Furniture store (waay better than IKEA) in NYC

 

Hi friends!!

I know it’s hard to find good, affordable furniture stores in NYC for us students. Based on my own experiences, I would like to give you some tips today!

You may have stumbled on FROY when you tried to search for top furniture stores in NYC. When you first visit their website, you may think that, given a student budget, it would be cheaper to buy furniture from other stores until you realize that they offer FREE SHIPPING on orders over $75 dollars! Stores like IKEA charge around $100 for shipping alone.

So, I personally bought a queen-size bed (the Myles vinyl white one), but to be honest I loved so many beds that it was hard to decide on a specific one! You can see for yourself: http://froy.com/collections/beds. This is how it looked like without the mattress:

And, with the mattress (sorry about the poor picture quality)! I got the duvet cover at Urban Outfitters ($90.00) and the comforter (around $30.00) at Target.

The bed was easy to assemble and I am so happy with the purchase! Now I want to buy all my decorative accents from their store – they are all so cute! If you’re moving and searching for awesome furniture stores in New York City, check out the stores I recommended.

Night everyone, I am going to have nice dreams on my brand new bed!! 😀

Li

 

 

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Discounted Broadway tickets!

Hi friends!

How are you all doing? hope you are all enjoying the summer!

Today I will share with you how to buy your Broadway ticket paying waaay less than the regular price!! As a student myself I am always looking for good deals and I would love to share with my fellow students. They usually have two options; rush and student tickets.

Aladdin

Lottery Rush:
$30 – a limited number of tickets via lottery at the box office at 214
W. 42nd Street (open Monday-Friday from 9 AM-8 PM, Saturday from 10 AM-8
PM and Sunday from 10 AM-6:30 PM).

Beginning two-and-a-half
hours before the performance, theatregoers are invited to enter the
lottery, and winners will be drawn two hours before each performance.
Winners may purchase up to two $30 tickets with cash only to that day’s
performance. Locations will be at the theatre’s discretion and may not
be offered at all performances.

Amazing Grace

General Rush: $30 – a limited number of tickets are available for
purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per
person.

An Act of God

Digital Lottery:
$37 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow its members to enter
a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or
Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and
continue until winners are notified via push notification & e-mail
3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners secure their
ticket(s) through the app; they are then held for purchase at the Studio
54 box office. Payment is cash only. Seat locations are subject to
availability.

An American in Paris

General Rush: $32 – a limited number of tickets are available for
purchase at the box office at opening each day. Cash only. Limit 2 per
person.

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical

General Rush: $40 – A number of $40 tickets will be made available for
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening performances for purchase
day-of at the box office of the Stephen Sondheim Theatre. Tickets are
subject to availability, and patrons are limited to two rush tickets per
person.

The Book of Mormon

Lottery Rush:
$32 – a limited number of tickets for each performance will be sold
through the lottery. Entries will be accepted at the box office
beginning two and a half hours prior to each performance; each person
will print their name and the number of tickets (1 or 2) they wish to
purchase on a card that is provided. Two hours before curtain, names
will be drawn at random for a limited number of tickets priced at $32
each. Only one entry is allowed per person. Cards are checked for
duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time of the
drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Limit one entry per
person and two tickets per winner. Tickets may be purchased in cash or
with a valid credit card. Tickets are subject to availability.

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office directly after the lottery.

Chicago 

General Rush: $37 – tickets available at the box office only, when the
box office opens. Limit 2 per customer. Not available for Saturday
evenings. Subject to availability.

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office, day of performance, only when the performance is sold out.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

General Rush: $37 – a limited number of general rush tickets are
available at the box office on the day of the performance at $37 each
(price includes a $2 facility fee). Limit of two tickets per person.
Subject to availability.

Last Row Mezzanine: $27 – all seats in rows F-G of the rear mezzanine are priced at $27 for all performances.

Finding Neverland

General Rush: $37 – a limited number of rush tickets are available for
purchase in-person at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre box office beginning at
10am (12pm on Sundays) for that day’s performance(s) only. Maximum one
ticket per person, cash only. Rush tickets are subject to availability
and may not be offered at all performances. Rush seating locations will
be determined at the discretion of the box office.

Fish in the Dark

General Rush: $35 – available when the box office opens. Limit of 2 tickets per person, while seats are available.

Fun Home

Digital Lottery: $32 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow
its members to enter a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in
the App Store or Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each
day at midnight, and continue until winners are notified via push
notification 3-4 hours before the selected performance begins. Winners
will be offered the opportunity to purchase either one or two $32
tickets, and can pick up them up from the box office of the Circle in
the Square Theatre. Seat locations are subject to availability.

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

Youth Rush: $42 – a limited number of tickets will be made available
for each performance for patrons aged 35 and under. These tickets must
be purchased day-of, in-person at the box office and are subject to
availability. Valid photo I.D. will be required, and patrons are limited
to two rush tickets per performance.

Hamilton

Lottery Rush: $10 – Starting two-and-a-half hours hours before every
performance, submit your name outside the theater for a chance to win up
to two tickets. Names are drawn two hours before showtime. Tickets are
$10, cash only.

Hand to God

General
Rush: $27 – A limited number of general rush tickets will be available
when the box office opens on the day of the performance. Seats may be
partial view and are subject to availability. Limit 2 per person. Cash
or credit card accepted.

