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Myths vs. Facts: The Truth About Landing a Job in Hospitality

Myths vs. Facts:  Breaking down the misconceptions, urban legends, and false facts around the job search process in the hospitality industry.

MYTH #1: I have to work in a hotel to have a career in hospitality.

Fact:  While working in a hotel is one option for many students, there are other limitless alternatives.  The hospitality industry offers a variety of careers including opportunities at tourism boards, online travel companies such as Orbitz and Expedia, events and entertainment companies as well as hospitality marketing and consulting agencies.

MYTH #2:  All hospitality careers are in food and beverage service.

Fact:  There are actually many sides to hospitality: corporate positions, which include business development, brand strategy, and revenue management for the organization, and front-line positions that consist of event management, guest relations, and operations management.  The great benefit of working in the hospitality industry is that there are numerous dynamic and specialized career paths to explore.

MYTH #3: I can use the same resume and cover letter for each hospitality position.

Fact:  Students need to tailor each resume and cover letter to reflect the position and organization they are applying for. Submitting a focused cover letter and resume highlighting company specific trends, hospitality coursework and projects, as well as your passion for the career path is key to setting yourself apart and grabbing the eye of an industry recruiter.  Schedule a coaching appointment to have your resume and cover letter reviewed by a Wasserman Center Career Coach.

MYTH #4:  Only students with hospitality experience will land positions.

Fact:  While internships are very important in the hospitality industry, employers are also looking for transferable skills from previous professional and academic experiences. Students with experience in another industry should highlight skills specific to hospitality on their resume and in their cover letter.  For example, skills including customer service, project management, sales, teamwork, and budgeting are important in most hospitality positions but can be gained in other fields. Your goal is to show an employer that you understand the needs of the industry and necessary skills to be successful.

MYTH #5:  Students don’t have to network in the hospitality industry.

Fact:  Approximately 75% of students find positions through networking with alumni, professors, friends, and previous colleagues.  Building relationships is vital to gaining contacts that provide opportunities within the hospitality industry.  During your job search you should set a goal to grow and develop your professional network by identifying individuals that you know and who are within your reach.  Students should also take advantage of the NYU Professional Mentor Network and industry events available through the Wasserman Center.  In addition, professional associations such as Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International (HSMAI) and Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) are great resources to learn about industry trends and networking events.

Learn more about the hospitality industry by attending these Wasserman Center events:

Building a Career in Events, Entertainment, & Travel, February 12th 4:00-5:30p.m.

NYU Hospitality & Tourism Industry Expo, February 23rd 4:00-6:00p.m.

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!

A day in the life at Cognolink

By: Aris, Senior Research Associate, NYU Alumnus 2012

Aris graduated from New York University in 2012 with a Bachelors degree in Economics. During his time at NYU, he interned at several financial services companies, including, Merrill Lynch. Upon graduating Aris was looking for a dynamic opportunity for recent graduates and decided to join Cognolink, which is a Primary Research firm. Aris has worked at Cognolink for two years and is now a Senior Research Associate.

Upon graduating from NYU, I was looking for a dynamic position that would offer me exposure to a variety of industries including Technology, Media & Telecommunications (TMT) industrials, healthcare, defense and financial services. I was also looking for a company that had tremendous growth opportunities, a lean management structure and a collegial, cultural environment. Cognolink embodies and epitomizes all these qualities. I started with Cognolink two years ago when the New York office was still in its initial start-up phase.  Immediately after joining the Firm, I realized that this is a company that encourages its employees to actively contribute and have a direct impact on the business- both in client services and firm development. Throughout all levels of the organization employees are expected to be heavily engaged and grow the enterprise.

To give you a brief overview of Cognolink- our clients are typically buy-side companies, such as hedge funds and private equity firms, but we also work with management consultancies. As a Research Analyst, a typical day starts with a scan of overnight communication from our clients – we are always looking out for urgent project requests. A client will typically approach the Firm with a project when they are interested in learning more about a niche topic in a specific industry.

