NEW - Tufts Career Advisory Network

Save this PDF as:
 WORD  PNG  TXT  JPG

Size: px
Start display at page:

Download "NEW - Tufts Career Advisory Network"

Transcription

1 N E T W O R K I N G & I N F O R M AT I O N A L I N T E R V I E W I N G WHAT is Networking? Networking is a process of asking people you know (and the people they know) for information, advice, ideas or support as you plan and pursue your career goals. 1. Determine your goal(s) What kind of information or advice do you need? 2. Identify appropriate people to contact Who has this information for you? 3. Schedule meetings or conversations, preferably in person. Make sure to do your homework before meeting. WHAT s the point? Get information about a career, job, company, or industry that interests you. Brainstorm with knowledgeable individuals about your career plans. Let others know of your goals and enlist their help. HOW do I do it? Choose your communication channel: face-to-face, , letter, or phone. One way to begin the process is to write first and then follow up by phone. The ideal scenario is to meet in person. Vary your approach according to the needs of each situation and to accommodate your contact. WHEN should I network? Every day. You are limited only by your creativity and confidence. Let discretion be your guide. WHERE should I network? You ll find it more interesting to meet at someone s workplace; however, it s imperative to be flexible and accommodate your contact s preferences. WHO is a networking contact? Virtually everyone. Begin by reviewing your personal network (family, friends, fellow students, neighbors); professional contacts (managers, internship supervisors, colleagues, faculty, advisors); and people you know from volunteer or community activities (clubs and sports, religious and cultural organizations). Make sure to use the Tufts Career Advisory Network (Tufts CAN) to connect with alumni who have volunteered to share their experience with you. NEW - Tufts Career Advisory Network The first university-wide network for all undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. More than 9,000 alumni advisors have volunteered to share their knowledge of careers, industries, employers, and graduate schools. ETIQUETTE a brief introduction and request time to meet or speak Carefully craft your subject line: Question from Tufts senior, Referral from Amy Smith Don t ask YES/NO questions (e.g., Are you hiring? ) Proof for perfection. Assume your will be printed, passed around, or filed Don t expect immediate responses; follow up in a week or so by phone/ Customize Your Approach Review sample s from Tufts students to contacts in the Tufts Career Advisory Network (Tufts CAN) requesting informational interviews. Note that these are not canned, generic approaches, but customized to the alum s background and the student s interests. Dowling Hall, 7th Floor, Medford, MA 02155

2 A N e w L o o k A t N e t w o r k i n g THE MYTHS You must be extroverted to succeed You need to have connections You should talk to people at senior levels THE TRUTH Networking is a process of collecting useful information. This is something you do everyday at Tufts. Networking is simply a research assignment, homework that will get you an A in the world of work. To excel at this research, you ll use skills that are quite familiar. For example, you ll use communication skills, just as you do in the classroom, your campus activities, and your social life. We re talking about networking as career research; however, you also network for other purposes. Think about it. When you want to find a good restaurant in Boston, or if you need a mechanic, or simply want the low-down on which professor to study with, what do you do? You ask other people. They give you information. The information helps you make smart decisions as you explore careers, industries, employers, or graduate schools. Remember: Like tennis or golf, networking will improve with practice. Try a warm-up exercise. Read the steps below and think of someone who may have useful career information for you. It could be a professor, your roommate s mom, a member of the Tufts Career Advisory Network (database of some 9,000 alumni who have volunteered to share career information with you) or someone who gave a lecture to your class. Develop your own goal, prepare to exchange information, and keep up the momentum by maintaining memorability. THIS PROCESS IS A G.E.M. (Goal, Exchange of Information, Memorability) GOAL For every individual, you need a goal. Think about information that will be useful in your career search. How did you get started? Which skills are most valuable in this field? Are there courses you d recommend? Write the name of an individual and your goal. Decide how you will make contact, depending on your familiarity with your target audience. Texting is fine for your sorority sister who graduated last year, but not for alumni you ve never met. Tip: Be specific. What kind of information would help you? Aim for a face-to-face meeting, if possible.