Standing Room: $27 – Available on the
day of the performance when the box office opens. Standing-room tickets
are only available when the performance is sold out. There is a limit of
2 per tickets per person. Cash or credit card accepted.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Lottery Rush: $37 – A minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery
for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every
performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery at the Belasco
Theatre (111 West 44th Street). Winners will be drawn two hours before
each performance. Each person will print their name and the number of
tickets (1 or 2) they wish to purchase on a card that is provided.
Entries will be collected and names will be drawn at random. Winners
will then be able to purchase tickets at $37 each. All cards are checked
for duplication prior to drawing. Winners must be present at the time
of the drawing and show valid ID to purchase tickets. Tickets may be
purchased in cash or with a valid credit card. Limit one entry per
person and two tickets per winner. Subject to availability. Seat
locations may be partial view.

Standing Room: $29 – standing
room tickets will be available for purchase at the Belasco Theatre box
office beginning 45 minutes prior to curtain on the day of the
performance only, but only if the performance is otherwise sold out.
Limit 2 tickets per person.

It Shoulda Been You

General Rush: $35 – available day of performance beginning when the
box office opens. Limit 2 per person. There will be 30 tickets available
each day.

Jersey Boys 

Student Rush:
$27 – a limited number of student tickets available at the box office on
the day of the performance beginning at 10 AM. Two kinds of photo ID
must be shown: a non-expired full time student ID, as well as a
government issued photo ID, drivers license or passport. Limit 2 tickets
per person per 30 day period. Tickets are subject to availability and
may not be offered at all performances. Locations may be partial view.
Cash only.

The King and I

Student Rush:
$32 – each day, LCT offers $32 student rush tickets beginning two hours
before a performance at the Box Office (subject to availability).
Student rush tickets are limited to one ticket per performance and you
must show a valid college/university ID to purchase a ticket. Please
Note: not all performances have student rush tickets.

LincTix:
$32 – LCT’s program for patrons aged 21-35 is free to join and gives
access to $32 tickets for each new LCT production. Linctix allows you to
purchase tickets in advance as soon as the show is on sale to the
public. A limited number of LincTix are available for EVERY performance.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.lct.org/linctix.

Kinky Boots

Online Lottery: $37 – entries will be accepted online
beginning at the curtain time of the previous performance and close
three and a half hours before curtain of the desired performance. Limit
of one entry per person and two tickets per winner. Lottery tickets are
priced at $37 each and are subject to seating availability.

Standing
Room: $27 – a limited number of standing-room tickets may be available
in person at the box office on the day of the performance, if the
performance is sold out.

Les Misérables

General Rush: $37 – rush tickets will be available beginning 10 AM daily
(and noon on Sundays as of March 30) at the Imperial Theatre box office
only (249 West 45th Street).

Mamma Mia!

Rush Seats: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) may be available on the day of the
performance when the box office opens. Subject to availability. May not
be offered for all performances. Limit is 2 tickets per customer.

Standing Room: $32 (incl $2.00 fac fee) available at the box office
only on the day of the performance if the performance is sold out. Goes
on sale two hours prior to curtain. Limit is 2 per customer.

Matilda

Lottery Rush: $27 – a minimum of 20 tickets will be sold via lottery
for each performance. Beginning two-and-a-half hours before every
performance, patrons are invited to enter the lottery; winners will then
be drawn two hours before each performance. Each person will print
their name and the number of tickets (a two ticket limit) they wish to
purchase on a card that is provided. Entries will be collected and names
will be drawn at random. Winners will then be able to purchase tickets
at $27 each. (Cards are checked for duplication prior to drawing.)
Winners must be present at the time of the drawing and show valid ID to
purchase tickets. Limit one entry per person and two tickets per winner.
Do appreciate that lottery tickets are absolutely non-transferable: the
person entering the lottery must also be the person attending the show.
Tickets are subject to availability. Depending on the performance, some
seat locations may be partial view. Note that there is limit of two
lottery tickets per winner within a 30-day period.

Standing
Room: $27 – Available on the day of the performance when the box office
opens. Only available when the performance is sold out. Limit 2 tickets
per person.

On The Town

Digital Lottery:
$20 – the show has partnered with TodayTix to allow its members to enter
a mobile lottery via the TodayTix app, available in the App Store or
Google Play Store. The entry period will begin each day at midnight, and
continue until winners are notified via push notification 3-4 hours
before the selected performance begins. Winners will be offered the
opportunity to purchase $20 tickets, and can pick up their tickets from
the uniformed TodayTix concierge outside of the theatre. Seat locations
are subject to availability.

On The Twentieth Century

Student Rush: A limited number of half-price seats sold a half hour
before curtain. They are subject to availability and limited to 1 per
person with a valid student ID.

General Rush: $47 – A limited
number of tickets sold when the box office opens on the day of the
performance. Tickets are subject to availability and limited to 2 per
person. Tickets located in the rear sides of the mezzanine. Cash or
credit card.

Hiptix: $25 – Roundabout’s Hiptix program allows
registered patrons between ages 18 and 35 to purchase 1 pair of tickets
per production at this price. Free registration is required. Ticket may
be purchased in advance as availability dictates. Info at:
http://www.roundabouttheatre.org/

The Phantom of the Opera

Standing Room: $27 – available at the box office, only when the
performance is sold out. They are sold in advance or same day, if
available. There are only 28 standing room positions.

Tickets
in the last two rows of the Rear Mezzanine on the sides are priced at
$27 for Monday through Thursday performances. These tickets may be
purchased through Telecharge.com or at the box office.

Penn & Teller on Broadway

General Rush: $40 – a limited number of general rush tickets per
performance will be available for purchase at the Marquis Theatre (46th
Street between Broadway and 8th) when the box office opens. Tickets are
$40, limited to two per person, and subject to availability for that
day’s performance.

Something Rotten!

