Fordham Career Services Blog

Monday, April 14, 2014

Student Spotlight: Annie McGee

Manilla: Much More than Just a Folder
By Annie McGee, FCRH '14

When I entered my final semester at Fordham University in January, I had a lot on my mind. The days of lying on Eddie’s were coming to an end, and I would need to start applying for full-time jobs, search for an apartment to live in after my current lease was up, and gear up for the “real world.” What wasn’t on my mind was the fact my entire post-college job plan and outlook on personal finance was about to change because of a simple internship with Manilla, a company I was just introduced to this year.

Ever since I filled out my Fordham application as a high school senior, I knew I wanted to study political science and one day work for the government or for a non-profit organization. It was a field that had always interested me, and I knew I wanted to have a career where I could give back to my community and serve others.

Fast-forward to last December, when I was about to enter the second semester of my senior year. I was ready to buckle down and start looking into jobs that would fulfill my desire to work in politics — that is, until I came across an internship posting from a company called I was intrigued. I had never heard of Manilla, nor did I know what services it offered. The role was listed as being in the writing and marketing field, something I had never thought to explore. I applied anyway, knowing that my Fordham education both in and out of the classroom had equipped me with the necessary skills to adapt and thrive in a new environment.

Now, I am assistant editor of The Manilla Folder, the company’s online magazine. Every day, I edit, post and curate articles written by our long roster of experts, who write about money, organization, productivity, healthcare and lifestyle. Our articles are advice-driven pieces designed to help you simplify and organize your daily life. You can learn about the basics of creating a simple budget, where to start when it comes to repaying your student loans, how to hang out with friends and go shopping in a financially responsible way, how to start applying for jobs, and more. I love thinking of new ways that Manilla can help students like me.

Manilla is owned by Hearst Corporation, one of the largest media companies and publisher of popular magazines, such as Cosmopolitan, Elle, Good Housekeeping, Marie Claire and Esquire. It’s the leading, free and secure service that lets you can manage all of your household bills and accounts in one place online or using its free mobile apps. With a Manilla account, you only need one password to manage and share all of your household bills and accounts, including banks, credit cards, utilities, daily deals, travel and rewards programs, Netflix and magazine subscriptions, OpenTable reservations, healthcare accounts, and more. Manilla sends automatic text and email reminders when your bills are due, so you never waste money on late fees, and it offers free, unlimited online document storage, making it easy to go paperless with your bills and statements.

Now, as a college student, you may be thinking: I don’t have that many bills — why do I need Manilla? The reality is, it’s never too early to start thinking about personal finances, budgeting your money responsibly, and saving for the future. Using Manilla is the perfect way to learn about personal finance in a way that makes sense to students and recent graduates. You’ll never miss a bill payment because you can set up text or email reminders for when bills are due. You can also share your bills with roommates and parents so that everyone is on the same page. Manilla also offers a “Financial Literacy Toolkit for Students and Grads,” which breaks down finances, teaches lessons about credit and debt, and has suggestions on how people our age should be spending and managing money.

I am truly passionate about the Manilla message because I believe it is a service that can change your life. It is a great resource where you can get everything organized, so you can live life easy and stress free. Check us out at, and don’t forget to see what we’re writing about on The Manilla Folder.

Annie McGee is assistant editor of The Manilla Folder at and a senior at Fordham University. Annie is excited to help The Manilla Folder readers understand the benefits of using Manilla to improve their lives and become more organized. Follow Manilla on Tumblr and Instagram for the inside scoop of Manilla news and tips on how to get it together.

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Fordham 20/20 Challenge

Fordham Announces the 20/20 Challenge!

The 20-day challenge will begin on April 10, and will run until April 30 at midnight.

Funds raised will go to the greatest needs of the University - from student scholarships to enhancing the student experience.

The first 200 student donors who make a gift of $20 or more will receive a 20/20 Challenge T-shirt to thank them for their generosity and promote conversation about the challenge!

Young alumni volunteers will be present on the Lincoln Center and Rose Hill campuses two days a week during the challenge. Volunteers will be available to interact with students, answer questions, and explain why they support the University. Volunteers will be working with Development staff to collect gifts.
Bookmark and visit it on April 2 for full details on the Challenge.

There will be lots of 20/20 activity on our campuses in the upcoming weeks. Please be supportive, excited, and enjoy watching Fordham make history.

