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Career Resource Guide

For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at: Manhattan campus New Technology Building 16 W. 61st St., sixth floor, New York, N.Y. Old Westbury campus David G. Salten Hall, first floor Northern Boulevard Old Westbury, N.Y. Call us toll-free at: 1.866.243.5952 Global Campuses: Manama, Bahrain Vancouver, Canada Nanjing, China Amman, Jordan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Welcome to the Office of Career Services at ­ Please know our office is more than just a place to go to find a job when you’re about to graduate— we’re here for you from the first day you arrive at NYIT until long after you receive your diploma. In your first year, the Office of Career Services can introduce you to a wide array of career possibilities and help you explore the link between your academic major and career options. If you’ve already chosen your dream profession, we can help you develop the skills and strategies to get you there. This guide offers information about the numerous resources available at NYIT. As you take each step toward earning your degree, the Office of Career Services staff can help you make and re-evaluate career choices, write resumés, practice interviewing, build networking skills, connect with potential employers, and gain real-world experience through internships. We offer new state-of-the-art digital tools such as NYIT CareerNet, VAULT, FOCUS, UniWorld, and CareerSearch as well as other personalized services. When it’s time to begin your full-time career, we can connect you with challenging entry-level positions at a variety of regional, national, and international organizations. If graduate or professional school is your goal, we can also assist you with program selection and the application process. This Career Resource Guide, along with our friendly, professional staff and complete line-up of services and resources on our website, will prepare you for a great future and career. Our services are solely for you, and it is up to you to use them. We look forward to working with you and welcome your feedback. John Hyde Dean of Career Services Division of Student Affairs

Career Services Annual Events Fall Semester School of Health Professions Fair – Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010 Career Development Month - November 2010 Spring Semester All Majors Job and Internship Fair - Thursday, April 7, 2011 Check our website for more workshops and employer visits: Call us in Manhattan at 212.261.1537 or in Old Westbury at 516.686.7527—or e-mail us at—to schedule workshops and seminars for your class, club, or student organization.

Toll-free number: 866.243.5952


MEET THE CAREER SERVICES STAFF Old Westbury campus Dean: John Hyde Associate Director, Technology Specialist: Laurie Hollister Associate Director: Yvonne Harrison Assistant Director, Experiential Education: Adrienne McNally Assistant Director, Student Employment: Caren Sobier (Old Westbury, Manhattan) Administrative Assistants: Abigail Godfrey, Patricia Pasquariello

Manhattan campus Director: Charlene DeGregoria Director, Experiential Education and Employer Outreach: Amy Bravo Assistant Director: Leigh Mascianica Assistant Director, Experiential Education: Rosalia Mannino Administrative Assistant: Michael Hackney


TABLE OF CONTENTS Your Career GPS.........................................................................4

Questions Asked by Employers..............................................23

Year-by-Year Checklist.............................................................4-7

Questions You Should Ask at an Interview .....................24

Finding Your Dream Job..........................................................8

Career Fair Tips............................................................................24

Beginning a Career/Job Goal Statement............................8

The Most Important Factors in Evaluating a Job Offer........................................................25

Experiential Education and Experiential Learning..........8 What is an Internship? ...........................................................8 Resumés: What Employers Are Looking For......................10 Transferable Skills......................................................................10 Illegal Information: What Employers Can’t Ask...............10 Resumés: What Employers Are Not Looking For.............10 Resumé Tips..................................................................................10 Sample Resumés.........................................................................11-13 Cover Letter Tips .......................................................................14

F-1 Visa Checklist.......................................................................25 Accepting and Rejecting Offers............................................25 Applying to Graduate or Professional School..................26 Graduate School Checklist......................................................26 Graduate School Research......................................................26 Should I Go to Graduate School?.........................................26 Letters of Recommendation....................................................27 Curriculum Vitae Tips.................................................................28 Sample Curriculum Vitae.........................................................28-29

Sample Cover Letters ..............................................................15-17

(Appendix I) Registering for our NYIT Career Net (Online Job and Internship Board).......................................30

Sample Thank You Letter.........................................................17

(Appendix II) Alumni Mentor Program...............................30

Networking .................................................................................19

(Appendix II) Alumni Mentors Program..............................30

The Elevator Pitch......................................................................19

(Appendix III) FOCUS.................................................................30

Breaking the Ice ........................................................................19

(Appendix IV) On Line Tools....................................................30

Tracking Contacts.......................................................................19

(Appendix V) CPT/OPT...............................................................31

Online Social Networking ......................................................19

(Appendix VI) Sample Action Words....................................31

Researching a Company .........................................................20

(Appendix VII) Useful Websites..............................................32

Facts to Know About an Organization................................22

(Appendix VIII) Professional Organizations and

What is an Interview? .............................................................22

Additional Resources.................................................................32 A2215/0111/4M

Changing or Declaring a Major.............................................8

Preparing for the Interview ..................................................22 Dressing for the Interview......................................................22

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Students should identify their academic advisor as someone who can provide direction and clarification of career questions. Studies have shown a positive outcome in students’ persistence and satisfaction when such a relationship occurs. To facilitate this, the following Academic and Career Advisement Four-Year Action Plan is a roadmap for students to follow during their academic and career journey. This action plan, called Your NYIT Career GPS, is meant to be a living document. Each year, an updated guide can be issued with insights and changes that may have occurred.

Integrating Academic Career Planning: Your Four-Year Action Plan Many students are confused when selecting a career and deciding what they should do with their major. Your career goals will probably change throughout college and your life. Researching your career options can help you make the right decisions throughout your academic career.

A Guide for Maximizing the Connections Between Academic and Career Advisement via the Four-Year Action Plan

Your NYIT Career GPS

Academic advisors help students identify and set goals within the structure of planning their academic program. Early in a students’ academic life, we have an opportunity to initiate a discussion about career planning and the selection of an appropriate degree program for an intended career. Advising, like teaching, allows us to provide course programming/academic planning and career exploration and guidance. When students meet with their academic advisors, it is a perfect time to discuss the relevance between an academic program and a career choice. At that time, a discussion about engagement in activities that enhance career development (i.e. experiential learning, internships, leadership, professional organizations, etc.) should occur.

Starting NYIT (date) ________________________________ Major ___________________________________________ Ultimate Destination (career) ________________________ ________________________________________________

Freshmen – Where are you heading? Like a well-planned road trip, you have to know where you are heading. Freshman year is a time of transitioning from your last educational experience and exploring your new environment. Your choice of a major is dependent upon knowing who you are, what you are good at, and what skills, interests, and values are important to you. Working with your academic advisor and your career services professional are the first steps to a successful journey.

Academic Action Plan

Career Action Plan

Meet your Academic Advisor. To find their schedules, go to:

Visit the Office of Career Services (OCS) – in Manhattan – room 611 mc61; in Old Westbury – Salten Hall, room 3; also check out online career resources at

Plan to discuss with your advisor your course requirements using your major’s Semester Map

Take the online assessment and occupational exploration tool, Focus, available at, to determine if you are on the right career road. Schedule an appointment with your career professional to discuss the results

Ask your advisor questions about the careers of NYIT alumni within your planned major. This will give you an idea about the direction you may be heading towards upon graduation

Plan for a summer internship. Attend an Internship Certificate Program meeting to learn how to get an internship for the summer

Ask about the freshman honor society- Phi Eta Sigma and other recognition programs

Register for NYIT Career Net to search for job, internships, volunteer experiences, and to manage your career –

Join a club or student organization; become involved in activities related to your major or personal interests

Looking for on-campus employment? If you are eligible for College Work Study, go to to search for jobs


Set your GPS for these Academic and Career Actions Plans ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Notes __________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Considering a change in Major No Yes Change in Destination No Yes If Yes, __________________________________________

Sophomore – On the right road? You have been on this road trip for about a year, and it’s time to check your GPS to see if the destination you had in mind is still where you want to go. Also, check your road map and identify sites worth your attention.

Academic Action Plan

Career Action Plan

Meet with your academic advisor to review your Semester Map and plan your coursework

Update your profile on Career Net, adding your new GPA, skills, and experiences; post your resume online for review

Work with your academic advisor to network with professionals in your field of study and attend events featuring guest speakers, and alumni presentations

Research your career options by using online resources such as “What can I do with my major?” O*Net (U.S. Department of Labor database listing work requirements, etc. for 1,000plus jobs), or Career TV

Thinking about additional professional training or graduate school? Discuss your options with your academic advisor

Get an internship! If you haven’t already, attend an Internship Certification Program session

Set your GPS for these Academic and Career Actions Plans ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Notes ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Considering a change in Major No Yes Change in Destination No Yes If Yes, __________________________________________

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Junior - New roads to travel? You have covered a lot of territory, but now you need to recalibrate your destination, network with others in your profession, gain new experiences, and chart goals to fortify you on your successful journey.

Academic Action Plan Meet with your academic advisor and make sure you are on track for completing your degree requirements. Put together a plan to ensure you complete your degree on time

Career Action Plan Meet with your career services professional to go over career plans, review your resume, and check your skills in cover-letter writing (your job search tools). Keep your profile on Career Net up to date

Review your program evaluation (academic Begin your job search by targeting employers. evaluation/degree audit found on NYITConnect) Make a list of at least 20 companies or orgawith your academic advisor nizations you would like to work for and start researching If you are having doubts or difficulties with your major, discuss your options with your advisor

Search for part-time jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities on the job board on Career Net

Start collecting letters of recommendation from faculty, staff, and employers. Ask if they would consider being references for jobs or graduate school

Prepare your elevator speech for networking with employers; practice your interview skills by doing a video of a mock interview

Set your GPS for these Academic and Career Actions Plans ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Notes ___________________________________________ ________________________________________________ Considering a change in Major No Yes Change in Destination No Yes If Yes, __________________________________________


Senior – Is your destination now in sight? This is your year. Your destination (full-time employment/graduate school) should be within sight, and you will find yourself racing through this part of your journey. For some, this year is the last chance to catch up on courses not taken, internships not sought, resumes and cover letters not yet written, and job search strategies to be planned. Get moving. This is your last stop before reaching your real-world destination.