Online Lottery: $35 – a limited number of tickets, including
front row, per performance will be sold to winners of a digital lottery
drawing. Tickets are limited to two per person. For details and to enter
the digital lottery, visit lottery.rottenbroadway.com. Entrants will be
notified of their status two-and-a-half hours prior to show time.
Tickets must be claimed and paid for at the St. James Theatre box office
no later than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

General
rush: $35 – tickets will be available for purchase at the St. James
Theatre when the box office opens. Tickets are limited to two per
person, and subject to availability for that day’s performances.

Wicked

Lottery Rush: $30 – a limited number of select orchestra seats
available for each performance via a lottery drawing held two hours
before curtain. Entries are accepted starting two and a half hours prior
to each performance (or 30 minutes before the drawing itself). Limit
one entry per person, and two tickets per winner. Winners must be
present at time of drawing and valid identification must be shown to
purchase tickets.

New York TOURIST SCAMS to AVOID



 Hey people, I just made a list to help you AVOID scams in New York City! I took some of them from other sources and they are all cited at the end of the post 🙂 hopefully you enjoy!



 2 rules for smart tourists:

– DO NOT take ANYTHING that anyone is trying to hand you on the street.

– IF A PERSON SPEAKS A WORD OR TWO IN YOUR LANGUAGE, DO NOT ANSWER

(they memorize a couple phrases to get their ”targets” attention)



As someone said in a website: “Don’t accept CDs, prayer cards, or pose for photographs with any of the
costumed characters. This is not Disneyland, this is New York City. I
would think it would be common sense among people, even tourists, to not
accept ‘free’ gifts from complete strangers. It will cost you.”



SCAM LIST



1- Times Square cartoon characters



As soon as you take a picture with them, they start screaming: “TIPS! TIPS! MONEY! MONEY!”

They are mostly immigrants who stand at Times Square for hours hunting for tourists and playing cool…until you are done taking your pictures. They will chase and scream at you if you don’t tip! Most of them are not even happy with a dollar; they demand $5, $10…



2- Sneaky Hot Dog Salesmen



Most street food carts
are a fine way to snag a quick meal on the cheap. Some falafel, taco,
and chicken-and-rice carts even maintain a devout local following (check
out the finalists of the 2009 “Vendy Awards“).
But not all can be trusted. Beware carts that don’t post their prices.
If anyone tries to bully you into a $3 hotdog, look appalled and walk
away. In many cases, the vender will then drop the price down to normal
“just for you.”



3- Subway car performers



Some of these scam artists will insist for money and if you do not look up, they will yell at you, say you have no love, no compassion and bla bla. A lot of children work inside the subway cars and I am pretty sure there is a whole structure behind of it! ( meaning adults trying to rip people off using kids dancing in the subway car)



 “These groups of kids get on the train, blast really obnoxiously loud
noise (I won’t call it music, as it’s really just random beats, no discernible song), and then they beg for money. It’s really obnoxious,
really loud, as far as I can tell just serves to piss people off.
Busking is one thing, with hard work and talent, but this seems to
really just be harassment.”


4- Basketball team scam



“Excuse me. Sorry to bother you sir. I’m out here trying to raise
money to buy jerseys for my basketball team. Right now we only need
[20-40] dollars. Would you be kind enough to help?” At this point, the
teenager shows you his or her clipboard filled with text that you’re
never going to read about said scammer’s basketball team. You feel so
bad (“how are they going to play without jerseys?!”) that you hand over
$10, an act of charity that enhances your morale until the next day,
when you hear the same exact speech from another stranger. This scam
became so redundant that teenagers selling candy now often begin their
pitch with “I’m not raising money for no basketball team.” Finally, some
truth in this city!



5- Word Trade Center ”book with pictures of the tragedy” sold by a lot of scammers in front of the memorial



A looooot of people stand there trying to sell ”books” with the tragedy’s pictures. I have a problem with people
making money on the 9/11 events, while the families, and those who helped
at the site are still hurting; these SCAM artists are ripping people off with their stupid books.







6- FREE Comedy shows



 ”The pests of New York City are notorious. Sewer rats, pigeons
(“flying rats”), squirrels (“rats with cuter outfits”), bed bugs,
cockroaches,  and the guys who sell comedy tickets in Times Square.
Tourists fall for their crafty sales pitches, locals avoid them, I fell
for one’s charm and good looks.


Like bed bugs in a street curb sofa, they infest the area, preying on
all those they come in contact with. A walk on Broadway from 42nd
Street to 50th guarantees multiple accostings:  “Do you like stand up
comedy?” “Want to be part of a taping of a live show?” “What are you
doing tonight?” At best they are obnoxious, at worst aggressive to the
point where you buy a ticket just so they leave you alone. That’s
probably how they make half of their money. The other half comes from
sales made by promises of headliners who never show and exorbitant drink
minimums they neglect to mention.”





7- CD Scams



The CD scam is a relatively recent one that takes place in the crowded
streets of Times Square in New York City. Someone will come up to you
and hand you their CD. Almost instantly, he will accuse you of not
paying for it and a few of his friends will come around to make sure
that you do. To protect yourself against this, try to avoid taking the
CD or lay it on the ground if you do.





8- The MetroCard scam



New Yorkers know not to buy a MetroCard from anyone who isn’t an MTA
employee or machine. In fact, it’s illegal to sell them if you don’t
work for the Transit Authority. But tourists — who are easy enough to
spot — are frequently propositioned with cards of little or no value by
scammers who use intimidation to exploit the wide-eyed, sheepish
newbies and visitors into buying “discounted” cards for more than
they’re worth. Why? Because it works! Take a guy like John Jones,
for instance. The Bronx man claims he’s made as much as $20,000 in a
year selling cards he found on the street and in stations, all of which
have some leftover value on them. The MTA has acknowledged that lost or
unused MetroCards can account for as much as $52 million in revenue a year.
And they enacted a $1 replacement fee for cards in 2011, and now earn
$20 million a year from that. They’re getting your money regardless. So
maybe it’s the MTA we should be mad at for running a system that makes
the scam so easy. Guys like John Jones are just driving a truck — or,
more accurately, a train — through a loophole of the MTA’s making.



