THE FORUM GROUP SUCCESS STORY: KARINA SOTO

The Forum Group is proud to place Karina Soto as a Medicine Clerkship Coordinator at NYU Langone Health.

Karina Soto recently completed her BS in Health Policy Administration with a minor in information science and technology at Penn State University. Being a recent graduate Karina was having a tough time with her job search due to lack of experience in a full-time role. Working in the healthcare industry, helping to provide care for people in need has always been her long term goal.

“My experience during my job search with The Forum Group and with my recruiter Kimberly Kokal was extremely positive. Kimberly was able to help me with my resume and interviewing skills as well as address any concerns I had. I interviewed with Kimberly on Tuesday, got an interview at NYU on Thursday and was working by the following Tuesday. The Forum Group helped me achieve my goal because I always wanted to work for the prestigious organization in the city.  Getting a job at NYU as a recent graduate? What else can you ask for? I’m so grateful for everything The Forum Group and Kimberly have done for me.”

Karina was very happy with her Forum Group experience. “I would recommend The Forum Group because they really care about their candidates and clients mutual happiness and success. If you put forth the effort and show how serious you are about your career, they will never let you down.”

FORUM GROUP SUCCESS STORY: STEPHANIE WELDON

Stephanie Weldon is a Forum Group Success Story. She began with The Forum Group as a temp back in February 2017, and recently received permanent placement at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She works as Assistant to the head of the Tumor Division. The New Jersey native has a strong passion for healthcare administration, so she couldn’t be more thrilled with her new position. “Each day that I have been at MSK, I have learned something new and exciting.”

Before coming to The Forum Group, Stephanie received her BS degree in Healthcare Management from Towson University in Towson, Maryland. From there she went on to work at a home healthcare company, and then as an administrative assistant in a New Jersey hospital system. Stephanie recounts that these jobs did not provide adequate opportunity for growth. “I felt as though I was at a dead end. My goal was to land a position that challenged me and encouraged me to learn more about a field that I already had such a passion to work in.”

Stephanie’s current position at Memorial Sloan Kettering feels right, and she credits Forum for a smooth transition–particularly her recruiter Nicole Balabanoff. “My experiences with the Forum Group and with Nicole were fantastic. Working with Nicole really helped ease some of the stress that comes with job searching. She always had my goals and best career interests in mind, and before each interview she really made sure that I was prepared and always offered words of encouragement. Every person I met at Forum was helpful, encouraging, and seemed to want the best for everyone they were helping.”

Having successfully navigated from temp to perm, Stephanie is very pleased with her Forum Group experience. “I would recommend Forum Group because I had such a wonderful experience working with them during my job search.”

10 Experts Share the Best Career Advice They Ever Received

Top-notch job advice can help you make smart decisions, advance your career and keep your spirits high when work gets tough.

We tapped seasoned career experts, including college career counselors, authors and CEOs, for the  best career advice they’ve ever received. Their edited responses are below.

Debra Lybyer, director of career and advising services, Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho

Treat everyone you meet as a potential employer, every task you complete as part of your interview and keep every door open. You’ll never know what is out there for you if you don’t allow every possible opportunity to come your way.

Jude Miller Burke, author of “The Millionaire Mystique: How Working Women Become Wealthy – And How You Can, Too!”

The best career advice I received was to be persistent and resilient and to not let detours or failures derail my career. Successful men and women frequently have failures and detours in their careers, but do not let those bumps dissuade them. In fact, for successful people, failures are seen as a part of success and detours are seen as opportunities to push your career further ahead.

Rob VanDorin, associate director of career services and employer relations, Central Michigan University

Do your research. You should know the ins and outs of every company that you apply to before you even submit an application or resume. If you don’t know them, then you don’t know how to make yourself fit.

Bob LaBombard, CEO of GradStaff

Don’t let your college major, previous jobs or money define your career choices. Focus on the skills you possess, the business ideas you are most passionate about and your ability to make positive things happen. This advice is based on input from a variety of people over the years that repeated a lot of the same themes, but I would attribute the most significant influence to my dad, who was a very strong believer in a liberal arts education and the importance of adding value or doing your very best at everything you do.

Keri Burns, director of career services, University of West Georgia

The best career advice I ever received was to ‘always leave a position or department better than you found it.’ Whenever I take on a new role, my goal is to make a positive impact and leave a legacy, either through process improvements, innovative programming, organizational structure or any area that might need attention. I always want my involvement in any position I have held to have made a difference.

Walter L. Tarver, III, director of the career center, Stockton University in New Jersey

The best piece of career advice I ever received was to take advantage of every single opportunity that an employer presents to you. Though you may be hired into one position with a specific set of responsibilities, do not be afraid to move outside of those areas of responsibility. Volunteer for special projects, volunteer to be on committees and always look for ways to expand your skill set. This will serve you well as you look to move forward and advance in your career.

Jan Jones, author of “The CEO’s Secret Weapon: How Great Leaders and Their Assistants Maximize Productivity and Effectiveness”

My dad told me, “Don’t worry about what people say about you. When you’re on top, they’re talking about you, when you’re down, they’re talking about you, so just go ahead and live your life.” His advice gave me confidence to be myself and fortified me throughout my career. I keep my own counsel and honor my values without feeling intimidated by anyone, regardless of their position.

Beth Ricca, director of the Cahill Career Development Center, Ramapo College of New Jersey

The best career advice I ever received was from my very first boss 30 years ago. She told me, “Show, don’t tell.” At your job, on your resume or even in your personal life, don’t waste time telling others what you can offer. Instead, do your job very well to show your skills. On your resume, don’t list that you have excellent communication skills. Instead, include specific examples that demonstrate your excellent communication. Let your work speak for itself.

Caren Merrick, founder and CEO of Pocket Mentor

Invest in your communication skills. My first manager after college offered to send me to a communications seminar. I leapt at the opportunity and gained so much out of it that I was soon on the fast track. Periodically throughout my career, I have continued to invest in improving my communication skills – including workshops, online courses and books. Poor communication breeds problems, and good communication often solves them.

Leah Goldson, coordinator of alumni career services, University of Central Florida

The best career advice I received was to find a mentor. I’ve had a few in my life, and they’ve been instrumental in my career growth and have assisted me with gaining employment and providing valuable advice to keep me motivated in tough times.