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Summer Career Checklist

Summer break doesn’t mean you have to take a break from your career development!  Whether you are interning, taking classes, working part-time or just relaxing, here are some to-do’s:

Update and polish your resume

You may have some great courses, academic projects, part-time jobs or internships to add from this past academic year.  Write those great bullet points when these experiences are fresh in your mind.

Build your skills

Even if you aren’t working part-time or interning, it’s important for you to continue to build skills that will be relevant for employers.  Volunteer with an organization a few days a month, teach yourself a new technology, review relevant industry resources and review some of our skill-building tips!

Foster and expand your network

Networking is most effective when you don’t need something (like a job) right away.  Reach out to previous colleagues, friends, and professors to check in, say hi and maybe grab lunch.  Use some of the Wasserman Center’s resources or LinkedIn.com to set up some informational interviews and expand your existing network.


Sometimes it’s hard to find time during the academic year to reflect.  Take some time to think about the past year.   What did you learn about your career preferences, work-ethic, strengths, and weaknesses?  What activities or classes did you love? Were there others you disliked?  How might the responses to these questions help you plan for for next year or even post-graduation?  Need some help reflecting?  On to our next item….

Schedule a counseling appointment

Not in NYC? No problem.  Counselors are available for virtual or phone appointments.  Schedule via your NYU CareerNet account and cover topics like resumes, cover letters, interview prep, networking tips or take a career assessment.

Tapping the Hidden Job Market

If you attended our seminar last night, you already know that nearly 70% of jobs are found by Tapping the Hidden Job Market.  But in case you missed it, here are some tips and tricks for recent graduates looking for a job, current students searching for an internship, or for experienced professionals who are seeking to advance their career.

Adjust Your Approach

Adjust your approach and cut back on the job boards!  Ideally you should spend 75% of your efforts on active job search strategies such as networking with individuals and companies of interest to you.  Spend the extra 25% of your efforts on more passive approaches such as job boards and applying through company websites.

Expand Your Network

60 – 75% of jobs are found through networking.  Be sure to target current/former colleagues, friends, family, NYU alumni…everyone!  Never disregard an opportunity to network.  Even if a contact is not in your target industry, they may know someone who is!  You may meet such individuals by asking for informational interviews, joining professional associations, and attending events in your industry or function.

Build Relationships

Remember, in building relationships with your professional contacts, you want to set goals to acquire information and resources- NOT ask for a job.  You must first build out the relationship by asking for an informational interview, sending professional updates, sharing relevant industry information, introducing your contact to others in your network, or inviting them to industry events.  It is important to try to maintain the relationship when possible so that when a job opportunity arises, your contact will think of you for the position.

Tip:  Create a spreadsheet of your contacts so you can keep track of your activity.

Include the date you met them, what you discussed, your means of communication (In-person, email, or phone) etc.  Always follow up!

Get on Social Online

Use online platforms, like LinkedIn, to connect with professionals and groups in your industry.  Build out your profiles and interactions to reflect your personal brand and expertise.  The same rules apply for your online job search strategy!  Spend 25% of your time applying to jobs and 75% of your time networking.

FYI:  NYU Wasserman Center career counselors will help you revamp your online profiles!  If you want to learn more about Leveraging LinkedIn join us for a short webinar on July 10 from 12 – 12:30 to learn how to maximize your online presence.

By following these steps, you will be able to revise your job search strategy to become a more active participant who can showcase their abilities and contributions to a potential employer within your targeted industry.  Devising and enacting an effective strategy to tap the hidden job market takes planning and time.  Request a career counseling appointment to discuss your strategy with a career counselor, and start on your path for a successful job search today.

Resource of the Week: Pinterest

Pinterest may be that landscape of food, fashion, DIY and wedding planning. But, boasting 50 million users, this visual heavy social network can also be used vastly in your job search and for your career objectives.

Many people prefer to absorb information visually. This form of visual learning is not only limited to Yoga instructions or fondue recipes. It can also include interviewing tips, preparing your resume, and industry information.

Use Pinterest to stay organized and use images to remind you of things you have read or images that have inspired you.

Quick tip: If you don’t want people to see a certain board – say which companies you are researching – change that board to private for your own viewing.

Pinterest To-do List:

  1. Follow companies that interest you: Stay up to date on companies’ most recent pins to see what advancements or changes the company may be making. You can also use it to have a glimpse into the company culture.
  2. Follow career experts: Many experts and career sites use Pinterest as a way to consolidate their articles. By following career experts, you can gain insight on your job search and also how to excel in a particular industry. You can also learn new skills and tips to make you a better candidate

But, also use Pinterest to explore and to inspire. Discover ideas on how to dress professionally – both for men and women, how to answer difficult interview questions, or how to behave at a formal business luncheon.

