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February 1, 2010

Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

Career Connections

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STAFF Robert Earl, Jr. Director

Winter break is over, classes have resumed, and many of you are about to begin your job search for a full-time position or internship. Knowing how to effectively conduct a job search will ensure a faster, more targeted approach to landing your dream job and developing a successful career.


Alexandra Nestoras Senior Associate Director Won Kang Associate Director / Student Employment Rachel Tannenbaum Associate Director Valerie Chow Program Director / Internship Programs & Civic Engagement Purnima Taylor Program Director / Employer Relations & Campus Recruitment Sarah Noel Alumnae Counselor Katherine Hendry Assistant Director Lindsey Allen Assistant to the Director Hiraida Crespo Office Assistant Bruce Ross Administrative Assistant Genise Reid Student Employment Assistant

Start the process early. Searching for a job is a fluid process, whereby you build a brand for yourself, make relationships, and define your interests and skill sets. Take time to think about your strengths and weaknesses, as well as the work environments and industries that are appealing to you. Utilize resources such as Vault and O*Net to help better understand daily tasks of a given profession and overall industry environments. In this phase you are undergoing self assessment and creating a targeted list of companies, industries, and job functions that are aligned with your goals and interests. Have a clear vision of who you are, what you want to do, and be able to articulate that to others. Create a personal brand and market yourself. It is important to make sure that all of your marketing tools (resume, cover letter, social media accounts) are accurately representing who you are. Your resume and cover letters are typically the first interaction an employer has with you, so be sure to have them proofread by Career Development or a mentor. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. Make sure any personal content online is appropriate and relaying a professional tone to recruiters or employers. Build relationships and expand your professional network. I cannot stress enough the importance of networking and meeting people in your field of interest. Conduct informational interviews, attend networking or on campus recruiting events, and frequent career fairs. Keep in mind that many jobs are not advertised. I was at a charity event and met an executive who asked me to interview with his organization for a job they hadn’t even posted yet--talk about the power of networking! Establish an effective record keeping system to monitor progress and communications. It is important to schedule your time, pace yourself and track pertinent information. Creating an excel spreadsheet of all your contacts will keep you organized. Also, making a calendar of what you will do each day will keep you on track. For example, Mondays are set aside for networking, Tuesdays are for searching for jobs, etc. We are faced with an incredibly competitive and saturated job market making it vital to have a strategic, well managed job search. I encourage you to have an edge over your competition by creating a productive plan for getting the job you want and building a successful career. Have fun, and good luck! 1 Submitted by: Sara Leger, Manager of Development and Alumnae Affairs Events and Career Counselor Intern at Barnard College

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Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

TEN ONLINE RESOURCES FOR FINDING A JOB, and are all great resources to search for openings. However many websites are tailored to a specific industry and can help you target your search. You can conduct a much more targeted approach at your fingertips—and one that will most likely have you dealing with a lot less competition! 1. Education:,,,


NACElink online resource: Many employers recognize the value of a Barnard education and look to hire Barnard students. These employers post directly to Career Development’s database of jobs, NACElink. Search the database and find an opportunity that suits you. Visit the website at

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February 1, 2010


Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

Tip of the Month: A Productive Use of Your Spare Time

Lily Icangelo

Remember that last time you had a break in between class and didn’t know what to do with your extra time? Instead of browsing Facebook, why not come into Career Development and make use of our impressive library! The library is stocked with all different types of books: from “How to write the perfect resume” to the Vault book of Top Internships to a plethora of books in individualized fields of studies and majors. Until I began working at Career Development, I had no idea there were so many great resources available. For example, while I was browsing the library yesterday I discovered a book all about how to dress professionally using “the body you have to create the body you want.” Who would have known you could find such great books at Career Development? Additionally, you could begin research on a career that’s of interest to you; we have books on a variety of different fields such as management consulting, law firms, and government policy. So the next time you have a few spare moments, stop by Career Development, grab a cup of coffee, and check out our library!

Ellen Liu

Career Development Fun Fact

Dilruba Parveen

An Internship is a great way to try on a career. Apply to internships in many different fields if you’re not sure where you interests lie. There’s no better way to learn about an industry than working hands on in it.


