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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


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.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Kingsborough Spring Job & Internship Fair

Are you looking for a job or internship?   

The Center for Career Development & Experiential Learning is hosting a Job & Internship Fair on Tuesday, April 5th.  Employers will be recruiting for part time, full time and internship opportunities.

Professional dress is REQUIRED!

Walk with multiple copies of your resume!

This event is open to current students and alumni of Kingsborough ONLY.  

Location: Room U219/220

Time: 11am to 2pm

If you need help with your resume or would like a list of participating employers, visit C-102 for assistance before April 5th!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Could your personality type be the KEY to unlock your Career?

Did you know that a personality test exists?  Yes! Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality test measures preferences like introversion and extroversion. An individual may use this test to guide their career decisions. Also, many employers use this tool to find the right fit for their employees within their organizations. Can you relate to any of the following personality types?

Introverts (I) prefer to work alone and focus on one task.

Extroverts (E) are described to be highly energized people who enjoy multiple projects at once

Judgers (J) prefer structure, highly organized and believes in following rules

Sensors (S) are detail oriented, realistic people who use common sense and past experiences to solve problems

Intuitives (N) usually focuses on the overall goal, creative and artsy

Feelers (F) usually think of others first and how their actions will affect them

Thinkers (T) make decisions using logic, value fairness, and honesty

Perceivers (P) are agile, act spontaneous in a given situation and often keep their options open

How does this test work?

After taking the Myer-Briggs type indicator test. Your score will be indicated in themes base on your personality type. For example, if you’re ISTJ interpreted as Introverts, Sensors, Thinkers, Judgers code. If you have this code, some career options are Accountant, Auditor, Government Employee, Chief financial officer, Web development engineer.

To learn more about Myer-Briggs Personality test click this link.