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What’s Next? Economics!

Come out to What’s Next? Economics! Wednesday, October 9th, at 5:30pm in Wasserman Presentation Room B.

If you’re majoring in Economics and curious about what to do with all that knowledge, The Wasserman Center has the event for you: What’s Next? Economics. During this panel discussion, you’ll hear from a variety of professionals and scholars who work within the field of economics. You’ll be able to hear their stories, backgrounds, and insights, as well as learn some valuable tips about networking and getting ahead as you embark on your future career.

Panelists will be on hand from the following companies:

RSVP for the event now through Career Net! See you on Wednesday!

Dining For Success Profile with Sean Liu, Class of 2013

Xiao (Sean) Liu, is a 2013 Stern alum, now working as a Proprietary Trader at T3 Trading Group. Here, he shares some helpful tips and recalls some fond memories about NYU Wasserman Center’s Dining For Success event.

What’s the best part about Dining for Success? The food! Also the opportunity to extensively network with a successful alum over a few hours in a relatively relaxed setting.

What’s something you didn’t know before about dining etiquette? Salt and pepper shakers always travel together…

What’s the most important lesson you learned from your dining experience? The way a person presents himself at a dining table leaves an extremely long lasting impression, probably more so than any other social situations.

Why should other students participate in Dining For Success? Networking over a meal is a better way by far compared to OCR events, as the atmosphere is way less awkward, the professionals are not swarmed by other students, and you can actually make connections on a personal level instead of in the run-of-the-mill manner. If nothing else, you still get an awesome dinner from The Smith at an unbeatable price.

Interested in attending Dining for Success this semester on Thursday, October 3, at The Smith East Village?

RSVP by dropping a $20 deposit at either of the front desks at The Wasserman Center (133 East 13th Street, 2nd Floor) or The Wasserman Center at NYU-Poly (6 MetroTech Center, JB359) no later than September 26, 2013. Spaces are available on a first come, first served basis.

Please note: This semester’s Dining For Success event is geared towards juniors, seniors, and graduate students interested in pursuing careers in Accounting, Finance, Engineering, and Technology and Small Business. You will be asked to list preferences upon registering for the event.

Business Card to Relationship

The opportunities to network in New York City are endless.  Between Meetup.com, Eventbrite, and the NYU Wasserman Event Postings, we are hardly short of chances to meet with handfuls of useful, diverse contacts within our prospective industries.  However, after a networking event, the last thing you should have is only a handful of colorful business cards. The NYU Wasserman Center @ SCPS’ webinar: Business Card to Relationship gave students actionable steps to change that colorful card stock into a meaningful, real life relationship.

STEP 1: Make Your Connection

The sooner you can make your connection with the contact person, the better.  Generally we suggest that you follow up within two days.  This is the perfect time to ask your contact to connect over a quick cup of coffee or 15-minute phone conversation. You can also reconnect with someone you have lost touch with.  Be sure to mention in your message:

  • Reminder of how you met

  • Why you would like to connect

  • How you would like to connect

After your meeting, be sure to follow up with a sincere thank you note!

STEP 2: Maintain the Relationship After Your Contact

  • (1-3 Months): Send a message to remind your contact of your passion for industry and that you value them as a professional contact.  Lend a “virtual hand” by sending an interesting article or blog post related to your industry or invite your contact to an event that might be of interest to them.

  • (6+ Months): Check in with your contact and keep the relationship active.  This is a great time to share your own personal professional updates and perhaps invite them to a relevant professional event.  Prove that this is a reciprocal relationship by showing interest in their lives and careers as well.

  • 1 Year: If you have completed these steps, you have established a relationship where you are now able to ask for an introduction to other contacts.

STEP 3: Track Your Outreach

Remember to note all of your progress as you begin to reach out to your industry contacts.  This will allow you to plan, prepare, and engage on an appropriate time frame.  You can also write down details of your conversations so you know what details to mention in your follow up.