Academic Action Plan

Career Action Plan

Apply for graduation online through NYITConnect. You will receive a letter from the Office of the Registrar detailing your graduation status

Meet with a career services professional and review all job search tools, develop a job search strategy, and consider an internship or part-time job related to your profession

Meet with your advisor to complete your program evaluation form. If you are cleared for graduation (approved/approved pending successful completion of all coursework), the chairperson, advisor, and you will sign a completed program evaluation

Update your Career Net account and all your job search documents. Look at the job postings each week. Use the Office of Career Services web page to research employers and relevant career information

Complete Exit Loan Counseling with the Office of Financial Aid if you received a Federal Direct Student Loan or Perkins Loan funds. Group sessions are scheduled for graduating students. This requirement can also be completed online at

Attend job fairs on and off campus. Pay attention to employers posting on-campus interviewing opportunities

Expand your networking activities. Apply for a Thinking of graduate school? Take the standardized tests for admissions (GRE, MCAT, GMAT, LSAT mentor through the Alumni Mentor Program or DAT). Research different graduate programs, including NYIT, and begin to request letters of recommendation from faculty and staff members and employers For questions regarding commencement, please e-mail or call 516.686.1177

Meet with your career professional to explore options if you are considering graduate school

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FINDING YOUR DREAM JOB Finding the job you want takes many steps and involves just as many decisions. This list is designed to help you along the way and guide you to the appropriate sources. Be sure to discuss your progress with one of the NYIT Career Services staff. Consider what you want to do on a daily basis. Determine what jobs have these functions. Figure out your salary needs (consider housing, lifestyle, geography, loans, transportation, goals, etc.). Determine job titles that fit your goals. Establish your preferred geographic location (city, rural, state, mobility, near home, climate, etc.). Determine the best work environment for you (size of organization, co-workers, facilities, culture, etc.). Consider specific needs/benefits of a particular position (training, management development, upward mobility, flexibility to move within a company, entrepreneurial opportunity, etc.). Research the type of industry you want to work in (manufacturing, government, communications, high tech, etc.), or products, services, ideas, or issues with which you want to work.

Beginning a Job/Career Goal Statement SAMPLE: Desire to be involved in high-technology problemsolving and designing new systems in the communications industry . Utilize computer science training, specifically in circuitry design, on communication systems for municipalities. A year-round, warm climate is mandatory. Minimum required annual salary: $30,000. Particular interest in a small, growing business with opportunity for future management and policy-setting responsibilities.

Changing or Declaring a Major? Consider the following: Why do you want to change your major? What majors are you considering? What are your passions and talents? What skills do you want to acquire? What does the field related to your new major require of you? Have you taken a FOCUS assessment (available at

What are the job prospects, industry outlook, salaries for the jobs related to your major? ( MYTH: “If I choose a major or career, I will be stuck with it forever.” FACT: Most people will change their job 10.2 times before they are 38 years old, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. When you combine skills you are learning at NYIT with those you will gain from work, internships, or other activities, you have the ability to move into a variety of career directions. More than 80 percent of workers in the U.S. are in a career field not directly related to their college major.

Experiential Education at NYIT Experiential education is a philosophy and methodology in which educators purposefully engage with learners in direct experience and focused reflection in order to increase knowledge, develop skills, clarify values, and prepare students for both careers and citizenship. It is a triad partnership among student, college, and the community with the responsibilities of each clearly articulated in predefined learning objectives. Facilitated and guided practice, reflection, and evaluation are all essential.

Service Learning Service learning is a teaching and learning approach that integrates community service with academic study to enrich learning, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. It is offered primarily through existing courses and is a partnership among service-learning staff, faculty, students, and community.

Internships An internship is a short-term job related to a student’s major or career goals, and is designed to provide experience in and exposure to a typical workplace. It lasts at least one semester and typically requires a student to work a minimum accumulation of hours. To find an internship, log on to CareerNet and upload your resumé: services/find_and_post/

Why Should You Get an Internship? More than 70 percent of new college hires have internship experience. It will increase your chances of getting hired faster and for more pay. 50 percent of companies’ new hires come from their intern pool, so an internship increases your chances of being hired full-time. If you’re not sure about your major, an internship shows you what it’s like to work in that job.


Internships should be: related to your major or career goals.

International students on F1 visas must enroll in an internship for credit even if they choose to participate in this program.

supervised, so that you can receive feedback and mentoring.

Sample Internship partners include: NYC School Construction Authority arranged around your academic schedule—no more than MTV Networks 20 hours a week during academic semesters and full-time MTA- NYC Transit only during the summer or holidays. International YMCA William J. Clinton Foundation similar to “real jobs” in the company (although internships typically involve fewer responsibilities and some lower- Restaurant Associates level “grunt work”). News 12 Community Environmental Center

Internships can be:

NBC-Universal Paid or unpaid. An internship is an investment—experience now that pays off later in the form of a job or a higher starting salary after graduation. It’s usually better to take Experiential Learning an unpaid position that offers good, appropriate What is Experiential Learning? experience rather than a paid position that doesn’t. Experiential learning is learning that happens from personal Corporate or “other.” Not all internships must take place experience and reflection on everyday activities. In short, in a 9-to-5 office environment. Internships are available it is self-teaching. It is less structured than college-shaped in research labs, non-profit organizations, schools, experiential education programs and activities in that prefactories, even zoos…anywhere professionals work. defined learning objectives are not required nor is formal reflection—although in advanced learners, both often For credit or no credit. Students on an F1 or J1 visa must happen organically. receive academic credit for their internships. This can be arranged with the student’s academic department. Students who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents may Experiential Learning At NYIT receive academic credit if they wish. Types of Experiential Learning Opportunities

Here, there, or everywhere. There are many internships available in the New York metro area, but multinational employers offer internships in other parts of or even outside the U.S. Some companies pay for relocation and housing during the internship (although this is rare).

A really, really long interview. Many employers use internships as a way to “try before you buy” with new graduates. Always arrive on time, be professional, and show them what a great asset you are to their organization.

Internships for Credit The benefit of a for-credit internship is the guidance and support students receive from a professor who directs learning through individualized assignments. Internships are available for credit in all majors. Eligibility criteria and requirements vary, so please contact the department chair to verify. Internship Certificate Program (ICP) For students who want a hands-on college-supervised internship and don’t need or can’t afford the academic credits, the Career Services Internship Certificate Program is ideal. Visit proragm/ to learn more.

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Externship or Job Shadowing An externship is a short-term way for a student to observe and investigate a particular career field while experiencing a typical day or week in a job related to his or her career goals or interests. Unlike the job training an internship offers, an externship is an unpaid job shadowing experience.

Volunteering (Community Service) NYIT defines volunteering as an activity performed for an organization legally holding not-for-profit status, for the benefit of the community and the volunteer, for no financial compensation, and in designated volunteer positions only. Volunteers don’t replace paid workers or constitute a threat to their job security, and must choose to volunteer of their own free will. Students do not earn academic credit for volunteer work. Find opportunities on NYIT’s Career Net ( Community service allows you to become civically engaged and help solve public problems. Unlike service learning, where there is a deliberate connection of community service to academic learning goals, community service is not a form of experiential education and not tied to the curriculum. 9

Community Service Centers NYIT’s student-managed Community Service Centers (CSC) promote, facilitate, and organize community services for members of the NYIT community. The CSC strives to respond effectively to needs identified by community agencies by empowering and uniting the campus to effect social change through direct service. In promoting service, the Center aims to support a lifetime commitment to social justice among students. For more information about the CSC in Old Westbury, email us at, in Manhattan contact

Alternative Break Program This program offers students the opportunity to travel together and to provide service to communities in need during spring and intercession breaks. These drug and alcohol-free service trips include orientations and ongoing reflection that are designed to address social issues like poverty, hunger, inadequate housing or gender inequity. The ultimate goal of alternative break trips is to get students to think of themselves as global citizens and to inspire them to use their college learning to solve public problems. Alternative Breaks trips are offered in the US and abroad. To learn more about the program, contact Amy Bravo at

What is Mentoring? Mentoring is a structured relationship between an experienced person (mentor) and an inexperienced person (mentee). Although it is a relationship of reciprocity, the mentor offers guidance, coaching, support, and assistance in achieving pre-established goals. While some mentor relationships last indefinitely, professional mentorship should have a pre-defined duration with pre-established objectives, priorities, expectations, and boundaries.

Alumni Mentoring Program Career Services and Alumni Federation works with NYIT graduates and working professionals who are willing and able to offer guidance and are valuable resources to you, the next generation of NYIT alumni. Through NYIT’s Alumni Mentor Program graduates share their knowledge with students. The NYIT Office of Alumni Relations maintains a list of alumni mentors for students seeking academic and professional advice. This program is aimed at providing our students with a professional edge. To find out more, visit our website or see any of our staff members.

Your resumé:

is a sample of your written commu nication skills. shows your ability to present ideas in an organized manner. provides information that ties your experience, skills, and education to the needs of the organization. shows a balance of work/activities and coursework. shows evidence of strong interpersonal communication skills and leadership qualities.

includes descriptions of your accomplishments, such as how you solved a problem, organized a project, demonstrated leadership skills, etc. is an organized document that can be skimmed quickly and has appropriate use of white space.

