Browsing: Alumni Careers

There is no doubt professionals need an online presence to market their unique skills and accomplishments for networking and job searches. LinkedIn provides professionals with a platform to present career achievements, search for jobs, research companies, expand professional network and engage in professional growth opportunities. Here are three tips from our upcoming April 22 webinar “LinkedIn for Beginners” with José Miguel Longo, Social Media Strategist and Internship Consultant, Stony Brook University Career Center: Be strategic. Write personalized invitations to connect and expand your network. Use the “Find Alumni” feature to connect with alumni who are working in your field of…

Being stuck isn’t fun. Immobile. Fastened. Motionless. Unable to move. Staying in one place without progress.We get to those points in our lives and careers where we feel stuck. It’s normal. It happens. I’ve lived it. A couple of years ago, I started honestly evaluating where I was in my career. I liked what I did (although not as much as I once did), and I liked the people I was working with. But, I wasn’t genuinely happy. I wasn’t sure I wanted to keep doing this for the next 5, 10, 20 years. I had a great title, salary,…

When I attended SUNY Stony Brook, I majored in French Literature and participated in Stony Brook’s first study abroad Philosophy program at La Sorbonne University in Paris, France. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. So what did I end up doing in the real world? I became a Certified Public Accountant working in various management roles throughout my career, most recently as a Chief Financial Officer of a Long Island financial institution. You are probably wondering how I went from being a French major to becoming an Accountant. Many of my engineering, math, and science friends…

In 2002, Daniel H. Pink wrote The New York Times – Best Seller book “Free Agent Nation: The Future of Working for Yourself.” Pink brought to light that over 25 million Americans were self-employed and uncovered a shift in attitudes about the workplace and economy. Increasingly, individuals with an entrepreneurial spirit start a business with little thought put into mapping out their vision or plan. With a ton of enthusiasm and ambition, coupled with little experience, most “free agents” fail because they do NOT invest time and energy into writing their business plan. According to Ronni Rosen, Senior Business Advisor from NYS Small…

Mapping out a business plan and vision is essential to the success of every entrepreneur. Here are three tips from Ronni Rosen, Senior Business Advisor from NYS Small Business Development Center, who presented our recent webinar: “Business Start-Up Basics and How to Write a Business Plan:” Outline your financial needs. Start by asking yourself what kind of financing you are likely to need. What initial investment will your business require? Do your homework and set objectives. What is the current state of the marketplace you’re seeking to enter? Competitors? Target customers? What are perceived threats and opportunities? Try writing a…

Since 85% (roughly) of jobs are obtained through personal contact, it seems with such a high percentage, your “resume” doesn’t deserve as much attention as it often gets…Rather, more time should be spent on crafting the core message you’d like to send to your network, while building and maintaining authentic relationships. Here are four ways to make networking work for you: Know your message:Think of three words that might best describe you. Write them down…. Those three words are going to inform everything you do. Every sentence you write. Every elevator pitch you deliver. Be real: In sales, there is a saying,”People do business…

January is often the time many seek to reestablish career intentions and start anew. Everyone has different approaches to structuring a plan to create their desired reality, which often involves some level of “career happiness.” No matter what method you use, here are three common techniques to achieve your desired goals: Be present. Focusing on past failures or future hopes can deprive you of enjoying the moment. Start small. The “big picture” is overwhelming. Separate your plan into achievable action items. Introduce new information. Increasing knowledge can lift perceived barriers and open new doors. Learn more with our Alumni Career Services…

We have an eventful month of webinar and workshop topics developed exclusively for three distinct groups of alumni—recent, mid-level and experienced alumni. At a recent webinar, “Reactivate your Network,” participants learned how to build and enhance their current network by focusing on quality instead of quantity, develop a more positive mindset about networking, and effectively maintain their newly established contacts. “Encore Careers,” scheduled for Thursday, November 14 at the Stony Brook Career Center, will invite experienced alumni to explore a career geared toward giving back for the common good and living a more flexible and balanced lifestyle. We will close…

Thanks to a new partnership between the Alumni Association and the Career Center, alumni can look to their alma mater to help with their job searches, prepare for career changes, discover job postings, improve their professional networking skills and learn about new business development and entrepreneurship opportunities. Nikki Barnett ’01, ’03, a longstanding member of the Stony Brook family, has become the University’s first career counselor exclusively dedicated to assist Stony Brook’s more than 150,000 alumni with these services. Barnett was appointed senior career consultant for alumni in response to a discussion that took place at the Generation One Reunion…

I’m thrilled by my new role as senior career consultant for alumni and with it, this unique opportunity to help you and your fellow alums with your job search, networking and career advancement. On Oct. 10, we will host “Changing Careers?,” a workshop just for you on how to transition to your next job. Here is a preview of some of the top tips: Understand what’s behind your desire to make a change: People you work with, skills used, etc. Be practical: Set measurable action items and adjust when needed. Do something every day to work toward your goal: Take…

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