STEP 4: Set Goals

Develop a plan for networking with achievable goals such as: meet two new contacts every week, schedule one informational interview each month, etc. Schedule an appointment with your NYU Career Counselor to go over your networking plan and help to tailor your correspondence.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Ronnie Cropper

Ronnie Cropper, the Senior Account Manager of Century Business Solutions shares with us some college and career tips. After graduating from St. Johns University with a degree in finance, Ronnie was recruited to work for Century Business Solutions.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? When I was 18 I worked on a snow/melting machine which cleared the parking lot of snow at Giants Stadium.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Don’t be afraid to fail, nothing has never been accomplished without failing first.

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it?  One interviewer asked me to name some of the author’s of my college textbooks? I luckily remembered one.

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Going away to school and being on your own is a great experience that I recommend to anyone who has an opportunity to do so. You will find resilience and resourcefulness that you never knew you had.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be?  Party less and get more involved with the school. Take school and the opportunity you have more seriously. Don’t take it for granted.

Mentor Network Spotlight: Michael McCaw

Michael McCaw, a graduate from NYU’s College of Arts and Science with a degree in psychology got his job as the Assistant Director of the PhD Program at NYU Silver School of Social Work through NYU CareerNet. Today Michael offers invaluable advice on getting through college and careers.

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? – Repainting 1980s/90s action figures.

What’s the best career advice you ever received? “It doesn’t matter if you win or lose; all that matters is how you play the game.”

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? “You are in a room with your peers/colleagues/staff. If asked to describe your three best qualities, how would they respond? You are now asked to leave the room, and your peers/colleagues/staff are asked to describe your three worst qualities. What do you think they would say?” Although this is an extremely tough question to answer “correctly,” it is important to remember that you can always frame seemingly negative qualities in a positive light. Always play to your strengths.

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? You’re not going to figure out your life by the time you graduate! It’s important to have a plan in place, but keep your mind open. Worry about the things you can control and use that as a solid foundation for opportunities that arise. Believe in yourself. Also, stop eating pizza 20 times a month if you don’t want heartburn later on!

Women’s Foreign Policy Group 2013 Mentoring Fair

Speed dating? Try speed networking!

The Women’s Foreign Policy Group 2013 Mentoring Fair brought together dozens of foreign policy professionals and NYU students for a night of quick but critical insights to the field.

Even WFPG’s president, Patricia Ellis, participated by speaking on her experience as a journalist for fifteen years.

Donna Welton, with over twenty-five years of experience as a diplomat and arts professional, shared her public diplomacy experiences in Japan, Indonesia, Afghanistan, and Washington. She emphasized the need for interpersonal skills, as diplomacy is often done one person at a time.

But don’t let event’s name mislead you: several male mentors also gave their vital expertise on how to effectively work the international affairs career path.

Donna was joined by David Firestein, Vice President for the Strategic Trust-Building Initiative and Track 2 Diplomacy at the EastWest Institute, who gave valuable advice on entering a career with the US Foreign Service. David stressed that the State Department’s biggest need is smart people who can effectively communicate, recalling an experience in China where he needed to negotiate with an air traffic controller in order to secure an immediate flight out of the country.

Dan Konigsburg of Deloitte underscored the fact that professionals should bring every part of themselves to their profession, rather than have the two severed. Upon telling me that he never leaves a big event without three business cards, I astutely handed him mine.

With mentoring rounds lasting fifteen minutes each, attendees found the event helpful despite the fast pace. To learn more about the Women’s Foreign Policy Group and future mentoring fairs, visit http://www.wfpg.org/.

Written by:
Serhan Ayhan
Vice President, NYU International Relations Association
Master’s Student, Politics Dept