Pinterest allows you to share content and images from external websites as well as to showcase talent and work from your own hard-drive.  You can use Pinterest as Project Board for your own, original work. Or, you can even use Pinterest as a virtual resume to supplement your physical resume.

Don’t forget, link your Pinterest to your Facebook and Twitter accounts to grow your followers and spread your social media impact.

Pinterest Homework: Build a Visual Resume Board

While a standard, black and white resume is still required for most positions, a visual resume can be a way to supplement your job search and set you apart from the crowd. By creating a visual resume, you can showcase your work history and demonstrate your experience in a pictorial manner.

Where to begin? Pin photos of schools you’ve attended with links to the programs you enrolled in. Similarly, pin logos of companies you’ve worked or professional associates you are a part of.  You can also pin images of awards you’ve won or achievements you’ve made over the past few years.

Once you’ve pinned some images and linked to the appropriate websites, utilize the text box provided. Be sure to capture the importance of each pin as well as how it relates to your career or work objectives.

You can also add a quick description of your visual resume board through the “Edit Board” option.

The key is to concisely depict your professional image and brand through your board’s content and tone.

Once you’ve completed your visual resume board, be sure to share it with your followers. You can add a direct link to your visual resume board on your physical resume, as well as your Email signature, LinkedIn and other social media websites.

Secrets to the PR Job Search

In case you missed the Recruiter in Residence Mock Interviews with Affect PR on Tuesday, April 30, the NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS and Regina Nisita, HR Manager at Affect PR, are bringing you tips and tricks to navigating your PR Job Search!

1.     Cover Letters Matter:
Hiring managers will often use the cover letter as a writing sample for a PR position. Cover letters convey your writing style and ability to communicate ideas, which are all essential in the field of PR.

*Quick tips:

  • Ensure that your spelling and grammar are correct. Be relevant and concise.
  • Be able to specifically discuss your career and academic interests in writing.
  • Connect the dots between how your goals align with that specific company or PR agency.
  • Tailor your cover letter to match key skills and experience highlighted in the job description. (The job description is your cheat sheet! The company is telling you exactly what they are looking for in a candidate!)

2.     Connect Your Past Experiences to the Job:
Make the interviewer’s job easy! When sharing examples during interviews, show how your experiences and skills are applicable for that specific position.

*Quick tips:

  • Share relevant academic projects or coursework during the interview if you lack professional PR experience. Ensure you tie it back to the position and show how skills you learned during graduate school are valuable.
  • Don’t just tell a story. Connect your professional experiences directly to the company goals, department needs, and position requirements.

3.     Know What YOU Want:
Sharing that you have a passion for PR is not enough! Support that passion with real-life examples

*Quick tips:

  • Outline your short and long term career goals before you conduct an interview.
  • Discover where you fit in the PR industry (i.e. PR Agency, in-house PR, boutique PR firm, internal or corporate communication department).
  • Understand the differences between working in various PR-related fields and assess how your strengths allow you to succeed in your chosen area.
  • Arrange one-on-one informational conversations to learn more about the PR industry and gain valuable professional advice. Seek out mentors that can help you along the way.

4.     Research the Company:

*Quick tips:

  • Understand the company’s values, mission and strategic goals before even applying to a role. Tailor your resume, cover letter, and information shared in an interview to show you are a fit for that specific company culture.
  • Know their clients, areas of expertise, and PR strategies. Determine how your past experiences can add value at that specific company.
  • Identify specific ways that your graduate degree in PR and Corporate Communication offers an unique point of view to an organization or department.

5.     Become Part of the Industry:
Take advantage of industry-specific resources and professional associations.

*Quick tips:

  • Join PR Professional Associations like PRSSA, PRSA, and NYU PR League to connect to similar professionals.
  • Network, Network, Network. Relationships are key, and professional associations sponsor conferences, seminars, and evening networking events as well as offer student membership discounts.
  • Use social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, and connect with previous colleagues, professionals, classmates, alumni, and faculty to expand your network in the PR field.

Interested in working at Affect PR? Apply through NYU CareerNet, Job Postings 885423 & 885371

Resource of the Week: Occupational Handbook

Resource Name: Occupational Handbook

Where to find it: You can access it by clicking on the following link: http://www.bls.gov/ooh/

What it is: The Occupational Handbook is a website that has a ton of career information. The profiles featured here cover hundreds of occupations and describe what they do, work environment, how to become one, pay and more. Each profile also includes a Bureau of Labor Statistics employment projection for the 2010-2020 decade.

Who it’s good for: This website is literally good for every student getting ready to explore different fields because the Occupational Handbook offers insights on 13 major occupational clusters including management, business and finance, sales, service, production, farming, Armed Services, office and administrative support and construction. No matter what field you’re interested in, you will no doubt find more specific information on it.