For example, a client may be interested in learning more about the railcar manufacturing industry – companies that build tank cars for crude by rail. First, it is important for the Research Analyst to execute background macro research on the topic in order to develop an understanding of why the client is looking at this particular sector.  After extensively reviewing research reports, news highlights, and company presentations, the Analyst discovers that there have been some high profile derailments over the last year; as a result, Canadian and US regulators have heavily focused on the growth of the industry and are considering introducing new tank car design regulations. This will in turn negatively impact a railcar manufacturer’s bottom line. Once the Analyst understands the context for a project, the major players in the space and the unique structure of the value chain, he/she will begin to source and recruit industry experts who are best suited to comment on the topic at hand. A pivotal responsibility for an Analyst is to speak with industry experts over the phone, investigate and gain a clear understanding of their background and experience, while ultimately determining if the expert can provide the right insight and knowledge that will assist the client. After a thorough review, the Analyst coordinates a consultation appointment between our client and the industry expert.

As Research Analyst at Cognolink, recent graduates will have many opportunities to speak with CEOs, CFOs and Board Executives across a variety of industries and time zones every day. This unique experience enables an Analyst to develop a holistic view of all industries across the globe. From Day 1 you will realize that Cognolink believes their employees are their strongest asset.   To learn more about the Research Analyst position visit: http://careers.cognolink.com/usa

Want to Learn more about Cognolink? They will be taking over the employer twitter account on October 9th! IF you’d like to meet them in person, they will be a panelist in the What’s Next Economics event on Sept 23rd. RSvp here!

Starting your Job Search? Better Get Ready For Your Close-Up!

By  Nicole Tucker, Tech Recruiter at iCIMS

As a recruiter, I’m constantly reviewing resumes, phone screening candidates, and setting up interviews to find the best talent for iCIMS. With so many applicants for each position, it’s challenging to identify the soft skills needed for each unique job to ensure that the candidate is a great match for the position. On the other hand, when I’m on campus for recruitment events, students ask me “what can I do to land the job that’s right for me?” The good news is, thanks to the latest recruitment technology, there’s a tool that helps recruiters find top talent quickly and easily, and gives candidates the opportunity to stand out during their job search. It’s all in the power of video.

iCIMS and other employers have implemented video capabilities as part of their interview process. This means, candidates are given an opportunity to record a short video explaining why they are the best person for the job. Think about it, by submitting a video in addition to your resume, the recruiter will be able to see you, hear your communication style, and assess your professionalism, which can make you stand out from the crowd. With all this information regarding your candidacy, you have a much better chance of getting noticed and being invited to interview for your dream job. According to Recruiting.com, “the information retained from one minute of online video is equal to about 1.8 million written words.” In an age where the average job receives 250 resumes, having that kind of edge is crucial.

Why Video is the Answer 

It gets you in front of the recruiter — no matter how far away you are from the job. The end goal is an interview, but the logistics of scheduling 30 minute interviews for every candidate can limit your chances of making it onto the schedule. Video is your chance to use one or two minutes to persuade your future boss why you are the right person for the position.

You can “prove” your ability by simulating a real world experience. Say you want to land that big sales job, but you’ve only worked at one other company. In two minutes, you can prove what the resume doesn’t show by giving a sales pitch. Recruiters can quickly see your ability and potential.

How to Make the Perfect Video 

Dress the part – The video is your first impression to your potential employer, so treat it like an interview by wearing your professional attire.

Practice makes perfect – Your video should showcase your presentation skills, so don’t rush through the experience. Record a few versions until you feel your message is clear and you appear confident and comfortable in your video.

Keep it short and simple – Don’t experiment with special effect and graphics, unless you’re an expert. Keep the video under two minutes to keep the recruiters attention throughout its entirety.

We all get a little anxious when it comes to recording ourselves on video. It’s hard enough to pick the right LinkedIn photo — let alone record a composed, well-spoken video as part of the application process. However, the payoff can be huge — video is a great opportunity to stand out and it could give you the edge you need to land your dream job. My advice? Start preparing for your close-up now!


Employer Insights: What to Look for When You’re Looking

By Lisa Ganz

When I graduated from Vanderbilt in May 2013, I took a job in finance. It was a job I had basically signed on the dotted line for two years before when I was just 20 years old and received an internship offer at that company. The summer internship program was a feeder into a full-time job, and I was grateful to be gainfully employed 18 months before I was due to graduate. At the time, I remember thinking, “Wow, how could I turn this great opportunity down? What more could I ask for?”

When I found myself unhappy after a few months at that job and began actively looking for a new role, I had a much clearer understanding of what I wanted and went about my job search process in totally different way than I had a few years earlier. This time around, I was looking to jumpstart my career I wasn’t just looking for a job and looking for the following things helped me find that at AlphaSights.

