IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO YOU KNOW : Blog by Jennifer Cook (Business Major)

Posted by Giselle.Torres on Wednesday March 18, 2015

by Jennifer Cook

“In business, it’s all about who you know.”

These were words I heard early on in my freshman year at Nyack College, said by professors and students alike. These words are somewhat said in jest, yet they are so very true.

Now in my junior year, these words are more important to me than ever. Junior year means that senior year is fast approaching, and it’s time to get serious about job searching, resume building, and working toward a career. All of these responsibilities can seem daunting. Sending out resumes to faceless corporations can seem hopeless, and it’s easy to feel ill-equipped and unsure about every step. This is when connections are more valuable than ever. Having a contact to touch base with to get the ball rolling can make the process of job searching seem manageable. Sending a resume to a company where the recruitment officer is known to you makes it more personal and within reach. And possibly most important, meeting with an internship advisor can be the most valuable asset to your professional presence.

Fortunately for all you Nyack College business students, this crucial asset is at your fingertips. Bud DiFluri is head of the Business Department Internship Program at Nyack, and perhaps one of the most valuable connections  that business students can make in their four years of college.

The process is simple: contact Bud via email (, and set up a meeting in person, by phone (908-753-5261) or through Skype (“Nyackintern”). From here on out, Bud is available to assist you in helping you prioritize and meet your career goals. In my own personal meeting with Bud, we discussed my resume, my passions, and short-term goals. He prepared me for interviews by giving me feedback on my professional presence in person and on paper.

This meeting not only gave me priceless guidance and knowledge, but also a confidence in myself that I have taken into job interviews. Making a connection with Bud has motivated me to make other professional connections and take advantage of opportunities that come my way. Since meeting with Bud, I have had two job interviews for this summer and look forward to another one soon.

As I pursue my business classes at Nyack, I am now the upperclassman who preaches what my experiences have taught me:  “In business, it’s all about who you know.”

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