9- The “Money First, Keys Later” Scam



Steer clear of New York Craigslist apartment ads that, in a
nutshell, say money first and keys later. Are you a slightly naive
newcomer to the city of dreams? Have you heard friends tell you how
lucky they were to get apartments at miraculous deals off Craigslist?
Despite your misgivings, you give the ad site a go, reaching out to
owners of all the apartments and/or rooms you fancy. Some responses are
outright fishy. Others are more intricate in their guile, like the
elderly couple retiring in London and asking for $700 a month for a
furnished one-bedroom apartment on the Upper West Side, eloquently
stressing how long they’ve lived in it and the qualities of the tenant
they’re looking for. But ultimately the con is the same: out-of-town
apartment owners — at a new job in Indiana or retiring overseas — who
want you to take care of the apartment while they are away;
unfortunately, they left with the keys to the apartment because they
couldn’t find a buyer in time. How will you view the apartment? You can
“stop by the building to have a look at its surrounding.” S/he or they
will not let you access the apartment until you’ve signed a lease
agreement and paid the first month’s rent. This is sure to set off alarm
bells in some heads, so for the skeptics, the confolk add twists. They
are not asking for rent or a deposit, just the insured cost of shipping
the keys. The FTC says to be wary of rental agents
or apartment owners who say they are out of the country and tell you to
wire money or sign an agreement before you’ve met. As a rule of thumb
to apartment hunting in NYC, if the deal sounds too good to be true, it most likely is.





   Sources:

http://blog.arrestrecords.com/top-15-worst-tourist-scams-you-must-be-aware-of-this-summer/

http://www.villagevoice.com/news/look-out-for-these-eleven-new-york-city-scams-6668046

http://www.broadwayworld.com/board/readmessage.php?thread=1083420

http://www.oyster.com/articles/30306-dont-get-scammed-5-ways-new-york-city-tourists-get-swindled/

http://newyorkcliche.com/2011/02/07/stand-up-comedy-ticket-sellers-times-square-nyc-scam/

http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k4086711-World_Trade_Center_site_and_Street_Vendors-New_York_City_New_York.html






Visit to ALL CUNY colleges libraries in the summer

 Hi Friends!

How are you? Hopefully summer is treating you well.
So… classes are over! ( kinda of… since a lot of students are taking summer classes… like… me 😛 haha) This summer I am going a lot to campus to apply for programs, participate in things,etc.
I am also taking a class called CED345 which is a ”self-study” internship class ( we don’t have have an actual class on campus, but we have to send weekly updates to our instructor and at the end of the section, we have to hand a 6 page essay with interviews and stuff.) 

Since I have some free time during the week, I’ve decided to go to every single CUNY Library available. I don’t know if you guys know, but if you attend a CUNY college and have a student ID, you can visit other libraries. It is always wise to call them and say that you are a visiting CUNY student and ask them where to get a visitor pass, hours, location etc.
 
Click HERE to see an interactive map of ALL CUNY LIBRARIES 🙂

In the past 3 weeks, I’ve visited 3 libraries:

1. Baruch Library

I went to Baruch to study for my finals. What a pleasant surprise! this library has 6 floors, laptops for same day use (you can even choose if you want a Macbook or a Dell! haha). As a student visitor, we have to present or CUNY ID to enter the building and inside (I believe in the circulation desk) in order to get a visitor pass, which is good for 48h.

I used a computer on the main level and I was impressed with the cleanliness, with the number of floors and all resources available.

Self – Study stations 🙂

I loved the layout!

2. Guttman Community College

I was walking by Bryant Park when I saw a “CUNY” sign on a building. I went there and I found out it was from Guttman Community College. I showed my ID and I asked the security where the library was located.

Located on the street floor, I walked there and it was so so soooooooo loud and it looked old and dirty! I decided to stay there and explore a little bit. When I asked them for a visitor pass, they didn’t know about it and someone logged in for me.

Since I always bring my headphones, I used them ALL the time and I stayed there for about 2-3 hours listening to lounge music and building excel budget planner charts 🙂 Luckily someone helped me print them and I walk out happy; but it did not sound like an ideal study place.

Ps: I am not sure if they have other floors, I stayed on the street level.

3. New York City College of Technology

Since I am living in Brooklyn now, I found out on google maps that City Tech’s library it was located at a 20 min bus ride from my place. So, I took a bus and I am writing from the library right now. 🙂
As soon as I arrived here, I showed my ID to the security and they told me the library was on the 4th floor. I stopped by the bathroom and it was gross. Old, missing toilet paper and a deep cleaning and renovation!

When I entered the library, I had to stop by a desk and get a ”visitor bar code” which basically is a guess access that allows you to use the computers. The library itself is old and as a guest you are not allowed to print. The access is good for 45 minutes, but at the end of the section, you can add 10 more minutes.

It is good for study (extremely quiet) but old fashioned and the timer on the screen is annoying and distracting. haha

outside of City Tech
Just took this pic from my iPhone 😛

 Next post I will continue with more CUNY libraries visits…

Have a great weekend guys!

Xoxo,

Li.

College Students: How to Build a Perfect Resume

Hi everyone,

Hope you are all great. I am just done with my finals and I feel so so sooo happy! 🙂
Today I will share with you 5 useful tips I found on forbes for resume building. Enjoy!
If you have any questions, please leave a comment or send me an e-mail on my “About me” page.