1. A company that is disrupting an industry. It’s exciting to work for a company that is impacting human progress and has a unique business model that is different from any of its competitors. Every day at AlphaSights, I feel like I’m a part of something that is going to be huge, and the work I do empowers me.

2. People you want to work with. Work for a company that employs people you respect and who respect you, and one where you’ll be surrounded by people who challenge you to think. At AlphaSights, you build genuine relationships beyond just colleagues and it makes every day fun.

3. The company puts its people, not its bottom line, first. Happy employees lead to greater productivity and retention, which inadvertently leads to greater profit! So many companies I’ve worked for have lost sight of this simple fact. A paycheck can only go so far; look for a company where the leaders genuinely care about their employees’ wellbeing.

4. It fits your personality. Taking a job is a lot about fit. An employee sinking or swimming is often directly connected to whether the company is the right place for them. What is the office environment? Is it rara and collaborative, or more of an individualist mentality? Figure out what type of culture you want to be a part of.

5. You’re excited about the work. At AlphaSights, there aren’t enough hours in the day for all I need to get done, and I’m excited in the morning when I wake up to go to work. The work is stimulating and challenging. I drive my own projects and ideas, and I’m excited about what AlphaSights does at its core. We’re impacting human progress and spreading access to knowledge worldwide. Pretty cool, eh?

6. The company will help you grow professionally. Look for a company that invests in the growth of its people and gives them the skills to grow into management roles, or start their own companies. I learn something every day at AlphaSights. If I go on to do something else one day, I’m confident that I will be equipped with the skills to be successful in whatever I choose, and that’s due to AlphaSights’ investment in my growth.

7. Mobility both vertical and horizontal is promoted. Aim to work somewhere that promotes based on merit, and that encourages you to explore opportunities within the company. It’s not just about growing upwards; it’s also about growing into different roles where you can flex your skills sets.

8. Brings satisfaction. Working at AlphaSights has made both my professional and personal life fuller. We have merit bonuses and promotions; additionally, we have a quarterly awards ceremony to recognize people for different things, like being a great coach or being innovative.

It’s always motivating to reap the benefits of hard work.

9. Brings balance to life. Work should not only be challenging, but it should be fun. You want to work somewhere that respects your work life balance. At the end of the day, family and friends always come first. Life is too short to spend all your time behind a desk. Make sure your company lets you enjoy the ride too.

If the above matches what you’re looking for at your next employer, check out a career at AlphaSights! Get more info and apply to jobs by checking out the below!

Blog: blog.alphasights.com

Instagram: AlphaSightsUS

Facebook: AlphaSightsUS

Twitter: AlphaSightsUS

Website: alphasights.com/careers

Tuesday, September 16 – Seniors: Deadline to Apply to 2015 Entry Level Analyst Role

Want to meet with AlphaSights? They will be at the NYU Career Fair on Thursday, September 4th.  Make sure to check out AlphaSights and our other pt/ft employers. RSVP Today!


Fall Job & Internship Fair

Thursday September 4, 2014 11am – 3pm | NYU Kimmel Center
NYU students from all majors are invited to attend our largest fair of the year to explore part-time, full-time and internship opportunities. Meet with employers and learn more about both domestic and international positions.

Engineering & Technology Fall Fair

Thursday, September 18, 2014 11am – 3pm | NYU Brooklyn Campus, Jacobs Gymnasium
NYU students are invited to attend this fair to meet with a large number of employers from diverse industries. Explore full-time, part-time and internship opportunities in fields including Engineering, Computer Hardware/Software, Technology, Science, Management, and Digital Media among others.

Organizing For Action

Purti Pareek, NYU sophomore, talks about her experience as a Fellow at Organizing for Action.

Because of my time as a Fall Fellow at Organizing for Action (OFA), I honed my knowledge of different public policies such as the Affordable Care Act and Comprehensive Immigration Reform and the roadblocks that exist between these policies and getting them passed. I gained important skill sets, which are necessary in order for me to become an effective grassroots organizer. I am forever grateful for OFA because of the different people I met: all of different ages and from different backgrounds. It was refreshing to be working with people that had an interest in the same things as I did but could provide a different perspective on them. OFA provided me with an invaluable experience because it opened doors through which I could further explore my professional interests and support my personal interests. So if you are interested in things like organizing, public policy, and anything in between, definitely apply to be a Spring Fellow and you will not regret it!

