Monthly Archives: May 2014

Resume Tips

Is your resume as good as it could be? In this post, let us discuss six aspects of resume design – and provide tips accordingly. [The post was written by Dr. Joel Evans of the Zarb School.]:

  •   What is the purpose of a resume?

A resume should attract the attention of a prospective employer and interest the prospective employer to invite the applicant to an interview. A resume is NOT the vehicle for a person to present his/her life story. It IS the vehicle to provide the relevant and distinctive background of the applicant.

  •  Should there be an opening summary at the top of the resume?

For two reasons, the answer to this question is yes. One, this immediately lets the prospective employer  recognize the type of job for which the applicant is applying. Two, an opening summary enables the applicant to create his/her self brand and highlight what makes that individual unique.

To learn more about the value of self branding, read here.

  • How should you decide what content to include on the resume?

Although it is essential to include one’s education, work experience, and special skills on a resume, it is also vital not to overwhelm the prospective employer with too much information. The reader will most likely skim the resume and find a densely-worded resume not worth the effort. In addition, by having too much content, the reader is not guided to the most important information.

Here a few specific tips: (1) Ask yourself this question and address it through your resume — What the are the five to ten top reasons why a potential employer should hire me instead of another applicant (your competitive advantages)? (2) Highlight your accomplishments — not just your past job functions. (3) Do NOT place as much emphasis on a job you had five years ago as the one you had most recently. [I am continuously amazed by how many resumes I review for my students and alumni that have as many bullet points for an internship they had as their full-time jobs!!]

  •  How long should your resume be?

Over the years, I have reviewed thousands of resumes. I still firmly believe that one page is sufficient for an applicant at any level of experience. But some others differ and think a slightly longer resume is acceptable IF one is looking for a senior-level position. The following is a very good rule to keep in mind, as provided by Careers Plus Resumes for Careerealism:

“A resume will first receive a very brief scan, often 10-20 seconds, to determine if the candidate appears to meet the major requirements. While the entire resume may be quickly scanned, utilizing a summary of qualifications with keywords and phrases based upon one’s career goal and job target is advantageous. A resume that passes the initial scan will then receive greater scrutiny to determine if a candidate qualifies for an interview. Here, relevant depth and detail in the history is best since the candidate’s experience, skills, and strengths – as they apply to the position – will be more thoroughly assessed.”

  • Is it OK to use one version of a resume for all possible jobs?

NO! NO! NO! In this era of easy-to-adapt Word files, it is inexcusable to use the same resume for all jobs. You want the potential employer to be interested in you. So, show you are interested in them. Tailor your resume to the specific job opening and potential employer. One size does NOT fit all.

Consider these observations from Dawn Rasmussen, writing for Careerealism:

“As we go through our careers, our background evolves into probably at least three or more different thematic areas. In my lifetime, I’ve been a meeting planner, television producer, tourism manager, educator, and resume writer, to name a few. Can I pull all of these areas under one roof/one resume? Not a chance. No one could possibly digest it all – there is too much stuff ‘muddying’ the waters. The trick to hitting a moving target is to get grounded first.”

Take a deep breath and think about what area you are actually going to have the highest “degree of job search success. Then focus your efforts on that area. I would suggest one, two, but no more than three major areas. Then create a separate document for EACH of those themes. Create a section header entitled “RELEVANT HISTORY,” then list the job records most relevant to the position to which you are applying first, then summarize (if necessary) any non-relevant ones to avoid distracting the reader. That way, you can account for any holes that open up in your work experience caused by moving non-relevant history into an ‘Additional Background’ header.

  • Does the “look”  of the resume matter?

Yes, it does. These are some typical mistakes to avoid: (1) Do not use an overly small font. (2) Do not have small margins. (3) Do not have spelling or grammatical mistakes. (4) Do not use plain copy paper; use quality paper. (5) Do not use exotic paper colors; stick to white or off-white.


GOOD LUCK!
[As Branch Rickey, the Brooklyn Dodgers general manager who signed Jackie Robinson to be the first African-American to play Major League Baseball, once said: “Luck is the residue of hard work and design.”]

 

The Zarb House: A Unique Living and Learning Opportunity

The Zarb House is another way in which the Zarb School of Business stands out. 🙂

It is an exciting opportunity for first-year students to live and study with other students pursuing careers in the field of business. Residents participate in guest lectures, utilize exclusive tutorial services, and attend field trips. Supplementary house programs include an annual entrepreneurial challenge, ethics in business, and Career Center information sessions targeting professional opportunities in the field.