Share your enthusiasm with the hashtag: #FordhamGives.

QS World Grad School Tour: May 3rd

Thinking of applying for a Masters or PhD? Meet leading grad schools from around the world at the QS World Grad School Tour in a city near you. Meet grad school admissions directors, get application and careers advice, and apply for $1.7 million of exclusive scholarships.

When: Saturday, May 3rd
Time: 1:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Where: Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas

This is an exclusive event where you will have the chance to:
-Attend a number  of seminars and workshops that can help you strengthen your Masters or PhD application
-Meet face to face with admissions directors and network with alumni from the  world’s top grad schools
-Get a chance to apply for scholarships worth $1.7 million, available exclusively to fair attendees
-Benefit from pre-fair career panels for advice on what to do after your Masters or PhD

You should attend if you are…
Currently studying for an undergraduate degree and thinking of specialising or taking learning from one field to another in order to improve your career prospects
-A recent graduate wanting to apply lessons learnt in the workplace
-Realising that you need further credibility to your CV in order to progress in your current role
-Seriously looking to undertake a specialist area of research, more focussed on greater learning and adding to societies overall understanding
-Thinking of setting up your own business

If you are any of these then there will be free advice on funding, admissions and post qualification benefits; get them all answered in one day, under one roof. 

Register for FREE today and find more information here!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Spotlight On: The Fordham Mentoring Program

What is the Fordham Mentoring Program?
The Fordham Mentoring Program is a comprehensive, yearlong program that seeks to foster meaningful and productive one-on-one relationships between students and alumni mentors. The program is a University-wide partnership between the undergraduate colleges and the Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Services, who co-sponsor the program.

The Fordham Mentoring Team pairs students one-on-one with alumni who provide professional expertise and career advice. At the beginning of the fall semester, student and alumni participants are thoughtfully matched based off commonalities in their personal and professional profiles. Throughout the yearlong program, mentors and mentees communicate and meet regularly based off the agreed-upon terms that best suit them. In addition to these individual interactions, pairs are required to attend four milestone events over the course of the year and check in regularly to assess their progress through Checkpoint Surveys.

Students Gain Valuable Insights Through:
- Resume reviews
- On-site workplace visits
- Mock interviews
- Networking receptions
- Skill development workshops

Student Testimony:
"As a FRCH senior, I joined the Fordham University Alumni Mentoring Program and had a tremendous amount of success result from it. After connecting a couple of times with my mentor at the beginning of the year, she graciously arranged an internship in Recruiting for me with her company. After a couple of months of interning had passed and I connected with other employees, I landed a part-time job in Talent Management with a full-time offer after graduation with this company. Along the way, my mentor has given me indispensable insight, which ranged from time management tips for work tasks to ways to balance work life and social life. My mentor has definitely helped ease my transition into the business world and I am so grateful to have had this experience!"-Karyn Rahal

For more information, contact the Fordham Mentoring Team at

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

What’s Next? Job Search Strategies for Graduating Seniors

Seniors! Check out these upcoming webinars to learn about how to develop the best job search strategies as graduation quickly approaches!

Target Audience: Graduating seniors who will be looking for a professional full-time job after graduation.

Who Should Attend: Seniors who have pushed off their job search until after graduation, those who have been unsuccessful to date in on-campus interviewing, or those undecided about grad school.

Cost: Free

Topics Outline:
- Identifying transferrable skills and career interests: Where you fit in the workplace
- Demographic trends: How an aging workforce can impact your job search
- Where the jobs are: Comparing Large vs. Small/Medium Employers
- 5 entry-level career opportunities that you don’t know about: Some examples to get you started
- The importance of personal networking and useful tips

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 @ 11 AM Central Daylight Time

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 @ 2PM Central Daylight Time

Thursday, April 23, 2014 @ 3PM Central Daylight Time

Registration: Pre-registration is required in order to reserve your spot (click the link for the session above) – if you are unable to attend at the scheduled time, please register and information on how to view a recorded version of the webinar will be sent at the conclusion of the presentation.

Technology: Access is available from a computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Webinar Recording: The webinar may be replayed on our website within 24 hours of the live presentation.

Questions: Email any questions to or call 612-339-5332 Ext. 20

Feedback: Email to tell us how you like the webinar!

