Career Development Center Offers Students Opportunities, Resources to Connect with Wide Range of Employers
Two down, two to go.
Sarah Clyde, a Stern College for Women senior graduating in May with a shaped degree in computer science, had four job interviews in the last two weeks. All of them were with employers she met at Yeshiva University’s annual Career Fair, organized by the Career Development Center, on April 1.
“The Career Development Center always stresses how networking can get you in the door for an interview,” Clyde said. “The Career Fair is like a mini-interview and networking event. Once you make that personal connection with the recruiter, you’re more likely to be called in for an interview.”
This year’s Career Fair offered students the opportunity to meet and engage with more than 45 employers across a variety of fields, including medical technology, publishing, Jewish communal work and finance. According to Sarah Rosen, director of alumni and employment relations at the CDC, that wide range of options is carefully cultivated by the Center throughout the year.
“We try to make this event available to a diverse employer base,” said Rosen. “The diversity is important because we can expose students to employers they may not even realize they would be interested in. The fair gives students the opportunity to hone their skills with different types of employers.” Clyde agreed, offering similar advice to other students: “Don’t only approach the companies you came specifically to see. Take a risk and start a conversation.”
For some employers, the Career Fair was their first encounter with the student body of YU. “This is our first time here and we’re excited,” said Robert Zyzynski, a recruitment intern at the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board. “We’re looking for students who have open minds because at our agency we really need people who can consider all options. We heard about this recruiting opportunity and we jumped on it.”
For others, like Spreemo, a healthcare technology organization, the fair represented the chance to tap a tried-and-true labor market. “I’ve been involved in three businesses in the past that have recruited from YU and always had good experiences,” said Pamela Harpaz, the company’s chief financial officer. “That’s what we’re here for.”
Jared Schuler, a talent acquisition associate for Scholastic, Inc., was similarly impressed by a current public relations intern at the company who is a student at Stern College. Her work at Scholastic has made the publisher interested to learn more about the student population at YU. “It’s our first time one-on-one with this school,” said Schuler. “We wanted to come and see what they’ve got.”
The CDC prepared students for the fair with informational materials and workshops about revising resumes and the art of the personal pitch. Jonathan Scheiner, a senior studying Management of Information Systems at the Sy Syms School of Business, thought that both discussions helped him present himself more effectively. “I think the companies I spoke with today were very receptive to my pitch, and I think looking them in the eyes and smiling was a big part of that,” he said.
Clyde is already on her way. However, she will continue to seek the guidance and feedback of the CDC as she advances her job search. “The CDC has years of experience dealing with both students and employers,” she said. “They know what employers might and ask and where students fumble on interviews. It can only help to sit down and have a conversation with an advisor.”
To learn more about the Career Development Center at Yeshiva University visit www.yu.edu/cdc.