3 Tip: Never ask for a job! This is the surest way to sabotage a conversation because most people don t have jobs to offer at any given point in time. If you ask this fatal question, the answer is likely to be no, and you re now dealing with an awkward pause. Instead, ask open-ended questions, and you ll keep the conversation on a positive note, build rapport with your contact, and learn useful information that supports your career search. These two golden questions are guaranteed to trigger valuable information for you. If you were in my position, with an interest in, what steps would you be taking? Based on my interest in, who else should I be talking to? Research and relationship building tactics are essential to support your overarching goal: jobs and internships. Each step of your research project gets you closer to that goal and expands your network. If an individual does know of a job and your connection is good, you ll hear about it. EXCHANGE OF INFORMATION What will you say, when you re asked, Tell me about yourself or Why are you interested in? Be ready with a brief, carefully crafted statement that explains your background and why/how it relates to this individual s career experience. Since you re in charge of the meeting (you asked for it), you will also be expected to pose some smart questions. Do your homework and be prepared. Tip: Do not pitch. There s no target (job) right now. There may be in the future, so behave like a potential candidate and consider this a professional meeting in every way, from attire to conduct. MEMORABILITY How will you maintain contact so you ll be remembered? If you re told, we re not hiring now, it s not up to someone else to track you down if that changes in the future. You need to follow -up to stay top-of-mind. Your first follow-up should be a thank you note, by or handwritten. If your writing is legible, the latter creates a more memorable impression. (Why not buy Tufts note cards for corresponding with alumni?) Future communication should be carefully planned so that it is judiciously timed, informative rather than favor-seeking, and based on mutual career interests. What s next? Make an appointment with Career Services to customize the GEM model for your own networking. For more helpful networking information, visit

4 I N F O R M AT I O N A L I N T E R V I E W S : O N E W AY T O N E T W O R K 80% of available jobs never get advertised Some 70 80% of all job seekers find their positions through referrals Some 9,000 Tufts alumni have joined the NEW Tufts Career Advisory Network, indicating a willingness to do informational interviews An Informational Interview is a conversation with someone who can give you an insider s perspective on a specific career, employer, or industry. It s also an opportunity to brainstorm with knowledgeable individuals about your career plans, let others know of your interests, and enlist the help of those in your targeted field. It is NOT a time to ask for a job or internship. If a job develops, you ll hear about it if you ve impressed your contact with your knowledge and enthusiasm and you ve stayed in touch via thank you notes, updates, and continued communication. Why would anyone want to meet with me? And how will I ask them? People who enjoy their work like to talk about it. Most are willing to discuss their jobs and careers with you as long as you re respectful of their busy schedules. An effective approach is to first and schedule a convenient time to talk. A face-to-face meeting is optimal; however, phone and are good options due to geography and time constraints. In your first , introduce yourself and indicate the source of your referral. Did you get the individual s name from the Tufts Career Advisory Network? A professor? A friend? Remember Rule #1 never ask for a job. Request minutes to ask questions and get advice. As a young professional, you should have your calendar handy, respond with flexibility to accommodate your contact s schedule, and ask if it would help to send along your resume as background information for your discussion. Before the Meeting Do your homework. You ll be speaking with busy people so make the most of their time. Don t ask questions that are readily answered at the organization s website. Instead, demonstrate knowledge through conversation and questions that reflects what you learned specifically about this organization or industry. This might involve a recent article in a professional journal, a change in leadership, a competitor s product line, or entrance into a new market. How to get the inside scoop? Search online resources. Read news periodicals and trade journals. See the Career Services homepage and follow links to Careers & Majors to research career paths. Even though this is not a job interview, prepare diligently and present yourself impressively. You never know the possibilities that might emerge from an Informational Interview. At the Meeting First impressions count. Dress as if it were an actual job interview. Be prompt, come with a list of questions, and bring something for note-taking. If you clearly show your interest and your research, you ll create a favorable impression. Thus, your contact will be more likely to remember you if/when a job becomes available. Nervous? Keep in mind that you and your contact share something in common: the Tufts experience, the individual who referred you, or a mutual career interest. Take the initiative in conducting the interview; you asked for it. Come prepared with open-ended questions to create a good discussion. Avoid questions that can be answered with one-word responses. Don t ask for a job! It s politically incorrect as well as counterproductive; most people don t have jobs for you. They have valuable information, advice, and contacts. Don t overstay. If you asked for minutes, be sensitive to that timing. However, be prepared to stay longer if your contact indicates an interest/willingness to extend the meeting. Remember to say thank you.