Why you should use it: The Handbook gives job search tips, links to information about the job market in each state and much more. It’s the perfect place to decide on a career field for yourself too! A lot of students are undecided and understandably so. By looking at statistics for different jobs you may be interested in, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices. Plus it’s an official government website, so you can imagine how official the information posted on the website it!

Resource of the Week: internships.com

Resource Name: internships.com

Where to find it: Log into your NYUCareerNet account and select Document Library under Resources. Then scroll down until you see internships.com

What it is: Internships.com is a really great website to frequent. With internships available in many different career fields such as government, marketing, science, journalism and much more, internships.com provides the users with an abundance of internship opportunities in the major cities across the US. It’s an easily navigable site that’s almost like the NYUCareerNet, except on a smaller scale.

Who it’s good for: If you’re looking for a short summer internship, or even a part-time internship during the school year, this is definitely a great resource for you to check out. Once you’ve selected your major and the city that you are interested in working in, a fairly long list of internship options appears for your perusal. This is especially useful for freshman and sophomores who are still deciding which field they are interested in pursuing, or for those who just want to gain more experience in their chosen field of study.

Why you should use it: Though most of the internships on this website are part time and unpaid, it’s still a really great and easy way to gain more work experience, because in the end that’s what is more important.  Another plus of using this tool is that, much like the Wasserman Center, you are able to apply for an internship through this website.  Additionally, these internship opportunities that are available are a fantastic way to start your career.


Now is the time to jumpstart your job/internship search, update your resume and cover letter, practice your interviewing skills, and develop a job search strategy. The Wasserman team wants to remind you of a few things regarding your job and internship search as the semester comes to a close.

IT IS A MYTH that you should put your job/internship search on hold during the December/January time period:
• Since fewer candidates are looking for jobs/internships at this time, and a number of employers are trying to get a jump on the competition in hiring, it would be wise to job search during the holiday season.
• Another advantage is the easier accessibility of decision makers at organizations during this time of year. In many instances, HR and support staff are on vacation between Christmas and New Year’s, so management/supervisors could be the direct contacts you reach.
• Employers may have more free time in their schedules to offer informational interviews, which can lead not only to helpful advice and input, but also to possible job leads and opportunities.

DON’T FORGET to keep using NYU CareerNet throughout the break. While you are on Winter Break, employers are not. This is a great time to search for jobs/internships, update your NYU CareerNet profile, and update your resume with any changes to your major, GPA, or experience.

FOLLOW UP WITH CONTACTS: Send a personalized note to check in with all your professional contacts. Find a creative way to stay on someone’s radar – perhaps through a shared professional interest, or industry-related news. Share any relevant news about your academics, experience, or professional interests; inquire about their work or industry, and express your gratitude for any advice or guidance they have provided.

NETWORK PURPOSEFULLY: The holidays are a perfect time to reach out to your professional network and potential employers. This is about relationship-building, so you want to make your contact personalized. Take the time to call some people, attend events and parties, and connect with people to discuss job opportunities. Try to target experienced professionals and decision

CAREER COUNSELING: During the Winter Break career counseling appointments are available with little wait time. The Wasserman Center’s staff of professional career counselors provides individualized career guidance and support with identifying career interests, exploring professional goals, and discussing job search strategies in your specific area of interest. An
appointment with a career counselor can help:
• Identify and explore career interests
• Effectively search for internships and jobs in your field
• Edit your resume and cover letter
• Polish your interviewing skills
• Critique your resume and cover letters

Looking for a part time job? You’ve come to the right place!

Hoping to gain some professional experience and make a few bucks in the meantime?   Wondering what exactly Federal Work Study means?  Curious about on and off campus opportunities?  You’ve come to the right place!   Check out our Wassertube video for step by step instructions on how to find part-time work on and off campus.  Want more details about Federal Work Study?  Check out our on-campus employment frequently asked questions for some answers.




As always, follow us on Twitter @NYUWasserman to make the most of your part-time job search!

NYU CareerNet 101: What is NYU CareerNet

You’ve probably heard the phrase “You can find it on NYU CareerNet” or “Sign up on NYU CareerNet” tens – if not hundreds – of times already.  But what exactly is this system so often mentioned by NYU Wasserman staff?  Yes, it’s a place where you can apply for jobs and internships, but it’s also much, much more….


Follow us on Twitter @NYUWasserman for more career advise!

Double check your email attachments!

When applying to a position via email, always remember to double check your attachments before sending. The applicant below failed to do so. In the process, the person effectively terrified a prospective employer, and everyone else unfortunate enough to have received this email. Yikes.