedicated BALLROOM BASIX™ team that recognizes the magnitude of our mission, so the honor really reflects our combined efforts. The bottom line is that we live in a day and age where all of us — but especially children — are increasingly desensitized and depersonalized by technology: e-mail, texting, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. It was this fact that lead Academy and Tony-award winning actress Marcia Gay Harden to lend her voice as our celebrity spokesperson.

Sadly, face-to-face interaction is such a rare commodity nowadays, and I think the producers at NY1 recognized how vital a program like BALLROOM BASIX™ is as a creative conduit for respectful physical interaction among young people, at a critical adolescent age. The NY1 press clip includes interviews with two of the middle schoolers from our pilot school that captures the effect of our dynamic 2-month program quite poignantly. Click to watch: http://youtu.be/jkEcGFEW1Qg

You recently did a demonstration up at Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH. The student journalist who covered the story quoted you as saying, “We need to put the ‘civil’ back in ‘civilization’ ” Can you elaborate?

Manners have largely disappeared from society, and one of the hallmarks of our culture is civility. As a result, bullying has become epidemic in our schools. BALLROOM BASIX™ is a creative way to transform “girls and boys” into “ladies and gentlemen.” We use a specific script whereby every student has to ASK for and ACCEPT the dance. “Tradition Position” (linking arms to escort a partner on and off the stage or gym floor), is required of ALL students. This is just one example of manifesting our memorable motto: “Making manners matter…every move we make.”

I love the alliteration! And schools must too, since what you’ve achieved statistically since your inception as a not-for-profit three years ago is nothing short of extraordinary. Can you share with our students some of your accomplishments?

Gladly. I actually began the project 5 years ago in a single school, PS 180, in the Morningside Heights section of Harlem. It was their first year extending beyond elementary school with a 6th grade class, hence the name Ballroom BaSIX — which is also named for the six steps of the box step). We spent the next two years developing and refining our unique, non-competitive methodology — which both educators and parents agree is the healthiest way to have the greatest benefit for the greatest number of children. And since my syllabus is rotational, it ensures that EVERY child will dance with EVERY other classmates EVERY class. That’s a real game-changer when it comes to peer relationships — in an engaging and entertaining way, of course.

After two years, and an additional Harlem school, BALLROOM BASIX™ was accepted into NYFA, the New York Foundation for the Arts, thereby becoming an official not-for-profit entity. In 2011, we transitioned to FCNY, The Fund for the City of New York, and have been a Partner Project of theirs ever since. In those two years, thanks to the support of private donors who believe so strongly in our work, we achieved the unthinkable: 1,000 schoolchildren served!

Incredibly, in this past 2012-13 school year, we MORE THAN DOUBLED that number, serving an additional 1,800 students in over a dozen schools in Harlem, the Bronx, Queens and Brooklyn! What’s more, we enjoyed our first regional launch in Hudson, NY last fall through Obama’s Greater Promise Neighborhood Project. Consequently, as a fledgling not-for-profit that is expanding rapidly, we need interns to work alongside our team as we grow.

That’s impressive short-term growth! So exactly what kind of qualities are you looking for in an intern?

Reliability. Compassion. Authenticity. I have no doubt that the academic qualifications of an NYU intern will be outstanding. But an appreciation for the significant impact we have on each and every child we serve is critical. Our entire team believes wholeheartedly in this premise, and so we want like-minded interns who recognize the power of our transformational programming.

I would ask every candidate, regardless of which position they are interested in, to think back to a time in their own childhood when they felt ostracized or rejected, and recognize that BALLROOM BASIX™ — as the only noncompetitive initiative of its kind — is designed to instill inclusiveness and cooperation by getting kids arm-in-arm, hand-in-hand and eye-to-eye — with “fun, fitness & fancy footwork!” If this resonates strongly for the applicant, then we encourage them to contact us. Hard-working interns who truly appreciate our mission will undoubtedly discover a mutually rewarding experience that will serve them at NYU and beyond.

To learn more about BALLROOM BASIX™, please visit their website at www.ballroombasix.org.

Find a Job in Sports with Madison Square Garden

Yesterday, the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS hosted the webinar, Finding a Job in Sports which was led by a Human Resources Manager from Madison Square Garden (MSG).  In case you missed it, check out the 5 tips below for strategies to break into the sports, media, and entertainment industries!

Tip # 1:  Master the Basics

Your journey to obtain a job or internship starts with building an effective resume, writing a fantastic cover letter, and learning to ace your interview.  Presenting yourself as a detail-oriented and polished candidate will catch the eye of someone in human resources.

Tip #2:  Know How to Get Your Foot in the Door

This is an industry that values what you know.  Many successful professionals in the sports and entertainment industry began their careers in event or sales driven roles such as ushering or ticket sales.  Starting from the bottom up will help you to understand the business in its entirety, which is a skill that is greatly valued when you are ready to move into your next role within the company or industry.

Tip #3:  Network!

This is an industry that also values who you know. One of the most important aspects of finding a job in sports and entertainment is expanding your professional network! MSG’s HR manager revealed that almost all jobs in the industry are found through networking within the industry or by completing internships at a company.  So, be sure to find internships, attend industry events, connect with NYU alumni, and volunteer!

Tip #4: Look for Jobs in the Right Places

Current trends in this industry show that jobs are less likely to be be posted through sites like Monster.com or Careerbuilder.com.  Instead, recruiters are leaning more towards social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter.  Take time to review your own personal profiles, and start to follow and engage with companies you may want to work with in the future. Many organizations also partner with university career centers like the Wasserman Center! Be sure to check out NYU CareerNet for opportunities in sports, media and entertainment.

Tip #5: Take Advantage of Industry Specific Resources

Check out these resources mentioned by Madison Square Garden’s HR Manager to boost your job search: Teamworkonline.com, Workinsports.com, Enterntaimentcareers.net, glassdoor.com, internships.com, creativeinterns.com

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your career-action plan for success in the sports and entertainment industry, request a career counseling appointment through NYU CareerNet.