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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

How to Ace the Video Interview

An interview that takes place behind a computer screen, can go by many names:
Remote interview, video interview or online interview

Take a look at these tips on how to ace that particular interview.


ü  You will need a quiet place with a neutral or professional background

ü  Have your resume, pen and paper ready

ü  Dress professionally


Do not eat or drink

Do not have your radio or TV on

Make sure you will not be disturbed

Remember to smile, you are on camera after all!



Send a thank you note within 48 hours

~Christine Davis

Thursday, December 1, 2016

What Employers Are Looking For

Of course, required skills and knowledge vary from occupation to occupation. Yet, there are certain qualities that appear high on employers’ priority lists, across multiple occupational fields.  Students may benefit from developing these regardless of their major or desired career. Here are a few of the qualities that employers seek in job candidates:

Taking Responsibility

It’s not uncommon for students just entering the work world to struggle with describing their prior responsibilities. Responsibilities both in and out of the office can be transferrable to your target job.  In your resume, be sure to include any responsibility where you care for or guide others, even if it is not in the “business” realm--for example, in a babysitting, tutoring or camp counselor position.  

Communication Skills

Despite the prevalence of apps and social networking in the digital age, face to face and written communication skills remain priorities to employers. Some of these interpersonal communication skills are practiced through working in teams, customer service, or professional correspondence in business emails and memos.  

Leadership and Being Pro-active

A leadership role in school, clubs, work or community signals to employers that you can be a self-starter.  Related to leadership, employers prize employees who think about how to improve the organization or assist their fellow workers.  During the interview, you can show this quality by asking questions about what is needed for their projects/goals, and suggest what you might contribute.

Problem Solving

Think of a time you made a process work more efficiently or helped to identify alternative solutions to a problem, either at work or for a school project.  Did you troubleshoot a technical issue? Maybe you helped implement an idea that improved the organization’s products, services or profits.  Include a brief description of this in your resume/cover letter and during the interview.

Ability to Work in a Team

Ambition is generally considered a good trait, but increasingly, employers see the benefit of employees who look at the organization’s bigger picture over their own recognition.  This includes being pro-active about assisting your co-workers.  It requires a set of interpersonal qualities--patience, empathy, and understanding others’ work and learning styles. At key moments, it may also mean putting the organization’s needs before one’s own.

Technical Knowledge Related to a Job

Whether the job entails proficiency with spreadsheets, specialized software, coding, CPR certification, or operating machinery, the more you practice the technical knowledge deemed common in a career area, the greater the advantage you’ll have over someone who needs to be trained.  If you’ve never had exposure to relevant, essential skills through employment, build them through classes, workshops or internships that provide you with guidance.


                                                                                                                           ~ Yee Ho

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Panel Discussions

At some point in their college lives, students have to face the very important question: Which career to choose? One of the best ways to explore careers is through panel discussions. A panel discussion usually involves a relatively small group of people (4-10 panelists) discussing a topic in front of an audience. In higher education, the most common type of panel discussion is the career panel. A career panel is an opportunity for students to interact with professionals in various career areas and sometimes different occupations in the same industry. The main goal is to learn how to prepare for a specific career and be successful in that career.
Panel discussions can be in different formats. The most common format is Q&A Style where a moderator introduces the panelists, then asks them a few previously prepared questions, followed by about 25 minutes of audience questions and ending with a summary and thanks. The other formats are Initial Remarks Style and Presentation Style, both of which involve the panelists introducing themselves and sharing their perspectives for about 5 to 15 minutes before the Q&A starts.

Panel discussions can be very beneficial to students. Some benefits to attending a panel are:

-          Listening to panelists’ personal stories of their school and career challenges can help you overcome your own

-          Career panels create opportunities for networking with local employers

-          Panelists share specific information about the best ways to prepare for a specific career area (for example: volunteering or job shadowing)

If you are ever invited to attend a panel discussion, the best way to prepare is to have a list of questions ready for the panelists. If it is a career panel and you know the panelists occupations, do some research beforehand to help you identify the best questions to ask.

Sample questions to ask at a panel discussion:

-       Why were you willing to come here today to speak with us?

-       What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

-       What motivated you to choose this career?

-       How much education and training is required for this career?

We hope these simple tips help you benefit greatly from your next panel discussion.
                                                                                                                      ~Nympha Pierre

Thursday, November 24, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving from the Center for Career Development & Experiential Learning.  As you give thanks, don't forget to give back to those in need!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The Importance of Service

Fun Fact - Providing service enables individuals to obtain “physical and mental rewards” by focusing on others because it interrupts natural tension-producing patterns and stress.

Service opportunities provide potential benefits to students, faculty, and the community.

STUDENTS benefit academically, professionally, and personally.

v  Allow you to gain professional experience and encourages civic responsibility

v  Promote personal growth and self-esteem by making a difference

v  Bring people together from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal

FACULTY also benefit personally and professionally by integrating service opportunities into courses.

v  Boost course enrollment by attracting highly motivated and engaged students

v  Promote active learning, add new insights and dimensions to class discussions by engaging with students who possess different learning styles

v  Foster relationships and provides networking opportunities with engaged faculty in other disciplines

COMMUNITY PARTNERS benefit in these ways:

v  Afford insight into additional human resources needed to achieve organizational goals

v  Attract new energy, enthusiasm, and perspectives into the organization's work as well as grow the organization

v  Educate students about community issues by correcting misunderstandings which increase public awareness of key issues

A few examples of providing service are:

v  Tutoring and providing literacy to children, young adults and elderly people

v  Supporting youths by being a mentor in after-school programs

v  Beautifying the community by planting trees or cleaning beaches and parks

v  Lending a helping hand to elderly citizens

Interested in getting involved?
Visit the Center for Career Development & Experiential Learning
Room - C102
Phone: 718-368-5115

                                                                                                ~Javon John