PM Medical Billing, All-Ways Elevator Inc., E-Central Medical Management, ENT Associates, and American Consumer Shows recently visited Hunter to interview our students and graduates.
The Career Services department at Hunter does more than prepare students for employment. Staff members help students jumpstart and then advance in stimulating and gratifying careers. The entire department helps the prospective employee make the transition to the workplace as quickly and easily as possible. All questions about jobs are answered promptly and professionally, and any and all concerns are seriously addressed.
Placement services include…
- Interviewing skills
- Résumé preparation
- Cover and thank you letter writing
- Internships (if applicable)
- Career counseling and support
Job Search Tips
Three Soft Skills You Need to Get Hired
What are some important soft skills you want to be sure to try to develop? Consider this list and make a point to pay attention to where you rank with these key soft skills:
Listening No one wants to work with someone who isn’t a good listener. If you can’t follow instructions, it doesn’t matter how brilliant or talented you may be; you’re going to mess something up. How can you show you’re a good listener? Follow directions carefully when you apply for the job. Practice listening actively when you talk to people. Could you repeat most of the details of a conversation you just finished? If not, try to focus more carefully on your everyday interactions and you could improve this important skill.
Adaptability No one loves change, especially at work, but today, being flexible and having a good attitude while welcoming the unexpected is a valuable skill. Are you the first to complain if plans change? Do you sulk and brood when things don’t go your way? If that’s you, think about how you can be a little less rigid. It will make you a more marketable job seeker.
Teamwork It’s hard to find a job description that doesn’t mention working with a team and collaborating cross functionally. It might as well say, “Must play well with others.” You can practice being a team player by actually joining a team outside of work. Consider joining a sports team or volunteer to work for a nonprofit organization on a joint project to practice and improve your teamwork skills.
Secrets of Great Team Members
Judgment You can’t teach someone to have good judgment. This is why using social media sites to illustrate you know what to say and what not to say online can work in your favor. This is tough to self-assess, but if you’ve ever posted something on Facebook and lived to regret it, you could probably use some extra practice on the good judgment front. Think before you act, and you’ll be on your way to improving in this area.
Integrity and work ethic Your reputation is everything when it comes to getting a job. What do people say about you? Are you willing to work until the job is done? Do you pitch in and show initiative, even when it’s not necessarily your job? If so, you probably don’t need to worry about your reputation because you have a strong work ethic. If that doesn’t describe you, think about how you can change.
Communication Probably the root of all soft skills, if you can communicate well, you are halfway there to many jobs. Employers evaluate this from the start. How do you handle yourself on the phone? What does your application look like? Can you send a strong e-mail message? The interviewer will know right away if you can communicate well by how you introduce yourself and how you address questions. You can practice by preparing what you will say in the interview. Think about ways you can communicate succinctly, because this is an important skill, even for people seeking highly technical jobs.
The Classic American Work Ethic
The younger generation is often criticized for lacking the classic American work ethic. But Indiana teenager Jhaqueil Reagan has proven that the national rite of pulling oneself up by the bootstraps is not dead. Neither are happy endings. The 18-year-old hiked through an ice storm for 10 miles to interview for a minimum wage position with Dairy Queen Inc., and a local restaurateur was so impressed that he hired Reagan for double the state minimum wage, which would make his salary $14.50 an hour.
Reagan’s dedication came to light Friday while he was trudging through a winter storm outside Indianapolis for the Dairy Queen job. On the way, he asked a man for directions. The man turned out to be Art Bouvier, the owner of a local restaurant, Papa Roux Cajun Cooking. When Bouvier learned of Reagan’s 10-mile journey, he asked the 18-year-old, “How come you’re not on the bus?” Reagan answered: “I can’t afford the bus until I get a job,” Bouvier told Indianpolis TV station Fox59.
“That’s the kind of story your parents used to tell, my parents used to tell, up both ways in the snow,” he told Fox59. So Bouvier decided to follow up with Reagan. In a post on Facebook, Bouvier recounted how Reagan never asked for any money for the bus. He then decided to get in his car and follow Reagan, before finally catching up with him 15 minutes later. (Since being posted on Friday [before this story appeared], Bouvier’s post has gotten more than 15,000 “Likes.” This is what we need more of in this country.”)
After picking up Reagan, Bouvier dropped the teen off at his interview. But before he let him go, Bouvier told him that whatever Dairy Queen offers, he’d double it for him to start working with Papa Roux, according to the conservative news site TheBlaze. After his interview, Reagan soon found out that the Dairy Queen decided to fill the position with another candidate. But Bouvier told Reagan that he’d have a job waiting for him at Papa Roux on Monday.
In speaking to the TV station, Reagan talked about how he needed the break. After his mother died two years ago, he was forced to stay at home to take care of his siblings. He was only able to earn a high school diploma through GED. Speaking Friday after hearing about this new job, Reagan said his “heart’s racing…I’m just too excited, just excited to start.”
It is customary at graduation ceremonies that top students offer their thoughts to the assembled on their experiences while a student at Hunter. At the last Levittown graduation ceremony, James Breen offered the following:
Good evening. I’ll keep this brief. That’s for your benefit and mine.
When I was asked to speak tonight, I initially didn’t want to do it. Recently, though, I have been trying to do things that I don’t really want to do. Things that I am afraid of. It’s by doing this that I continue to grow.
I realized that coming back to school at my age was the same thing. At first it was crazy, but the benefit has been tremendous.
I would like to thank the great teachers I had the privilege of studying under at Hunter: Judy, George, Kelli, Laurelyn, Marilyn, and Noel. Thank you. To Adela and Gary in the Placement department…thank you. To all the rest of the staff and faculty…thank you. I would like to thank my classmates, who were immensely helpful. You know who you are. Thank you.
I am leaving Hunter with something very valuable. And I don’t just mean a diploma, although I still do want the diploma, and I’m keeping it. Just so we are clear on that. What I am leaving with is mostly a renewed awareness that education is invaluable. I learned specific skills, such as accounting and keyboarding (which I still call “typing”) that make me a more productive and more desirable employee. But I also learned that I am still teachable.
These days, if someone asks me a question that I can’t answer, instead of saying “I don’t know,” I will more likely say “Let me find out.” That makes me a more valuable person.
Companies that Hired Hunter Graduates