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NYC Startups on Seelio: 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft

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Seelio and NYCEDC Partner to Offer Students Opportunities With NYC Startups!

We’re excited to announce a partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to give students on Seelio first access to opportunities with NYC startups on a newly launched NYC Jobs Page as part of the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft.

This event is the next in a serious of successful NYC Tech Talent Drafts. In spring and fall 2012,  NYCEDC conducted 11 information sessions and networking events at 7 top northeastern universities, connecting nearly 800 CS/engineering students to 48 executives from 44 NYC start-ups.

Check out what NYCEDC has to say about our partnership:

“NYCEDC’s NYC Tech Talent Draft program is thrilled to join forces with Seelio to help further our goals of attracting top technical talent to NYC’s booming startup ecosystem. We chose to promote NYC Tech Talent Draft jobs through Seelio because we feel their robust site showcases student work in a concrete way, while providing our participating startups with an easy to use hiring platform.”

–Dmytro Pokhylko, Director at the Center for Economic Transformation at NYCEDC

Be sure to update your Seelio because, starting today, we’ve launched a new NYC Jobs Page on Seelio. Check back regularly as NYC startups post their jobs! 

This page is where NYC startups participating in the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft can post positions, and students on Seelio will have first cut at submitting applications.

Throughout the 2013 NYC Tech Talent Draft, NYCEDC will be visiting college campuses and hosting events with founders, CEOs and key leaders from NYC startups to answer students’ questions about what it’s like to work in the startup world. See below for the current schedule. Don’t worry if there isn’t an event at your campus, you can still apply for jobs on Seelio’s NYC Jobs Page.

Stay tuned for new jobs to post and for updates in Seelio blog posts, newsletters and over at the NYCEDC Tech Talent Draft page for how to participate in these events!

  • Cornell: January 30, 6:30-7:30pm
  • U Penn: February 21, 3:15-5:00pm
  • Princeton: February 22, 4:30-6:30pm
  • Boston citywide event: Date TBD
  • Carnegie Mellon: Date TBD

Questions? Drop me a line at emily@seelio.com.

 

 

Career Tip: Mastering the Networking Game

 

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As you start your career search you hear it over and over again:

It’s all about networking!

But, when you’re new to the game, networking seems daunting and a just a little bit impossible. When I graduated I thought networking meant going to paid events where you and hundreds of other twenty-somethings jostle around a room with a few recruiters or companies and try to make as many quick connections as possible only to leave with a feeling of exhausted frenzy.

Then I learned that networking doesn’t need to be daunting and it’s something you can (and should continue to) do at any stage in your career.

While you might not be able to network like a whiz at the start, we’ve paraphrased some great tips from a post on The Fast Track by Alexandra Levit about 5 networking tips you haven’t heard before:

Start Your Own Club or Group

Look around to see if people are already meeting up around one your interests (you might find something like MHacks– the largest student hackathon in the Midwest). If you don’t find something to join, start a club or group for people with similar interests to share ideas and resources.  Set up meetings on a regular basis, in a convenient location. If you can’t meet in person, you could even set up a Google Hangout!

Look for Individuals, not Opportunities

Opportunities are attached to people.  Identify the people in your network who always seem to have their hands in interesting pots– like other students on Seelio, professors, or thought leaders on Twitter.  Try to understand what makes them hubs of opportunity and resolve to meet and develop bonds with more people with these characteristics.

Create an “Intriguing People” Fund

Automatically funnel a certain percentage of your budget into a bucket that pays for coffees, lunches, and the occasional bus or plane ticket to meet new people and build up existing relationships.  Pick a person that you want to get to know better, and for several months, invest time and energy into building the relationship via shared knowledge and offers to help.

Connect the Dots in Your Network

Tap into your school’s alumni network to find great connections. When you can, pair individuals together who have similar interests, and make introductions via e-mail.  You may not benefit immediately, and that’s okay.  Then, think about a challenge you are dealing with and ask an existing connection for an introduction to someone who could help.  Jump-start the process by offering a small gift – such as a relevant article – to the person you want to meet.

Do the Job Search Test

If you needed to find a job today, who are the ten people you’d e-mail for advice on what to do next?  Reach out to them now, when you don’t need anything specifically.  Have lunch, coffee, or even a phone call.  You never know what gold nuggets might come out of an informal conversation without an urgent agenda. It’s okay to reach out when you need something too– just remember to stay in touch after you land the new gig!

Career Tip: How Being Kind to a Recruiter Can Get You a Job

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Emily here. I work day in and day out to make sure great companies are looking for you on Seelio. I’ll also be sharing career tips with you to help with your job and internship search.

Here’s the story behind my first Career Tip: 

I hopped into the full-time job market in 2009 as unemployment numbers were soaring. As I was still searching in early 2010, The Atlantic was featuring <sarcasm> uplifting </sarcasm> articles about America’s jobless era.


There was one unexpected step I took that helped me land my first grown-up job: writing a friendly, sincere response to a rejection email from a recruiter.


By that point, I’d sent out scores of cover letters and resumes and even had a good number of interviews. Sadly, back in those days, Seelio didn’t exist yet. More often than not I wouldn’t hear back about a job I’d applied for. So, when I saw a rejection email from an actual recruiter’s email account, I wrote a brief but sincere reply:

On Mon, Mar 1, 2010 at 10:42 AM, Emily Keller wrote:

Dear Ms. James*,

I am pleased to hear that you have found a qualified candidate for the Administrative Assistant position with the Pew Environment Group. I look forward to future opportunities to be a part of the great work you are doing at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Have a wonderful week.

Gratefully,

Emily Keller

By 3:00PM that day I had a call from the recruiter I had emailed asking me if I was still looking for a position. Apparently a lot of people don’t respond to recruiter emails, especially when they’re rejection emails! She asked if I could come in for an interview and then proceeded to learn more about me in order to place me in a position that was a much better fit. By April of that year, I started my new job and a year later she still remembered my email and helped me get my first promotion too!

Career Tip Takeaway: always, always, always be kind to recruiters

They’re people too and they’re looking to make sure that you + the job + the company = a great fit. Be honest with them, and respond promptly when they contact you even if it’s to say that you already have an opportunity lined up. Sometimes they just might help you find the position (and then the promotion) you’ve been dreaming of!

Have other career tip questions or suggestions? Email me at emily@seelio.com

 

*Name changed and email addresses omitted for privacy’s sake :]