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Industry Insights: Careers in Human Resources

Tingting Zhou, a Master’s candidate in the Human Reource Management and Development Program at NYU who is expecting to graduate May 2015, and Ross Brand, a Master’s candidate in the Human Resource and Development Program at NYU who is expecting to graduate May 2014, both attended Industry Insights: Careers in Human Resources on Friday March 28th.  The NYU Wasserman Center@SCPS hosted a panel featuring Slyne Louissaint, Real Hospitality, Tim Collins, IBM, Annmarie Payne, Blue Engine, Jeanelle Degraffenreid, First Protocol, and Christina Caruso, Tommy. They are from different industries such as hospitality, fashion, IT (IBM), non-profit, and event services.

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Here are six valuable tips shared by the panelists:

1. Know your business and brand

As an HR professional, it is critical to know your business. HR professionals are the first point of contact at their organizations and serve as examples for other employees. You need to be conscious of your role in protecting and maintaining the brand by how you conduct yourself and your knowledge of the company. Know the business, its financials and its competitors. Be able to speak the language and utilize the terminology that people in your business and industry employ.

2. Data is your friend

More firms are leveraging HR predictive analytics to obtain insights on which candidates to hire, how to identify the factors contributing to successful employee performance and what measures are more likely to retain key talent. Analytics is all about data. Excel skills are essential for carrying out many HR roles. HR professionals can stand out from their peers by understanding how to use Excel (macros, pivot tables), learning about workforce analytics and predictive analytics, and knowing how to talk about financial information.

3. Pick the right industry for you

HR professionals increase their chances for success when they find organizations and industries that fit their personalities. The panelists agreed on the importance of being knowledgeable about the industry in which you want to work and having a hunger to learn more about that industry. It is critical both to research different industries when searching for a new opportunity and know yourself. Jeanelle Degraffenreid mentioned conducting informational interviews to learn from professionals in your preferred industry.  Slyne Louissant added that if you have experience in another industry and want to switch, be open to trying new things and focus on your transferable skills.  You can think about your past experiences and highlight those that apply in your current search.  Finally, don’t forget to ask questions in interviews. While the interviewer is trying to find out if you are the right fit for the organization, you have every right to determine if the company and department will be a good place for you. For example, are you more comfortable carrying out tasks individually or working on a team? Use the opportunity to ask questions in an interview to gain valuable insights on what it is like to work at that organization.

4. Network, network and network

Some panelists believe 90% of jobs come from networking. Apart from LinkedIn, Tim Collins also recommended Twitter as a great tool for learning from, and interacting with, professionals in your industry. Read articles from publications such as Harvard Business Review posted by respected professionals and industry leaders you follow. Join Twitter Chats such as #TChat (Talent Culture Chat), which focuses on talent. Collins also shared a program at IBM called Social HR to illustrate the point that even the most conservative organizations are seeing value in going social and that social media is another area in which aspiring HR practitioners can contribute to their organizations. Christina Caruso recommended being authentic in social media and in your online brand while also being careful with what you share.  Annmarie Payne added that you should know what you have accomplished and come up with three things to brand yourself.  This will leave a positive impression on the people with whom you are networking.

5. Think outside the box

While everyone knows the importance of developing LinkedIn contacts and applying to jobs through company websites, creative people have landed jobs by visiting the company and even interacting directly with the CEO. Of course you will have to do sufficient research on the company and industry before implementing such creative job search tactics. Some panelists believe the paper resume is dying and that your online brand is becoming more important. Many applicants are also sending video resumes to HR. Candidates, who are good on camera, can engage the audience with more impact on video than on a paper resume. Nonetheless, it is still critical to have a paper resume that is appropriate for your target industry and free of grammatical errors and other typos. A splash of color may work well on a resume for a firm in a creative industry, but it might be a turnoff in a more traditional organization. All the HR professionals agree it is the time for jobs to chase candidates rather than candidates chasing jobs.

