When it comes to searching for an internship or job, the process can feel daunting and overwhelming (especially now during COVID). Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing a few helpful tools and platforms to help you in the job searching process.
HANDSHAKE is one of CCI’s most helpful tools as Middlebury’s online job and opportunities platform. Use Handshake to discover and explore internships, jobs, organizations, and events all personalized to your specific career interests.
This week’s tip is to make sure you upload a PROFILE PICTURE and to complete your profile. Profiles are 7 times more likely to be viewed when there is a photo, as opposed to leaving it blank. Make sure that you use a photo where you are professionally dressed (does not need to be a suit), and you are the only person in the photo (meaning you are alone and not just cropped out of a group photo).
Tips on Choosing Your Profile Picture
- Pick a photo that looks like you.
- Use a high-resolution image.
- Make sure your face takes up at least 60% of the frame.
- Be the only person in the picture.
- Get someone else to take the picture for you.
- Choose the right expression.
- Avoid distracting backgrounds.
- Wear what you’d wear to work.
- Take the Photo in soft, natural light.
- Use filters wisely.
If you have any questions about your Handshake profile, please drop into Quick Question hours (go/pcas for the hours) and meet with one of our Peer Career Advisors.
Serving in the Peace Corps is a great way to immerse yourself in a new culture, learn a new language, and have the experience of a lifetime. Join this information session to learn about ways you can gain valuable experience as an undergrad to help set you apart from the crowd when the time comes to apply. Note: They will be holding this event on a virtual platform instead of in-person.
Please register on Handshake and also through the Virtual Link in the Event to ensure that you receive access to join the event.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16th 2020
TIME: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Get Involved with Youth and Mentoring Opportunities on Campus
The Center for Community Engagement advises and supports many student organizations and continuing initiatives dedicated to youth and mentoring. The involvement that you can have with these organizations can translate into real marketable competencies as you build your own resume for future post-grad opportunities. Explore the organizations below for an introduction and contact information to each group.
- The Wild Middlebury Project (Wild Midd): a student organization for students who are passionate about environmental education, research, and conservation. In partnerships with conservation organizations. Wild Midd helps students connect across generations to learn about and protect our local environment. If interested, sign up at go/joinwildmidd or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Nutrition Outreach and Mentoring (NOM): aims to create community and connect people through food and food education. They organize volunteering events and classes with the purpose of teaching youth in local schools how to cook healthy food for themselves on a budget and to acquire the independence and knowledge that comes with this life skill. If interested, sign up here or email email@example.com.
- Community Friends: is a campus-based one-on-one mentoring program that matches over 130 college student mentor volunteers with local youth. Read more about Community Friends or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Page 1 Literacy Project: aims to foster a love of learning in local elementary school students through weekly programming and community events. As mentors, organizers, and program leaders, Page 1 volunteers take an active role in promoting literacy in all of its forms. If interested, visit go/pageone2020 or contact email@example.com.
- Middlebury College Access Mentors (MiddCAM): is a one-on-one mentorship program that pairs Middlebury College student mentors with high school juniors who are primarily first-generation and/or low-income college applicants. If interested, visit go/middcaminterest or mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Sister to Sister: aims to support the middle school girls in the area. Mentors interact individually with the girls in an informal and comfortable environment and discuss common issues in the girls’ lives, including school, body image, peer pressure and relationships. If interested, visit go/joinsts or email email@example.com.
- STEAM Girls (short for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics): is a student-led camp focuses on keeping girls interested in computer science and technology. For more information, please contact contact VISTA advisor Tenzin Dorjee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- DREAM (Directing through Recreation, Education, Adventure, and Mentoring): is a national non-profit organization based in Vermont. DREAM supports and partners with the DREAM Middlebury College student organization, which pairs college students with youth from affordable housing neighborhoods. If interested, visit go/DREAM2020 or contact email@example.com.