1. A loaded front end When employers (or their software) review resumés, they typically are facing large stacks of them. Do you honestly think the reviewer will read every word of your — or anyone else’s —resumé? In reality, the average resumé gets about six seconds of review time before it’s either retained or pitched.

How much of your resumé can you read in six seconds? Are you making a compelling argument for yourself in that six seconds? Make sure the top of your resumé works hard and quickly makes the case that it should be retained for review consideration. The top third of the first page will be the key to whether your resumé makes that all-important first cut.
The way to make a bold case quickly is by using…

 
2. Keywords These days, when we read — especially electronically — we often skim for keywords. So the beginning of your resumé should include a small, well-formed gathering of keywords that describe what you do. Cost accounting. Project management. Dry wall hanging and taping. Motorcycle repair. Molecular engineering. Whatever.

Why keywords? Two reasons:
First, if a living, breathing human is reviewing the resumés, he or she is trying to match applicants with job descriptions. The right keywords will help you make this match.

3. Space Have you ever read a full page of a dictionary, top to bottom? Me neither. The thought of reading that text crammed onto one page makes me want to reach for my eye drops.

Hiring managers reviewing resumés face the same torment. So have a heart; use some space in your resumé.
Not a lot, but grouping like areas together is a good start. Put a line break in between jobs.
Can you put a little space in after each bullet? It’s like a refreshing drink on a hot summer day!
What’s that? You say you have so much to put into your resumé that you can’t afford to put any space in? Then it’s time, my friend, to put your resumé on a diet.
It’s too long and will never be read because you’re making things too difficult.

4. Measurable success I did really good at my last job. Really good! Successful, yup, that’s me! I did a lot. A lot!
Sounds kinda like a seven-year-old, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, most resumés sound like this because they assign no measurement to what their owners have done.
Let’s say your resumé says: Supervised a group of customer service representatives.
That’s not bad. It’s not memorable, but it’s not bad.
But you’d make a much stronger case if you noted that you supervised 24 representatives in five states and were responsible for generating more than $27 million in sales per year, which accounted for 17% of the corporation’s annual sales.

 

Better still, your resumé would really shine if you mentioned that those sales increased 15% annually through programs that you created and enacted.
Giving measurements to what you’ve done adds size and scope to the statement and invariably makes your resumé stronger.

5. Flow If a hiring manager reading your resumé is confused, he’ll reject you in favor of someone with a clear, understandable version.

A resumé tells a story, and that story is about you. Anyone should be able to read your resumé and be able to tell who you are, what you do, what you’ve done, where and when you did it and how well you did it.
Testing your resumé for readability is easy.
Give it to someone you don’t know that well and have him explain back to you what your story is. If he can’t, or the story is inconsistent with what you’re trying to communicate, your resumé needs help.

Green Card: What is that?

A lot of people ask me about green cards. I am no immigration expert but today I will try to give you guys an overview in what is this famous ”card” and what does that imply.

Wikipedia definition: A United States Permanent Resident Card (USCIS Form I-551), formerly Alien Registration Card or Alien Registration Receipt Card (INS Form I-151), is an identification card attesting to the permanent resident status of an alien in the United States. It is known informally as a green card because it was green from 1946 until 1964, and it reverted to that color on May 11, 2010.

Green card also refers to an immigration process of becoming a permanent resident. The green card serves as proof that its holder, a lawful permanent resident (LPR), has been officially granted immigration benefits, which include permission to reside and take employment in the United States. The holder must maintain permanent resident status, and can be removed from the United States if certain conditions of this status are not met.

Can everyone get a green card? NO! absolutely not.

The main categories are:

  • Green Card Through Family

  • an immediate relative of a U.S. citizen, this includes spouses, unmarried children under the age of 21, and parents of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
  • a family member of a U.S. citizen fitting into a preference category, this includes unmarried sons or daughters over the age of 21, married children of any age, and brothers and sisters of U.S. citizen petitioners 21 or older
  • a family member of a green card holder, this includes spouses and unmarried children of the sponsoring green card holder
  • a member of a special category, this can include battered spouse or child (VAWA), a K nonimmigrant, a person born to a foreign diplomat in the United States, a V nonimmigrant or a widow(er) of a U.S. Citizen
    • Green Card Through a Job Offer

     You may be eligible to become a permanent resident based on an offer of permanent employment in the United States. Most categories require an employer to get a labor certification and then file a Form I-140, Immigrant Petition for Alien Worker, for you.

    • Green Card Through Investment: Green cards may be available to investors/entrepreneurs who are making an investment in an enterprise that creates new U.S. jobs
    • Green Card Through Self Petition: Some immigrant categories allow you to file for yourself (“self-petition”). This option is available for either “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” or certain individuals granted a National Interest Waiver.
    • Green Card Through Special Categories of Jobs: There are a number of specialized jobs that may allow you to get a green card based on a past or current job, such as:
      • Afghan/Iraqi Translator
      • Broadcaster
      • International Organization Employee
      • Iraqi Who Assisted the U.S. Government
      • NATO-6 Nonimmigrant
      • Panama Canal Employee
      • Physician National Interest Waiver
      • Religious Workerugh a Job

    • Green Card Through Refugee or Asylee Status

    please check the requirements HERE

    For more information, visit the official website (where I got the information) of the department of Homeland Security:
    http://www.uscis.gov/

    F1 Student: Yes, you CAN!



    Hello everyone!

    Hopefully you are all doing well. The past weeks have been crazier than usual
    and I haven’t had a lot of time to write. This month was the closing ceremony
    for the CUNY Service Corps at Lehman college. I woke up so early
    (whoever knows me well, also knows I am not a morning person…unless I am
    getting paid for it, then I can wake up at 3am, 4am… hahah ) to take the
    subway all the way from Brooklyn to the Bronx and it took me over 1h and 20
    minutes to get there!