Tamara Briner Lindiwe Gararirimo

Jacqueline (Jackie) Rossiter Michelle Yip Jenny Lyumbdova DROP-IN HOURS Peer Career Advisors Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM


Did You Know? That the Barnard Career Development has great resources on its website such as resume/cover letter workshops, sample resumes, tip sheets, and so much more? Take a look at these useful sources to make sure you’re prepared before you come in and can receive the proper help.


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Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

LOOKING FOR AN INTERNSHIP? In addition to NACElink, you have access to and, two online resources with hundreds of different internships organized by industry and state. For information on how to access both databases, log into NACElink and look under the Announcement-Internship Resources, on the home page. INFORMATION: NACElink.

FEATURED INTERNSHIPS AND FULL-TIME POSITIONS For these and other great opportunities, check out NACElink at The Fresh Air Fund – Friendly Town Spring Intern. Established in 1877, the Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences in suburban and rural communities for more than 1.7 million New York City children. As an intern you will contribute to outreach efforts, including public relations and grassroots initiatives. - Seeking interns who are enthusiastic about the Martha Stewart Brand and content areas - food, crafting, home & garden, wellness, weddings - and have a strong desire in assisting web editors with presenting digital content. The Foundry Theater – Theater Internship. The Foundry Theatre is accepting applicants for five intern positions to build their Spring '11 programming that bridges cutting edge theatre artists with social justice organizations throughout New York City. UBS Financial Services – An internship at UBS Headquarters provides candidates with hands on experience in the financial industry. The student will assist in all aspects of financial planning. Suitable for all majors, this internship program is an ideal opportunity for sophomore or junior students who would like to explore the financial industry while adding an industrial leader on to their resume. Council on Foreign Relations – Interns will report to a Senior Fellow who specializes in Africa or Asia Policy Studies and help to organize and run the daily activities of the office and participate in research as needed. Ladies Who Launch – Marketing/Social Media Internship. Intern will work closely with the Online Community Manager to oversee the online brand marketing, member engagement efforts, and social media outreach. Department of Consumer Affairs – Deputy Director of Consumer Services. Under the direction of the Director of Consumer Services, the Deputy Director will be responsible for assisting in managing, planning, and directing day-to-day Consumer Services activities. Northwestern Mutual Financial Network – Financial Representative, Recruiting. Do you have what it takes to leverage the maximum potential of this career with the right mix of skills, ambition, and timing? If you're a top-notch performer, value independence, want to be financially rewarded for your success, and have the desire to positively impact people's lives every day, consider a career as a Northwestern Mutual Financial Network Financial Representative with one of our 350 offices nationwide.


Laura Davidson Public Relations – LDPR seeks an intern for three or more days a week for the Spring 2011 semester (January through May) to assist with writing press releases, research, reporting, media lists, editorial calendars and distributing press materials.

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Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

GET VOLUNTEER AND CIVIC ENGAGEMENT-RELATED INTERNSHIP AND JOB OPPORTUNITIES IN YOUR E-MAIL! Please go to nycceplistserv to sign up for the Barnard College New York City Civic Engagement Program email listserv. You will receive weekly announcements of newly posted civic engagementrelated opportunities.


J.W. Saxe Memorial Fund - A prize of $2000 will be awarded to one or more college or university students involved in public service. The award is meant to enable students to gain experience in public service by taking a no-pay or low-pay job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference will be given applicants who have already found such a position, but who require additional funds. INFORMATION: APPLICATION: Visit NACElink APPLICATION DEADLINE: 3/15/2011

Barnard College Alumnae and Donor Sponsored Internship Grant Program - For students considering unpaid internships, Barnard College offers funding through alumnae and donor sponsored grants. The Spring internship grant cycle is open to students from the classes of 2011, 2012 and 2013. Grantees are expected to have secured internships by the application date. Additional requirements include attending internship seminars, skills workshops and donor receptions and completing an internship evaluation. The maximum award is $800 for the semester. INFORMATION: APPLICATION: APPLICATION DEADLINE: 2/6/2011

Civic Engagement Networking Night Thursday, 2/24 at 7:00 - 9:00 PM Diana Event Oval Are you interested in a career in the humanitarian, political, or religious sectors or working with activist organizations? Civic Engagement Networking Night is an exclusive event for you to get the inside scoop on these industries from employers and Barnard and Columbia alumni. Use this unique opportunity to ask networkers the hard questions—like how they got where they are and what their day-to-day life is like—without all the pressure of a formal career fair. Light refreshments will be served. INFORMATION: REGISTER:



