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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.

 

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.

Sushi & Social Change: Work on Purpose – FFW Sat., Oct 14 @ 11am in Coltrane

DURING FALL FAMILY WEEKEND THIS SATURDAY @ 11:00AM: Bring your parents, bring your roommate(s), bring your friends. Join the CCI for some delicious sushi and lots of incredible conversations about bringing purpose and passion to the life you want to live!

Fiscal Policy and Civic Impact Fellowship @ Net Impact

Since its inception in 2012, more than 900 emerging leaders have participated in the Up to Us Campus Competition (http://bit.ly/2v7anqH) and have gone on to work at think tanks like the Bipartisan Policy Center, U.S. Department of Education, Goldman Sachs, and more! Now, it’s your turn to join this network of impact leaders. Up to Us is an opportunity for you to mobilize your community on campus to understand why fiscal policy matters and inspire collaborative change through creative projects.

This is an eight week program, January 16-March 15, 2018.

RECEIVE:

  • Resume building leadership and project management training
    • Weekly 1-hour webinars
    • All-expenses-paid Net Impact Conference in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • $1,000 in funding to turn your ideas into action
  • A chance to win a $10,000 grand prize
  • Exclusive paid internship opportunities

STUDENT LEADER ROLE:

  • Design two fiscal policy events or activities
  • Attend weekly webinars to receive training on: National Debt and Fiscal Policy, Campaign Management, Social Media, Deliberative Dialogue, and Leadership Development
  • Attend an all-expenses-paid conference in the San Francisco Bay Area for in-person training
  • Submit a Final Report

TIME COMMITMENT:
2-4 hours a week for the duration of the program

TO APPLY:
Sign up at http://bit.ly/2tZ58um to reserve your spot for the winter cohort. Space is limited.

FOR QUESTIONS:
Email Kelly Chan, kchan@netimpact.org or visit the Up to Us Campus Competition page at http://bit.ly/2v7anqH

NET IMPACT

Net Impact is a leading nonprofit that empowers a new generation to use their careers to drive transformational change in the workplace and the world. At the heart of our community are over 60,000 student and professional leaders from over 300 volunteer-led chapters across the globe working for a sustainable future. Together, we make a net impact that transforms our lives, our organizations, and the world. Many people want to make a difference, but turning good intentions into tangible impact can be hard. Net Impact is an accelerator. Our programs—delivered from our headquarters, as well as globally through our student and professional chapters—give our members the skills, experiences and connections that will allow them to have the greatest impact now and throughout their careers. Net Impact is a global community of students and professionals who want to become the most effective change agents they can be. Over 100,000 strong, our emerging leaders take on social challenges, protect the environment, invent new products and orient business toward the greater good. In short, we help our members turn their passions into a lifetime of world-changing action.

Career Conversation: A Father/Daughter Duo Explore Leadership and Entrepreneurship in the Health and Legal Spheres

Lucienne M. Ide ’97, Middlebury Trustee,  is a physician, scientist, and entrepreneur who is CEO of Rimidi, an IT company she founded in 2012 to address the challenging health and cost implications of common chronic diseases like diabetes. After earning a BA in physics from Middlebury, Ide worked for the National Security Agency, Raytheon Systems, and Monarch Capital Partners. With a desire to shift her focus to health, Ide enrolled in the joint MD/PhD Medical Scientist Training Program at Emory University, which she completed in 2009. Ide cofounded the Diabetes Prevention and Design Team, which is dedicated to reducing the prevalence of diabetes in the greater Atlanta community. Dr. Ide and her husband, Humberto García-Sjögrim ’96, have four children.


R. William (Bill) Ide P ‘97 is a partner at Dentons, a multinational law firm. Ide focuses on representing boards of directors, audit committees and management with corporate governance, special investigations, crisis management, ethics and strategic projects. Bill currently chairs the Boards of MetaJure and Rimidi Diabetes. He has also lectured extensively and published numerous articles on corporate governance. Bill received his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Washington and Lee University, J.D. degree from the University of Virginia, (Law Review, Order of the Coif) and M.B.A. degree from Georgia State University. He was admitted to the Bar in both Georgia and the District of Columbia.

Friday, October 20, 8:30-9:30 am in CCI Library

Light snacks will be provided.

Interviewing Skills Workshop with Charlotte “Chickie” Sibley ’68

Interviewing: The Good, The Bad and the Unknown

Learn to:

  • Get on a recruiters radar
  • Make use of campus interviews
  • Prepare your elevator speech
  • Enhance your self-confidence

Join Charlotte “Chickie” Sibley ’68 for this Interviewing Skills Workshop to learn more about the nuances of interviewing for STEM careers. Ms. Sibley has had a long career working in the pharmaceutical industry, has served on countless boards, and is considered an expert in the field of career planning. We hope you’ll take full advantage of her visit!

Friday, October 27 at 12:30 in Hillcrest 103

Read more about Mrs. Sibley on LinkedIn.

Fall Family Weekend – Internships, Jobs, and Careers in Finance: What You Need to Know

Students and family members are encouraged to attend a panel discussion featuring six Middlebury parents who are professionals in the financial services industry.  Come discover the power of the Middlebury alumni/parent network.

Saturday, October 14th at 11:00 a.m.

McCullough Student Center, Wilson Hall

Panelists Include: 

  • Doug Baird P’19 – Chairman of Equity Capital Markets, Citigroup
  • Pam Czekanski ’81, P’18, P’20 – Vice President, Loomis, Sayles & Company
  • Beth Ann Day P’21 – Senior Vice President and Managing Director, Global Associate Director of Research/Chief Talent Officer, Bernstein
  • Jim Valone P’20.5 – Senior Managing Director, Partner, Fixed Income Portfolio Manager, Chair of Emerging Markets Debt Strategy Group, Wellington Management
  • David Walker P’20 – Managing Director, JP Morgan
  • Kashif Zafar ’82 P’21 – Head of Senior Relationship Management for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Barclays

This event is co-sponsored by the Center for Careers and Internships and the Student Investment Committee.