    I was happy to see my friends and heard the awesome news that some of them got
    hired!!
    I’ve also had a chance to talk to other international students that were not
    able get job afterwards because of visa restrictions.

    Every single person I’ve ever met who was not in our f1 visa have no clue what
    we go through.
    Sometimes international students move to the U.S with little or no English at
    all… other times, we face the struggles of paying for our college tuition (no
    financial plans, no FASFA, not a lot of scholarships, out-of-state tuition,
    etc.) and so much more.

    The reality is that we come here alone and we are probably leaving alone
    (unless you get married at some point ! lol) that is the reason we need to set
    a goal and work as hard as we can to accomplish it.

    I am not going to lie and say I was the best student at High School, in fact I
    was really bad. I couldn’t care less about my grades and if I got a passing
    grade, I was happy. Failures have shown me that I needed to change something in
    my life, I had to keep trying, I had to find my passions and set up GOALS.

    Moving to the U.S has changed me in a dramatic way. The American system works
    differently; not only in terms of college education, but also personal
    relations, networking and the paths to get to your dreams. The best way to
    improve yourself is moving to a country where you have to conquer you job through
    you academic rating and understanding your flaws and limitations.

    When I started to participate in college activities and I was exposed to what
    was available for me in terms of friendships, jobs and personal development; I
    could not stop. Self-improvement is addictive!



      A special thanks (and I will always be grateful for this person) is to Mr.
    Harry Mars, who is the Director of student activities of my college. He is
    ALWAYS there for students, not only as a director but taking multiple roles;
    such as a father for students, a role model, a counselor, a peace-maker and he
    will always be his best it doesn’t matter what the situation is. Oh! Just a
    funny thing that happened last semester:



    When I was the Vice-President of the Beauty and Fashion
    Club, we were hosting a big Christmas party for students and the president of
    the club got some donations, which were HUUUGE panels from a previous Fashion
    show she has attended. Since we did not know who to talk to, one of the club
    members just drove this huge truck and dropped everything off on a space that
    had an open door (for college deliveries and stuff like that). Since we were
    not allowed to do it (but unaware of it) The college security started looking
    for us, investigating cameras and everything and they were also decided to call
    the city trash collection to take it away hahah

    So Mr. Mars was contacted, and after talking to us, we explained that it was
    our first club, we were not aware of where to dispose things, college
    permissions, etc. As usual, he went above and beyond, he talked to security
    with us and did his best to try to accommodate all the stuff we had but
    unfortunately the panels were so huge that they couldn’t even pass the
    college’s door. But anyways, it was just one situation that Mr. Mars showed his
    professionalism and understanding of student needs and at the same time, we
    learned what to do and definitely what NOT to do on campus haha. 




    Through him, I’ve heard and participate of leadership academies ( B.O.L.T and P.L.U.S) and I’ve made friends for a lifetime. THANK you again Mr. Mars.

    Going back to our topic, as an international student myself I faced and
    continue to face a lot of challenges every single day. I found out some tips
    for international students are they seem to be very accurate!

    1- Get involved

    One of the best ways to make new friends is to join a club or an
    organization. Do you love music or play an instrument? Mix with a group of like-minded
    people and maybe even join a band or choir. Participate in sports or some other
    activities that you like and have maybe even done before college – Sports are a
    great way to meet new people because you all have a common goal. Whatever it is
    that interests you, you will have no trouble finding a group or organization,
    either on or off campus that you can join and enjoy. Once you are a member,
    join group activities and volunteer to help. You will get to know others while
    doing good. Club activities easily turn into social activities and you’ll find
    yourself going to the movies or for a bite to eat with fellow members.

    2- Learn English phrases and slangs

    This seems obvious, but the slang is the important part. College students in
    America typically don’t speak as formally as the books and guides that teach
    non-English speakers, so be sure to research some commonly used phrases and
    slang terms among the youth of America. If you hear a phrase that confuses you,
    don’t be afraid to ask! It will be easier to make friends with other students
    if you show genuine interest in what they’re saying.

    3- Tip!

    Tipping, while not a common practice throughout the rest of the world, is
    expected in the U.S. Restaurants do not typically add gratuity to a bill, so
    patrons are expected to tip their server somewhere between 15-20% to reward
    them for their service. It is considered extremely rude not to do so, so be
    sure to check your bill and tip your waiter if gratuity hasn’t been added.

    4- Keep up with pop culture and sports for good conversation topics

    College students in the U.S., just like everywhere else, love to talk about
    entertainment and sports. Use your free time to read magazines and update
    yourself on entertainment news, watch popular TV programs, and learn the basics
    of popular American sports like football, baseball, basketball and hockey. Not
    only will this help you have conversations with native students, but it will
    provide you with an authentic experience of American culture.

    5- Befriend American students as well as other international students

    I’ve been an international student before, so I understand that it’s often
    difficult to break out of that classification and make friends with the locals.
    International students are grouped together in living arrangements and classes
    at many universities, so you should make a conscious effort to befriend some
    Americans. It may seem intimidating, but it’ll give you a more authentic
    experience and hopefully provide you with lifelong friends that you can go back
    and visit someday!

    6- Don’t be intimidated

    This advice goes for pretty much anyone studying abroad: no matter who you are
    or where you’re from, you’ll be interacting primarily with other college
    students, and we all have many similar qualities and interests deep down. Take
    the rest of these tips into consideration and get ready for the experience of a
    lifetime!


    Careers in Finance / Where to find an internship or a job in NYC

    Hi everyone! Today I’ll talk about an exciting topic! At least for me 🙂

    A lot of people talk about “Finance” but Do you know what it really means?