6. Look beyond traditional HR specialties

Compensation and Recruiting are fine career choices, but you can find opportunities to make a name for yourself and advance your career by contributing in such areas as Global Mobility, Diversity, Analytics and HR Technology. Panelists also recommended obtaining HR certifications.

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Why the Brightest Students Need to Consider a Career in Sales

David Dvorkin is an Account Executive in the Marketing and Advertising industry. He is responsible for finding, keeping, and growing new advertisers for his company. He focuses on listening to clients and creating the right marketing campaigns that include radio, TV, online, or event sponsorships to grow his clients’ businesses. He addresses below why students need to consider a job in sales, even if they never thought about it before.

I never wanted to have a career in sales.  In college, I wanted to be an entrepreneur or a marketer, but after I worked at a start-up that ultimately floundered a year after I graduated, I was forced to look for work and eventually landed in advertising sales.  What I initially thought was a job that could pay the bills turned out to be a life-changing experience.  Needless to say, I’m happy that I took the job.  After a few years in ad sales, I realized that there are so many bright students who have the potential to have incredibly fun and rewarding careers in advertising sales, make six figures in only their second year and foster lasting relationships with C-Level Decision Makers  like CEO’s and Chief Marketing Officers.  However, most miss out on this opportunity because of three popular myths about the sales profession that exist.

Popular Myth #1: “Sales is for slick, fast-talking, pushy people.  It’s not for me.”

The only salespeople I was ever familiar with were used car salesmen, pushy retail clerks, and telemarketers who called at exactly the wrong time.  These types of sellers created a negative impression about ever pursuing a sales career.  As I started working in advertising sales, that impression changed. I realized salespeople can be empathetic, genuine, passionate, and trustworthy.  A co-worker of mine, for example, has clients that continued to buy from her for more than a decade because of how much they trusted her.  I was fortunate enough to have a great manager who taught me that, if I wanted to attain the success of my coworker, the first meeting with a client should never be about selling advertising.  It should be about listening.  He taught me to see myself as a “marketing “doctor.”  Just like a doctor listens to his patients’ symptoms before prescribing medication, I was responsible for listening to my clients’ marketing challenges and prescribing the right marketing ideas.

Popular Myth #2:  “Sales is not for people who attend good schools.  I will graduate from a great university, so I should pursue other professions like marketing or consulting to fully utilize my education.”

In sales, it helps to have a great education at a university like NYU.  If you are well versed in a broad range of subject matter, this can help you relate to many different types of people.  The brand name of NYU conveys that you are intelligent and competent, which helps you gain your clients’ trust more quickly.  However, the brand name of NYU and your academic intelligence are not enough.  Your drive, persistence, communication, and interpersonal skills have to be exceptional, and these are the most important traits for a successful sales career.  I have seen graduates from prestigious universities to obscure community colleges excel in sales because they posses these traits.  You have an advantage because your background at NYU will help you open doors, but it will ultimately be your personality that builds enduring and profitable relationships with clients.

Popular Myth #3: “Sales is risky.  I do not want to work on commission.”

Many sales jobs are commission based, which scares people.  You cannot just “show up” for a 9 to 5 and expect to get paid.  You don’t get paid based upon how many hours you work in sales.  You get paid based upon results.  Herein lies the great part about sales: you never need to ask for a raise.  If you want to earn more money, it’s up to you, not somebody else.

Sales is not for everyone.  However, if you possess the rare combination of drive, persistence, and extraordinary communication and interpersonal skills, you will ultimately succeed. You have an opportunity to make six figures in only your second year, without working crazy hours at nights and on weekends, and while having fun helping your clients.  This is a level of financial security that few other jobs can provide recent graduates.


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Don’t Miss NYU’s Attire For Successful Hire *Cosponsored by Macy’s


Attire for Successful Hire, cosponsored by Macy’s
Prizes, food, AND networking!

