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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Why Volunteer?


 
People choose to volunteer for many reasons: some because they want to give something back to their community, others to make a difference within it. We decided to volunteer at the Center for Career Development as Career Peers because we wanted to become more involved on and off campus. Furthermore, we wanted to improve our job search skills. Not only did volunteering help us achieve our goals within the college, but we also got the chance to help a lot of students, as well as participate in many events and activities that made us grow. Before this opportunity, we lacked knowledge of resume composition, career exploration, interview skills, internship applications, dress codes for different occasions and general office duties. Now, after one year of hard work and consistency, we have improved our skills and learned so much. We want to be the example that can motivate other students like us to follow the same pattern we followed in our years in college.  Although volunteering doesn’t always guarantee a stipend, or a paycheck there are so many benefits and achievements that go well beyond the value of a wage. We were able to improve personal goals along this journey by developing skills in working as a team, problem solving and time management. We also got the chance to build a network of connections that helped us reach employers and companies outside the college to increase our chances to undertake our career paths now, while we are still in school. We hope that our fellow students will understand the importance of doing this experience so that like us, they can learn from it too.

-Francesco Polverazzi & Gerardo Battiante
 
 

Thursday, June 2, 2016

What Are You Doing This Summer?

As the semester comes to an end, it's time to start thinking of your summer plans!



Will you be lounging on the couch, binge-watching that show you couldn't keep up with because of classes?



Will you be browsing social media and watching the latest viral sensations?



Here's a better idea... Get an internship!
Internships are a great opportunity for you to gain work experience and build your network. 



Check out these summer internship opportunities!


NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING
DIVISION Planning
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DFTA-001.pdf
 

NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING
DIVISION Contract Procurement & Support Services/ACCO Office
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DFTA-006.pdf

 
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING
DIVISION Community Services
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DFTA-007.pdf

 
NEW YORK CITY DEPARTMENT FOR THE AGING
DIVISION Research
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DFTA-009.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS
DIVISION Office of the Buildings Marshal / Enforcement
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOB-004.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS
DIVISION Internal Affairs & Discipline / Legal & Regulatory Affairs
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOB-006.pdf

 
DCAS
DIVISION Energy Management
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-013.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF CITYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
DIVISION Human Capital - Civil Service Transactions Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-020.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF CITYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES (DCAS)
DIVISION Human Capital
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-022.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF CITYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
DIVISION Administration/DCAS Police Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-024.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF CITYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
DIVISION Citywide Diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-026.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF CITYWIDE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
DIVISION Fiscal and Business Management - Bureau of Audits and Accounts
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DCAS-027.pdf

 
FDNY
DIVISION Bureau of Fire Prevention - Certificate of Fitness Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/FDNY-010.pdf

 
FDNY
DIVISION Bureau of Safety & Inspectional Services
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/FDNY-011.pdf

 

FDNY
DIVISION Bureau of Fire Prevention
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/FDNY-014.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Telecommunications Planning Division - Franchise Administration Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-002.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Application & Development Management Division - Web & New Media Operations Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-006.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Infrastructure Management
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-008.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Infrastructure Management
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-009.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Human Resources Division - Labor Relations Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-011.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS
DIVISION Human Resources Division - Organizational & Professional Development Unit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOITT-013.pdf

 

DEPARTMENT OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS

DIVISION Public Safety IT Services & Operations Division - Contracts Unit


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Manhattan Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Brooklyn Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Greenthumb


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Greenthumb


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Capital


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Advocate's Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Citywide Services


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Citywide Services


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Citywide Services


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Commissioner's Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Northeast Queens


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Bronx Borough Commissioner Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Riverside Park


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Staten Island Forestry


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Randall's Island Park Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Randall's Island Park Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Randall's Island Park Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Randall's Island Park Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Randall's Island Park Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Capital Projects


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Central Forestry


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Queens Permits & Special Events


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Flushing Meadows Corona Park Administrator's Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Citywide Nursery


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Bronx Special Events & Permit Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Prospect Park Natural Resources Group


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Computer Resource Center


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Community Outreach & Partnership Development


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Brooklyn Recreation


 


DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Bronx River Alliance


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Thomas Jefferson Recreation Center


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Greenbelt Nature Center


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Brooklyn Operations


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Northern Manhattan Parks


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Revenue


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Van Cortlandt Park


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Flushing Meadows Corona Park District Office


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Bronx Afterschool Summer Camp


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION JHood Wright Recreation Center


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Queens Recreation


 

DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION

DIVISION Fort Greene Park


 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Wyckoff Farmhouse
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-096.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Planning
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-097.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Forestry, Horticulture & Natural Resources]
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-098.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Crotona Park
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-100.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Crotona Park
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-101.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF PARKS & RECREATION
DIVISION Staten Island Boro Office
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DPR-102.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-009.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-010.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-011.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-012.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-013.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-014.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-015.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/BUREAU OF RECYCLING AND SUSTAINABILITY
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-016.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION Bureau of Information Technology
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-020.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/MEDICAL DIVISION
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-024.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY / BUREAU OF CLEANING AND COLLECTION
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-025.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION BUREAU OF FACILITIES PLANNING AND ENGINEERING
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-027.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/ SUPPORT SERVICES
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-033.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/ SUPPORT SERVICES
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-036.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/ SUPPORT SERVICES
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-038.pdf