5 After the Meeting Immediately send a thank you note, either or hardcopy. Be as specific as possible; for example, citing particularly helpful advice from your contact or new conclusions or decisions you ve reached as a result of your meeting. Use your new information to further tailor your resume, cover letter, and job search techniques. Keep accurate records and find reasons to stay in touch with your contacts so you re top of mind when they learn about a position. Sample Questions The following are some questions that you might ask in an Informational Interview. Select a dozen or so that would be most helpful for you; do not expect to ask all these questions. Career Questions Which jobs and experiences have led you to your present position? Which have been most helpful? Would you describe the tasks or projects that occupy most of your day? Which skills do you use on a daily basis? Which particular skills or talents are most essential to be effective in your job? How would you describe your environment and the people with whom you work? From your perspective, what are the challenges of working in this field? Which college courses and experiences have proven most valuable in your work? How important are grades/gpa for obtaining a job in this field? What obligations does your employer expect of you outside of the work week? Are there organizations you are expected to join? Are there social commitments? How has your job affected your lifestyle? Which professional journals and organizations would help me learn more about your field? Are there trends or changes in your industry that you foresee? How does a person advance in your field? What is a typical career path in this field or organization? How does your employer support your professional development? Could you describe an entry-level job and its functions in your organization/company? What other kinds of organizations hire people to perform the functions you do here? What kinds of experiences would you encourage for someone pursuing a career in this field? Will my education prepare me for a job in your field? If not, how can I improve my candidacy? Job Search Questions How did you go about finding your job? Which strategies would you recommend for getting a job in your field? Which skills are the most important to highlight during my job search? Why did you decide to work for this organization? Which criteria would you recommend for evaluating employers? With the information you have about my education, skills, and experience, what other fields or jobs would you suggest I research? If you feel comfortable and it seems appropriate: Would you mind taking a look at my resume? Two Golden Questions Who else should I be talking to? May I use your name in contacting them? If you were in my position, what steps would you be taking?

6 S A M P L E N E T W O R K I N G E M A I L S SUBJECT LINE: Tufts English Major Interested in Business Dear Mr/Ms. (Name), After reading The Wall Street Journal article about your success in advising entrepreneurial ventures, I researched your firm to learn more about your work for startup companies. As an English major studying entrepreneurial leadership, I m exploring careers that combine my interests in language and business. I found your name in the Tufts Career Advisory Network, and I would appreciate the opportunity to speak or meet with you to ask your advice. From your online bio, I see that you were also an English major. Since I have three more semesters here at Tufts, I m interested in any courses you might recommend to help me prepare for an entry level business career where I can use my writing skills. I ll call you in about a week to follow-up. In the meantime, if you d like to reach me, I welcome an or call ( ). SUBJECT LINE: Referral from Prof. Smith at Tufts Dear Mr/Ms. (Name), Prof. Smith, my academic advisor at Tufts, suggested I contact you in connection with my interest in advertising. I m exploring boutique firms, and Prof. Smith recommended you as a helpful resource. I ve been visiting your website to learn more about your clients and your advertising campaigns. Hearing about your career choices and your agency experience would help clarify my goals for the coming year. I wonder if it might be possible to meet you, at your convenience, for a brief discussion. Thank you for considering my request. Thank you for considering my request. SUBJECT LINE: Career question from Tufts biotech major Dear Mr/Ms. (Name), Thank you for your willingness to share your experiences in consulting through the Tufts Career Advisory Network. As I prepare to graduate in May with a biotechnology degree, I am particularly interested in how your similar academic background has helped you in the life science industry. Would it be possible to send a few questions to you? I know you re busy, and appreciate your willingness to consider my request. Thank you for being part of Tufts CAN. It s helpful to read about your career path.