    According to (internationalstudent.com) the definition of Finance is  the allocation of resources. Today, people might most commonly think of finance as money management, but let’s take it back a step further.

    The word “finance” has its roots in Old French dating from around 1350 (about the time when European markets began to use money more heavily for trade instead of bartering), connected to the idea of“finishing” or settling a debt by making a payment. To have the financial means for something, is to have the ability to finish or settle the matter (like, for instance, an international student financing their degree). Finance in the sense of “managing money” was first recorded in English in 1770. Money was created as a tool that made trading less complicated between people with very different resources and needs, that didn’t always match up.

    Considering a career in finance?  let’s take a look at positions and salaries first; then I will show you some companies that recruit interns and talk a little bit about requirements for these jobs.

    Salaries (lowest to highest)

    1. Bank tellers
    Cash checks, accept deposits and loan payments and process withdrawals. They also may sell savings bonds and travelers’ checks, accept bill payments and process paperwork. Most tellers have at least a high school diploma, but people with bachelor’s degree in business, accounting or liberal arts may get jobs as tellers to break into banking with the hopes of being promoted.
    Average salary$28,000/year


    2. Collectors
    Keep track of accounts that are overdue and attempt to collect payment on them, making computer literacy and good communications skills a must in this job. Most collectors are required to have at least a high school diploma; however, employers prefer workers who have completed some college or who have experience in other occupations that involve contact with the public.
    Average salary: $34,000/year

    3. Buyers 
    Buy the goods and services a company needs either to resell to customers or for the establishment’s own use. Educational requirements vary with the size of the organization, but many manufacturing firms prefer applicants with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in engineering, business, economics or one of the applied sciences.
    Average salary$40,000/year

    4.Accountants
    Analyze, plan, evaluate and advise on matters of accounting theory and practice. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or a related field is usually required, but those with a master’s degree or experience to boot will have better job opportunities.
    Average salary: $59,000/year



    5. Treasurers
    Direct an organization’s financial goals, objectives and budgets. Their duties may include overseeing the investment of funds and executing capital-raising strategies. Employers require a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics or business administration; however, employers increasingly are placing emphasis on advanced degrees in these fields.
    Average salary$86,000/year


    6. Auditors

    Examine and analyze accounting records and prepare financial reports for clients. Auditors usually need a bachelor’s degree, but as with accountants, experience and advanced degrees increase their chances of getting hired.
    Average salary: $92,000/year

    7.Financial analysts
    Work for businesses to help them or their clients make investment decisions. Analysts must have a bachelor’s degree, often in business administration, accounting, statistics or finance, analysts with a master’s degree in business administration will find themselves among the most desirable employees.
    Average salary: $100,000/year



    8. Budget analysts
    Provide analysis and assistance to help companies develop their annual budgets, decide how to allocate current resources and estimate future financial requirements. A bachelor’s degree – often in finance, economics, accounting, business, statistics, political science or sociology – is the minimum requirement for most employers, but an advanced degree is often preferred and sometimes required.
    Average salary$112,000/year



    9.Loan officers
    Assist individuals and organizations in applying for loans, assess the individuals’ creditworthiness and help them determine the most appropriate type of loan for his/her needs. Employers usually require loan officers to have a bachelor’s degree in finance, economics or a related field. Loan officers will find experience in banking, lending or sales and knowledge of computers to be huge assets in their job search.
    Average salary: $126,000/year


    10. Personal financial advisors – use their knowledge of investments, tax laws and insurance to recommend financial options that help individuals meet their short- and long-term goals. Advisors with a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, economics, business mathematics or law will have the best opportunities for jobs in their field.
    Average salary: $140,000/year


    Keep in mind that financial jobs are highly specialized, so generic job boards are not the best places to seek such positions. Instead, consider niche sites, such as Job Search Digest. When looking offline, specialized executive recruiters (a.k.a. headhunters) can be excellent resources for both financial job opportunities and career advice. Your university’s alumni association can also be very helpful by putting you in touch with industry insiders who are willing to provide some insight and sometimes job leads.
    Industry conferences and other networking events are also great places to look for financial jobs. Concerning networking, never forget the value of personal interaction – everyone you meet could know someone who knows of a job opening. Keep your avenues of communication open by following up in a professional, yet personal way, such as a hand-written note or forwarding an article of common interest.

    Choosing the Right Direction for You
    It is always wise to consider the direction of the market before seeking a financial job. To effectively pursue jobs with the highest probability of success, you must measure the demand for the position. Different financial jobs require different skills and present vastly different work environments, so it’s wise to select one that aligns with your long-term interests and abilities. Someone with solid interpersonal skills, for example, might do well as a financial advisor, while someone who enjoys crunching numbers might do better in public accounting. Do the research first to discover your options. The time spent uncovering the most interesting possibilities to you can be time saved working in a job that just doesn’t fit.  

    What Majors are appropriate for a career in Finance?

    Accounting, Business, Finance, Economics, Engineering, Physics, Math, Corporate Communications, Computer Engineering, Statistics, International Relations, etc. The field is so broad that a lot of majors can fit it. But definitely having a background or a lot of classes finance- related help you in your application!

    Companies/Organizations that recruit students for summer internship programs:

    UBS


    CITIGROUP


    GOLDMAN SACHS


    FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NY


    MORGAN STANLEY


    JP MORGAN


    CREDIT SUISSE


    WELLS FARGO


    BANK OF AMERICA


    BARCLAYS


    DEUTSCHE BANK

    Good luck and hopefully you enjoyed the post today 🙂 If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment on this post.