Social Media Week Highlight: Twitter

Twitter has over 500 million registered users and More than 50% of active Twitter users follow companies, brands, or products on social networks. 57% of all companies that use social media for business use Twitter.
Twitter is a vital and innovative tool for your career search! Some things to remember when using twitter for your search:
  1. Keep your profile picture and background appropriate and professional. Some people create two different twitter accounts one professional and one personal. Make sure your professional account promotes careers interests. Share articles and links from leaders and employers in your field, retweet company posts, and use industry-related hashtags. Whether you’re interested in graphic design, Medieval art history, or financial risk management, you’re sure to find someone who can share information with you!
  2. Pay it forward! As much as Twitter can be a resource for you, remember that it is first and foremost an information exchange community. Remember to tag handles and hashtags from previous tweets – think of this as Twitter citations. By tagging companies and professionals, you are engaging and interacting in material that improves their brand – and yours.
  3. Save your searches. Twitter allows you to save specific hashtag searches into lists. Keep track of changes in areas of interest by checking in on these hashtags. You can also view your Twitter feed through the list feature and look at all relevant posts, allowing you to seek more information based on your career interests.
  4. Follow companies and employers. More and more organizations are featuring jobs through a click or a tweet. An organization’s Twitter feed is a great way to learn about company culture, organization changes, a company’s contributions to latest trends, and daily updates.
  5. If you reference other social media profiles in your feed, make sure they are updated. Twitter’s “quick-click” approach makes accessing information incredibly efficient and easy. Make sure your LinkedIn, Facebook, and other platforms are up to date.


**If you need assistance in updating your social media profiles and platforms, drop by the Wasserman Center tomorrow from 11:30 to 1pm for PROFILES + PLATFORMS WALK-IN HOURS to meet with counselor to go over your social media presence!
Also, don’t forget to follow our own twitter handles @NYUWasserman, for the most up to date career related information, and @NYUWassEmployer, our employer twitter handle!

Social Media Week Spotlight: LinkedIn

My resume is ready! What to do now? Do not know where to start? LinkedIn is a great place to start your career search. LinkedIn is the fastest growing social media career and professional outlet. With over 160 million professionals, LinkedIn is an invaluable resource at any stage in your professional development.

Here’s some things to remember when it comes to navigating and using LinkedIn:

1. Learn the Landscape

Familiarize yourself with LinkedIn. Get a feel for the platform. Check out other member’s LinkedIn profiles, see the type of information that is posted, identify the different Groups or view the discussions taking place on LinkedIn. Take a look at your options for privacy settings. And, see how you can connect with Alumni and other Professionals within your network.

2. Build a Profile

Once you get familiar with the platform, play around with LinkedIn’s profile features and settings to help customize your LinkedIn profile.

First things first, update your Profile picture. This is your first impression. Make sure its professional and appropriate for the brand you are trying to promote, but also one that compliments the type of career you are pursuing. If you are searching for a  position in finance, select a photo of yourself in a business suit. If you are searching for a position at Macy’s adding an element of style to your profile picture would be useful. Read here for more tips and advice on selecting a profile picture.

Next in line…Professional Headline
This field is easy to skip over, however it is one of the most important tools to utilize on LinkedIn. The Professional Headline is located directly below your name and is the keywords that employers use when they do a search on LinkedIn.

Note: LinkedIn automatically defaults your Professional Headline to your most current job listed. So if your most recent job is listed as a Pet Groomer at the Fluffy Dog Boutique this will be set as your Professional Headline. If you are searching for a job as anything other than a Veterinarian or Animal Activist, you’ll want to change this.

Be sure to select keywords that not only summarize your current field, but also list a field or position you might be interested in. Most importantly, be sure to use “keywords,” or general words. This is not the place to be witty. For example, if you want to be a writer, list “writer” not “magician of words” or “story seamstress”.

Before we jump to the Summary, drop by the URL edit option. Here, it is a good idea to delete all the jibberish that comes after your name. Make it plain and simple: your name.

Moving along to the Summary section…this is a space where you can tell other LinkedIn members about your professional self, where you can deliver your current business objectives. Keep in mind, this section should pack a punch in just a couple of sentences.

Everything below the Summary, in the Experience section is where you will show what you said in your summary. Here, you can list you work experience, honors or awards, languages, skills and expertise, etc. Play around with this section as there are several options to customize this section.

For instance, did you know on the side bar, you can add things like Test Scores, Courses, Patents, Certifications, etc. Or, that when adding Skills and Expertise that if you hoover in the search bar for a couple of seconds, it will automatically give you suggestions of relevant skills used frequently by other LinkedIn members. Just be sure when adding these elements that your additions stay relevant to the brand, or the digital identity, you are trying to promote.

