Looking for a job?

I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty worried about getting a job once I graduate from Stony Brook. Being a journalism major the prospectives are difficult if not bleak. But, hey, nowadays, with the crisis going on, journalists are not the only ones that are facing tough professional times. So, what to do? Start by using all of the resources available on campus. The best place? The Career Center.

They offer great tools to help you in that difficult process of getting a job. From helping you write your resume to job fairs. As a matter of fact, there are a couple of upcoming fairs worth taking a look at. The first, which will focus on job and interships on the IT, Engineering and Science fields will be held on September 23 from 12 pm to 3pm in the SAC Ballroom A & B. The other one, held specially for Business, Communication, Counseling, Health and Non-profit, will be done on October 14 from 12pm to 3pm in SAC Ballroom A&B.

Now, to one of my favorite tools on the Career Center website. The Occupational Outlook Handbook (OOH) 2008-09 edition. This is basically a site where you will find any job (taxi driver, nursery teacher, journalist…) and everything related to it: what the job entails, what kind of companies will hire you, what’s a day in such a job like, how many people are in this profession, how much money you will make, etc.

So, if like me, you’re worried about the future…check out the Career Center website. It’s never too late to start looking

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2 Comments

  1. I graduated from SB in December 2004 with a degree in engineering. It took me 9 months to find a job after I declined the offer from the place where I interned the past summer. The career office is definitely the first place to look for a job or internship, but you should also update your monster.com account. I got a number of credible leads from that site, including a call from Raytheon, and one from Electric Boat. Both are major defense contractors.

    Even if you’re a freshman or a 1st year graduate student, you should attend the career service orientation, let them help you prepare a resume, and know their website and the services they provide. If you wait till your last year to do this, you may just end up being unemployed, back home with your parents, or a reluctant postdoc.

    Here are a few more tips:

    1) Finding the right job is actually a lot like dating. Go to plenty of interviews, even those that show but a glimmer of potential, so that when the right one comes along, you’ll know what to do.

    2) What you put on your resume is what you’ll be asked on your interview. You have great control over what you’ll be asked. For this reason, you should never treat it as a confession, but rather as a showpiece for what you’ve accomplished. Put down only what you’re willing to talk about, and what’s relevant to the job you’re interviewing for.

    3) Internship is the best way to net a job. The ones in engineering actually pay quite well. I paid off a big chunk of my student loans with my internship money. It beats working at Smith Haven Mall.

    4) Don’t be discouraged by the list of requirements on a job posting that you can’t fully satisfy with your current level of expertise. If there are 7 items, and you can only satisfy 4, then you should apply. The other 3 are for you to learn, and the reason why you would want to work for them. If you can satisfy all 7, then there is no reason to work for that company other than money, and money should never be the sole reason why you should work for anyone, especially if you love your field of studies and want to expand your knowledge.

    5) Lastly, after you’ve found a job, pass it on. Whenever my company hires new college grads, I always send a copy of the flier or announcement to the SB career service. You should always remember your Alma Mater and what she did for you. Besides, some companies give bonuses to employees who recommend potential hires, if those prospects get hired by the company.

    • Hi Tony H!

      Thank you so much for commenting on my post. Your feedback was great and adds a lot of “outside” knowledge to the discussion. Take care!


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