College PreView: COVER STORY – “LEADERS WANTED How to become the leader employers will want”

Lubin Professor Bruce Bachenheimer discusses the importance of leadership skill building in College PreView, a high school publication targeting college-bound juniors and seniors.

Putting Leadership Skills into Action
“To position themselves for a valuable career, college students need to demonstrate how they can add value to a prospective employer,” says Bruce Bachenheimer, clinical professor of management and director of entrepreneurship at Pace University, in the May/June issue of College PreView (pages 37-40). “They need to be able to solve problems creatively and to effectively implement solutions in a rapidly changing environment. To accomplish this, they will need to think entrepreneurially and take on a leadership role early in their career.”

“The role of a leader is to take people to a new place, to inspire them to do something they otherwise would not have done or even thought they could do,” adds Bachenheimer. “Think about how you can inspire fellow students and motivate them to take action!”

Examiner.com (NYC): “University Students Are Graduating But What Do Employers Want?”

Even as the economy is slowly shifting towards the positive, graduating students still face many obstacles in obtaining employment. So how are colleges preparing their students for the job market?

Pace University  is ranked as one of the best universities to attend by US News in their 2011 Best Colleges edition.  

Maxine Sugarman, the Director of Career Services on Pace’s New York City Campus, shares with the Examiner.com how she and her team are preparing graduating seniors and graduate students to be interview-ready for potential employers.

Q: How does Pace University’s career center prepare your up-and-coming graduates for 2011’s competitive job market?

Ms. Sugarman: “We offer more opportunities for students to practice their interview techniques. We offer a ‘Mock Interview Day’ for volunteer recruiters to come to campus and individually interview our students. The recruiters and our career services team share constructive feedback with students and recommend Interview Workshops throughout the academic year. We also increased our efforts to provide video recordings of mock interview sessions between the student and interviewer. This provides students the ability to review the recorded session with their career counselor to focus on improving their delivery of interview answers [and body language]. We have also increased our partnerships with pre-professional student organizations to bring more recruiters on campus so that the students can network with recruiters at earlier stages in their college careers.”

Q: What are some important things graduating students should focus on in their job search?

Ms. Sugarman:“Analyze each job description and focus on selling yourself with the specific skills sets that each job description is requiring. Realize that one size does not fit all; meaning you have to customize each resume and cover letter sent out to the specific job. Learn how to brand yourself and how to network effectively. Our career center has created a LinkedIn mentoring program for business students to connect with Pace alumni who also majored in a business discipline. Networking is more critical than ever in order to uncover leads to job openings.”

Q: As the Director of a prestigious university, what are potential employers sharing with you of the type of graduates they are seeking to hire?

Ms. Sugarman: “Employers have always sought professionally prepared graduates. However, now more than ever employers want graduates who have excelled in the classroom and outside of the classroom. This means the graduate who has internships, extracurricular activities that promote leadership skills and/or has gained experience through volunteering will be a very attractive candidate to potential employers.”

Jan 22 – Pace Hosts Multi-College Job Fair for GRADUATE Business Students/Alumni – 40 Hiring Firms

With layoffs and high unemployment in the New York area affecting increasing numbers of professionals with graduate degrees, MyWorkster, a leading online career development network, will bring together two dozen of the nation’s top business schools for the first ever Multi-School Graduate Fair for job seekers with Masters degrees in business, technology and public administration. More than 40 leading companies will also take part in this unprecedented event on Friday, January 22nd at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus.

Media Contacts:

Samuella Becker, Pace Public Information, sbecker2@pace.edu, 212-346-1637 or 917-734-5172 Thomas J. Basile, MyWorkster, TBasile@EmpireSolutionsllc.com – 917-579-2216

Employers & Job Seekers Join Forces on Friday, January 22, New York City

Pace University Hosts Collaborative, Multi-School Job Fair for GRADUATE Business Students/Alumni (MBA, MS, MPA Degrees) from 24 Participating Colleges AND 40 “Hiring” Companies; Event Organized by MyWorkster

NEW YORK, January 19, 2010 — With layoffs and high unemployment in the New York area affecting increasing numbers of professionals with graduate degrees, MyWorkster, a leading online career development network, will bring together two dozen of the nation’s top business schools for the first ever Multi-School Graduate Fair for job seekers with Masters degrees in business, technology and public administration. More than 40 leading companies will also take part in this unprecedented event on Friday, January 22nd at Pace University’s downtown Manhattan campus.