7 S A M P L E N E T W O R K I N G E M A I L S SUBJECT LINE: Follow-up from Tufts Finance Panel Dear Mr./Ms. (Name), Thank you for speaking at Tufts last night to explain your career path in financial services. I would appreciate an opportunity to follow-up with you at your convenience to get some ideas on how to best prepare and market myself for an entry-level position in investment management. With your responsibilities in Client Service and MIS, you offer a broad view that would help me better understand relationship management as well as the technical underpinnings of the investment process. I m particularly interested in AB&C s client mix of families, small businesses, and non-profits. Thank you for considering my request. If you would like to follow up with me, you can reach me at or SUBJECT LINE: Tufts freshman with Civil Engineering questions Dear Mr./Ms. (Name), I m a first year student at Tufts and I found your name in the Tufts Career Advisory Network where I was looking for civil engineers. One of the counselors in Career Services suggested that I alumni and conduct short interviews to explore possible majors and careers. Civil engineering has interested me since my sophomore year in high school. Now, as I prepare to declare a major, I would like to speak with people working in the field. I am wondering if you might respond via to a few questions or if you would prefer that I call you. Thank you for being part of Tufts CAN. Tufts University, Class of XXXX FOLLOW-UP Thanks for getting back to me so quickly, Mr./ Ms. (Name). I appreciate your help and look forward to learning more about your career through the following questions: How did you decide to major in Civil Engineering? What type of internships would you recommend? What is a typical career track for a Civil Engineer? Which skills do you find most valuable in your work? If you have other ideas or suggestions, I would love to hear them. Thank you for taking the time to help., Class of XXXX

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES

LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES NETWORKING GUIDE These materials are intended for use by the students of Loyola University Chicago School of Law ONLY. No permission is

More information

GUIDE TO NETWORKING Becker Career Center

GUIDE TO NETWORKING Becker Career Center GUIDE TO NETWORKING Becker Career Center Contact us: 518-388-6176 www.union.edu/career Copyright 2015 Networking The goal of networking, from a job search perspective, is to acquire knowledge about career

More information

Networking. Networking Interview. conducting the. 5 minute career clips. career tips & information for Midd students. Middlebury Career Services

Networking. Networking Interview. conducting the. 5 minute career clips. career tips & information for Midd students. Middlebury Career Services 5 minute career clips career tips & information for Midd students Networking conducting the Networking Interview first, a 60-second primer on Networking What & Why 2 What Networking is not Asking for a

More information

WHY IS NETWORKING IMPORTANT?

WHY IS NETWORKING IMPORTANT? WHAT IS NETWORKING? Networking is one of the most essential career development and job search tools that is often overlooked by students and job hunters. Networking involves developing and maintaining

More information

Networking USC CAREER CENTER. Approximately 80% of job vacancies are never advertised

Networking USC CAREER CENTER. Approximately 80% of job vacancies are never advertised Networking USC CAREER CENTER Approximately 80% of job vacancies are never advertised Start networking today! What is Networking? The General Definition: The process of interacting with individuals who

More information

Informational Interviewing and the Art of Networking

Informational Interviewing and the Art of Networking Informational Interviewing and the Art of Networking What is Informational Interviewing? Arranging and Preparing for an Informational Interview Good Questions to Ask Developing a Network After Your Informational

More information

BUILD YOUR NETWORK. Harvard. Extension School. An Extension School Resource. Build Your Network

BUILD YOUR NETWORK. Harvard. Extension School. An Extension School Resource. Build Your Network Extension School Build Your Network Harvard OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu CAREER AND ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER Harvard Extension School

More information

Guide to Telephone Interviews for Internships

Guide to Telephone Interviews for Internships Guide to Telephone Interviews for Internships About this Guide Developed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and funded by IBM Global Workforce Diversity, this guide is designed

More information

1. Networking works and is an essential job search tool because the job market (both the advertised and hidden) is decentralized.