Spring Fellowship Opportunity with Organizing for Action

Organizing for Action is a nonprofit grassroots organization established to advance the agenda Americans voted for in 2012.  We are dedicated to empowering individuals to make their voices heard in the fight for progress on our nation’s most pressing issues: comprehensive immigration reform, health reform, gun violence prevention, climate change, marriage equality, equal rights, and building a stronger middle class. Fellows can expect to learn best practices in the areas of community organizing, media relations, and grassroots fundraising. Apply by emailing Spring Trainer, Nina Iventosch at niventosch@barackobama.com or call 917-580-2377.

Being Socially Smart – Part 2

By Rebecca Warner, Founding Member of Social Assurity LLC. Rebecca can be reached at rebecca@socialassurity.com.

Now,  it’s time to brand yourself. Leverage your social media and create a brand that people want.

Derogatory, bigoted, aggressive, antisocial behavior is unacceptable.  Does your social media contain any of the above? Have any of your friends posted questionable material on your profiles? Think of any misbegotten tags and shares. Remember, recruiters or potential employers don’t actually know you so don’t assume that they will understand your content or give you the benefit of the doubt. Will they get that those were just lyrics you posted? Would that matter to them?  Use common sense. You would never badmouth a recruiter or the company that you just interviewed with right?  Sounds like a terrible idea..but you’d be surprised what people broadcast. Remember, social media is social. You have an audience..and if your privacy settings are lax it may be pretty public.  What if a questionable or adverse picture or post never went away? What if that was the first thing that appeared when someone Googled you? Could you live with it? Consider the permanence of your social media. Once you post something you often lose control of it. Even if your privacy settings are airtight, your friends’ may not be. It can be shared and re-posted instantaneously.

Scan your sites for evidence of drug use, alcohol abuse, aggressive or overtly sexual behavior and any signs of social intolerance. Edit. Would you have a resume full of spelling and grammatical mistakes? Would you go to an interview looking sloppy or dirty? Is NYUStud@aol.com the best email address you can think of? If your social media is a mess, that may send the wrong message. So, clean up your social media. Stay competitive.

Once you’ve cleaned up your Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, and Facebook, etc. you are not done. That’s just half the equation. Cleaning up gets you back to zero. But zero is not where you want to be. You want to stand out and get noticed. Ask the question again. Is your social media doing anything at all for you? Can anybody find you?  You must be visible.  No one can hire you if they can’t find you.  Are you on LinkedIn, Google+, Twitter, Facebook, etc.? Do you have a website? A blog?

So, what does your virtual resume say? If it’s a blank page, it says nothing. Sterile doesn’t persuade employers that you should be on their team.  Show and tell who you are. You have to be persuasive. If you’ve shut down your social media completely or are using a fake name you are missing opportunities. Be authentic. Convince potential employers that you would be a stellar addition to their team, solve their problems and would mesh well with other employees.

How can you convince them? What should people know about you? What have you accomplished? What are your skills? How can you help them? Show and tell how you are a valuable asset.  Have you won any competitions? Are you a leader? Do you volunteer? Telling is powerful but showing can be even more compelling. Use text and media to highlight your attributes while sharing your story and building your brand.

What does your Linkedin profile look like? It should be filled out as completely as possible. You must have a picture. Look professional. Fill out the summary, education, skills, awards, etc. Write recommendations for people you’ve worked with. Like companies, follow your school, connect with people, alumni, recruiters, and join groups. Reach out and engage. Whether it’s with people, companies, recruiters, current employees, etc.

What about Google+? Have a website, great? Get yourself out there! Do you blog? If you have a portfolio, is it online? If not, don’t worry just get busy. Find the best ways to showcase your skills. Get on Twitter, Pinterest, etc. and link your various profiles to one another. Use Pheed and Tumblr to highlight your creative side.

Be mindful of everything you share and update regularly.  So, think about your social media. Are you doing everything you can to stand out, get yourself noticed and get you into that interview or meeting or applicant pool?  Are you easy to connect with? Remember, people will mine their connections for new connections, employees, volunteers, interns, mentors, etc.  Continue to refine your social media and brand.

It’s tough out there so give yourself every advantage you can. Ongoing management of your social media is crucial. At Social Assurity, we say if people are looking, give them something to see. Your social media is one of your biggest assets.

Second semester has barely started, the weather is cold so get going. You’ve got this!