The event, specifically geared toward job seekers with MBA, MPA and MS degrees, represents a new model in improving alumni and student access to top employers through a combination of face-to-face and online networking.

Coordinated by MyWorkster and hosted by Pace University, this event involves graduate schools of business from both public and private universities that increasingly are looking for new ways to aid alumni and students seeking internships and permanent positions. The price of admission is $10 and pre-registration is required at http://www.myworkster.com/jobfair

“The recession has hit so many professionals with advanced degrees, particularly in the New York area,” states MyWorkster Director of Operations Doug Baruchin. “Those candidates have special skills and needs. These graduate business schools recognize that, and have joined forces with us to provide a unique networking experience for their qualified students and alumni. Additionally, employers coping with the recession are looking to cut costs in the recruitment process. This event addresses both needs by bringing together a seasoned pool of graduate degree holders with a wide range of top employers. It leverages MyWorkster’s proprietary technology to make networking and recruiting more effective.”

Unlike traditional job fairs where the networking begins and ends at the event itself, employers using MyWorkster’s online tools can screen candidates before the fair and contact numerous others they might not have the opportunity to meet directly at the event through MyWorkster’s robust networking technology.

“We at Pace, like other universities, are working hard to assist our students and alumni,” said Jody Queen-Hubert, Executive Director of the Pace University Career Co-op & Career Services.

“By having access to an exponentially larger number of solid leads from this fair, employers can organize the profiles they find attractive into a ‘saved list,’ send messages to job seekers, invite them for interviews and/or internships and interact via chat or video links,” Queen-Hubert continued. “Employers can source both passive and active talent and post an unlimited amount of jobs across targeted college networks, efficiently providing access to tens of thousands of qualified job seekers.”

PARTICIPATING SCHOOLS: Adelphi School of Business, Bentley McCallum Grad School of Business, Cornell Johnson Grad School of Management, Clark Graduate School of Management, C.W. Post (LIU) School of Business, Depaul Kellstadt Grad School of Business, Dartmouth Tuck School of Business, Fordham Grad School of Business, Hofstra Zarb School of Business, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, New Paltz (SUNY) School of Business, NJIT School of Management, Northeastern College of Business, Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, NYIT School of Management, NYU Polytechnic, NYU Wagner Grad School of Public Service, Pace Lubin School of Business, Rutgers Business School, Seton Hall Stillman School of Business, St. John’s Tobin College of Business, Temple Fox School of Business, Virginia Tech Pamplin College of Business, Wagner College Wagner MBA

PARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS: Becker Professional Education, Bridge Financial Group/Metlife, Catholic Health Services of Long Island, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),Chartis Insurance, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Henry Schein, Interactive Brokers Group LLC, John Mini Distinctive Landscapes, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, MediaCom, MyPublisher, National Futures Association, National Life Financial Alliance, New York State Unified Court System, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network – Rye Brook, NYC Fire Department, NYU Wagner, Penn Mutual, Prudential, Sirius XM Radio, Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken AB (Publ) New York Branch, Social Security Administration, SS&C TECHNOLOGIES, Target, The Alliance of Insurance & Financial Professionals, The Associated Press, The NYC Department of Small Business Services, Thomson Reuters, U.S. General Services Administration, Wells Fargo Financial, WithumSmith+Brown, P.C.

About Pace University: For 103 years Pace University has produced thinking professionals by providing high quality education for the professions on a firm base of liberal learning amid the advantages of the New York metropolitan area. A private university, Pace has campuses in New York City and Westchester County, New York, enrolling nearly 13,000 students in bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in its Lubin School of Business, Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lienhard School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Law, and Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. Visit Pace on the web at www.pace.edu| Facebook | Twitter (@PaceUNews) | Flickr | YouTube

About MyWorkster: (http://www.MyWorkster.com) MyWorkster (http://www.myworkster.com/flash/video.html) is a breakthrough social networking platform that connects members with employers, mentors, educational institutions and information resources to find the right job or advance their career. MyWorkster is changing the way people connect by leveraging collegiate networks and common associations to facilitate career development and advancement. This unique network provides immediate access to nearly 3,000,000 jobs and thousands of decision makers using proprietary technologies that make job placement more efficient and effective for both the member and employer.