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CAREER CORNER: Raiza Nazareth ’12

JENNA HARTWELL is Skidmore’s associate director for alumni career development. Her position was created in the Career Development Center expressly to help alumni with their career needs and to help them network with students. She recently interviewed Raiza Nazareth ’12. A business major and international affairs minor, Nazareth is now an analyst in commercial banking for ING Financial Services.

How did you land the job? Steve Nettler ’85, who works at ING Cap- ital, suggested that the human resources office forward the job description to Skid- more. The Career Development Center director, Deb Loffredo, then passed it along to me. The application included three online tests and several interviews at the ING office in New York City.

What are your top three job-search tips for recent grads? First, network within the Skidmore com- munity. People on campus that you al- ready have a relationship with (like a professor, career counselor, or adminis- trator) might have a connection in the area you have an interest in. Second, use social media like LinkedIn

to connect with people you know and see if they are connected to someone who might be able to “point you in the right di- rection.” Deb Loffredo told me 80 percent of jobs are found through networking. When I started my job search and real- ized so many people are applying to jobs through a traditional way, I could see how networking can be a huge asset. And the Career Advisor Network is helpful. I used it to research companies by name and geographic location. The alumni and parent volunteers in the net-

work are very willing to help—you just need to make sure you reach out to them in a professional manner.

What do you most look forward to in your new position? I’m looking forward to a new way of learning and eager to see how it will differ from school learning. Also, being in ING’s International Talent Program makes it possible to ex- plore professional options.

The biggest challenge you foresee? I enjoyed school and being at Skidmore. Now I’m a little anxious about en- tering into a new en- vironment where I don’t know anyone.

What does the word “career” mean to you? Something long- term—a career is something you invest in and are passionate about. You put more effort into a career than just any job, because it lasts longer and you care about it.

Did “Creative Thought Matters” influence your job search? I had to think creatively about my options, because my business coursework could be applied in almost any field or industry. To narrow down my search, I tried to in- corporate my interests, so I applied for jobs with the NBA and some record la- bels, as well as more traditional “busi- ness major jobs” like consulting and marketing. For graduates in other majors, it may be harder to think of “outside the box” jobs, so I recom- mend visiting the Career Develop- ment Center and reading about how alumni connected their majors to their careers.

What traits did you find employers are looking for? Hiring managers are looking for strong written and oral communication skills and, more specifi- cally, the ability to write

professionally. I think it’s important to get into this habit while a Skidmore stu- dent. In interviews I was also often asked about my ability to show initiative and be proactive.


An Evening of Career Transitions and Transformations Boston, March 14, 7–9 p.m.

Meet with Skidmore alumni, parents, and friends in a wide range of fields for guidance about career transitions, job searches, grad school, and more—register at

Volunteer to serve as a resource at the event—contact Jenna Hartwell, associate director for alumni career development:, 518-580-5790.

Sponsored by the Alumni Association, Skidmore Boston, Career Development Center, and Alumni Affairs and College Events



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