    Li



    sources: internationalstudent.com, http://jobs.aol.com/articles/2009/01/26/top-10-jobs-in-banking-and-finance/, http://www.investopedia.com/articles/financial-careers/08/financial-career-options-professionals.asp,

    Communication jobs in NYC + where to find an internship

    Hello friends! 


    At the present moment, I am living on a clock, literally. In December I’ll finish my A.S in Multimedia Arts & Design and right after that I am transferring to Baruch to study Corporate Communications. I know it may sound very different but since I started my “internship” at the NY Federal Reserve Bank (like an internship – but not exactly that, as Fed doesn’t pay me –  I get paid by CUNY).  I’ve realized communications is fun and being able to deliver the right message to the general public feels awesome!



    I was wondering all jobs available in the market -to be exact, in New York City, because that is where I live 🙂

    As I researched, I found out multiple options for Communication/ Corporate Communication Majors!
    Hopefully this list with help myself and others in the future. PS: This was my own research on Google using the NY job market as reference. Hopefully you like it!



    Corporate Communications Intern – Average of $16.00 (hourly)

    Employee communication- $49,000 (year)

    Media relations- $64,000 (year)

    Investor relations- $72,710 (year)

    Corporate advertising- $92,000 (year)

    Marketing Manager- $112.000 (year)



    Where to look for internships and jobs?

    1. LinkedIn: Not only should you use LinkedIn to hunt for internships, you
    should build a fleshed-out profile and reach out to everyone you know,
    especially professional contacts, on the 12-year-old Mountain View, CA
    professional networking site. Get people you’ve worked for to write you
    recommendations. Do include volunteer work.

    2. Idealist.org : Idealist.org consists of over 57,000 nonprofit and community
    organizations in over 180 countries. Numerous opportunities exist for
    individuals looking to intern, volunteer, or work in positions that are
    involved in giving back and making a difference in the world.

    3. Mediabistro.com : Mediabistro boasts the largest job board in the United
    States for media professionals. That, plus topical news and analyses of media
    platforms, trends, and popular topics in the market, is what makes this website
    an exceptional way to explore internships in media.

    4. Experience.com: Experience.com offers numerous internship listings as well
    as a wealth of resources and advice.

    5. GoAbroad.com: GoAbroad.com is the umbrella organization that includes
    StudyAbroad.com, InternAbroad.com, VolunteerAbroad.com, etc. Thousands of
    international opportunities can be found for those seeking an experience abroad

    6. Indeed.com : Indeed.com includes all the job listings from major job
    boards, newspapers, associations and company career pages. Indeed makes it
    possible to save searches and have internships/jobs delivered via email alerts
    through RSS feeds

    7. Students.gov : This is the official U.S. government web site for college
    students that provides an array of internships and the resources that exist for
    those interested in interning/working for the U.S. government

    8. Simply Hired : Simply Hired is an easy to use site that aggregates job
    listings including direct employer websites, staffing and placement firms, job
    boards, etc.

    9. Glassdoor: Founded in 2007 and based in Sausalito, CA, Glassdoor gets its
    internship listings from several sources, including company websites,
    partnerships with job boards and directly from employers



    See you next week :]

    – Liana


    Trip to Brazil

    On December 17th I went to Brazil with my boyfriend (who I refer as R in this post ) to spend a month in my home town. I’ve talked about Maceio before, but I never get tired of talking about it. 🙂 So, this is the town I come from:

    This is my little paradise and I feel so relaxed there! 🙂

    Anyways…

    We took a long flight from NY to Maceio. Unfortunately we couldn’t go on the same flight, and R ended up arriving at 2pm and I arrived at 10PM! (My flight got delayed and it was awful). The trip with layovers (waiting time between airports is usually between 16-18hs).

    Bringing my boyfriend to my city it was very interesting. I don’t know if you guys know but Brazil is the biggest catholic country in the world. So we are all very traditional about getting together with families for Christmas celebrations, lunches, etc.

    R was raised away from his relatives. He basically spent his whole life with his brother and parents so I knew that for him being to so close to family is not ”that normal” . In Brazil, we drink and party with our family members and that is totally fine. Also, my cousins are basically my best friends and we always hang out together!

    2 days after arriving in Brazil, it was R’s birthday, so I ordered a delicious cake and we went to my grandma’s for lunch. After lunch, my family set up a table outside, close to the garden and we surprised him and sang him happy birthday in portuguese! haha 🙂

    One day after that, we were back at my grandmother’s house for Christmas. It was also her birthday, so we had a cute little party on the garden for all family members.  (6 pictures)

    Truffles/ Brazilian chocolates table (How I miss this table!!! haha)

    Table for the Main Dinner before the set up
    cousin’s table – R in the middle (on the back: aunt, me, uncle, aunt, grandpa, aunt)

    Appetizers table (they were soooo good omg)

     After the party, we went home, slept a lot and the next day, we woke up late (as usual haha). I took R to my favorite Italian restaurant (Massarella) and he absolutely loved it! The garlic bread there is so so so amazing ( I am not being biased – swear! lol) we also ordered file with tagliollini w 4 cheese sauce. All pasta there is handmade.

    Two of my best girlfriends flew to Maceio to spend a couple days with me. One of them, arrived on New Years.  For the New Year’s party, we went to the beach with my family, watched the fireworks and started walking around on the streets.

    Me and one of my bfs Lu watching the fireworks at the beach!
    Maceio’s boardwalk ( yes, those are all people! Soooo many ppl!)

     People in Brazil  just set up tables with the whole family (in front of their apt buildings) and they drink a lot and for the entire night. hahah so we walked, grabbed drinks with strangers and we ended up at a friend of a friend’s rooftop party.

    XoXo,

    Li.