Employers can’t request your: photograph marital status Social Security number weight, height, and physical abilities political or religious preferences or affiliations race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion citizenship

Common Mistakes: Errors. Don’t depend on a spell-check! Poor organization. Excessively long and cluttered. Skills with no evidence on how they were attained. Exaggerations. Poorly organized

Resumé Tips: Think about actions and results when you are writing about your experiences. Resumés of recent graduates should be no more than one page. Action verbs should vary throughout (See Appendix for a list of action verbs). Cover letter and resumé should be printed on resumé- grade paper. See tips on e-mailing or posting your resume online on page 18. Double-check for spelling and typographical errors.

Transferable Skills If you’re wondering what skills you have that would interest a potential employer, you are not alone. Transferable skills are those that you acquire through jobs or internships, and by participating in student clubs, athletics, or school projects. They include: Communication Leadership Organization Working in teams Problem solving Supervising Managing Time management Planning Meeting deadlines Taking initiative Training Listening Remember when you write about transferable skills on your resumé, support them with examples of how you used that skill: “I am a hard worker and can multi-task. I have maintained a 3.5 GPA while working part-time.”


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Keeps on topic and is organized, independently and within a group. Realizes importance of maintaining professional attitude, appearance. Treats all transactions between clients and agency with discretion. Able to multi-task while keeping priorities and deadlines in perspective. Approachable to clients and coworkers. Can be authoritative without being domineering. Skilled in the Internet, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

References available upon request

INTERESTS Community Service, Exercise, Travel, Books, Concerts, Theater, Movies, Fashion, Family, and Friends

May 2005 Bachelor of Science in advertising with minor in public relations; 4.0 GPA Honour Society, Golden Key, and Eta Chi Gamma Member

EDUCATION New York Institute of Technology (NYIT)

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Carleton Group January 2004 – June 2004 Account Intern • Assisted group account in 2004 in the creation of general information brochure, fundraising brochure, and schedule flyer for the Long Island Rough Riders Soccer Team.

Hollister Co. Promotions Unit Charlotte, NC June 2004 – September 2004 Account Management Intern • Worked with the Regional Manager of Promotions and Advertising and the North Carolina Representative of Promotions of Hollister Co. • Helped create, distribute, and collect surveys for store customers. • Met with regional and national managers of materials to present survey findings and problems.

Carleton Group (Collegiate Advertising Group) Old Westbury, NY September 2004 – June 2005 Freelance Account Supervisor • Worked with the Director of Communications and Director of Promotions and Client Services for the Long Island Ducks baseball team; led a group of four to seven colleagues. • Produced in 2005: Media Guide cover and inside ad shell, official scorecard, bathroom ad shell, field dashboard, kids’ club logo, and QuackerJack Foundation logo. • Produced in 2004: Atlantic League Championship logo, Ducks’ holiday card, Newsday ad shell, and media research plan of action.

Creative Assistant • Administrative assistant for Revlon Cosmetics, Pfizer’s Lipitor, and Shire Pharmaceuticals accounts.

Account Assistant • Promoted in August 2006 to Account Assistant for Marshalls, Shire Pharmaceuticals, and New Bizz. • Daily jobs ranged from administrative work to team budgeting and competitive landscape analysis.

The Kaplan Thaler Group, Ltd. New York, NY November 2005 – Present New Bizz Associate • Assist the New Bizz department with budgeting, intensive research, prospective client meetings, organization of RFIs and RFPs, travel, presentations, pitch processes, and filing of all materials/props. • Work closely with Accounts, Creative, Planning, Interactive, and Studio departments to meet all New Bizz deadlines. • Helped integrate 10-year anniversary “revamping” of Kaplan materials—from agency-wide stationery to a modernized logo and new keynote presentation format. • Member of team producing six pitches in 2008, 19 in 2007, and six in 2006: winning rate of 77 percent.


OBJECTIVE: To relocate to Boston and obtain a position in an agency with growth potential

Stephen Smith

1000 Main Street, Apt. 1, New York, NY 10010,, 646.275.6666

David Window

Bachelor of Architecture - Expected 2010 Related Courses: Design 1-4, Arch Physics, Architecture History, Building Construction, Statics, Steel Construction, Visualization 1-3, Calculus Honors: 3.0 GPA

NEW YORK INSTITUE OF TECHNOLOGY, New York, NY Class Project, Design IV Planned and designed a residential tower in downtown Manhattan.

• Conduct site research, analyzed, and documented existing conditions surrounding the site • Designed function and placement


References available upon request

Travel to Europe, Israel, and Russia; Basketball; and Soccer


Russian (fluent speaker) Strong knowledge of AutoCAD 2008, Photoshop; familiar with Revit, SketchUp, and 3DMax


STESSI STUDIO, Brooklyn, NY 2006 - 2007 Assistant Manager • During renovations, assisted contractors with interior design • Assisted customers with their outfits (tailoring business) • Managed a team of five workers in supervisor’s absence

• Conducted fieldwork by making measurements and then redesigning existing residential houses • Informed clients of possible designs within limits of building codes and ensured their satisfaction • Re-drafted existing residential plans; drafted multiple designs as per the clients’ request • Communicated with clients during fieldwork and at the office • Collaborated with the head architect

WALTER C. MAFFEI, Brooklyn, NY Summer of 2007 Draftsman Internship

• Build the model and drafted presentation drawings using AutoCAD 08, Photoshop, and 3Dmax to present to a jury of four professional architects

Spring of 2009



To obtain an internship in an architectural firm


2005 - present

88-12 Broadway, Destin Park, NY 11374, (556) 123-4567,

Sample Resumés - Internship Resumé



• ATI (Assessment Technology Institute) • Infection Control for Health Care Professionals • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Maltreatment in New York

Microsoft Word/Excel/PowerPoint Bilingual Spanish/English Transcultural services to patients of diverse backgrounds


NYIT de Seversky Mansion, Old Westbury, NY, October 2005- May 2006 • Member of waitstaff team; served guests and set up dining area for events.


Glen Oaks Extended Care Facility, Glen Oaks, NY, May 2006- Present • Assist geriatric patients with daily living needs.


Registered Professional Nurse #215681, October 2008 BCLS-CPR, April 2008


SPECIALIZED TRAINING • HIPPA (Health Care Insurance Portability and Accountability)

Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY, Fall 2006 • Assisted in providing nursing care to patients in respiratory unit.

North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, Manhasset, NY, Spring 2007 • Assisted with postpartum, neonatal pediatric care. • Performed obstetric assessments using BUBBLE DHE. • Performed neonatal assessments using Apgar score.

Huntington Hospital, Huntington, NY, Fall 2007 • Rotated to ICU, Oncology OR, and ER.

South Nassau Communities Hospital, Oceanside, NY, Spring 2008 • Administered medication under supervision of R.N. and clinical instructor in medical/ surgical unit. • Documented patient care interventions and outcomes.


B.S. Nursing, May 2011 GPA 3.65, Magna Cum Laude Honors: Dean’s List every semester, Gold Key International Honour Society, Feinstein Senior Year Scholarship


To obtain an entry-level position as a newly licensed registered nurse


22 Health Care Way Lake Success, NY 11710 718-647-1450 Cell: 347-875-6524

Resumé - Nurse Lopez Denise Hoctor


Associate in Marketing & Certificate in Fashion Merchandising: Pierce College—Lakewood, WA 6/03

Certificate in Diversity Training, Multicultural Leadership Institute: Pierce College—Lakewood, WA 6/04

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Communication Arts: New York Institute of Technology—New York, NY 2010


Founder & President: 1/03-6/03—Business & Fashion Merchandising Club, Pierce College Designed promotional fliers and brochures; recruited new members; conducted meetings

Cinema/Arts Coordinator: 8/04-6/05—Multicultural Leadership Institute, Pierce College Designed newsletters, promotional fliers, and brochures; arranged field trips, guest speakers, and film showings

Keynote Speaker: 6/8/07 — Multicultural Leadership Institute, Pierce College Spoke at the annual Multicultural Leadership Institute’s End of Year Reception

Tribeca Film Festival Volunteer: 4/27/08 — Village East Cinema. NY Collected tickets and distributed readmit passes for screenings; marked press-only screening attendance roster


Visual Display Installer (Temporary): 1/03-3/03 — Pierce College

Sales Associate: 9/05-12/05 — Ann Taylor Loft, WA

Program Coordinator (Interim): 2/07-4/07— Correctional Officer Training Program, Pierce College

Staff Writer: 4/03-7/04, 4/06-6/07— Pioneer Newspaper: Pierce College

Arts & Entertainment Editor: 8/04-3/06 — Pioneer Newspaper: Pierce College

Career Editor: 9/07-present — NYIT Chronicle: New York Institute of Technology

Work Experience

Special Events Intern — College Relations Office, Pierce College, WA 5/02-8/02 • Procured merchandise donations for prize give away; analyzed and organized survey data into statistical reports

Tacoma Mall Marketing Intern — Simon Property Group, WA • Created fliers, sign-up sheets, and coupons for mall kids club event • Generated Simon Gift Card sales leads

Promotions Assistant — Career Services: New York Institute of Technology, NY 9/08-Present • Promote the Office of Career Services Office to students; raise awareness for CareerNet, an online job searching tool; develop promotional materials; provide press releases and ads to student newspapers • Answer phone; respond to phone inquiries; greet and assist visitors; set appointments

Relevant Experience

Job Desired: Marketing Assistant

350 West 24th Street, Apt. 815, New York, NY 10024, 212-596-6464,

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September 2005 - April 2007

December 2006 - May 2007

Exceptional communications and interpersonal skills; able to relate to people, understand their concerns, and find resolutions; fluent in Spanish; proficient using Microsoft Office suite.


