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.”

Entrepreneurship Seminar to Offer Career Alternatives for Job Seekers in a Challenging Market

Barbara Poole, Founder and CEO of Employaid.com, partnering with Pace University Office of Career Services, announces a super charged Event for all would -be and start-up phase entrepreneurs.

Posted on behalf of Barbara Poole, Founder and CEO of Employaid.com, partnering with Pace University Office of Career Services

Announcing Employ Yourself: The Entrepreneurial Career Option Event

Barbara Poole, Founder and CEO of Employaid.com, partnering with Pace University Office of Career Services, announces a super charged Event for all would -be and start-up phase entrepreneurs.

Ridgefield, Connecticut – The economy may be recovering, yet the disparaging news for job seekers is that employment is a lagging indicator of that resurgence. With millions of workers unemployed, start-up businesses will fuel the growth of New Economy industries.

On Saturday, January 23, Employaid Events moves to White Plains, the backyard of NYC’s fast moving small business scene, for an information packed start-up business event, presented by Employaid.com and Pace University Career Services. We are opening our doors for a seminar filled with advice from world class speakers in the fields of entrepreneurship, personal reinvention, new business models, and mechanics of launching and running a small business. Each speaker has successfully reinvented their own career and will offer candid insight into the realities of change, mindset shift, and the nuts and bolts of running a business in today’s volatile economy.

Barbara Poole, CEO of Employaid.com stated, “The traditional resources available for small business have not kept pace with starting up in this volatile moment in our economic history. Although more individuals are turning to entrepreneurship, it’s not for the faint of heart. That’s why we created this Event. We especially wanted to hold it in a venue convenient to both New York and Connecticut entrepreneurs.”

Jody Queen-Hubert, Executive Director of Career Services for Pace University said, “Charting one’s own path has never been more attractive. With record unemployment, we felt it was important to look at career alternatives and present the other side of the coin to our Pace alumni and the community. For those who have always dreamed of starting something of their own or those who are embarking on a second career to offer their professional services, this seminar should prove invaluable.”

Confirmed speakers include:

Keynote Address

Entrepreneurship and You

Gary Whitehill, Founder at New York Entrepreneur Week www.nyew.org

Panel: Career Reinvention and Self Reliance Kristen Jensen, Founder & CEO at Kristen Jensen Photography www.kristenjensen.com

Robert Valdes-Rodriguez Founder and CEO at RVR Neckwear www.rvrneckwear.com

Kate Gaffin, Founder at www.connectingtogreatness.com

Panel: New Business Models

Graham Lawlor, Founder at www.ultralightstartups.com

Lauren Porat, Co-Founder at Urban Interns www.urbaninterns.com

Melissa Lopez, Business Coach at www.eSourceCoach.com

Panel: Start Your Business Right

Alan Brody, Founder at www.iBreakfast.com

Ray Vandenberg, Founder and Partner www.vanfeliu.com

Barbara Poole, Founder at www.Employaid.com

Light refreshments will be served.

Place: Pace University Lubin Graduate Center Auditorium One Martine Avenue White Plains, NY