Panelist Profile: Kayleigh Minicozzi of Teach for America

Today’s the day! BECOME AN INTERVIEW NINJA, is happening TONIGHT at 6:30 pm. There are still a few spots available: RSVP HERE.

In the days leading up to the event we have been profiling the panelists here. We hope that reading just a bit about their backgrounds will get you nice and fired up to see them in person!

This week we’d like to introduce you to KAYLEIGH MINICOZZI.

What is your current position?
Manager of Staff Selection at Teach For America.

What are the last companies you’ve worked with or for?
Syracuse University and Teach for America.

What are your favorite websites/blogs to read?
I have websites and blogs I enjoy for work and others for pleasure. When it comes to connecting with professionals and grads I love utilizing social media and have discovered a lot of great blogs through my contacts. Some of my favorites for young professionals are The Opportunities Project, Ms. Career Girl, and Careerealism. One website I’ve recently started using for connecting with young professionals is called Think LinkedIn meets Facebook for people with 0-4 years professional experience looking for career opportunities. Personally, I love  The Lost Girls World, Little Pink Book, and many more!

What was most exciting to you about the chance to participate in our panel, Become an Interview Ninja?
I’m excited to be a part of “Become an Interview Ninja” because the art finding and landing the right job has really evolved in this new economy and technological era and a new awareness and finesse is needed to navigate it successfully. This panel is an excellent opportunity to share ideas, tips and strategies and I’m looking forward to being a part of the conversation.

What is your funniest interview story?
My funniest interview story is with a candidate who used social media preparation in the wrong way before her interview. I think being resourceful and learning a little about your interviewer before a conversation is extremely smart, but it’s how you use the information you acquired that matters. The interviewee started talking about a lot of unrelated personal things that she found on the Internet about me and started asking me a ton of questions about myself. Fifteen minutes into our conversation it was hard to see who was actually applying for a job! Needless to say it set the tone for an awkward and interesting interview.

Marny Smith is the Community Manager for NY Creative Interns. You can find her on Tumblr, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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About the Author

Marny Smith was the VP and Director of Community of FindSpark for 2.5 years. She is a FindSpark Advisor, Certified Professional Resume Writer, Diversity Advocate, and Employment Specialist connecting young adults with developmental disabilities with supportive employers. Interested in learning more about hiring individuals with disabilities? Feel free to reach out:

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