Deadline: Wednesday, September 16th at 11:59 PM EST
Have you studied abroad? Are you currently an international student? Have you lived, worked, or studied outside of the U.S. before or while at Middlebury? Do you want to share your intercultural experiences and perspectives with local school children? Join Language in Motion! Fall semester applications are now being accepted. Find more info at go/LiM. Questions? Contact Kristen Mullins at kmullins[at]middlebury.edu. Note: you do not have to be a language student to participate.
Thanks to our amazing Peer Career Advisors and Peer Engagement Fellows, we are able to resume a full schedule of virtual Quick Questions this semester!
CCI’s well-trained student team can share timely guidance and answers on a variety of topics including:
- Getting started on your first college résumé
- Reviews of résumés and cover letters
- How to schedule a career advising appointment
- How to search for internship and job opportunities
- Strategies for career exploration and networking using Midd2Midd and LinkedIn
- Tips for interview prep
- How to access resources like Handshake, GoinGlobal, Vault, etc.
Please view the Events Calendar in Handshake for specific hours and details on how to login.
- Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays – 12:00-4:00 p.m. ET and 7:00-9:00 p.m. ET
- Thursdays & Fridays – 1:00-4:00 p.m. ET
Remember: Zoom login info will be available via the Handshake Events Calendar.
Update your Handshake profile TODAY to get personalized internship recommendations and help employers recruit you.
Add your interests to your profile:
futureforward features several alumni and parents who are leaders in a variety of career fields, discussing their industry’s current environment, their perspective on the future outlook for that career field, and action steps students can take now to position themselves for entry into those career fields.
Over the last weeks, we have launched interviews with the following alumni:
- Koby Altman ’04, General Manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers
- Jennifer Bailey ’84, Vice President of Internet Services for Apple Pay
- Shawn Ryan ’88, Screenwriter, Television Producer, and Founder of Midd Kid Productions
We launched Shawn Ryan’s videos THIS WEEK – check out one of them below and then check out the FULL series at:
Did you know that a completed Handshake profile makes applying for jobs and internships MUCH easier? It is super easy to complete and makes your profile more appealing to employers. A completed profile allows Handshake to share relevant opportunities to your feed based on your activity and interests.
Follow these steps to drive that Profile Level up to green!
- Login at middlebury.joinhandshake.com/login.
- Verify/update your MAJOR.
- Fill out your WORK EXPERIENCE.
- Add an ORGANIZATION and EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.
- Add SKILLS, DOCUMENTS, COURSES, PROJECTS.
- Add a PROFILE PICTURE and complete the PROFILE section.
- Add at least 1 INDUSTRY.
- Complete your CAREER INTERESTS.
Have questions about your resume? Check out go/CCI to schedule with a Peer Career Advisor for resume help.
While the pandemic has halted many in-person opportunities, it has also popularized virtual activities.
Conferences, information sessions, and other learning opportunities are one click away and offer valuable career information and advice. Here are some ways to take advantage of these activities.
1. Check Handshake and turn on email notifications
As most students know, Handshake helps students discover and explore internships, jobs, and organizations. However, it also has details for many events that are personalized to your specific career interests. By turning on notifications, you will be kept in the loop with anything that you may want to pursue a career in.
2. Read and subscribe to the CCI blogs
The CCI filters and features a multitude of opportunities regularly on THIS website. Posts will give details about information sessions and provide other valuable job postings. Subscribe by scrolling down to “CareerPath Sign Up” on the left side of any specialization. Fill in your information and check off all of your career interests.
3. Look Beyond
If you have a specific field or company you hope to work for, research it! You may be surprised at all the information that is being conveyed via online sessions. Additionally, many conferences have also pivoted from in-person to digital, causing them to be available at little or no cost.
If you are not familiar with the professional organizations in your field, look up “*field of interest* companies” or talk with a professor or CCI advisor.
Below is a curated listing of internships and jobs that will expire in the next week. Check them out for any opportunities that you might want to apply to.