Use Internal NYU Resources
Make an appointment with the NYU Wasserman Center for Career Development. Wasserman offers extensive career services and event programming for both undergraduate and graduate students. Explore the on-campus recruitment opportunities for NYU juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Create an NYU CareerNet account to register for career events, receive weekly emails full of resources, and to access NYU's job board. Wasserman's Mentor Network helps students explore careers by linking them with alumni and other professionals who are interested in providing guidance. Take advantage of Wasserman's subscriptions to services such as Candid Career and Versatile PhD, which are free for NYU students (sign in via NYU CareerNet).
Attend the annual MCC Alumni Media panel. Details will be sent to students via email in the spring semester. And be sure to join the Department's LinkedIn group because we use this platform to post job openings sent to us by MCC alumni.
Use External Resources
Browse websites such as Mediabistro, Digital NYC, Mashable, Vault, NYFA, Publisher's Lunch, Find Spark, Idealist, HireArt, Entertainment Careers, LinkUp, MEO Jobs, LinkedIn, CommunicationsJobs.net for job listings. You can also go directly to the career section on the website of the company where you hope to work. Most human resource departments require that you submit a resume through their online system. But if you have a contact at the company, let them know that you submitted your resume. They may be able to endorse your application.
Seek career guidance. There are numerous career blogs worth reading such as From College to Career, Career Sherpa, Campus to Career, Savvy Intern, Careerealism. In addition, the Department recommends the free events and site visits hosted by the Center for Communication, a non-profit organization in New York.
Articulate Your Career Objectives
Be prepared with an elevator pitch. You never know who you might meet and when. Visit career or company websites and take a look at the descriptions of jobs that appeal to you. The skills they list are the ones you will want to develop.
If you can find the time in your schedule, take advantage of MCC's internship offerings—more than 200 employers post opportunities to our site. New openings are posted weekly, so check back often and apply to postings promptly. Note this caveat: doing just ANY internship won't help. Look for an internship in the industry you want to work in, and/or one that will teach you the skills needed to launch your career. Interview your employer. Make sure you will benefit from the experience by learning upfront about the job responsibilities you will assume.
Update Your Resume
Customize your resume and cover letter to the specific skill set outlined in the job description. Have an updated, professional resume available as a PDF. Make sure the font is professional and readable. Do not use color paper or a background design.
Network, Network, Network
Establish a network of contacts who work in your field of interest. Request informational interviews (in person or by phone) with people who are currently working in the type of jobs you'd like to secure. Prior to speaking with a contact in the field, prepare by doing research about the company and larger industry. Have specific questions ready. Don't be a nuisance, but do keep in touch with your contacts (at least once a year) by sending them a brief, professional update via email. Students can attend networking and professional development events hosted by industry associations. Students often are eligible for discounted membership and conference rates. We've created a list of associations and trade publications for the media and communication industry. Volunteer to plan career panels in your area of interest. This can help establish contacts in the field.
Keep Your Public Information Professional
If you have a Facebook account, personal website, or other information posted online, make certain that it markets you appropriately. Increasingly, employers search Google and Facebook for the profiles of potential employees. Building a positive virtual presence is essential. Manage your privacy settings so you display only the information you are comfortable making public.