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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.

Wasserman Resume Best Practices Checklist

Need a little assistance with your resume? Wasserman has you covered! This checklist will get you on the road to a perfect resume.

Download it here: Resume Guide + Checklist PDF

NEED A LITTLE EXTRA ASSISTANCE WITH YOUR RESUME. DON’T MISS THE UPCOMING WEBINAR, “RESUMES AND COVER LETTERS THAT WORK.” RSVP HERE!

Wall Street Services Presents Tips for Resume Success

Have you always wondered what makes a resume stand out to a recruiter? Ideally, you want to provide evidence that your skills and experiences are a match for the job description as closely as possible. Apart from that, we want to share one specific insight that will boost your resume’s potential to entice a recruiter to give you a call.

The truth of the matter is that managers want people who get things done. The world is full of people who do things with little eye on the result. We look at hundreds of resumes each week and one of the key mistakes we see is listing tasks rather than accomplishments. By listing your accomplishments you will stand out and be noticed. Having your resume stand out as noticeable is the point of having a resume. If you are responding to a job posting, it is likely that hundreds of other people are responding as well. If your resume does not stand out, it will be lost in the sea of job seekers vying for the same few positions. In fact, the great probability is that your resume will first be screened by a junior person who knows little about the job you are applying for and is looking for three or four specific items.

Some Tips

AVOID: Listing your day-to-day tasks and responsibilities – for example:

-Researched breaks on aged swap payments to determine the cause for each.

-Prepared and analyzed daily reports

-Communicated with clients

INSTEAD: Detail an accomplishment that explicitly informs the tasks and technical abilities you have – for example:

-Extremely productive in risk reduction: reduced breaks from more than 6,000 to less than 100, completing the project ahead of target date

-Designed and implemented new daily reporting schematic which provided management with a wider range of critical information 2 hours earlier

-Provided critical information to over 4,000 clients

Highlighting your accomplishments will indicate to your recruiter that you are a motivated go-getter able to complete projects and ultimately bring value to their organization. To see more resume, interview and job search tips, visit our blog.

If you are interested in having your resume critiqued by an experienced recruiter in the finance industry, be sure to come to our Resumes & Cover Letters That Work: Presented by Wall Street Services event.  It will be held at the Wasserman Career Center at NYU on March 13th at 4:30pm.

Wall Street Services is a boutique recruiting firm in the finance industry. We place financial consultants on a project basis with well-known firms in New York City. Our mission is to place people into positions they love and provide the best consultants to our clients.

What to Include on Your Resume

To include or not to include… how to decide what to list on your resume

As the summer draws to a close, our current and former graduate and undergraduate students may be ending summer internships, buckling down for their first major job search, or are even seeking promotions at their current company after graduating with a prestigious NYU degree.  Your job history, internships, leadership activities, and education are all important milestones that you will want to include on your resume- but should you?  In this blog post we will provide you with some basic guidelines for determining what information is relevant and intriguing to employers, and what experiences should not make the cut!

Your Resume is a Targeted Document

Your resume should be targeted and relevant to the opportunities you are seeking. This should be the guiding point for how you decide what to include on your resume. If you are seeking a position in marketing, is that part-time store clerk position you had 12 years ago going to be relevant? Probably not. Always refer to the job description and highlight your skills and accomplishments according to the job requirements.

What to Include for Education and Academic Information

As a general rule, when you move onto new points in your academic career, former stages of your life will become less relevant. For instance, you should only include high school information for a few years after you graduated from high school. If you are an upperclassman or older, high school information should not be included on your resume. As a graduate student, you should include less information about your undergraduate experiences (clubs, activities, coursework, etc.). If you are a professional with many years of work experience, you could also consider moving the education section down the page and starting your resume with your work experience.

How to Narrow Down Your Work Experience

For professionals with significant work experience, a good rule of thumb is to focus on your work experience from the past 10 years. The technology you used and skills you gained from a position you had over 10 years ago may not be as useful today. Of course, the 10-year guideline may not be applicable to all students, but it is often a good starting point for professionals with many years of work experience.

You can also consider adding headings to your experience section such as “Real Estate Experience” and “Additional Experience”. Highlight your industry-specific experience in the first section, and briefly summarize your other experience in the next section.

Emphasize Accomplishments

Even if you have over 20 years of experience, remember that it is important to focus on your accomplishments and not your years of experience. Focusing on accomplishments will also help you to remove unnecessary information from your resume – rather than focus on duties and responsibilities, describe your accomplishments and skills.

