Job Advice

Most study long hours for a final and do no research the prospects of their career before they pick a major. To research prospects in your major try the Department of Labor Statistics and jobs in your area. Internships let you experience some of the working conditions. Doing one your last semester may help you get a job with that company when you graduate. The BC job Center is the Magner Center 1303 James Hall, (718) 951-5696 . You get to see their job database if you take 3 workshops. I think they are on resume writing, interviewing and possibly researching a job. Linkedin and federal jobs are a good workshop. There are many websites for jobs.

If unemployed register at the  Department of  Labor office at 250 Schermerhorn St, Brooklyn, NY 11201. they will let you know if they have a job and you can see their database of jobs ahead of the public.

Good workshops for resumes, interviewing and job searching at the New York Public Library Mid-Manhattan branch, 455 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 10016, it opposite the lion outside the  other branch at 41 St, (212) 340-0863 and also at the branches.

Also at Brooklyn Public Library Central Branch. and also at the branches.

I think there are 3 types of resume. The most common is chronological. Some put their skills at the top. Have a resume tailor made for each job. Older students can just list their last 10 years of employment and don’t have to go all the way back. I believe it is illegal to be asked your age or marital status.  Many recommend to not go over one page. Try to have everything  aligned and consistent. Examples are the boldness, font, spacing and if sentences end with comma,  have  all do so. Have it printed on a good paper that you might have to get at a printer. Have a job counselor check it. Wear business clothes. For men that is a suit that is not flashy, tie, white shirt, pants, black sox and shoes. For woman it is business attire and nothing sexy. Don’t bring a backpack.

The interview starts the second you leave your house. Arguing with someone in a store or on the road could be the interviewer so try not to argue with anyone even if they cut ahead of you somewhere. Some companies have the waiting room on camera to watch you.  One interview purposefully was at a restaurant. The waiter was to purposefully get the order wrong to see the reaction. You may want to wake earlier that day. So you don’t over sleep, use two alarm clocks or wake up hours early depending on your body cycle.

Do not make jokes in the interview. Let the interviewer run it. Have one question researched to ask about the company.

Resume and Cover Letter tips:

BC’s Magner Resume and Cover Letter tips. 

An interviewer may skim through the resume and a computer looks for  key words. Use Action Verbs especially for a scanable resumes that robots read. Here are tips from Columbia University.

ACTION VERBS: accelerated consulted founded organized shortened
accompanied contrasted framed overhauled showed
accomplished contributed fulfilled oversaw simplified
achieved gained participated solved
acquired coordinated gathered passed spearheaded
adapted corresponded gauged performed specified
added counseled gave persuaded stabilized
adjusted created generated pioneered staffed
administered cultivated governed planned staged
adopted decided granted polled standardized
advised decreased guided prepared steered
advocated defined handled presented stimulated
aired demonstrated headed prevented streamlined
affected described identified printed strengthened
allocated designated implemented probed stressed
amended designed improved produced structured
analyzed determined increased profiled studied
answered developed influenced programmed submitted
appraised devised informed projected substantiated
approved devoted initiated promoted suggested
arbitrated directed inspected prompted summarized
arranged discounted inspired proposed superceded
assembled distributed instituted proved supervised
assessed documented instructed provided supplied
audited doubled interpreted publicized supported
augmented drafted interviewed published surpassed
authorized earned introduced quantified surveyed
balanced eased invented raised synthesized
bargained edited invested rated systematized
broadened eliminated investigated recommended tabulated
budgeted employed involved recovered tailored
built enabled issued recruited targeted
calculated encouraged joined redesigned taught
catalogued endorsed judged reduced tightened
centralized enforced launched refined traced
challenged engineered led regulated trained
changed enhanced lobbied reinforced translated
channeled enlarged located renegotiated traveled
chose enriched maintained reported undertook
circulated established managed represented unified
clarified estimated mapped researched updated
classified evaluated marketed resolved used
collaborated examined maximized responded utilized
collected exceeded measured restored validated
combined executed moderated restructured verified
commissioned expanded modified revamped weighted
compared expedited monitored reversed witnessed
compiled explained motivated reviewed won
completed extended narrated revised worked
composed facilitated negotiated revitalized wrote
conceived fashioned nurtured scheduled
concluded financed observed secured
condensed forecasted opened selected
conducted formed operated sent
consolidated formulated orchestrated served
constructed found ordered shaped

Columbia University tips.

Here are five of the most common mistakes people make when writing email subject lines, as well as tips to improve them and boost your open rates.


For the job fair the serious guy does better than the extrovert. He shows he is disciplined, can take orders and serious about his job and not clowning around. Have a specialized resume for each type of job.
For a job interview:
I had to take 3 internships in Community College. To get them we had to go on real interviews and learn how to.
It is illegal for them to ask your age or marital status. They can get around it by asking when you graduated high school. If middle age leave that off if you have college and only go back 10 years in personal history to not get job discriminated.
Have someone from the college job center see your resume. Put your best skills at the top, like computer programs. For most it is recommended to make it only one page and use scannable words like implemented or saved the company money.
The interview can start blocks away. The guy you yelled at in the elevator may be the boss. Some monitor the waiting room. Start by shaking hands. For men wear a dark business suit and tie or for woman a business suit. Don’t bring a back pack.
Generally you are to act like in the military and not volunteer information or talk until spoken to. Don’t try to impress them with your personality or jokes. Show you are disciplined and yes or no answers. Do not say anything controversial like politics, religion or sex. It would be good if you researched the company and had one meaningful question like: I know you have expanded in…”. So you don’t over sleep see your alertness if you go to sleep 10 or 12 hours ahead of time so you can’t sleep through 2 alarm clocks.