Work-study Student New York Institute of Technology/Admissions New York, NY • Provided campus tours for prospective students and their family members • Assisted with Open House programs • Ensured all guests and former students received assistance from admissions counselor • Created files for new students

Executive Assistant Beitin Associates New York, NY • Billing/bookkeeping • Creating files for new projects for Department of Buildings • Trained to use AutoCAD

Summer Internship/Vacation Planner May 2007- August 2007 Walt Disney World Orlando, Florida • Sold ticket media to guests • Achieved monthly sales goals and maintaining sales requirements • Worked with computerized ticket system, offering guests tickets from a menu of more than 128 different ticket configurations • Comprehensive understanding of the Walt Disney World Resort and its ticket media • Handled large amounts of cash • Met guests’ needs to ensure selection of “right-fit” tickets for maximum satisfaction • Able to work under pressure and mediate guests’ concerns

Intern/Operations in Finance Department October 2007- Present Morgan Stanley New York, NY • Ensure transactions are settled and correctly recorded • Confirmed all operational risks are recognized and managed, and internal controls are complete and operating effectively • Continually seeking opportunities for improvement and delivering innovative solutions • Training new interns


New York Institute of Technology, New York, NY Expected 2011 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Finance Related courses: Accounting, Marketing, Small Business Management, Money and Banking, Corporate Finance, International Economics, and Quantitative Analysis.


To obtain an entry-level position as a financial advisor



249 West 18th Street, Apt #85 • Bronx, NY 10460 • Cell Phone (817) 125-0003

Pathmark -Deli Clerk 5/07-8/07 • Handled cash transactions; provided excellent customer service under stressful conditions; assisted store manager New York Institute of Technology New York, NY 2/06- 5/06 International Education Office – Work Study Student • Assisted with administrative tasks; interacted with students from other countries, addressing their needs and aiding their transition into a new academic environment


Business Class project, S.W.O.T. ANALYSIS • As part of a team of four, researched and designed a S.W.O.T analysis for all major companies • Created PowerPoint presentation and three-page report • Team leader, kept all team members on track and on schedule • Earned an “A” on project


11th Annual International Workshop, Switzerland 4/3/08- 4/18/08 Bo-Cash Management Game V.P of Finance Participant in an international student team responsible charged with the creation of a simulated company; members headed the company’s Sales and Marketing, Human Resources, Production, Procurement and Finance departments • Managed all financial responsibilities and implemented sound fiscal practices • Oversaw and approved financial transactions to keep the company operational


NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY New York, NY Bachelor of Science in Business Admin/ International Business 2008- Present Related Courses: Business Administration and Organization, Accounting, Business Law, Economics, Money and Banking, International Business, International Economics and Finance HONORS: 3.43 G.P.A Dean’s honors list, spring 2007


College business major, offering exceptional communication, interpersonal and management skills, who thrives in high energy environments with new challenges. • More than two years experience handling money • Very fast learner, reliable and dependable • Open to new business experiences and opportunities


To obtain an internship in international business


JASON STINSON 35 Airplane Road ∙ Netcong, NJ ∙ 07857 ∙ 555-444-1111 ∙

COVER LETTERS Purpose 1..Introduce your resumé and provide support for your application. 2..Express your enthusiasm for and knowledge of the position and/or organization. 3..Must be customized for each job – one cover letter per job you apply for.

How to Write Cover Letters Paragraph 1 simply explains who you are and why you’ve written the letter. You should explain that you went to NYIT (or are currently attending NYIT) and how you learned about the job. It is okay to “drop names” if a specific person referred you to the job opening or organization. Paragraph 2 answers two critical questions: 1. Why should this company interview you? Don’t just re-state what’s on your resumé! Use this space to make an overall statement about your qualifications. 2. Why do you want this job? This is where you show off your research skills. Search the Web for information about the company and use that knowledge to draw a connection between the job and your ability to fill it. Also mention anything about the job description that especially attracted you. Here is where you should demonstrate that you know something about the organization. Paragraph 3 requests an interview or indicates when you are available to interview.

Additional Tips .Use the same font throughout; use high-quality paper. Use one-inch margins all the way around. Proofread your letter for grammar and spelling errors. Then have someone else proofread it. Be concise. The cover letter should be one page. Individualize and target each cover letter to each position you apply for. Recruiters can spot a mass-produced or generic letter and will consider it unprofessional. Use standard business format. Do not address the cover letter “Dear Sir/Madam” or “To Whom It May Concern.” Call the employer, go to the company Web site, or check with the human resources office for the correct contact name. Verify the spelling and gender of the contact. If you are not applying for a specific job, identify the area in the company in which you have an interest.


Sample Cover Letter

Susan Lopez, R.N. 22 Health Care Way Lake Success, NY 11710 718-647-1450 Cell: 347-875-6524 September 2, 2011 Ms. Jane Smith Hiring Coordinator Winthrop University Hospital 259 First Street Mineola, NY 11501

Structure your application with three or four paragraphs:

Dear Ms. Smith:

Come to the point. Reveal your purpose and interest. Identify the position and the source of information. Outline your strongest qualifications that match the position requirements based on themes you selected. As much as possible, provide evidence of your related experiences and accomplishments.

Make reference to your enclosed resumé. Suggest and action plan. Request an Interview, and indicate that you will call during a specific time period to discuss interview possibilities. Express appreciation to the reader for his or her time and consideration.

Please accept this letter and attached resumé as an application for the pediatric nursing position posted on the Winthrop employment Web site. My experience in nursing and education make me an outstanding candidate for the position. As my resumé indicates, I will complete my bachelor’s degree in nursing from the New York Institute of Technology in May 2011. While at NYIT, I maintained a GPA of 3.65 while participating in community service, clinical rotations, and multiple extracurricular activities. I have worked in the maternity ward where I had to manage my time effectively, cater to patient needs, and work in a fast-paced environment. In addition, I have done my clinical rotations in pediatrics, NICU, and the emergency room. The mission statement for Winthrop University Hospital is similar to my own goals as a nurse. My personal philosophy is to provide comprehensive care to patients from diverse populations in a compassionate manner. I look forward to discussing my philosophy and qualifications in more detail. On Sept. 3, I will contact you to follow up on my application. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely, Susan Lopez, R.N.

Encl: Resumé

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Gillian E. Taylor


Thank you for your consideration of my application.

I would like to meet with you and discuss any available positions that I am qualified to fill within your organization. I look forward to hearing from you to schedule an interview at a time convenient to both of us. I believe I can impress you with my in-depth knowledge of the industry and my commitment to excellence in performing within a given position.

My skills were recognized and rewarded with responsibilities that I handled in a competent and successful manner. I have the maturity, skills, and abilities to embark on any career in the media, particularly in my area of expertise, television production.

As a graduate student with youth on my side, I am not a typical student. I attended college in Jamaica, West Indies, and worked for two years in a news organization before I decided to continue my education in New York. In my former position, I was a senior news editor and producer and did quite a bit of technical, hands-on work as well.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communication and am currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Communication Arts with an emphasis in Media Management.

My outgoing personality, experience, and education make me a strong candidate for a position within your organization.

Dear Employment Manager:

July 7, 2009

GILLIAN E. TAYLOR 140 St. Paul’s Rd. North, Hempstead, New York 11550 (347) 819-6311

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Encl: Resumé Attached

Adrienne Felton


I look forward to hearing from you.

Attached please find my resumé for your review. I would welcome the opportunity to discuss my qualifications with you in a personal interview.

Previously, I worked as a manager in the real estate industry for a midtown Manhattan firm where there was heavy client interaction; I managed a staff of 15 employees. The experience prepared me for the rewards and challenges of the hospitality industry. These and other prior experiences validate the recognition I received as being an asset to any organization.

I was employed at the Omni Berkshire Place Hotel, where I was given the opportunity to become a temporary Assistant Executive Housekeeper after only three weeks of joining the Housekeeping Department as Housekeeping Coordinator. I have learned a great deal about hotels and their makeup during this time. I have studied the union bylaws and have built great relationships with the union workers, delegates, and business agents.

I am a recent graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School, where I majored in Hotel and Restaurant Management and was an A student. I am currently a student at New York Institute of Technology and am obtaining my Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality Management online. I am seeking a career in this people-friendly and rewarding industry. I learn quickly, work well in troubleshooting situations, and love working with people.

Dear Mrs. Jones:

ADRIENNE FELTON 118-22 202nd Street St. Albans, NY 11412 (718) 413-2044 (Home)

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Michael Junior


Thank you for your time and consideration. I hope to speak with you soon regarding my candidacy for this position.

In addition, my certification in special education will aid me in providing the best learning experience for your inclusion classrooms and working with students with various learning and physical abilities.

The parents in the district would be happy with my teaching style and passion to work with young people.

Smithtown Elementary is looking for a teacher who will provide a great learning environment where students, regardless of cognitive ability, have the opportunity to be challenged and meet strict government test score regulations. My experiences as a student teacher and my observation of various public schools on Long Island have prepared me to afford students with great learning in a creative environment. As a student teacher, I created lesson plans to help students fully understand verb conjugation by incorporating popular television characters like Sponge Bob Square Pants and Dora the Explorer.

Thank you for the opportunity to interview for the English teacher position at Smithtown Elementary School. After speaking with you about the position, I feel confident in my ability to perform, work with parents, and meet your expectations.

Dear Mr. Jobs:

Elizabeth Ramos


I look forward to our interview and thank you for your consideration of my application for the Application Security Analyst position.

The combination of my professional experience of more than 10 years working in highpressure environments and my practical knowledge, has contributed to my self-motivation and my success in the security field. I enjoy challenges and will spend the time and effort it takes to succeed in everything I do. If you are looking for a proficient and polished individual, who can make a substantial difference to your organization, we should definitely meet to discuss your needs and how I made be able to make a positive impact on your operation.