While these are guidelines to get you started, what should or shouldn’t be included on a resume is often dependent on the person’s specific situation. Stop by the Wasserman Center Walk-in Hours or schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor to talk about how you should update your resume.

Spring Semester Career “To-Do List”

Welcome back to campus! We hope you all had a wonderful winter break and are rejuvenated for the Spring Semester. To hit the ground running hard, we have created a Spring “To-Do List” to guide you in developing your professional skills this Spring Semester.

1. Get to know the NYU Wasserman

NYU Wasserman empowers students and alumni to succeed at every stage of their professional development. Early and frequent engagement with the center is important for your professional development. NYU Wasserman is prepared to help you:

  • Identify career paths and job opportunities
  • Develop a personal brand
  • Create a successful job search strategy
  • Provide personalized career development programs

Stop by one of the NYU Wasserman’s 3 locations (NYU Wasserman @ Poly, Wasserman Center at SCPS), check out our website, follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Wassertube, and here!

2. Attend the Career Fair

When: January 30th, 2013
Time: 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Where: Kimmel Center 4th & 10th

NYU students from all majors and disciplines are invited to meet with employers to explore full-time opportunities and summer internships! Career fairs are a great way to meet employers and learn about different companies and job opportunities within those organizations.

Remember: Business casual attire is expected, professional attire is preferred – be sure to bring copies of your resume.

Prepare

Learn how to prepare for the fair
Learn how to make the most of a career fair

Participating employers

For a list of employers attending the fair, log in to NYU CareerNet and click Events > Career Fairs. (Be certain you are not viewing the event listing under Events > Seminars.)

Registration

Advanced registration is not necessary. Student registration will take place on the day of the fair in the second floor mezzanine lobby. You need only your NYU ID or NYU-Poly ID card for entry.

3. Revamp your Resume

Your resume is the first chance you have to make a lasting impression. However, the average employer only spends about 30 seconds looking at a resume. In this job market, you must have an expertly crafted resume.

Follow the link here to see if your resume makes the cut.

If you would like help revamping your resume, we recommend that you schedule an appointment with a Career Counselor. You can do so through your NYU CareerNet account under the “Short Cuts” menu.

4. Sign up for the Mentor Network

Want to explore a career? The NYU Wasserman Center’s Mentor Network  is an informational tool that links students with alumni and other professionals. Mentros in this program are available for:

  • In-person Informational Interviews
  • Day on the Job/Job Shadowing
  • Phone/Skype Contact

To get involved, meet with a counselor for mentor network orientation and to discuss your general career interests. If you have additional questions please contact career.mentornetwork@nyu.edu

5. Join Linkedin

Linkedin is the leading professional networking tool. Its mission is to connect the word’s professionals to make them more successful. Through Linkedin:

  • You can connect with colleagues, classmates, companies, employers, professionals and much more
  • Build a profile that demonstrates your professional skills, education, and work experience
  • You can join groups in industries you are interested in, participate in discussions about trends or changes in the job market
  • View different career paths

To create a Linkedin here.
Join the NYU Wasserman Center Student & Alumni Career Connections Group here.

Also, join us at the NYU Wasserman Center on February 7th at 12:30 PM to see Lindsey Pollak present on how to navigate social media for professional uses.
RSVP through NYU CareerNet or here.

5. Build Your Personal Brand

To be a competitive applicant in today’s job market, you must be able to communicate and market your personal brand.  Your personal brand what makes you uniquely distinguishable. Here’s some things to think about:

  • What is your personal brand?
  • What makes you credible, relevant, and different from others?
  • What is your 30 second “elevator pitch”?
  • How do you want people to remember you?

Want some further help? Check out this Workbook from PwC here.

6. Follow us on here, Twitter, Facebook, Wassertube & Pinterest!

For more career advice and information as well as NYU Wasserman and employer events, don’t forget to follow us on all of our social media platforms.

Peers in Careers Holiday To-Do List

 

Brush up your resume: Take a look with fresh eyes and make sure your experiences are relevant and proceeded by action verbs, and your skills are up to date.

Be cognizant of early deadlines: Some summer internships (especially executive training programs) release their applications in early December and close the submission in February, so make sure you’re aware of what’s out there so you don’t miss out.

Volunteer: The holiday season is a great time to give back to the community, plus skills acquired from volunteer work can always translate onto your resume.