The Zarb House is a 55 –unit on-campus facility, equipped with a kitchen, flat screen televisions and suite style rooms, enables students to bond from day one, establishing a close knit community for incoming Zarb students. Residents are part of a learning cluster, placing them in the same classes.

Click the image to see a nice photo montage of the Zarb House in action.
 

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Congratulations to Our Second Class of Online MBA Graduates

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This May, theZarb School Online MBA Program celebrated its second group of graduates with a  dinner for graduates, their families and friends, program alumni, and faculty members. During the dinner, Dean Patrick Socci and  Program Director Dr. Kaushik Sengupta presented awards to graduates Wendy Darwell and Eric Bates for high academic achievement, and to Dr. Anoop Rai for Best Teacher.   The strong feeling of camaraderie among the graduates was evident, along with their deep gratitude to their family and friends who supported them throughout the program.

The Online MBA Program is offered as a fully accredited MBA program to working professionals through completely online courses. Why the Hofstra Online MBA Program?

  • The first distance learning program in Strategic Business Management and Strategic Healthcare Management in New York.
  • AACSB accredited school for over 40 years.
  • GMAT or GRE requirements waived under certain conditions, based on progressive work experience.
  • Courses taught by…

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A Simple Quiz on Online Security and Privacy: Can You Pass?

Recently, Professor Joel Evans of the Hofstra Zarb School of Business made a presentation on “How to Be Even Smarter Online, Especially with Social Media.”

As part of this presentation, a 21-item true-false quiz on online/social privacy was conducted. Through this post, you may take the quiz in one of two ways:

      1. Look at the two screens below for the questions. There is a separate PDF file with the answers under the quiz.
      2. Look at the YouTube video that is embedded at the bottom of the post. The video includes the answers and a discussion for each question. The audio quality is very good. To clearly view the YouTube version of the quiz, use the full-screen mode!!
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Privacy Quiz 1

Privacy Quiz 2Privacy Quiz Answers

 

 

Congratulations to Our Second Class of Online MBA Graduates

This May, the Zarb School Online MBA Program celebrated its second group of graduates with a  dinner for graduates, their families and friends, program alumni, and faculty members. During the dinner, Dean Patrick Socci and  Program Director Dr. Kaushik Sengupta presented awards to graduates Wendy Darwell and Eric Bates for high academic achievement, and to Dr. Anoop Rai for Best Teacher.   The strong feeling of camaraderie among the graduates was evident, along with their deep gratitude to their family and friends who supported them throughout the program.

The Online MBA Program is offered as a fully accredited MBA program to working professionals through completely online courses. Why the Hofstra Online MBA Program?

      • The first distance learning program in Strategic Business Management and Strategic Healthcare Management in New York.
      • AACSB accredited school for over 40 years.
      • GMAT or GRE requirements waived under certain conditions, based on progressive work experience.
      • Courses taught by full-time faculty members and leading practitioners in the field.
      • Leverages close proximity to the New York business world through industry liaisons, events and career services.

Click the image for a nice photo gallery.

 

Executives in Residence

At the Zarb School of Business. educating students (both inside and outside the classroom) is our top priority, and our Executives in Residence program is one of the many ways we offer students a comprehensive educational experience.

Our executives in residence, who have offices at the Zarb School, enable students to benefit from their knowledge. experiences, and resources. Their areas of expertise include finance, management, marketing, technology, and education, among other industries.

In addition, our faculty have the opportunity to work in partnership with these experts to organize events, collaborate on research projects, and provide special classroom presentations for students.

Click on the image to read about our resident experts!
 
Executives in Residence
 

Zarb School Professor Named Editor-in-Chief

Dr. Carole L. Jurkiewicz, Professor of Management at Hofstra University’s Zarb School of Business, has been named Editor-in-Chief of Public Integrity, the foremost journal on ethics and leadership in all aspects of modern public service. Dr. Jurkiewicz’s term as Editor-in-Chief begins in August 2014.

Through a competitive and highly selective process overseen by the American Association of Public Administration’s Section on Ethics’ Executive Committee, Dr. Jurkiewicz was selected from among a group of top scholars around the world for this key role. She is the first woman to be named Editor-in-Chief.

Through her role as Editor-in-Chief of Public Integrity, Dr. Jurkiewicz will strive to further the understanding of ethics in the public sector as well the intersection of public, private, and nonprofit organizations through original scholarly endeavor. The journal is sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration, International City/County Management Association, Council of State Governments, and the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws and is published quarterly.