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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.

What’s Next? Economics Recap

Did you miss the What’s Next? Economics panel on October 9th? If so, Indra Kar (CAS, 2015) was there to recap. Take a few minutes below to relive the event, and also don’t forget to come out to our What’s Next? Entrepreneurship Event, this Wednesday evening at 5:30pm!

As a junior majoring in Economics, I was interested to see what the panelists had to offer. It was a very informative program that was organized by Wasserman, and I was happy to see a large turnout amongst my peers. There were three key takeaways from the seminar:

Hard Skills are Valuable:

Economics majors at NYU develop a large set of “hard skills” which are essentially knowledge that you learn in the classroom. These include the quantitative skills that students develop in classes such as Statistics, Math for Economics, and Econometrics. Kasia Janczura, the Director of Academic Policy with the NYC Department of Education, specifically referred to these classes and stated how they enhance your analytical abilities. And analytical skills are of very high value.

In addition, both Paul Kontonis, a Partner at Centridium Media, and Mario Malave, an Analyst at Morgan Stanley, emphasized the fact that Economics majors develop an understanding of behavior. This knowledge can be applied in the real world to interpret how certain markets respond and understand data that elucidates consumer behavior. Mario specifically stated how his classes helped him think about the interactions between “big and small”—essentially, seeing things from a broader perspective.

Develop Skills through Internships:

An important thing to remember as an Economics major is that you aren’t necessarily going to learn about particular industries from your classes. Compared to students in Stern, Economics students in CAS don’t gain the same breadth of knowledge in financial markets, equity research, investment banking, and the like. However, Paul stressed that CAS students can still apply what they’ve learned in Economics classes to a particular industry. You won’t necessarily know specifics about the industry at first, but you have the skills that you can apply to it.

So to help bridge the gap between the classroom and the real word, the panelists emphasized finding internships. In particular, Mario stressed the importance of a summer internship for those who want to break into the banking industry. The reason is that an internship can lend you experience within an industry that you didn’t necessarily learn about in class. In other words, it can make up for missing hard skills. Not only that, but internships can also help students build “soft skills” such as communication skills and time management which aren’t necessarily taught in school. Vinny Parra, who works at Deloitte Consulting, stated that soft skills are also a very important part of what makes a strong job applicant.

To find the right internships, students can use Wasserman’s Mentor Network to talk to people who have been working in different aspects of business. Also, CareerNet has listings of internships for the fall, spring, and summer. Learning does not have to be limited to the classroom or even to New York City. Why not take a look as to what’s out there?

Networking is Critical:

Knowing the right people can really help someone land a job, especially that first one right after college. Again, students can use the Wasserman’s Mentor Network to connect with people who work in certain industries. All of the panelists talked about the importance of getting to know the right people.

Kasia, who is a Teach for America alumna, mentioned how networking with someone helped her land her first job in the education industry.  Paul offered a humorous anecdote about how he received a job offer in the past. He didn’t research the company he was applying to and was generally unprepared for the interview. However, before he left the building after his interview was over, he chatted with the receptionist. They were both Greek, so they were able to relate to each other based on their ethnic backgrounds. Paul later received a job offer—despite the fact that he struggled through the job interview. But the little bit of networking that he did with the receptionist was enough to convince the hiring department that he would be a good fit.

Whether you are at a recruiting event, information session, or employer presentation, it is in your best interest to talk to people, even if it’s very casual. Connecting with the right people can make you appear to be a good match for the company. According to Mario, that’s really what a company is looking for: the right fit. In addition to showcasing hard and soft skills and industry knowledge, Economics majors can demonstrate their fit via networking opportunities, especially those at Wasserman.

DICP Profile with Jenna Castillo

Learn more about how Jenna Castillo, a senior Economics major, participated in the Diversity Internship and Career Preparation (DICP) Program to explore diversity in the workplace and land an internship.

Name: Jenna Castillo

School: College of Arts & Sciences (CAS)

Grad Year: 2014

Internship/Current position: Consultant at Ernst & Young (EY)

What’s the best part of the DICP program? The best part about the DICP program were all of the networking and informational session opportunities. Through DICP, I was able to learn more about the different companies I was interested in, as well as the different areas within the business industry.  Because of these events, I learned how to successfully network, and also finally figured out which area of the business industry I wanted to start my career in.

What’s the most important lesson you have learned through DICP?  Through this program, I learned just how much diversity is valued in the world today.  I realized that stressing my diverse background, whether it be during a networking event or interview was extremely advantageous.

Why other students should apply to be in DICP: Students should apply to be in DICP because they will learn how to showcase their diversity as a strength, and network with people from numerous companies.  Networking, applying for internships and full-time jobs, and interviewing became so much easier for me after this program.

The NYU Diversity Internship & Career Preparation (D.I.C.P.) Program is a comprehensive, undergraduate career development program is designed to prepare and promote NYU’s historically underrepresented sophomores and juniors. The D.I.C.P. Program aims to assist you in developing your job searching and networking skills; improve your resume and cover letter writing skills; and strives to empower you to find that dream internship while improving your understanding of workplace diversity and inclusive practices!

Please watch the following video to learn more about the Diversity Internship & Career Preparation Program:

WasserTube video link: http://youtu.be/736wfOodrsY

APPLY on NYU CareerNet Job ID# 902050

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Thursday September 29, 2013

A Guide to Working Freelance

A Guide to Working Freelance

In addition to internships, traditional full and part-time jobs, and work study, freelance offers students another great work option. Working freelance means you work for yourself and are not committed to just one employer. Most jobs are either compensated on an hourly basis or at a fixed price agreed upon between you and your client. Some examples of freelance jobs are graphic design, writing assignments, web development, tutoring, and much more.

Benefits of freelancing include:

  • You work your own hours and are your own boss. As a student, you already have a demanding schedule so taking on freelance work gives you flexibility.
  • Build up a portfolio and gain work experience. Since you are working per job, you have the opportunity to take on different projects which allow you to build a more diverse resume than you would have working a single job.
  • Expand your employer contacts and develop important working relationships. Start with one freelance job, and then move to another. Soon you will see your clients referring you to more potential clients. You can continue working freelance full-time upon graduation or use the contacts you make to become fully employed.

How to get started:

Visit StudentFreelance.com and click the Start Working button. Once there, use your school email address to sign up (this is to keep freelancers strictly students). After confirming your email, you will have a chance to fill out your profile. This is where you can tell potential clients about yourself. Make sure to include a tag line about the services you can offer clients and a description going into more detail. Adding your portfolio or work samples, if applicable, is also something that can help you get hired.

Happy freelancing!