• Network design of large scale, Data Center and Edge/Perimeter networks, including WideArea (WAN) components and connectivity • Hardening the Virtual Data Center Security in Linux • Design of Intrusion Detection System with Honey pot and Fuzzy logic • Implementation a Security DATABASE (Oracle) • Vulnerability assessment and Penetration Testing

I am a recent Information Networking Computer Security graduate with extensive experience in the design of perimeter networking as well as hands on experience. Some of the key strengths I can offer include:

I am interested in the Application Security Analyst position you have advertised in My training and accomplishments meet your stated requirements.

Dear Employment Manager:

June 13, 2009

September 9, 2009

Principal James Jobs Smithtown Elementary School 78 School Road Smithtown, NY 12698

Elizabeth Ramos 91-15 LAMONT AVE APT 5H, ELMHURST NY, 11373

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Michael Junior 9 Job Seeker Lane Old Westbury, NY 11568 516-686-7527

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Thank You Letters The thank you letter is a must! It should be used to thank everyone who assisted you with your job search. It is important to write it immediately—within 24 hours—following an interview. The thank you letter is used to say much more than “thanks.” Use it as an opportunity to: Show that you are courteous, knowledgeable, and professional. Further demonstrate your written communication skills.

Formatting that does not translate well through online forms include bold, italics, underlining, centering, right justifying, and bullets. Create a text version of your resumé using Notepad. You can use capital letters for section headings and asterisks or dashes instead of the standard bullets that you would use in Microsoft Word.

Send a letter and ask for an interview

Elevate you above competing candidates who didn’t write a letter.

Two-thirds of all job hunters send letters asking for a job interview. The mail is a great way to reach a specific business or a whole industry. It can put your resumé directly in the hands of the hiring manager.

Reinforce your candidacy, showing the good match between your qualifications and the job requirements.

Get the name of the hiring manager

Stand out in the minds of the interviewers.

Reiterate your interest in the position. Include something important you may have forgotten during your interview or supplemental information. Restate your appreciation for the opportunity to interview. Restate why you want the job.

E-MAILING RESUMÉS AND COVER LETTERS OR APPLYING ONLINE Most employers will ask you to e-mail your resumé and cover letter or apply for open positions through a Web site. This means you must have a version of your resumé that can be easily e-mailed or uploaded.

E-MAILING In all your communications, do not use slang or emoticons. When you e-mail your resumé, your e-mail message is your cover letter. Attach your resumé. The subject of your e-mail should include the position you are applying for. Sometimes, the employer tells you the subject you should use in the job description.

APPLYING ONLINE If you have to upload your resumé to a website, paste it into an online form, or copy it into an e-mail message, you need to remove formatting so that your resumé is easy to read.

To get a job interview, you must get an invitation from the person who has the authority to hire you—usually the manager of the department where you want to work. To get the manager’s name, call the company and talk to the person who answers your call. Don’t get nervous—lots of people call and ask for this information. 1. Call the company and introduce yourself: “Good morning. My name is Julie McLean.” 2. Briefly explain why you’re calling: “I’d like to send my resumé to the manager of your (engineering) department.” 3. Ask for the manager’s name: Would you be kind enough to give me his or her name so that I can address it to their attention?” 4. Ask for the correct spelling: “Could you spell that name for me please?” 5. Ask for his or her official title: “Could you tell me what his/her official title is please?” 6. Ask if there is a special mailing address: Should I send my resumé to 38 Oakwood Ave. or is there a special post office box I could direct this to?” 7. Express your thanks: “Thanks so much for your help. I appreciate your assistance. Have a great day!

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NETWORKING Networking is the art of building and developing professional relationships. It is an important life skill that can produce great results. In your job search, networking can be an effective way to learn about unadvertised positions and to secure interviews. Through networking, you can get your resumé in front of the person hiring instead of human resources or a scanning program. Many college students and recent graduates have an unfortunate tendency to depend only on Internet job searching. Remember, computers don’t hire you; people do!

How Can You Meet People? Professional organizations on and off campus Friends/family members in your field Faculty and classmates Alumni Mentor Program (See Appendix II)

Breaking the Ice Breaking the ice can be the most difficult part of networking. One way to start networking with people is to schedule an “informational interview” with someone in your field. Here are some ideas of how to begin a conversation: Can you describe your current role? What are the most and least satisfactory aspects of your job? How have you obtained your current position? What would you have done differently? What skills/qualifications and experience are vital for getting a job in this area? How would you describe the work culture of your organization? How is your profession changing?

Theoretically, employers can use photographs on the sites to screen candidates. Employers can find online references or recognitions through sports or community service that will add to your credibility.

TRACKING YOUR CONTACTS Get business cards from all the contacts you make. Write notes on the back of the business cards or create an organizational chart. Ask your contact/s for advice and let them know of your job search results. Keep in contact with the people you meet to thank them for their help and share information with them! Pass along any job or internship opportunities you hear about.

THE ELEVATOR PITCH Your elevator pitch is your quick personal selling/request statement. It might be used if you were riding in an elevator with Bill Gates; however, there are many more likely uses such as cover letters, e-mail introductions, mentor requests, and introductions at career fairs. The elevator pitch is so important because it is the first thing that people ever hear/read about you. Even before your resumé gets in their hands or your elevator pitch sets the stage for why they would spend the time to look at your resumé, which leads to the interview, which leads to the job offer. So how do you structure an elevator pitch so that it works so well in all of these different forms? Think of your elevator pitch as a foundation on which all of the communications mentioned above are built. It is similar to the flat slab at the base of all Lego building sets. That base is the same whether you are building a house, police station, or office building. The key to your elevator pitch is to get the foundation right. Here are some guidelines:

Online Social Networking Your future employer can Google you, check your credit score, surf your Web site, read your blogs, Facebook, and Linked In pages to research you—be prepared.


77 percent of employers use online information to do a background check on future employees.


35 percent of employers eliminate candidates based on information found online. Employers can find out about political affiliation, sexual orientation, work status, drug and alcohol use, and more.

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The base of your pitch should take no more than one minute to recite or 200 words to write.

1) Who you are, plus a credential Your credential is something that differentiates you (e.g. student-athlete, Rhodes Scholar) or establishes a relationship between you and your audience (e.g., same college, sorority, home town).


2) A specific objective Get to the point quickly. There is no need to soft-shoe around your objective, but it should be something the person can directly facilitate by making the decision him/ herself or connecting you to someone who can.

Create your own using the same elements:

3) How you have demonstrated your interest There is a difference between “communicating” your interest and “demonstrating” it. With the latter, you give examples of things you ALREADY completed or committed to that illustrate this interest. Don`t just say “I have always wanted to be a doctor.” You should be able to say, “I have taken pre-med courses.” If you haven’t done anything to demonstrate your interest, which might be as simple as talking to people with an expertise, then start!


4) Why you are qualified This is a chance to communicate why your audience should consider helping you. People like to help those they feel will be successful. There are a few things you should think about when highlighting your qualifications: industry leadership expertise pedigree impact 5) Give the person two options on how they can assist This is an old sales trick. Always give two options. A person will often turn you down if you give them one option, but if you give them two, they often commit to one of them. This is different than communicating your objective. The objective is the end goal—and how a person can help you in the process that leads to that end goal.

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE: Dear Mr. Miller, My name is Oscar Brown. I am a junior at New York Institute of Technology. I am looking for an internship in an advertising firm this summer. I have had a strong interest in advertising and design since I first enrolled in college and have participated in several conferences and seminars in the field. I have maintained a 3.4 GPA while also participating in several extracurricular activities including the Public Relations Student Association. If your firm offers internships, I would appreciate an introduction to those in charge of that program. Alternatively, I would welcome the opportunity to call and/or meet with you to discuss your own career path and how I might find opportunities within the profession. (This example could be used in an e-mail, cover letter, or conversation. All five elements outlined above are included, and the entire pitch is less than 150 words. You might also include your connection to the person or why you are interested in a particular company, but this is a foundation from which to build.)

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RESEARCHING A COMPANY Before applying for jobs, research the company: to identify potential employing organizations and uncover job and internship opportunities not advertised by traditional methods. to assist you in targeting your cover letter and resumé. to help you prepare for an interview.

Use the telephone to ask for an interview

Hiring managers get lots of resumés in the mail, and lots of managers ignore them. You see, it’s a game. They want to know if you really want to work for them or if they’re just on your hit list. So, they figure that if you really want to work for them, you’ll do more than send them a resumé. We suggest you use a telephone script. Here’s an example: 1. Call the hiring manager and introduce yourself: “Good morning, Ms. Personnel. My name is Wayne Hill. I am a senior mechanical engineering student at NYIT graduating in May, 2011. 2. Say something friendly: “Thank you for taking my call.” 3. Give your reason for calling: “Ms. Personnel, earlier this week I sent you a note with a copy of my resumé. I wanted to follow up to see if you had received it.” 4. Prepare for the unexpected: “Oh, I’m sorry to hear that you never received it. I was hoping to schedule an appointment to learn more about the internship and career opportunities in engineering (don’t stop)...” 5. Ask for the interview: “Would it be possible for you to spare a few minutes later this week to explore those opportunities with me?” 6. Prepare to be put off: “Oh, I do understand. A lot of companies I have been speaking with are experiencing hiring freezes at this time of the year. But those hiring freezes can’t last forever (don’t stop)… 7. Sell yourself but don’t be pushy and don’t beg: “… I’d like to be the first on your list to be considered when the hiring freeze is lifted. I think you’ll be impressed with my accomplishments and skills.” 8. Wrap it up and confirm a date for your visit: “Excellent! That’s Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Thanks so much for your time, Ms. Personnel. I appreciate you taking the time to speak with me today and for fitting me into your busy schedule. I look forward to seeing you next week.” 20

Career Services has compiled a range of tip sheets in PDF format that contain valuable information related to the many aspects of your job or internship search. Printed copies are available at our offices.. They include: Cover Letters Thank You Letters Informational Interviewing The Elevator Pitch How to Successfully Network Career Net Student Guide Using Focus Online Self Assessment How to Use the H1B Database Using CareerSearch

Contact Worksheet Example Discussion

Details of Contacts Key


Discussion Points

Further Action

Action Taken? Date Follow Up



Name: Organization:


Title: Phone: E-mail:


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Facts to Know About an Organization Size of the organization (revenues, employees, ratings) in relation to its industry Organizational culture Potential growth Annual sales growth; long-term and short-term reports/ goals Complete product line or services Potential new products or services Age of top management and their backgrounds Geographic locations Location of corporate headquarters Number of locations including plants, stores, and outlets Organizational structure Type of training programs Promotional paths Recent company and industry developments reported in news stories Relocation policies Typical career path in your field Name and correct spelling of employer contact History of organization Funding (for non-profit organizations) Customers and/or clients Attitudes toward employees Competition

research. Make sure your questions are relevant and well thought-out. Dress appropriately and conservatively. Be positive. This is not the place to knock your school, past employers, professors, etc. An optimist is more useful in an organization than a pessimist. If you can be enthusiastic about past experiences, you are likely to be positive about future employers.

