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Marietta Cozzi
Marietta Cozzi
Occupation: Vice President of Staffing, Prudential Financial

Marietta Cozzi

Prudential Financial--otherwise known as "The Rock"--is located in Newark and is one of New Jersey's largest financial employers. This company is best known for selling insurance, but also has an investment division, a real estate division and a business that handles benefits like company retirement plans. Prudential sits atop the financial rock. Marietta Cozzi, Prudential's vice president of staffing, offers some insight to students who might be considering a career in the financial sector, particularly at a company like Prudential:

As an employer, we look for a broad set of skills, ranging from mathematics, business, computer skills, and communication skills. We also need students that are able to analyze problems, and use data to design fact-based solutions. We want students who can think critically so that they can apply good judgment and make decisions in difficult situations. To improve your chances of getting a job, do your research before your interview. We expect that young people interviewing for a job know about Prudential, understand our history, and how we compare to our competitors. Ahead of the interview, you should network and try to speak to employees and learn about the culture and business challenges. Do Internet research and read press releases. Coming prepared to the interview shows us that you are serious about the opportunity and resourceful.