February 1, 2010

Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor INTERNSHIP SPOTLIGHT:

RACHEL’S CORNER DEBUNK CAREER MYTHS—THEN EXPLORE YOUR OPTIONS Every organization and position has its own unique requirements. Still, there are universally admired skills that should always be evident in your cover letters, resumes, and all other communications with potential employers. According to NACE’s Job Outlook 2011 survey, the top skills that employers desire are those that Barnard students are taught through their rigorous liberal arts education. See below for these skills, as well as tips for demonstrating these qualities. Communication

Remember to use examples of your oral and interpersonal communication skills whether it be through describing a presentation you gave, a paper you wrote, or a conversation you contributed to at a job or internship. Strong Work Ethic

Erin Kara ‘12 The summer after my Sophomore year I ventured down to Huntsville, Alabama to work at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. While I was hesitant to spend ten weeks of my summer away from NYC and in the heat and humidity, it ended up being a great adventure and the best summer of my life. NASA-Marshall is the headquarters of the Fermi Gamma-ray Burst Monitor, a satellite looking for gamma-rays from supernova explosions in distant galaxies. During my internship I was a member of a team of researchers who were always eager to explain a scientific concept or help with some tricky computer code. I worked harder than I ever thought I would and am now a contributing author on a scientific paper. My summer has solidified my dedication to working in the field of experimental astrophysics research.


Employers will recognize your solid work ethic based on the responsibilities you have taken on and what you have achieved. Did you babysit full time while taking a full course load? Did you do some volunteer work while you had an internship? Do you maintain a high GPA? All of this is proof. Teamwork Skills

It’s important to mention the times you have successfully collaborated with other students, faculty and other coworkers. Class projects you have completed with a group of students, or accomplishments made while contributing to a campus organization are invaluable examples. Analytical Skills

Employers want to see that you have solved problems and made decisions that involve a careful examination of the information. Many seniors will talk about writing their thesis, and many other students use examples of troubleshooting at their internships. Initiative

Many Barnard students decide to do things that are not required of them. Whether it’s taking on a task outside of your job description at an internship, or creating your own major of study, employers love to see that you want to take on new things and see them through. Submitted by: Rachel Tannenbaum Source: ‘Top Skills for Job Candidates’ Top_Skills_for_Job_Candidates.aspx

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Barnard Career Development Elliott Hall, 2nd Floor

Take advantage of the opportunity to build you career development skills. Attend one or all of the workshops. For more information log-in to NACElink at Job & Internship Search

Crafting a Cover Letter and Resume

BCD Seminar Room

BCD Seminar Room

Wednesday, 2/9 at 3:30 PM Friday, 2/18 at 1:30 PM Tuesday, 2/22 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 3/3 at 11:00 AM Monday, 3/7 at 4:00 PM Wednesday, 3/23 at 2:00 PM Friday, 4/1 at 10:30 AM Tuesday, 4/5 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 4/14 at 4:00 PM Monday, 4/18 at 11:30 AM Wednesday, 4/27 at 1:00 PM Friday, 5/6 at 10:00 AM

Wednesday, 2/2 at 3:00 PM Thursday, 2/10 at 1:00 PM Friday, 2/18 at 11:00 AM Monday, 2/21 at 3:30 PM Tuesday, 3/1 at 10:30 AM Wednesday, 3/9 at 2:00 PM Thursday, 3/24 at 12:00 PM Friday, 4/1 at 3:30 PM Monday, 4/4 at 11:00 AM Tuesday, 4/12 at 10:00 AM Wednesday, 4/20 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 4/28 at 4:00 PM Friday, 5/6 at 11:30 AM

Mastering the Interview

The Ins & Outs of Networking

BCD Seminar Room

BCD Seminar Room

Thursday, 2/10 at 2:00 PM Friday, 2/25 at 11:00 AM Thursday, 3/10 at 2:30 PM Monday, 3/28 at 4:00 PM Wednesday, 4/13 at 12:00 PM Tuesday, 4/26 at 3:30 PM