Don’t let the wrong outfit cost you the job! Be sure to join our Peers in Careers team and representatives from Macy’s as they offer fashion advice and showcase clothing trends that will help inspire the confidence you need to land that job or internship. You will also learn to decode terms like “business casual,” and figure out how to add variety to your professional wardrobe.

Seating is first come, first serve basis.

• All attendees will be entered into a FREE raffle

• First 50 attendees will receive a Macy’s Gift Bag

• View Appropriate attire for your job search, internship, and full-time wardrobe

• Mingle with Macy’s Executives and Recruiters

• Free Food and Drinks!

RSVP today

Have questions for @MacysCollege or @NYUWasserman? Tweet them using #NYUAttire4Hire!

Career Fair Prep From @Razorfish

Greg Pfaff, a Senior Recruiter at Razorfish, offers ideas on how to market yourself to the digital community. Helpful information as the Spring Job & Internship Fair fast approaches. Be sure to visit their booth on 1/30 at Kimmel and again on 2/6 at the Engineering & Technology Spring Career Fair at NYU-Poly for more information.

“Marketing yourself as a developer”

A major barrier for students coming out of a university looking for jobs is that they lack “professional experience”. Most companies have tight deadlines and can’t afford to train or take a chance on a rising star in the development world. Sadly, this leads to solid engineers/students being passed on with lots of potential. Here are three things that every student should do to make themselves as marketable as possible coming right out of college.

Keep an up-to-date social coding profile.

It is so important to show potential hiring managers how active you are on social networking coding sites like Github and Codepen. It shows that you not only have a thirst to learn/solve problems but you are active about it in the community. Additionally, you could also take a website that is currently live and re-code it to make it better. Also, have your own online portfolio, a central hub for all potential employers to see.  Put all of your ideas/concepts/passion projects/live websites on there. These are great ways to visually showcase what you have done and most importantly gives managers a way to tangibly see your code. This could give you a leg up against competition when going through an interview process.

Attend industry events.

These are a great way to get your name out there. The development community is thriving and it seems every technology or framework you could imagine has their own local Meetup group and the best part is they are usually free. Being part of your local development scene will not only open doors for you in terms of potential freelance and full-time opportunities but it will give you a chance to meet with local/likeminded individuals and experts of technology who are a wealth of information to your learning process. Secondly, you could attend a development conference.  These usually aren’t free but they are great way to learn about the cutting edge technologies and strategies being used.  They are usually hosted yearly and have all the major contributors in technology.  They can be a great source of inspiration and education.

Find a development mentor.

The development community is extremely friendly. Everyone is out to solve problems and having a mentor can grow your skill set very quickly. Remember: they were once in your shoes so they can understand the frustrations of staring at SublimeText for hours. Most of the developers and engineers I have had conversations with were ready, willing and able to try and help me through a development problem I was having. It is a very open and helpful community and asking questions while having them explained real-time is something that is a decided advantage over a StackOverflow or Quora.

How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Willow Caffrey has been at UBS for 3 years and focuses on recruitment for the various Corporate Center Graduate Training, Co-Op and Summer Internship programs. Corporate Center divisions she covers include Group Technology, Group Operations, Risk, Human Resources, COO, Corporate Real estate and Administrative Services, Legal, and Compliance. Here, she offers tips for Career Fair preparation. 

Attending a career fair can be intimidating, however with enough preparation, Career Fairs are a great opportunity to meet key company stakeholders and get you on their radar. Having attended many career fairs as both a student and a recruiter, below are some quick tips to help you prepare.

1.       Do your research! Prepare a list of the organizations you intend to speak to, and do your research by visiting the company’s website. Avoid questions such as, “What does your company do?” or “What are you here for?”. Instead, spend the few minutes you have with each recruiter selling them on why you are a fit for their companies.

2.       Check the university career center page ahead of time. You’ll have a better idea of what roles that company is currently recruiting for on your campus and how you may be a good candidate.