Public Health Fair Next Week

2013 Public Health Fair

Interested in a career in Public Health or just curious to find out more about what the industry has to offer? If so, then the 2013 Public Health Career Fair on Friday, November 8th, is the place for you. From 3:00pm-6:00pm, at the Wasserman Center, students and alumni will have the opportunity to interact and network with a variety of representatives in the public health field and learn about current internship/practicum and employment opportunities.  Here are all the necessary details!

PREPARE with an Info. Session: How to Make the Most out of a Public Health Career Fair | Friday, November 1, 2013 | 5:30-6:30pm | 41 East 11th Street, Room 741

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS: For a complete list, go to: http://giph.nyu.edu/mph/public-health-practice.html

REGISTRATION: Please RSVP at: https://events.nyu.edu/#event_id/15161/view/event

QUESTIONS: Please refer any questions to careerfairs@nyu.edu or 212.998.4730

Event sponsored the NYU Global Institute of Public Health, the NYU Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development.

Self discovery to advance your career

According to Gallup, 7 out of 10 workers say they are not engaged or are actively disengaged in their careers.  How can you increase your satisfaction in your current role and plan ahead for growth opportunities?  By taking advantage of your strengths and minimizing your stressors!

Understand what energizes you

Think about your day-to-day tasks.  Which ones put a smile on your face, and which ones automatically make you feel tired and dread the rest of your day?  A quick exercise is to print out your weekly calendar, and put a star next to the activities or meetings you enjoyed, and an X next to the ones you didn’t.  At the end of the week, you can review what parts of the job are fantastic, and which ones are more tedious.  Use this to schedule the following week, making sure to give more time to the things you enjoy and are good at.  While very few jobs cater to your strengths 100% of the time, you can influence the balance by talking to your boss about your responsibilities and highlighting your strengths.

Be spontaneous

Random requests for help and assistance often float by your desk, and it is easy to not respond because you are busy.  However, if you want to discover other areas where you can apply your strengths, volunteer!  Engaging with colleagues that you don’t normally work with can re-energize your spirit for the work that you do.  Plus, if these side projects are successful, you can add those skills to your resume, or pitch that experience to your boss as a reason to alter your role.

Be organized

What do you want longer term from your career?  What is the next role you want to be in, and what skills or experiences do you need to get that opportunity?  Create a plan to learn the skills you need for the next job.  Talk to your manager about growth opportunities.  Network with alumni and other industry experts to learn how to make the transition.  While you want to be engaged in your work immediately, it might take some time to plan out the right move to achieve your goals.

Self assessment

The Wasserman Center has assessments that can help you learn about your best self and what stresses you face at all stages of your career.  We can also help you create a plan to advance your career and gain new opportunities.  To learn more, sign up for a career counseling appointment through NYU CareerNet.

What the job search is like….after college.

So you just graduated from college…


Now its time to find a job.

You feel confident…even though you hear the job market is rough.

(Hey, U.S. Labor Markets indicate an increase in employment.)

So, you hunker down and start searching.

But, you quickly learn entry level loosely translates to 1-3 years of experience.

And, although a Bachelor’s degree is required, a Master’s degree is what’s really preferred.

But! You have internships and part-time jobs to boast…and that questionable summer spent as a “Sandwich Artist”.

After weeding out all the “Kid Kamp Instructors” and the “Pool Guards,” you sit down to write your resume.

Finally, you finish your resume….but, now you have to write your cover letter and explain why you want to work there.

You finish, and finally hit submit on your application.

So you wait…

And you wait…

And you wait.

But, its been like, forever, and you haven’t heard anything back.

You send out more resumes…

More cover letters.

You do all you can think!

You start to get a little testy…

Maybe a little sad.

You can’t stand the thought of one more rejection.

When friends tell you about their new job, this is how you react.

And you seem a little on edge when friends and family ask you how you’re doing.

You even start to lash out a bit (like that time your mom told you dinner was ready).


You wait some more…but still nothing.

You feel like you are beginning to lose all hope…

and you don’t know what to do anymore.

Then, you remember. Ahh, yes…the Wasserman Center.

You see a little glimmer of hope.

They have job postings.

They have counselors to help you improve your resumes and cover letters.

They have seminars to help build your professionals skills and to help you ace that interview.

They have a network of professionals willing to help you.

They have the full social media works – Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, LinkedIn, WasserTube, and more – to keep you constantly informed.

There is even an Alumni Listserv just for you!

Most importantly, we are here to help you succeed.

So, even if it gets tough out there.

And you feel like giving up.

You have the Wasserman Center.

And, somehow, we know its going to be alright.