Dressing for the Interview

No visible tattoos or body piercing. Make sure you are freshly showered/bathed and well- groomed. Your clothing should have no wrinkles, stains, rips, or holes; make sure clothing is clean, lint-free, and tag-free. Do not wear ethnically themed clothes. Do not use heavy cologne or perfume. Make sure your breath is fresh (but do not chew gum or mints during the interview). Never bring backpacks or loose papers. Instead, use a portfolio. Do not have brightly or oddly colored hair (orange, green, blue, pink/red, etc.). Do not smoke for a few hours before (make sure your clothes are free of smoke). Always use deodorant.

Men What Is An Interview? Convinces the employer that you are the best candidate for the position. Demonstrates how your past experience (education, work, activities) fits the qualifications of the position. Shows that you have an understanding of the position and organization and how you will fit in. Reflects your self-confidence and enthusiasm.

Preparing for the Interview It starts before you even say hello; be nice to everyone you meet on interview day. Know yourself. Be ready to identify your abilities, accomplishments, strengths, weaknesses, goals, and priorities. Know examples of how to demonstrate each. Research the organization, product lines, and competitors. Practice interviewing with friends or by taking advantage of Career Services practice interviews. Prepare questions in order to gather more information about the company and demonstrate you have done your

Wear a dark-colored suit (preferably wool) that is properly fitted and buttoned (the jacket should match the pants). Wear an ironed white or ivory long-sleeve shirt – you never know if you will take your jacket off! Matching dark dress shoes should be polished and buffed Wear dark dress socks—no white or athletic socks. Accessorize with a dress watch and nice belt that matches shoes. A conservative tie is the best choice (no loud colors or patterns). No jewelry should be worn, other than a wedding ring or class ring. Minimize facial hair or long sideburns. Keep nails neat, clean, and well-trimmed.



Wear a dark suit and a dress blouse with a conservative neckline. Matching closed-toe dress shoes with a moderate heel, scuff-free and polished neutral or skin-toned hosiery (no patterns) If hair is shoulder length or longer, it should be neatly pulled back. If hair is colored, make sure roots are not showing. Dress watch and minimal, conservative jewelry are all that should accessorize your outfit. Keep make-up light, fresh, and natural-looking. Keep nails neat, clean, and use a conservative-colored fingernail polish (no chipped nails).

Free Practice Interviews Conduct a free practice interview with a career counselor at the Office of Career Services. Get filmed responding to common interview questions. Watch a playback of your confidential practice interview with the career counselor. Answer questions specific to your industry and your specific job posting. Practice asking questions to employers. Get last-minute tips on interviewing, dressing for your interview, mealtime etiquette, and thank you letters.

Types of Interview Questions

Behavioral interviewing attempts to predict your future behavior by asking about your past behavior. Behavioral questions usually start with “Describe a situation in which you...” or “Tell me about a time when you....” The interviewer wants you to tell a brief and specific story about the situation you faced, what actions you took, and what the (positive) results were.

Stressor questions indicate your ability to handle pressure. Employers may ask questions that are designed to make you uncomfortable, to see how you react. For technical majors, interviewers may present you with a technical problem and ask you to solve it for them. Depending on their difficulty, these questions are usually more about how you handle the stress of answering them vs. if you get it right or wrong.

Brainteasers are questions that seem nonsensical, or involve puzzles and riddles, such as “why is a manhole round?” These questions do not always have a correct answer! Instead, the goal is to assess your ability to think creatively, quickly, and logically through an unexpected problem.

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Typical Questions Asked By Employers PERSONAL Tell me a little about yourself. Why are you interested in our organization? What do you consider to be your greatest strengths? Can you name some of your weaknesses? Have you ever had any failures and if so, what did you learn from them? Of which three accomplishments are you most proud? Who are your role models? Why? How does your college education or work experience relate to this job? Why should we hire you rather than another candidate? What do you know about our organization (products or services)? Where do you want to be in five years? Ten years? What do you like to do outside of class? EDUCATION Why did you choose your major? Why did you choose to attend your university? In which campus activities did you participate? Why did you choose them? Which classes in your major did you like best? Least? Why? Do your grades accurately reflect your abilities? Why or why not? What is your GPA? Why is it so low?

EXPERIENCE What job-related skills have you developed? Did you work while going to school? In what positions? What did you learn from these work experiences? What did you enjoy most about your last employment? Least? Have you ever quit a job? Why? Give an example of a situation in which you gave a solution to an employer. Give an example of a time in which you worked under deadline pressure. Have you ever done any volunteer work? What kind? How do you think a former supervisor would describe your work?

CAREER GOALS What kind of boss do you prefer? Tell me how you would you be successful working with a team? What other types of positions are you considering? 23

Are you able to work on several assignments at once? Can you share some of the experiences you’ve had when you had to juggle several tasks at once?

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How often are performance reviews given? What is your timeline for making a decision about this position? Is it possible to transfer from one division to another? What do you like best/least about working for this department/company? Can you describe a typical workday in the department? Do you feel free to express your ideas and concerns here? What are the possibilities for professional growth and promotion? How much interaction do you have with superiors, colleagues, and customers? Do you have much of an opportunity to work independently? How long have you been with the company? Does your future here seem secure? Do you have plans for expansion? What is the largest single problem facing your staff (department) now? What qualities are you looking for in the candidate who fills this position? What would I be expected to accomplish in the first six months on the job? In the first year? What are some of the department’s ongoing and anticipated special projects? How much contact or exposure does the department and its staff have with management? Are employees encouraged and given the opportunity to express their ideas and concerns? What do employees seem to like best and least about the company? What is the rate of employee turnover? Who determines raises and promotions and how? What are the long-range possibilities for employees in similar positions who consistently perform above expectations?

Career Fair Tips Before attending a Career Fair

Prepare a presentation, a 30- to 60-second summary, which will serve as your introduction to the recruiters you meet at the fair. Include your full name, your career interest, experience, and skills that meet the needs of the employer.

Be focused. Think through your career goals. What do you want to do? Articulate that to the Recruiters. Know what you want, your skills, what relevant courses you have taken, and what campus activities you have participated in. If your background doesn’t match the employers’ needs, be prepared to explain why you are interested. Be truthful about your qualifications. Say, “I don’t have experience, but I do have courses in…and I am looking for an opportunity to get started.” Create a plan by obtaining a list of employers who will be attending the fair. Prioritize your top five employers and visit these employers first.

Research the Employers

Go to NYIT CareerNet ( to see who will be at the fair and the type of positions they have available. Use Career Services, the library and the Internet to review professional publications, magazines, newspapers, employer literature, and employer sites for current information on products, organizational structure, location, size, earnings, and training. If you know anyone working for the employer, talk to him or her before the career fair. Prepare a list of job related questions to ask employers. Decide if an employer would be a match for your goals. It is best to learn as much as possible about prospective employers before the career fair. Employers are looking to hire qualified candidates who fit their image and who will contribute to the organization. Visit the Office of Career Services on your campus to view the video, “Connecting with Employers - Making the Most of a Job Fair.”

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for success in conservative business attire. “Dropping in” at the career fair dressed as you are with no goal in mind is not a successful strategy. Have a good attitude and affirm handshake! Employers are looking for people with positive attitudes. Each recruiter is conducting a mini stand-up interview with you. Introduce yourself with a firm handshake. Maintain good eye contact. Use your best interview skills. Ask relevant questions. Do not ask about salary or benefits. Focus on what you can offer to the employer. Have plenty of resumés. If you have several versions of your resumé, keep them separated in folders that are labeled. Have a resumé ready before you meet a recruiter. Do not be disorganized. Have copies of your references’ 24

names, addresses and phone numbers on a separate sheet of paper. Only provide this information if a recruiter requests it. Have business cards and copies of your portfolio or related credentials. Have a pen and pad to take notes. After you have met with a recruiter and stepped away from the table, jot down any information you would like to remember for future contact. Collect business cards, brochures and employer literature. Carry a briefcase or large folder to store these items. Don’t detract from your professional appearance with bags of promotional items, giveaways, etc. Find a place to store these. Employers are happy to receive your resumé and will give you pens, water bottles, key chains, etc. so you will remember them when the fair is over. Don’t be tempted to pick up these promotional items until after you have spoken with the recruiter. After the Fair Review your notes and employer materials. Follow up with any employers you are interested in. Send a thank you note to these recruiters. Enclose another copy of your resumé.

Get a sense of their personalities and work styles.