3.       Prepare 3 quick lines about yourself to use when introducing yourself, but don’t sound too rehearsed or scripted.

Introduce yourself (Hi, my name is John Smith and I am a junior at NYU)

Express your interest ( I’m particularly interested in Group Technology)

Pose a question (I was curious to know if you do direct group hiring or if you hire into a pool and allocate into groups)

4.       Make sure you follow up with organizations after the event to remind them of your conversation and interest in their roles

5.       Be YOURSELF!

Following these 5 tips will help impress potential employers and help you have a successful, and less stressful, career fair experience.

Interested in a summer internship with UBS? Be sure to visit their booth at the Spring Job & Internship Fair this Thursday, January 30th.




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!

Strengthen Your Networking Skills On and Offline

Are you comfortable approaching strangers at a networking event? Do you know how to ask for an introduction to a hiring manager on LinkedIn? Are you fully utilizing your network of personal and professional contacts?

Family, friends and past co-workers are all potential opportunities to get access, learn insights and get a step ahead of the competition. Whether you’re working the room at a networking event or staying in touch with professional colleagues, it is more important than ever for job seekers and professionals that are currently employed to develop a strong set of networking skills. According to a recent survey, referrals account for more than 25% of external hires. It’s not just about utilizing contacts outside of your organization, either. The same survey mentions, internal transfers and promotions accounted for an average of 50% of all full time hires.

Our team of finance recruiters at Wall Street Services (LINK: http://www.wallstreetservices.com TITLE: NYC Finance Recruiters) often work with job seekers and financial professionals who are lost when it comes to networking and building a robust circle of engaged business contacts. “It’s not just about getting the job and acing the interview. Professionals need to constantly look for opportunities to network and grow their network to take advantage of opportunities in the future,” commented Suzanne Havranek, Senior Recruiter and Fulfillment Manager at Wall Street Services.

In an effort to help our consultants achieve their career goals, our team has developed a series of Job Seeker Workshops (LINK: http://www.wallstreetservices.com/job-seeker-workshop TITLE: Career Education for Job Seekers) that focus on core job search and career education topics including Resume Reviews, Interview Preparation Strategies, Tips for Success on the Job, and Networking skills both on and offline. In our Job Seeker Workshop: Networking Skills module, we share important tips on how to regularly engage with your network online and seek out referral opportunities.

We are excited to host a Job Seeker Workshop on Networking on December 2nd with the NYU Wasserman Career Center. Attendees will learn key strategies how to grow their network both on and offline to develop skills for their career that will last a lifetime.

Please join us and learn invaluable methods for building and maintaining your professional network. Remember, the contacts you make today could serve you in the future.

Source – http://www.careerxroads.com/news/SourcesOfHire10.pdf

About Wall Street Services: Wall Street Services is the leading source of project-based consultants in the finance industry. Providing on-demand professionals specifically identified to match an organization’s unique culture, Wall Street Services has developed a proprietary recruiting process allowing it to recognize and select only the most adaptable and qualified professionals in the industry – the top 2% of all applicants – including project managers, business analysts, compliance, risk professionals, accountants, financial analysts, operations professionals, and other specialty areas. For more information visit http://www.wallstreetservices.com.

In Case You Missed It: Day in the Life of a Real Estate and Tech Associate

Did you miss @AZandieh‘s day at ABS Partners Real Estate, LLC? If so, click on the logo below for a recap.

Interested in learning more about tech related or real estate start-ups? Come to the NYU Start-Up Career Expo at Stern on Thursday, November 21st at 4pm.

Exploring A Legal Career

Wednesday, October 30th, 5:00pm – 6:00pm at the Wasserman Center

Gain insight on legal career paths as professionals share their stories and experiences at the Exploring a Legal Career event. Whether you’re sure a career in law is for you, or just curious about the field, join us for round-table conversations and networking.