Wednesday, 2/2 at 12:00 PM Monday, 2/14 at 12:00 PM Wednesday, 3/2 at 12:00 PM Tuesday, 3/22 at 10:30 AM Friday, 4/8 at 2:30 PM Thursday, 4/21 at 11:00 AM Monday, 5/2 at 1:30 PM

EMPLOYER FOCUS Join a leader. Consult with us! Help build a smarter planet along the way. IBM is a company that at the forefront of tackling the grand challenges that affect our society: such as climate change, energy production, traffic congestion and health care.Come see why others have felt that no other entry level opportunity gives such exposure to the business world. A leader in global technology and consulting, IBM is an active recruiting presence on campus, having attended Barnard’s career fair and held and information session at Columbia’s Center for Career Education on Wednesday, 1/26. Application Process & Timeline: 1. Sign-up begins Friday, 2/4 at 12:00 AM 2. Sign-up ends Wednesday, 2/9 at 11:59 PM INFORMATION: Visit NACELink at



Job Searching in a Tough Market

Interviewing 201

Marketing Yourself 101: Creating a Career Campaign

Learn not only where to find opportunities, but the planning and strategy that will help you make the most of your time, and most importantly secure employment.

Learn what to do before, during and after an interview to make the best possible impression, communicate your message and land the job.

Tuesday, 2/1 at 5:30 PM BCD Library

Learn how to locate, contact and follow up both in person and online with professionals and build upon your network. For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

America Reads New Tutor Training Wednesday, 2/2 at 4:30 PM Thursday, 2/3 at 5:30 PM Friday, 2/4 at 11:00 AM BCD Seminar Room

If you have been selected as an America Reads tutor, please choose one training session to attend.

The Ins & Outs of Networking Wednesday, 2/2 at 12:00 PM Monday, 2/14 at 12:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Find out how to tap into the professional contacts you already have and those you have yet to meet.

Crafting a Cover Letter and Resume Wednesday, 2/2 at 3:00 PM Thursday, 2/10 at 1:00 PM Friday, 2/18 at 11:00 AM Monday, 2/21 at 3:30 PM BCD Seminar Room

Learn the basics of writing a resume and cover letter that helps you stand out in the job market.

Spring ’11 Internship Grant Workshop

Monday, 2/7 at 5:30 PM Tuesday, 2/8 at 5:30 PM BCD Library

For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

Job & Internship Search Wednesday, 2/9 at 3:30 PM Friday, 2/18 at 1:30 PM Tuesday, 2/22 at 12:00 PM BCD Seminar Room

Maximize your job and internship search by learning to use Career Development resources, networking opportunities and more.

Career Assessments: Myers Briggs and Strong Interest Inventory Wednesday, 2/9 at 12:00 PM Thursday, 2/10 at 4:00 PM Friday, 2/11 at 1:00 PM BCD Library

Attend this workshop and take two careers assessments, the Strong Interest Inventory and Myers Briggs Type Indicator and discover how your personality and interests would match with a potential career.


For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

Info Session: JP Morgan Wednesday, 2/16 at 6:30 PM BCD Library

Learn more about J.P. Morgan's Summer Finance Analyst Development Program.

Take a Barnard Student to Work Day Friday, 2/25 at 9:30 AM

Senior Initiative participants are paired with Barnard alumnae for an experiential learning opportunity at an alumna’s workplace. It is a great way to gain insight into an industry you would like to explore and meet alumnae in your field of interest. For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

Mastering the Interview Thursday, 2/10 at 2:00 PM Friday, 2/25 at 11:00 AM BCD Seminar Room

Getting ready for a job interview? Learn how to answer questions, ask the right questions and make yourself shine.

Thursday, 2/3 at 11:00 AM BCD Library

Overview of the Spring 2010 Alumnae & Donor Internship Grant Program application process. Includes changes from last year, review of application and submission process, and helpful hints on writing a successful application.

Monday, 2/14 at 4:00 PM Tuesday, 2/15 at 5:30 PM Friday, 2/11 at 3:00 PM BCD Seminar Room/Library

Take a Barnard Student to Work Orientation Monday, 2/14 at 5:30 PM BCD Library

Learn what to expect and how to make the most of your visit. For students in Senior Initiative ONLY.

DROP-IN HOURS Career Counselors Monday - Friday 12 PM - 2 PM Peer Career Advisors Monday - Friday 10 AM - 5 PM

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