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How to Prepare for a Career Fair

Willow Caffrey has been at UBS for 3 years and focuses on recruitment for the various Corporate Center Graduate Training, Co-Op and Summer Internship programs. Corporate Center divisions she covers include Group Technology, Group Operations, Risk, Human Resources, COO, Corporate Real estate and Administrative Services, Legal, and Compliance. Here, she offers tips for Career Fair preparation. 

Attending a career fair can be intimidating, however with enough preparation, Career Fairs are a great opportunity to meet key company stakeholders and get you on their radar. Having attended many career fairs as both a student and a recruiter, below are some quick tips to help you prepare.

1.       Do your research! Prepare a list of the organizations you intend to speak to, and do your research by visiting the company’s website. Avoid questions such as, “What does your company do?” or “What are you here for?”. Instead, spend the few minutes you have with each recruiter selling them on why you are a fit for their companies.

2.       Check the university career center page ahead of time. You’ll have a better idea of what roles that company is currently recruiting for on your campus and how you may be a good candidate.

3.       Prepare 3 quick lines about yourself to use when introducing yourself, but don’t sound too rehearsed or scripted.

Introduce yourself (Hi, my name is John Smith and I am a junior at NYU)

Express your interest ( I’m particularly interested in Group Technology)

Pose a question (I was curious to know if you do direct group hiring or if you hire into a pool and allocate into groups)

4.       Make sure you follow up with organizations after the event to remind them of your conversation and interest in their roles

5.       Be YOURSELF!

Following these 5 tips will help impress potential employers and help you have a successful, and less stressful, career fair experience.

Interested in a summer internship with UBS? Be sure to visit their booth at the Spring Job & Internship Fair this Thursday, January 30th.




In case you missed it: Days in the Life Alliance Berstein & Nan Fisher Entertainment

Mukul, a 2012 NYU Poly graduate and current Associate at Alliance Bernstein tweets about his day in the Technology Associate Program. Alliance Bernstein is a research-driven asset management firm that is global in scope and client-centered in its mission. Read about Mukul’s day by clicking on the logo below!

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If you’ve heard the joke about start-ups being the new “hipster,” it’s because the combination of the current economical and technological climate is well suited for such an environment. Thanks to laptops that weigh nothing, the universal mobile market, and the fact that the internet can do anything, you cannot doubt the fact that, right now, start-ups are enjoying their golden age.

A startup is described as, if you want to get technical, “a company or temporary organization designed to search for a repeatable and scalable business model.” Because startups are designed to search for ideas, they are the perfect working environment for people who feel their creative right brain often outsmarts their analytical left.

I’m a NYU Tisch alum (Dramatic Writing ’11) and do marketing and communications for Pluto Mobile. We are ourselves a start-up, and we just launched the beta build of Pluto, a local discovery app for iPhone that will revolutionize the way you discover New York. I handle all of Pluto’s Social Media and PR.

As much as I’d rather not admit it, the collective phrase “wearing a lot of hats” works better than any other common statement does at describing the start-up environment. Working with a small team on a product that is not yet established means you are really thinking conceptually all of the time. It isn’t so much stepping on other people’s toes as it is working together to craft a product that is innovative, smart, and marketable. So I’ve learned a lot about marketing, which I knew nothing about, sales, which I knew nothing about, and mobile apps! Which… I guess I knew a lot about already.

There are, in general, a lot of perks to working at a start-up. Sophia (Marketing intern)’s immediate reply when I asked her what her favorite perk was is, “We get to wear whatever we want to work.” Jeans included, guys.

Danny, our Marketing Manager, explains: “At a start-up, everybody’s voice is heard. At a corporation you are [often] just a number, but at a start-up, you are actually a person who gets listened to.”

If you are interested in being part of the Pluto team, drop me a message and your resume at christina@myplu.to. If you are interested in being part of the Pluto community, sign up to test our Beta here.

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.

How to Tuesday: Nailing Skype Interview by Professor Michelle Tillis Lederman

I have taught at NYU since 2005 and besides for the students themselves, the teaching fellow (TF) can make or break the class experience.  I didn’t realize this until I didn’t have a good one.  My fault really, the TF’s had been so competent, I got lax in my interviewing.  I hired this one without meeting him first.

After that debacle of a semester, I swore I would never do that again. But now that I live in New Jersey and have two kids, an in-person interview often isn’t feasible.   Thus the Skype interview.

There is just something about getting to see someone’s face, their body language, and look into their eyes – even through the computer.  But this type of interviewing is new for both sides of the computer screen.

When I interviewed my most recent TF via Skype she commented that it was weird and she didn’t know what to do with herself.  I gave her some quick advice and have since given it a lot of thought.   My biggest take away is that we should ACT AS IF.  Act as if you are on a face to face interview.  Here’s what I mean:

  1. DRESS FOR SUCCESS:  Not just the top but from top to bottom – including shoes.  How you feel and carry yourself is, even if subconsciously, greatly impacted by what you are wearing.
  2. SIT PROFESSIONALY:  Don’t lie on your bed with your computer on your lap or sit with your feet up.  Sit at a desk.  Sit forward in your chair so your energy is in your body.  Keep your feet planted on the ground to enable gesturing.
  3. MAINTAIN EYE CONTACT:  Look directly into the camera or at the screen of their video when you are talking.  It keeps you connected to the conversation and projects confidence.  A few things that will help…
    1. CHECK YOUR CAMERA ANGLE:  Be aware of what they see and remove anything that does not reflect professionally or looks like it is climbing out of your head.
    2. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS: There are a lot of distractions when you are home.  Eliminate as many as possible.  Close the door, schedule it when the house is empty. The other person can’t hear the ambient noise and doesn’t know why you are looking off and appearing distracted.
    3. PERSONALIZE:  This one is not unique to the Skype interview, but the technology gives you an advantage here.  When I interview my TF, I heard a dog bark and asked her what breed.  She had her furry friend jump into the camera shot and we were able to build rapport over our common love of dogs.  Don’t be afraid to share a little of yourself and give the interviewer a glimpse into your life.  Just make sure it is the information you want to share.

Guest post by Michelle Tillis Lederman, author of The 11 Laws of Likability.

 Michelle Tillis Lederman is the author of The 11 Laws of Likability and founder of Executive Essentials, a training company that provides communications, leadership, and team-building programs, as well as executive coaching services. Also an Adjunct Professor at NYU, Michelle believes real relationships lead to real results and specializes in teaching people how to communicate to connect. She has appeared on CBS, Gayle King, NPR, and Martha Stewart Living and her work has been featured on New York Times, Working Mother, MSNBC, Monster.com, USA Today, AOL, Forbes, CNBC, and About.com. Connect with Michelle on Facebook or on Twitter.    





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