Typical Work Week (10%)

What is a typical work week like? How many hours a week does the position require? Remember your other commitments to family, friends, and outside activities.

Location (5%)

Do you like the location or region where you’ll be working/ living? How long and arduous is the commute? Don’t underestimate location as a satisfaction issue.

Organizational Flexibility (5%)

Is the organization rigid? Does it work strictly by the book? Will the employer be flexible during emergencies?

Accepting an Offer

Show your appreciation for the offer. Ask the employer to confirm the offer in writing. Do not interview for any other positions. Reject all other offers by telephone or with a short letter. Never renege on an offer you have already accepted. Report salary offers and job acceptance on NYIT CareerNet. You can refer back to NYIT CareerNet after you graduate for your references, networking, and updating your resumé.

Rejecting an Offer

Do you like the nature of the work? Are you proud of the products or services of the employer? Is the job interesting to you? Does this position fit into your long-range career plans and personal goals?

Express your appreciation for the offer and for the company’s confidence in you. Say something positive about the employer and be diplomatic. This can be done by letter, which is a professional way to conclude your interactions if you have already declined the job verbally. If you feel comfortable with the employer, ask for pointers or tips to continue your job search or ask to be considered for other positions as they open up in the company. Use this as a learning opportunity and to increase your network of working professionals.

The Boss (20%)


Most Important Factors in Evaluating a Job Offer The Job (30%)

Ask yourself honestly, “Can I work and get along with this person?” Will your boss serve as a mentor? You want to feel comfortable with his/her interpersonal and management style. You want to work for someone who is interested in your growth to help you learn and succeed.

Salary and Benefits (20%)

Is the salary at market level? Would taking this position create economic hardship? How are individual increases determined? How are salary reviews and promotions handled? Don’t think of salary as the only compensation you will receive, but also think of the benefits package when considering the offer.

Co-workers (10%)

Will you fit into the corporate culture? Sometimes peers can be more difficult to deal with than prospective employers.

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Get all deadlines for OPT/CPT (see below) from your academic department and the Office of International Education. Get all deadlines for H1-B visas. Visit the Office of Career Services for information on internships in the United States. Write your resumé and cover letter, and then practice interviewing with a career counselor.

What is CPT? What is OPT?

Both are work authorizations for students on F-1 visas. To apply for CPT or OPT authorization, you must meet with an international advisor and your academic department. CPT (curricular practical training): for internships OPT (optional practical training): good for one year


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Is Graduate School right for you? At some point in your college career, you must decide what you would like to do after graduation­—and that includes whether or not to attend graduate school. If you are trying to determine if graduate school is right for you, here are some pointers and a check list to help you make your decision.

GRADUATE SCHOOL CHECK LIST SPRING OF JUNIOR YEAR Write a draft statement of purpose/personal statement. Start browsing through guides to graduate programs,

websites, and college catalogs. AUGUST/SEPTEMBER Meet with faculty members you know to discuss your personal statement and to learn about possible programs. Ask for letters of recommendation. Begin to develop your personal timeline for the application process. Sign up for required standardized graduate admissions tests.

FEBRUARY Contact academic admissions departments about the possibility of an on-site visit. It is helpful to visit the campus when it comes to making your decision.

APRIL If you are applying for need-based financial aid programs, you may have to file a copy of your federal income tax return.

GRADUATE SCHOOL RESEARCH There are more than 1,800 institutions in the United States that offer graduate degrees and a variety of programs. Do not make the mistake of choosing a school based on your ability to get accepted. Your fit in the program is the most important factor. You need to talk with your professors, career counselors, advisors, and alumni to help identify the graduate program and a university/college that best suits you.

Consider a college’s: reputation accreditation and rank geography cost/funding faculty research expertise OCTOBER fit with respect to your interest, abilities, values size overall and the size of the program you are interested in Take standardized tests. library holdings and databases Determine the schools to which you plan to apply and research facilities request application materials. placement rates Finish your timeline based on each institution’s application location (make plans to visit the school and community) and financial aid deadlines. faculty, staff, and current students Complete your personal statement, adjusting it to meet each application’s specific needs. Have it reviewed by a counselor at the Office of Career Services. Should I Go to Graduate School? Order transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. If you enjoy reading, problem-solving, discovering new If fall term grades are expected, check with staff in the facts, and exploring new ideas, you should consider going registrar’s office to see if a transcript including fall term to graduate school. grades can be sent in time to meet your deadlines. Graduate education gives you a chance to learn more about the things that interest you most and to further NOVEMBER develop your interests and skills into a full-time career. Complete application forms. Work using a rough draft A graduate degree can influence how fast and how far until your application form is complete. you can advance in your career. It can also increase your Provide the individuals who are writing your personal worth both financially and intellectually. recommendations with all the information they will need. Graduate school can enhance your leadership skills. DECEMBER/JANUARY Higher-level positions and decision-making power most often go to people who have gone beyond their Mail applications. Even if deadlines are later, it is good undergraduate education. to submit applications early to increase your chances of acceptance and to secure funding. In some fields, such as business, it is better to work for a few years and then pursue your M.B.A. or other advanced degree. In fact, some programs require work experience so you can use the knowledge to contribute to the class.


Graduate school requires a lot of independent work including independent and creative research. Be prepared to make personal sacrifices to succeed in graduate school for 2-5 years.

Give your recommenders at least a couple of months in which to write the reference and ask them to meet a deadline.

Let the recommender know when you will submit your financing a graduate degree is a problem, consider applications. This way, he or she can send the reference that many graduate students cover part of their costs letters at the same time. with grants, fellowships, or research positions. If you have Reference letters can be confidential or non-confidential. to borrow money, it becomes an investment in your future income and intellectual level. Admissions officers may give more credence to a reference if you’ve waived your right to read it; you will need to decide the advantages or disadvantages of either choice. LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION If

You may need reference letters for internships, full-time, part-time, and graduate school admission. Try to find the best people to write glowing recommendations. Who should you ask for letters of recommendation? At least one letter, preferably two or more, should come from faculty members in your major field. You may also wish to obtain a recommendation from a professor in an unrelated discipline (perhaps your concentration) in order to show the breadth of your academic interests.

Developing Relationships for Reference Letters

EFFECTIVE PERSONAL STATEMENT Create a Three-Dimensional Picture of You

The term “Personal Statement” brings a shiver to the spine of many a potential medical student. You should think of the personal statement, however, as an opportunity to show admissions officers what you’re made of. They want to know why you want to enter your chosen profession, and this is your chance to tell them as clearly and compellingly as you can.

Two Basic Purposes

The Personal Statement shows whether or not you can write a clear, coherent essay that’s logically and grammatically correct. These days, students’ writing skills are often presumed deficient until proven otherwise. Second, it provides you with the opportunity to present the admissions committee with more of a “three-dimensional” portrait of yourself as a deserving candidate than GPA and MCAT Determine who your best advocates are. If you hear numbers possibly can. What you choose to write sends complaints about not having time to write the clear signals about what’s important to you and what your recommendations or not knowing you well or values are. You can explain why you really want to pursue long enough, be ready to back off. If someone feels forced medical graduate work and the career path it will enable into writing you a recommendation, you can bet it will be you to follow. Your essay also enables you explain things like less than glowing. weakness or gaps in an otherwise commendable record. Begin

developing a relationship with your recommenders several semesters, or even years, before you need the letters. It is important they know several facts about you: your character, course work, initiative, and communication skills. Keep them up to date on your achievements, either verbally or in writing.

Discuss the references with your recommenders. Inform them of any points you would like to get across. Ask them to use as many specific examples as possible. Consider

using the recommendation to explain away a negative that you didn’t address in the main essay (e.g., a bad grade). The recommendation also could be a place to highlight a smaller accomplishment that you didn’t include elsewhere in the application.


your recommenders’ telephone numbers on applications. Admissions officers are inclined to place a phone call to a recommender for more details. Don’t use references from friends or relatives or recommendations from people who don’t know you well. Give your recommenders all of the necessary forms, plus addressed, stamped envelopes.

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How Do Med Schools Use Personal Statements? Essays are the best way for admissions officers to determine who you are. So, don’t hesitate to go beyond your current experience for essay topics. Feel free to discuss past events that, in part, define who you are. If you have overcome significant obstacles, say so. If you were honored with an award, describe the award and what you did to achieve recognition.

Give some thought to how your past and current experiences have contributed to your intellectual, personal, and professional development. Rather than make pronouncements about goals and future activities, which are easily made-up and often exaggerated, select a few stories from your life experiences that showcase the qualities and characteristics that you already possess and that will help you be an empathic, committed doctor. Always remember the adage: Show; don’t tell. Start early, write several drafts, and edit, edit, edit. 27

Top Seven Tips for Med School Personal Statements 1) Avoid the Rehashed Resume: The personal statement is not the time to recount all your activities and honors in list-like fashion. 2) Make It Personal: Put a little panache into the application. Show the admissions committee why you decided to go into medicine. Was it an experience you had in school? Was there a particular activity that changed your way of thinking? Did you find a summer lab job so exhilarating that it reconfirmed your love for science? Use vignettes and anecdotes to weave a story and make the essay a pleasure to read. 3) Avoid Controversial Topics: If you include a “hot topic,” avoid being dogmatic or preachy. You don’t want to alienate a reader who may not share your politics. 4) Don’t Get Too Creative: Now is not the time to write a haiku. Remember, the medical establishment is largely a scientific community (although individual physicians may be passionate artists, poets, writers, musicians, historians, etc.). On the other hand, don’t be trite and don’t be boring. Avoid writing “I want to be a doctor because...” 5) No Apologies: If you received a C in physics, you may feel compelled to justify it somehow. Unless you believe that the circumstances truly merit a mention, don’t make excuses. You don’t need to provide a road map to your weaknesses. If you had a bad year or semester because of illness, family problems, etc., ask your pre-med advisor to

explain the details in his or her cover letter. 6) Write Multiple Drafts: Have your pre-med advisor and perhaps an English teaching assistant read and edit it. Proofread, proofread, and proofread more. Also, try reading it out loud. This is a good test of clarity and flow. 7) Think Ahead to Interviews: Interviewers use your personal statement as fodder for questions. Of course, if you’ve included experiences and ideas that are dear to you or you feel strongly about, you will have no problem speaking with passion and confidence. Nothing is more appealing to admissions folks than a vibrant, intelligent, and articulate candidate. If you write about research you conducted five years ago, you’d better brush up before your interviews. Don’t engage in hyperbole: You risk running up against an interviewer who will see through your exaggerations.

