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Emails do matter!

Whether you are currently applying to jobs and internships, or will be in the next couple months, you are sure to be sending out a lot of emails. After all the work you’ll put into crafting strong resumes and letters, you want to be sure that your emails reflect this same professionalism. Emails do matter!

An email is one of your first impressions to a potential employer. It is your opportunity to show off your professionalism, your maturity, and your serious interest in the position. Emails give the employer some small insight into what it’s like to interact with you as a person. While proper email etiquette is not going to get you the job, improper etiquette will turnoff the employer and hurt your job chances.

When responding to employer emails, the old dating rule “wait three days” does not apply. You’re not trying to play it “cool” and avoid coming off as “desperate.” Slow responses signal to employers that you’re not that interested. They might not waste time waiting for your response when they have a pool of other qualified candidates. In addition, waiting for your answer might irritate an interviewer. Therefore, it’s good practice to respond to emails within 24 hours. Responding and saying that you were “really busy”, is not an excuse. The potential employer is busy too, and this excuse may make them question your ability to handle the workload at their company along with various responsibilities of the job. Use your quick response time to indicate to the employer that you consider this job a top priority.

When job and internship searching over email, using professional etiquette may encourage the potential employer to take you seriously and actually read the email. Use a professional email, not your soccerchick@hotmail.com account.  Address the individual by their appropriate title (Ms., Mr., Dr., etc), write a clear subject line, and use proper grammar. Be positive, polite, and concise, but be sure to include the relevant information. If it has not already been stated that the employer would like a cover letter and resume, ask for permission to include the documents with the email. Attach your cover letter and resume, each as their own PDF, and clearly labeled with your last name (Smith_Resume). Do not paste your cover letter into the body of the email. Last, absolutely NO emoticons, no matter how perfectly the “high-five” captures your feelings about the job.

Here’s an example of what your email should NOT look like:

Here’s an example of what it should look like:

Lastly, re-read your email before you send it!
For more information on how to write emails, check out this helpful article in the balance.

Caroline  Jaschke ’18 is a Peer Career Advisor at the CCI and a double majoring in English and Neuroscience. In her role, she helps students develop resumes and cover letters, prepare for interviews, and access helpful job and internship search resources such as Handshake.

 

Trending Questions: How should I start?

Trending Questions“I have to write a research paper. How should I start?”

We’re hearing this question a lot these days, and we aren’t surprised. The librarians at the Research Desk have helped many students begin working on research papers — and the process is a little different every time. Depending on the assignment (how long is the paper? what are the requirements and goals? when is it due?), the topic, and the prep work you’ve done already, we might suggest beginning in Summon, or MIDCAT, or… on a sheet of notebook paper where you’ll jot down a few keywords to get the thoughts flowing.

If this trending question has been on your mind lately too, go ahead and ask a librarian! Find us at the Research Desk in the Davis Family Library, behind the Circulation Desk at the Armstrong Library, or online at go/askus/.

Featured Consulting Opportunities in Handshake

Five of my favorite CONSULTING internships: (there are 34 internships in Handshake now with job function ‘consulting’)

Jobs I Like! There are 79 opportunities in Handshake now with job function ‘consulting’. Here are just a few:

Check out these great programs at Proctor & Gamble:

Columbia Law School visit on Tuesday

Join us Tuesday, October 17 at 6pm in Coltraine in ADK.

Applying to law school is an exciting and contemplative experience, but distinguishing among law schools can be overwhelming. We invite you to a special information session to speak with Natalie R. Blazer, Esq., Associate Director of Admissions and Strategic Initiatives Recruiter at Columbia Law School, about the application components, admissions process, curriculum, student life, and the many resources available to you at the Law School as you navigate your way through a legal education. There will be a presentation followed by Q&A, and all class years and majors are welcome. You do not need to be applying for the 2017-2018 cycle in order to attend. We look forward to connecting with you!

Careers at Thomson Reuters

Thomson Reuters is the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals. They combine industry expertise with innovative technology to deliver critical information to decision makers across diverse industries. They are trusted for the decisions that matter most, empowering customers to act with confidence in a complex world. Bring your ambition to shape the future and they’ll show you work with global impact.

Internships

Their internships help build your skills and give you the vital experience of working for a global leader. They offer a range of internships across all of their businesses to match your interests and in a variety of different disciplines: journalism, sales, finance, strategy, technology, and more. Regardless of your choice of internship, they’ll offer you insight into working at Thomson Reuters and the ability for you to put your ideas forward and make a real impact. Learn more about their internship opportunities here.

Recent graduate programs

Realizing your potential is a journey. Thomson Reuters provides a wide range of stimulating, developmental opportunities for students and recent graduates around the world. Their recent graduate programs offer a spectrum of paths that let you determine which direction to take your career. No matter which you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to build your leadership skills and knowledge in an environment that celebrates performance. Search their job opportunities here.

Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP) at GE

Design brilliant answers to the world’s biggest questions.

Across the healthcare, energy, and transportation industries, GE engineers are designing breakthroughs that no one saw coming, but benefit millions. From creating microchip implants that grant paralysis patients new found freedom, to harnessing ocean tides to power city grids, to repurposing our jet engine technology to build the world’s fastest ship—we man our post on the forefront of innovation to move, cure, build and power the world.

Edison Engineering Development Program (EEDP)

  • 2-3 year program: 3+ rotations
  • Rotational assignments are engineering projects driven by real GE business priorities
  • Advanced engineering coursework
  • Earn credit towards an M.S degree in engineering
  • Formal reports and presentations to senior leadership
  • One week world-class leadership development experience
  • Active coaching throughout the program

Search EEDP for opportunities.

Interested in Internships? They have those too! Learn more here.

FULLY FUNDED Student Tech Trek to San Francisco Bay Area During Feb Break!

Meet Midd alumni in the TECHNOLOGY industry for an opportunity to network and job shadow during Feb break!

The Center for Careers and Internships and the Computer Science Department are partnering with the Technology Middlebury Professional Network (MPN) to provide a FULLY DONOR-FUNDED “Student Trek” to the San Francisco Bay Area over February break. This is an opportunity to explore all areas of the tech industry and gain insight into real-world professional experiences from Middlebury alumni. This CCI student Trek is a unique “living and learning” cohort experience that will help you apply your liberal arts learning to your career exploration and connect you with professionals in your field of interest!

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in ALL MAJORS are eligible to apply.

APPLY NOW! Applications due Sunday, November 5th

Questions? Contact Mary Lothrop.