Creating a Clear Resume

Continue networking to develop contacts and potential jobs or internships. Your job search is never over even if you are already working.

Networking and Your Job Search

Networking is: The process of developing, maintaining and nurturing mutually-beneficial relationships that foster professional and personal growth. It is the number one way to get a job in today’s world!

  • School
  • Community – events, neighbors
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Religious affiliations
  • Online networks-Facebook, Linkedin
  • Professional Organizations
  • Sports teams
  • Volunteer work
  • Jobs-part-time included/Internships
  • Neighbors
  • Family

You are Networking When You…

  • Attend professional meetings & conferences
  • Attend Career Services Fairs & Employer Information Sessions and department events
  • Become involved in school clubs and other extra-curricular activities
  • Connect with BMCC alumni
  • Join professional organizations
  • Volunteer
  • Start a conversation with someone
  • Set up a professional profile on social networking site, such as Linkedin.com
  • Ask a family member if they know someone who works at a company you’re interested in

Keys to Successful Networking

Make a great first impression!

  • Introduce yourself: Smile/Handshake/Eye Contact
  • Develop your Elevator Pitch (See Worksheet Link)
  • Stay positive
  • Prepare thoughtful questions ahead of time
  • Stay in-touch. Maintain your network
  • Get out from behind your computer – attend events on- and off-campus.
  • Follow up in a systematic way with your networks
  • Discuss job offers and obtain strategies to succeed in the workplace

Succeeding in Your First Internship or Job: Get Noticed for the Right Reasons

  • Prepare: Before you start your position, secure information such as start date, hours, dress code and documents you need to bring on your first day from your supervisor or a human resources representative. Brush up on some facts about the company: products, locations, key staff, etc., so you’ll be familiar with the company basics as you are being oriented.
  • Button it up: Dress up rather than down. Get noticed as the employee who is professional and takes work seriously.
  • Connect the dots: Gain an understanding of different departments and how they work together and the ‘language’ of your business.
  • Learn the Lingo: Each industry-and job-has its own set of vocabulary and processes. Be on the lookout for your company’s unique lingo; learn it and use it.
  • Observe: Watch how staff interact and perform their jobs-the questions they ask (and to whom), the systems they use, how they organize their work, etc. It’s a great way to learn!
  • Ask Questions: Asking questions shows you are eager to learn and engaged. If you have questions about your assignments, try to offer a solution – rather than just present a problem.
  • Clarify Expectations: When given an assignment, ensure you understand the basics-what you need to do, its due date, where you should leave it/e-mail it when it is completed, etc. Repeat the instructions back to your supervisor to check for clarity.
  • Know your supervisor: Superiors have various work styles. Some will give you detailed instructions; others may give general information and expect you to figure things out. Some may be warm and friendly, others more distant. Communication styles also vary. Some bosses like face-to-face communication; others may rely mostly on e-mails. Recognize your supervisor’s preferences –and ask for clarification if necessary.
  • Check your work: Take time to check your work to ensure it is accurate and you are following directions.
  • Ask for Work: If you do not have any work or you complete an assignment, inform your supervisor. Not having work does not mean you may conduct personal business.
  • Assess your skills: Throughout your career you will develop new skills and hone others you have. This is an essential part of career development. Take notes on what you are learning so you retain it-and, in the future, can explain it on your resume and in an interview.

Salary Negotiations

Negotiating a salary with an employer can feel overwhelming; however, remembering several simple strategies will help you to feel empowered.

  • Avoid bringing salary up first!
  • Be prepared to be asked about your salary history and your salary requirements/expectations during the interview:
    • Do your homework on market values. Research the market value for the job you are applying for. See www.salary.com for additional information.
    • Consider all aspects: For example, if medical benefits are part of your compensation package and you already have coverage, you may request a higher salary in lieu of the medical benefits. Vacation and personal days may also be negotiable.

Importance of Mentors in the Workplace

  • Mentors provide the opportunity to explore, and obtain information about possible professions and industries to make informed career decisions.
  • Mentorship provides an opportunity to develop a professional network to coaching and feedback
  • Receive advice and encouragement on personal, professional growth and development

Center for Career Development

199 Chambers Street, Room S-342
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-220-8170
Email: career@bmcc.cuny.edu

Hours of Operation:
Monday–Thursday: 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.