Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Preparing for an Interview? Practice Your Elevator Pitch!

By: Kandice Thorn

At the end of this month, dozens of Fordham LL.M. students will participate in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), an annual job fair that brings together LL.M. students and employers from around the world.  For students who will be participating in interviews, a little bit of advance preparation will be crucial.  In this article, I will focus on what I consider to be the hardest interview question: "Tell me about yourself."

This question is the cue to launch into your "elevator pitch."

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Job Hunter's Holiday Wish List

By: Kandice Thorn

The holidays are just around the corner and that means gifts galore for everyone!  As you prepare your wish list, please allow me to suggest a few things that might help you on your way to finding your dream job.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eat, Drink, Be Merry... and Strategize

By: Kandice Thorn

Did anyone notice the chill in the air this morning?  Winter is rapidly approaching, bringing with it the end of the fall semester.  Before you know it, you'll be handing in your last final and running off to enjoy a few weeks of well deserved rest.  As you should.  But I also want to encourage you to consider winter break as a time to review your career strategy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Making a Positive First Impression

By: Kandice Thorn

A few weeks ago, I wrote that your resume must make a positive impression on a viewer in about six seconds.  Similarly, when you meet someone in person you have a very short time in which to make a positive first impression.

A first impression is developed very quickly and takes an excruciatingly long time to change once it is formed.  Unfortunately, when you are networking or looking for a job, you don't have the luxury of taking the time to correct a negative impression - your first impression has to count.  The good news is that a positive first impression can stick just as well as a negative one.

Here are a few tips for making a positive first impression:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Engage Your Senses for Powerful Proofreading

By: Kandice Thorn

I am constantly emphasizing the importance of a *PERFECT* resume and cover letter, and today I'm going to give you a powerful tool to help you get there: using your senses.

Obviously, I am not suggesting that tasting or smelling your resume will bring it to the next level - that would be gross and creepy and ultimately useless.  But here is how engaging your senses of touch, sight, and hearing can help you make your document perfect.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

What to Wear to an Interview?

By: Kandice Thorn

I could do an entire month's worth of blog posts about interview attire, but why do that when others have already done it so well?  This week, I'm going to highlight a couple of posts by others who have done a great job explaining proper interview attire.

Monday, October 6, 2014

What's the Deal with Cover Letters??

By: Kandice Thorn

Career advisors give widely diverse advice when it comes to cover letters.  Some assert that a good cover letter is key to getting a good job.  Others tell you that cover letters are obsolete and nobody reads them anyway.  The truth is probably a mix - some recruiters read cover letters and care very much about what they say; many others (perhaps most) toss them in the trash immediately; some might read them only after the resume has passed muster.