Spotlight on a Panelist: Howard Shams

Mr. Shams is the Managing Principal of Parabellum Capital LLC, a premier litigation finance company focused on making direct, passive investments in corporate-to-corporate litigations and disputes.  Prior to forming Parabellum in 2012, he was a Managing Director of Credit Suisse (the global investment bank) for 15 years and a member of the Global Credit Products Operating Committee. During his tenure, Mr. Shams was the Head of Special Situations for the Leveraged Finance Business, where he developed niche strategies and accretive businesses within the Fixed Income unit. Together with his partner Aaron Katz, he conceived and founded the Legal Risk Strategies & Finance business at the bank which was the first formal litigation finance business in America. In addition to the Legal Risk Strategies business, he created and managed (i) a multi-billion dollar derivatives business focused on writing leveraged swaps on loans traded within the bank, (ii) a credit business focused on vendor finance, trade receivables protection and trade claim sourcing, and (iii) two web-based loan trade settlement platforms that became the market standard in both the U.S. and Europe.  Prior to Credit Suisse, Mr. Shams was general counsel for the High Yield and Leverage Finance Business of Donaldson Lufkin & Jenrette. Before that, he practiced law at the firms of Dewey Ballantine, Richards, Spears, Kibbe & Orbe, and Mandel & Esbin, specializing in bank lending, securities, bankruptcy and derivatives. Mr. Shams received his B.A., phi beta kappa, magna cum laude, from Columbia College (1986) and his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law (1990).

Take a Sneak Peek at Next Week’s Arts Professions Panel!

In preparation for our Arts Professionals Panel (in partnership with the Tisch Office of Career Development), taking place on Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 7:30pm at The Wasserman Center, get to know three of our featured panelists below!

Jennifer Tepper is a Musical Theatre Historian and Producer. She is currently the Director of Programming for 54 Below, Broadway’s #1 concert venue. She was recently the Director of Marketing & Communications for Davenport Theatrical, with Broadway credits including Macbeth, The Performers, and Godspell. Tepper has also worked on shows including [title of show] on Broadway, the world premiere of the musical Bloodsong of Love at Ars Nova, Tony Kushner’s iHo, and Things To Ruin. She is the co-creator and writer of the Bistro Award- winning concert series, If It Only Even Runs A Minute which celebrates underappreciated musicals. In addition, Tepper is Managing Editor of The Best Plays Theater Yearbook. Her first book, The Untold Stories of Broadway, featuring stories about each Broadway theater as told by over 200 theatre professionals, will be released by Dress Circle Publishing in fall of 2013.

Evelina Iaconis graduated from NYU’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development in May 2013.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Media, Culture and Communication with fields of study in “Images and Screen Studies” and “Technology and Society.”  While in school, she interned at several companies such as Bonnier Corporation, Abrams Books, Disney-ABC Television Group, and Viacom.  After graduation, she was offered a job at VH1’s Production Management department.  She is currently a Production Assistant working on VH1’s in-house shows such as “40 Greatest Viral Videos”, “40 Funniest Fails” and “Best Week Ever”.  Her dream is to one day become a television/film producer.

Rachel Marder graduated from Tisch in 2008.  While in school she interned at a handful of artist management companies while also working other part time paid jobs in offices and an off-Broadway theater.  Since graduation she has worked at Def Mix, a house music management company as well as Sony/ATV Music Publishing, licensing music for commercial use.  She currently works in Business Development at Scratch Music Group, a company that focuses on the growing demand for DJs in unique and creative spaces.

RSVP for the  Arts Professionals Panel TODAY! (in partnership with the Tisch Office of Career Development), taking place on Wednesday, October 2 from 6 to 7:30pm at The Wasserman Center, get to know three of our featured panelists below!

Arts Professionals Panel (in partnership with the Tisch Office of Career Development)

Wednesday, October 2

6 to 7:30pm

The Wasserman Center, Presentation Room A