If unemployed you can go to the Unemployment Insurance Services, 250 Schermerhorn St
Brooklyn, NY (888) 209-8124, It is around Fulton Street, downtown Brooklyn and you’ll be the first one to see jobs opening on their computers. If you don’t get the job send a follow up letter thanking them for their time. There may be another opening or maybe they know other companies recruiters.
I underlined some tips from job fair notes. You need practice.
Career Fair FAQs
Q: Why should I attend the Career Fair?
A: Employers are searching for candidates to interview and hire for internships and paid positions. You can interview, network, and learn about companies and positions that interest you. Plus, you get the opportunity to practice your presentation skills.
Q: What should I expect to find at the Career Fair?
A: You’ll receive a program which will include a floor plan with employers’ booths/tables listed in alphabetical order. Meeting time with recruiters vary. Your advance preparation for the Career Fair is critical, since most employers attempt to quickly assess applicants to determine which ones they will want to interview after the fair. They may be recruiting for current or future anticipated openings.
Q: How should I prepare for the Career Fair?
A: Preparation is critical to Career Fair success. Follow these steps:
• Have a great résumé, since it markets your qualifications. It is key to getting an interview, so it should look and sound professional. It should be concise and to the point – no more than one page long. Prepare different résumés for different career objectives, and have them reviewed by a career counselor on your campus before distribution. Bring at least 30 copies printed on résumé paper. If you are interested in internships or other opportunities that require an emailed resume and cover letter, you may want to send them in advance to the recruiter and then follow up with contact at the Career Fair.
• Bring samples of your best work. If you have published articles, produced or edited video, provided content to a website or blog, share them with recruiters. Make digital or print copies of your work available, or provide an online address.
• Dress for success: Dress in a manner that shows professionalism, for proper business attire is often required on the job. First impressions will help determine whether you are given an interview. Your attire and grooming will indicate to the employer how much you care about yourself and the job, as well as your level of professionalism.
• Prior to the fair, check this website for a list of employers that will be attending. Identify those that interest you and spend time researching them. You want to walk into your conversation with them with an understanding of what the organization does and whether there is a fit between your skills and interests and the employer’s needs.
• Practice introducing yourself — walking up to employers and greeting them with a firm handshake. Prepare and rehearse a one- to two-minute introduction that includes your name, career interests and education. Market your skills and experience that are most relevant to the employer’s needs. Focus on what you could offer the company. For example: “My name is Jane Smith. I am a senior, fluent in Mandarin, studying political science and my career goal is to become a foreign correspondent stationed in Hong Kong. I want to use the experience that I gained in my past internship with the Bronx Times Reporter as a staff writer. I need daily writing experience.”
• Stay organized. Bring your briefcase, pen and paper to take notes, plus an expandable folder or canvas bag to organize materials that you will pick up at the Career Fair. If possible, try not to bring a book bag or backpack, since you want to convey a professional appearance.
Q: What else should I do?
A: Avoid late-afternoon arrival. Be prepared to stay long enough to meet all employers that interest you. Prioritize your time by first seeing your “top” employers, then, if time permits, explore opportunities with others. Be sure to include some of the smaller companies where you are more likely, for example, to get reporting and writing experience. If there is a long line at a table, return later so you do not waste time waiting. Be pleasant, polite, confident and professional. Hand over your résumé and introduce yourself. Ask appropriate questions about the mission of the company and the positions for which they’re interviewing. (Do not ask about salary, benefits, how many hours you will work, etc.) If a recruiter does not have positions that interest you, ask whether there are others elsewhere in that organization whom you could contact. Thank recruiters for their time and ask for their business cards and the best way to follow up. Network with fellow job seekers by sharing information about internship and job leads, companies and their recruiting strategies and styles.
Q: What shouldn’t I do?
A: Don’t:
• Expect to be offered an internship or job at the fair.
• Be afraid of the recruiters. Approach them with confidence.
• Drop off your résumé and walk away. Take time to market yourself.
• Interrupt. Patiently wait your turn.
• Lie about your abilities and skills.
• Cruise the booths with your friends.
• Monopolize the employer.
• Ask about salary and benefits.
• Complain about jobs, bosses or classes.
• Use negative words, like “can’t” or “won’t.”
Q: Anything else I should do after the Career Fair?
A: Yes. Mail a thank-you letter to each representative with whom you spoke. This will help to remind them of you and affirm your interest in working for the organization. Reflect on your methodology, your execution and your results. What might you have done more effectively?
Q: Where can I get more help?
A: Check with your college’s Placement/Career Services Office. They can help you prepare for the job fair. Practice interviewing, get career advice or have your résumé and cover letter reviewed by a counselor. Attend workshops such as How to Make a Job Fair Work for You, Dress for Success, Résumé Writing, and Interview Skills that may be offered through your Placement/Career Services Office.

Nine Things Never to Say in a Job Interview (Explanations on
By Charles Purdy, Senior Editor
1. What sort of perks do you offer?
2. What does your company do?
3. My last boss was a real %$#*!
4. I love your glasses.
5. My feet are killing me!
6. I got fired from my last position.
7. I just want a job — any job!
8. I don’t know.
9. My biggest weakness is that I work too hard.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s