Young Alumni Panel & Networking Event: April 14th

The upcoming Young Alumni Panel and Networking Event is a great opportunity to meet fellow Fordham Rams and work on your networking skills! If you’re wondering what career you want to pursue post graduation from Fordham or considering if your internship is really improving your hire-ability, this is a great opportunity for you!

When: Monday, April 14th
Time:  7pm 
Where: Hughes Hall, C04b (Basement)
*Open to ALL students – not just Business students!

Join us for a casual conversation with five Fordham alum Gabelli, FCRH & FCLC.  The list of alum joining in on the conversation are listed below:

Gabriella Macari, GSB ‘09
Distribution & Marketing Manager, Macari Vineyards

Janna Scanlon, FCRH ‘06
Director of Strategic Communications, The Glover Park Group

Anthony Hazell, FCLC ‘07
Communications & Marketing Coordinator, Bay Ridge Prep School

Christopher Souther, FCRH ‘12
Associate Wealth Analyst, Hightower Westchester

Brendan O’Grady, GSB ‘13
IT/Finance Consultant, Ernst & Young

This hour long panel will cover the realities of getting and keeping a job after graduation and will conclude with a resume review with alumnus Brendan O'Grady, GSB '13.

**This event is brought to you by the Student Philanthropy Committee and the 20/20 Young Alumni | Student Challenge.

Full Time Opportunity: SinglePlatform

Why Work At SinglePlatform:
Too many reasons to list, but let's start with five:
1. Awesome leadership: work for people you believe in, who believe in you.
2. We're a meritocracy: this is a place where you will be recognized for your achievements.
3. We're are growing quickly, and anyone who comes in now will have a direct and measurable impact on the organization. Did we mention UNCAPPED commission?!
4. We have vision: this is a small team that really enjoys working together and is committed to the vision of changing how local businesses present themselves online. You will get training and autonomy: we give you the tools and the framework, and you can synthesize it whichever way makes you the most successful.
5. It's FUN!!: We're exciting, fast paced, fun, AND located in the middle of it all -- in the financial district in NYC.

Job Description:
Are you bright, articulate, hardworking and ready to break into sales with a fast-paced start up? Join the awesome team at SinglePlatform as an Inside Sales Consultant, and start building your career now! SinglePlatform provides a one-stop shop for local businesses to manage their digital presence online. This is an entry-level opportunity for an Inside Sales Consultant who will have a direct impact on SinglePlatform’s success.

What you’ll do:
- Call local businesses to drive new client acquisition.
- Manage the entire sales cycle, from prospecting to meeting and closing.
- Be a key player and contributor to the direction of this growing sales team.
- Crush sales targets on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis.
- Enjoy frequent company happy hours, nerf wars and good times!
Compensation: $40k base with on target earnings of $65-70k (uncapped!) plus benefits - Health, Vision, Dental and participation in company 401k.

Who You Are:
Someone who wants to get into sales - with no sales experience required!!!
Coachable, flexible and self-motivated. You can hit the ground running, and your drive to succeed is off the charts!
You’ve always thought that sales is something you would be good at and wanted to try. In this position you will be selling all day, every day.
An excellent communicator with professional phone skills.
An achiever: if you participated in competitive sports, the Greek system, or school government, we want to hear from you.
Enthusiasm is your middle name; you’re the type of person that gets excited about anything and everything that interests you.
Thinking on your feet isn’t just something you’re good at, it’s something you love. When faced with new challenges, failure simply isn’t an option.

Why you care:
Simply put, SinglePlatform just might be the best place you’ll ever work. We combine a high-energy, fast-paced start-up culture with the stability of being a part of the Constant Contact family. Simply put, this means that you’ll get to be a part of the story of building the SinglePlatform business to legendary proportions but you still have the security of being backed by a publicly traded company who has already created a legacy of its own.

Do we work hard? You bet. We’re here to help small businesses get new customers and grow their own businesses, and we take that mission seriously. We’re data and numbers driven and we never stop inventing ways to be better.

Do we have fun? Oh yeah. Even though we take what we do seriously, we have a great time doing it. Regular company happy hours, casual start-up work environment, awesome company events, amazing benefits and perks are just some of the highlights of working at SinglePlatform.

For more information and to apply today, head to CareerLink, Job ID#: 28778.