Communicate:
Reach out and email some connections, past supervisors, bosses, and other professionals you haven’t spoken with in a while. Maybe even send a hand-written note to the ones most important/relevant to your career path. Create, update, or revamp your LinkedIn profile. Send thank you emails to your professors. They have connections to the industries you’re interested in, and you never know how they can help.

Sign up for the Wasserman Mentor Network:
The mentor network is a great, low-risk way for you to learn more about a career field you are interested in. Wasserman will connect you to an NYU graduate who wants to talk to you about their experiences! Info can be found here.

Have business cards printed:
You can either spend some of your holiday cash, or even ask for them as a gift. Vistaprint will do 250 business cards for $10, which is a pretty great deal. Come back to school ready to network and get your name out there. Include your name, phone number, email address, and any other pertinent contact information, like a website or LinkedIn address.

Make the most of your forced family parties: Ask your relatives if they know anyone who could talk to you about the field you’re interested in. Rather telling the story of the time you saw Cole Sprouse to your little cousins for the thousandth time, try to talk with some adults and steer the conversation towards your future career. Do they know anyone in that field? Could they put you in contact with that person? You’ll never know if you don’t ask, and it never hurts to network.

Edit your social media presence:
Instead of mindlessly surfing facebook and twitter during your down time, look at your social media profiles with a critical eye. Would you want an employer looking at what you’ve posted? If not, either delete that content or increase your privacy settings. Remember: once it’s on the internet, it’s there forever. Don’t let the photos from your wild New Year’s Eve ruin your chances of landing your dream job.

Do a practice interview on Big Interview or InterviewStream
: Another thing you can do in bed in your pajamas, dust off your interviewing skills with these virtual resources and prepare yourself for the summer internship search.
For those of you who will not be keeping yourself busy with internships or feel that your social media is as clean as a white canvas, perhaps it would be a good time to get started with studying for the CFA, GMAT, GRE or LSAT. These exams are just like the SAT and they are always a pain. It is never too early to start as these exams can actually provide you with a lot of working knowledge in your field of study. In other words, you can get ahead in your classes in the spring. For those ambitious sophomores looking to do Finance, have a CFA or GMAT score when you apply for the Junior summer internship will certainly be very impressive to the employers. This might just be the edge you need to get an interview among a very congested pool of applicants!

HOLIDAY JOB + INTERNSHIP SEARCH TIPS

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
makers.

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

Meet the Global Peers: Florence

Harneet Kaur Finance & Economics, NYU Stern School of Business, Class of 2014
Who is your celebrity hero and why?
My celebrity hero would be an Indian (Bollywood) movie actress – Preity Zinta. In addition to being an amazing and successful actress in some of Bollywood’s greatest movies, she owns an Indian sports team, attended classes in Harvard Business School, and is further involved in numerous charitable organizations specifically supporting womens’ rights in India.
What’s your best piece of resume advice?
Be specific. Make sure you actually relate your skills and experience to the job you are applying for and try to do this for every single application you send out. It is sometimes easy to create a generic resume, but those specific/relevant points may be what makes your resume stand out compared to the rest!
What is your favorite memory from your study away experience thus far?
My favorite experience from study abroad (so far) has to be my day trip to Rome. From the Vatican Museum, to the Spanish steps, and the Trevi Fountain at night, Rome is breathtaking. Not only is every monument a work of art, but a piece of history interconnected with the rest of the city and Italy itself. A day was definitely not enough, so I will definitely be visiting there again soon!

Engineering & Technology Jobs: “In Demand” Candidate Skills

Engineering and Technology jobs are in demand. If you don’t believe, me check out a quick summary of NACE’s Job Outlook 2012 survey.  Make yourself even more in demand by highlighting your technical skills and demonstrating your communication skills to potential employers. A great place to get started is at the Fall Engineering and Technology Career Fair on September 13th at NYU-Poly.

The Wasserblog has already shared basic tips about how to make the most of a career fair. If you missed it, check it out here. However, here are a few more STEM-specific tips to prepare for a career fair.

Technical Skills: Do your research and know what technical skills organizations are looking for. Be sure to include these skills user the “skills” section on your resume and know how talk about your skills. Share with potential employers specific examples of times that you demonstrated a desired skill on an academic project or during previous work experience.

Communication Skills: Technical skills alone won’t get you the job. You need to be able to talk about your skills and articulate what makes you unique and why you are a good fit for the position. Prepare your elevator pitch. It is one thing to say that you are a good communicator, but quite another to demonstrate your communication skills on the spot. The more you practice your pitch (with a career counselor, friends, your cat) the more comfortable you will be presenting it on the day of the fair.