 
DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION
DIVISION DSNY/ SUPPORT SERVICES
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DSNY-039.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-001-Bridges-When & Where
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-001.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-004-TO-Signals/Street Lighting Contract Support
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-004.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-005-TO-Traffic Operations Signals & ITS Engineering
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-005.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-007-ITT-IT Helpdesk and Technical Support
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-007.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-009-ITT-Open Source Development Project
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-009.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-011-Executive-Assistance in Audit
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-011.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-112-FCPM-Fiscal Affairs
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-012.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-017-FCPM-Fiscal Affairs
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-017.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-019-FCPM-Contract Compliance
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-019.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-020-FCPM-ACCO
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-020.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-027-TrafficOperation-LocationDatabaseUpdate
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-027.pdf

 
NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-031-Traffic Operations-Procurement
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-031.pdf


NYC DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
DIVISION DOT-032-SafetyEducation-InventoryControl
http://www.nyc.gov/html/dcas/downloads/pdf/postings/DOT-032.pdf

 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Importance of Internships


 
You probably have heard the word “internship” several times during your time in college, in class, from an advisor or just posted on a flyer in the hallways of the school. But what does “internship” really mean? It is a career related experience that you get to try while you’re still in college, to expose you to the career field that interests you, also offering the chance to acquire professional experience.

There are so many benefits that come with an internship opportunity: besides trying out a career; you will gain important skills as well as the possibility to network and develop professional contacts that will come useful when it will be the time to find employment and for references in future job opportunities.

As if all this is not enough, keep in mind that internships often turn into a full-time employment. The National Association of Colleges and Employers states that 60% of the time paid internships will turn into a job offer at your internship company. This might also help you in getting a job in another company: 66% of employers believe that relevant work experience is a more important factor than your academic performance. Also, 91% of employers think that students should have at least 2 internships before they graduate.

If after reading this and you’re seriously thinking about applying for an internship opportunity, keep in mind that there are some steps you want to follow in order to succeed:

·         First things first: Assess yourself. Understand what your career needs are and what you need to clarify your career goals.

·         Follow up on preparing your Career Portfolio, which will include a cover letter and resume.

·         Start your research: Look for internships on websites, at career fairs and in listings that you can find in our office, C102. The more applications you submit, the higher is the chance for you to be contacted by a hiring manager.

·         Schedule your interview and secure your position! For tips about how to prepare for your interview, check out our blog post titled “Successful Interview Tips” or schedule an appointment for a mock interview. Advisors will give you helpful guidelines that will properly prepare you.

 

~Gerardo Battiante

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SUCCESSFUL INTERVIEW TIPS




There are few steps to follow to provide a successful interview:

1.      Find information on the employer, hiring manager, job opportunity

If you want to obtain a good interview, you need to conduct research to understand the background of the company, the employer and all the job opportunities that they offer. This information will assist you on how to answer questions at the interview.

 
2.      Review common interview question and prepare responses

You should definitely review past interview questions and that could be found on the internet through a simple Goggle search. Prepare yourself to be reactive and respond to all the questions with confidence.

 (Remember that you don’t have to memorize the answers but it will help stimulate you to create your own)

 
3.      Dress for Success

Based on your research you should get a sense of the culture of the company and how the employees typically dress. If you are unsure of the dress code, the best thing to do is to dress business professional. Also, it is important to not wear excessive jewelry and to stay away from using a strong smelling perfume. 

 
4.      Ask insightful questions and then close the deal

Put yourself in a good spot by asking two or three questions that are related to the job opportunity, this will help the hiring manager understand that you are really interested in the position.

  
5.      Thank the interviewer in person and by email

As you know common courtesy is a good factor and thanking the interviewer, at the end of the interview, is a good start. Finalize it with writing an email within 24 to 48 hours of the interview. This would show that you are persistent and shows that you are willing to give yourself for the job.

 -          Francesco Polverazzi

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Will You Be Dressed for Success Tomorrow?





The CUNY Big Apple Fair is tomorrow!  Read on for tips on how to dress for success!

“Dress for immediate credibility and success will follow”

                                                                                                 -Sandy Dumont

 
In this blog, you will find some tips about how to properly dress when you’re going for an interview, a meeting or an event that requires you to be dressed in a formal way. It is very important to respect these simple, yet very effective, rules employers, as well as professionals in general, pay attention to the way new candidates present themselves. Of course, it’s very important to be prepared for the interview, but showing up dressed appropriately will boost your chances on leaving a good impression.

 
·        Polished shoes, pressed shirts and well-fitted pants always.  At this point, some of you are thinking, "Why do I have to tuck in my shirt?" But when your clothes are pressed, buttoned down and well-fitted, you convey that you are a person who pays attention to the details and are professional
 
·        Avoid tight and see-through clothing and refrain from showing too much skin. Don’t give your interviewer the opportunity to question whether you will take the job seriously or behave in a professional manner if you’re hired


 

  • Avoid jeans and any bedazzled clothing: no matter how you dress them up, jeans are casual. Wearing them to an interview is simply improper and will create the wrong impression
 
  • Ladies, if wearing a skirt, wear nylons: be sure to pack an emergency pair of nylons in your purse
 
  • Avoid over-accessorizing: keep jewelry to a minimum and wear a plain, rather than a decorative belt
 
  • No visible tattoos, facial piercings or more than one ear-piercing: why you may argue that tattoos and piercings are part of who you are, showing them during an interview is distracting. Take piercings out or cover up tattoos, so that your interviewer can focus instead on why you are the perfect match for the company

 

·       Closed-toe heels for women (all seasons) and dress shoes for man: avoid platform heels, sneakers or dirty shoes
  • Wear matching shoes and belt: this simple rule helps you to look professional and put together
Gerardo Battiante
For more Job Fair tips, click here.  For a list of participating companies, click here.