Create a profile that is detailed in past and current employment. Ask your connections such as past and current colleagues to post recommendations. Be sure to include your education and other professional experience highlights that make you a promising candidate.

3. Network Away

Search and build your network. Explore and add professional groups and connect yourself with other professionals. Try to get up to 500 LinkedIn connections to really add some muscle to your network.

Here, its important to practice networking etiquette:
When sending a LinkedIn invitation, be sure to personalize it. DO NOT use the default message.

When sending your personalized invitation, do four things: Make the connection – how are you alike? what do you have in common?  Get to the point, fast. Don’t waste time with butterflies and sunshine. You are messaging Subject A about opportunity x, not the weather or recent news. Credentials. Make sure you are clear why you are qualified. Why me? Be sure to include why you are asking Subject A and not another professional. Be polite and be appreciative.

Also, networking is not stalking. It is important to know when to give up and move on when networking with any professionals.

Get to know the Alumni Network. NYU has many active alumni on LinkedIn. Use the alumni tool under Contacts by selecting New York University. Here you can minimize your search criteria to where alumni live, where they work, and what they do. This is a great way to make professional connections on LinkedIn that can really help you with your professional goals.

Have fun building relationships! Be resilient and be you!

Join us tomorrow at the Wasserman Center as we continue with Social Media Week! And, Meet the Panelists below!

RSVP here.

Meet the Panelists!

Mentor Spotlight: Elizabeth Pimentel

Elizabeth Pimentel

Company: CUNY and Cornell Weill School of Medicine
Position: Adjunct Instructor
College/University you attended: NYU College of Arts and Science/ Univ of Colorado Program in Physical Therapy
Major: Society and the Arts/ Physical Therapy

How did you find your job? They asked me to work because they knew I had prior experience

What’s the weirdest job you ever had? Taxi Driver

What’s the best career advice you ever received? Always be aware of and open to opportunities that may present themselves in unusual ways

What is the hardest interview question you’ve ever been asked? How did you answer it? Where do you see yourself in 10 years? I answered it that I saw myself teaching in a physical therapy program

What part of your college experience prepared you most for the real world? Everything but hospital internships and volunteering as a tutor for public school students were both eye openers

If you could tell your college self one thing, what would it be? You can do whatever you set out to do…don’t underestimate yourself…reach for the stars.

Leveraging Your NYU Network on LinkedIn

You’ve probably heard that networking is a valuable tool for professional development that can help you find an internship, land your first job, get a promotion, or find a business partner. However, despite the benefits of networking, it still can sound a bit intimidating.

Networking doesn’t have to be intimidating. Think of networking as nothing more than creating and maintaining connections with other people. One easy way to develop a connection is through shared experience.

As an NYU student you are lucky to share the experience of being an NYU student with many successful NYU alumni across the Global Network University. See below for tips on how to use LinkedIn to leverage your NYU network and capitalize on the shared experience of being a past or present NYU student.

Tips for Connecting with People on LinkedIn:

Think quality instead of quantity when connecting to others. Don’t ask to connect to anyone and everyone. Be strategic and target individuals who will be an asset to your professional development.

Never use the default request; “I’d like to add you to my professional network.” Instead, explicitly share how you are connected. For example, when connecting to alum, indicate that you are currently a student of his or her alma mater and be sure to indicate your university affiliation on your profile.

If you are not directly connected to someone, but share a mutual connection, it is courteous to ask for a virtual introduction.

To Find NYU Alumni on LinkedIn:

Join  “NYU Wasserman Center Student & Alumni Career Connections” Group

Join other NYU-related Groups

Utilize linkedin.com/college/alumni to search your NYU network.

Have More Questions?

The LinkedIn Learning Center provides user-friendly tutorials and user guides that can help you make the most of your profile and utilize your professional network.

Career Counselors at the Wasserman Center are also available to help you develop an effective LinkedIn profile and online networking strategy.