Curriculum Vitae Tips What is a Curriculum Vitae (CV)? It should be included with all graduate school and faculty position applications. It is more in-depth than a resumé, and is usually two to three pages long. A CV details academic credentials and professional accomplishments. It highlights technical skills and summarizes academic accomplishments and professional history. All your research and publications should be included.


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Research Assistantship, Biology Department, 2006 Stony Brook University, State University of New York • Researched proteins controlling cell growth, differentiation, apoptosis, and oncogenic stress often deregulated in tumor cells

Research Assistant, Cell and Tumor Biology, Fall 2005-Spring 2006 “Ron Receptor Signaling Augments Mammary Tumor Formation and Metastasis in a Murine Model of Breast Cancer,” Winthrop University Hospital • Studied the effect of Ron signaling on tumorigenesis and metastasis in a mouse model of breast cancer

Research Assistant, Epidemiology Department, 2007-present Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project, Stony Brook University Hospital • Federally mandated, population-based case-control study to determine whether breast cancer risk among women in the counties of Nassau and Suffolk, NY, is associated with selected environmental exposures, assessed by blood samples, self-reports, and environmental home samples.


Associate Professor, Biology Department, 2005-2006 Nassau County Community College, State University of New York • Instructed four biology classes on microbiology, human anatomy, and biology for non-science majors • Disseminated information to lab instructors • Supervised four teaching assistants • Advised 278 students for academic progress and success

Teaching Assistant, Anatomy, Fall 2007 New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, Old Westbury, NY • Taught anatomy to first-year medical students • Provided students with information about structures and other relevant information, answered their questions, and helped them dissect specimens • Provided tutoring sections with students struggling to grasp the content of the lecture

Adjunct Professor, Biology Department, 2008 - present Nassau County Community College, State University of New York • Lecture one section of microbiology and one section of human anatomy • Supervise the microbiology lab including directing 5 research projects and 3 graduate students • Incorporate technology into classroom


Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, May 2009 New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, Old Westbury, NY Master of Science in Biology, GPA 3.97/4.0, January 2006 Stony Brook University, State University of New York Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theater, summa cum laude, May 2003 Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY


John Doctor 8 Student Lane Brooklyn, NY 11201 516.686.7527

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Fluent in Spanish, Italian, and Hebrew


National Association of Oncologists 2005-present American Cancer Society, 2005-present


Member, Student Osteopathic Internal Medicine Association (SOIMA), 2006-2007 New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT NYCOM Mentor, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine of NYIT, 2005-present Advise first-year medical students on academic success and time management


“Identifying frequent impairments of the mitotic checkpoint and molecular analysis of the mitotic checkpoint in humans with lung cancer,” American Cancer Society, Atlanta, Ga., 2005

“Suppression of tumor growth and metastasis,” National Association of Oncologists, Tampa Bay, Fla., 2006


Bugge TH, Lund LR, Kombrinck KK, & Student, M. “Reduced metastasis of polyoma virus middle T antigen-induced mammary cancer in plasminogen-deficient mice.” Oncogene 2006;16:3097–104. Granovsky M, Fata J, Pawling J, Muller WJ, Khokha R, Dennis JW & Student, M. “Suppression of tumor growth and metastasis in Mgat5-deficient mice.” Nat Med 2006; 6:306–12.


New York State Regents Healthcare Scholarship, Fall 2006-present National Health Service Corps Scholarships, Spring 2006-present Research Assistantship, Stony Brook University, 2005-2006 President’s List, January 2003-January 2007


John Doctor 8 Student Lane Brooklyn, NY 11201 516.686.7527

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APPENDIX I Finding a Job or Internship and Creating Your Online Profile: NYIT CareerNet Logging In Go to Click on NYIT CareerNet. If you are logging in for the first time, your user name is your NYIT e-mail address ( and your pass word is your seven-digit student ID number. Fill in the registration page and click submit profile. You can update your profile at any time. To upload your resumé, point your mouse to My Account and click My Documents in the drop down menu. Click on “Upload” for documents you wish to upload. You will be able to browse and find your resumé on your computer to upload.

Searching for Jobs and Internships Select Job Search. Fill in the search criteria (major, location, etc) to narrow down your job search OR just click the search button (without entering any search criteria) to view all current jobs. Remember, the more search criteria you enter, the less jobs and internships you will see. Start with a very broad search and narrow down if necessary. Click on the Job ID to see the specifics of the position and how to apply.

Set up Job Alerts

Select Job Search. Enter your desired criteria (e.g., major, type of job, location) into the Job Advanced Search box and click Search. When you receive the list of Search Results, select [Save Search] on the far right. This will open a dialog box asking you to name your Saved Search. To receive an e-mail message when jobs are posted that match your desired criteria, click the box on this screen. Click the Save button. You may access this saved search via your homepage from now on. Alerts will continue to be sent to you every time a matching job gets posted until you delete this saved search.


Alumni Mentor Program The Office of Career Services maintains a list of alumni mentors who are willing to discuss career information with you or answer your career-related questions via e-mail. Speak to one of the staff in our offices about how we can connect you to alumni specific to your major.


FOCUS Assessment You can use FOCUS to analyze your career planning status and assess your interests, values and skills. You can also explore jobs and careers based on your interests and work ethics. Go to and use NYIT as the key code.


O*NET is a searchable U.S. Department of Labor database for up-to-date information on work requirements, skills, knowledge, and abilities required for a job. You can also obtain this information via the Office of Career Services Web site, which links to Career One Stop (click “What It Takes”) and Career Zone (click “Search” and type your job title or click your area of interest such as “Arts and Humanities”).

CareerSearch CareerSearch is a research database of more than 4 million employers worldwide (including contact information, websites, maps, competitors), searchable by industry, location, and key words. You can create an account using NYIT’s referral ID: NYIT1955.

Uniworld Two multinational business directories allow you to search for U.S. firms operating in foreign countries and foreign firms operating in the U.S. Contact information contains headquarters, branches, subsidiaries, and affiliates.


APPENDIX V CPT and OPT CPT (Curricular Practical Training) gives students with F-1 visas the opportunity to apply for internships in the United States. All CPT experiences must be approved by your department and the Office of International Education. Eligibility depends on the number of academic credits a student has and the type of internship opportunity obtained. OPT (Optional Practical Training) gives students with F-1 visas the opportunity to apply for full-time positions after Graduation. All OPTs must be approved by your department, the Office of International Education, and the U.S. Government. Allow six to eight weeks for processing applications. Only students who have OPT can apply for H1-B visas.

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Analytical analyzed appraised assessed broke down calculated categorized evaluated examined experimented innovated inspected investigated quantified researched reviewed surveyed systemized

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APPENDIX VII Useful Web sites: – “Let your dream job find you!” – leading job board for the hospitality industry and known for providing industry-specific online recruitment solutions.

APPENDIX VIII Professional Organizations and Additional Resources – American Institute of Graphic Arts - great place for graphic designers and computer graphics folks to network and learn more. Has jobs too! – International Game Developers’ Association “how to break in” information for the computer gaming industry. – the local chapter of the IGDA; does monthly networking events that students can attend. – Society of Human Resource Management – American College of Healthcare Executives - for jobs in Healthcare Administration – for New York jobs in health care administration (esp. the geriatric field) – for jobs in the media/entertainment industry. – new site for jobs in computer animation – seasonal jobs at ski resorts, theme parks, etc - high-tech jobs. – Communication arts information and jobs – Organizes your search into categories. Try searching by your major! – Peer-to-peer referrals. Free for basic account, charge for premium account. Earn rewards for referrals. – Provides link with each job to for basic salary report. – Searches other job posting sites with links to those sites. Has salary info from Also has employment trend information by key word. – Science, pharmaceutical, sales, research, events, news, and more – Wall Street Journal job and internship board – Jobs and internships in the nonprofit sector For more ideas and sites, talk to NYIT Career Services staff and professionals in your field.

ACM-SIGGRAPH- the computer graphics/animation component – Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers ASME – American Society of Mechanical Engineers Association for Information Technology Professionals: – The Center for Communication exposes young people to the issues, the ethics, the people, and the creative product that define the media business – New York Foundation for the Arts: Free national information resource for artists in all disciplines and for those who support them in any way. – The business, technology, and art of animation – Association of Zoos and Aquariums – Monthly newsletter of police and rescue –American Institute of Architecture Students; has career opportunities with related news. an NYIT chapter. ACM – American Computing Society - general computer science

There’s many more, so talk with NYIT Career Services staff, faculty, and professionals to find the best sources for industry and job information! 32

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For more information, contact the Office of Career Services at: Manhattan campus New Technology Building 16 W. 61st St., sixth floor, New York, N.Y. Old Westbury campus David G. Salten Hall, first floor Northern Boulevard Old Westbury, N.Y. Call us toll-free at: 1.866.243.5952 Global Campuses: Manama, Bahrain Vancouver, Canada Nanjing, China Amman, Jordan Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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