1. Networking works and is an essential job search tool because the job market (both the advertised and hidden) is decentralized. What Is Networking? As a job technique: Connecting and interacting with others through informational interviewing for the purpose of exchanging information and acquiring advice and referrals to assist

More information

Exploring Careers through Informational Interviewing Written By Betsy Bishop, Revised by Kristen Lindsay May 2008

Exploring Careers through Informational Interviewing Written By Betsy Bishop, Revised by Kristen Lindsay May 2008 Exploring Careers through Informational Interviewing Written By Betsy Bishop, Revised by Kristen Lindsay May 2008 Why conduct an Informational Interview? 1. Networking: get connected with influential people

More information

Guide to Networking. Networking is not about asking for a job. However, it can result in getting hired. Do not ask

Guide to Networking. Networking is not about asking for a job. However, it can result in getting hired. Do not ask Guide to Networking What is networking? Networking is about gathering information and asking for advice. It is talking with people and creating relationships that are mutually beneficial. Networking is

More information

Your Job or Internship Search

Your Job or Internship Search Job & Internship Guide 15-16 Your Job or Internship Search Chapter Action Items more info: career.berkeley.edu Start searching early. See a career counselor or peer advisor to develop your internship or

More information

HOW TO FIND A JOB. Are You Ready to Begin a Job Search?

HOW TO FIND A JOB. Are You Ready to Begin a Job Search? LSG 500/LNG 300 P.O. Box 6000 Binghamton, NY 13902-6000 (607) 777-2400 http://cdc.binghamton.edu Division of Student Affairs HOW TO FIND A JOB Candidates looking for jobs and employers seeking candidates

More information

NETWORKING GUIDE WHY NETWORK?

NETWORKING GUIDE WHY NETWORK? NETWORKING GUIDE Tessa meets her roommate s mother during Family Weekend and learns about her involvement at a New York City publishing house. As a result of talking with her, Tessa is given two names

More information

Keys to Success for. Informational. Interviewing

Keys to Success for. Informational. Interviewing Keys to Success for Informational Interviewing Outline, Scripts and Questions Miller Graduate Center for Career Services LaCava 275 w 781-891- 2164 Informational Interviewing Introduction An important

More information

NETWORKING: A Strategy for Every Stage of Career Development

NETWORKING: A Strategy for Every Stage of Career Development NETWORKING: A Strategy for Every Stage of Career Development Networking can serve as a valuable strategy at each and every stage of your career development. What is it? In short, it s simply connecting

More information

Dickinson College. Alumni Career Services. Alumni Networking Guide

Dickinson College. Alumni Career Services. Alumni Networking Guide Dickinson College Alumni Career Services Alumni Networking Guide Dickinson College Career Center 717-245-1740 career@dickinson.edu Table of Contents What is Networking?.. 3 What can Networking Offer You?..

More information

Module 1: The Career Planning Process: An Overview Transcript

Module 1: The Career Planning Process: An Overview Transcript Module 1: The Career Planning Process: An Overview Transcript Introduction (video clip 1) Hello, everyone. I m Jennifer from the Boise State University Career Center, and you re completing the first in

More information

the power of your Personal Brand

the power of your Personal Brand the power of your Personal Brand Based on the Me, Inc. curriculum created by the Graduate Career Services team at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business What Is Your Personal Brand? If you had

More information

Finding a Part-time Job

Finding a Part-time Job Finding a Part-time Job This presentation provides you with information, links and support to help you secure a part-time or casual job. We don t place students directly into employment, but focus on helping

More information

Professional/Business Networking

Professional/Business Networking Professional/Business Networking You ve heard the old saying: "When it comes to looking for a job, it's not what you know, it's who you know." Well, there are a couple of major problems with that nugget

More information

Career Guide: Writing a Cover Letter

Career Guide: Writing a Cover Letter Office of Transfer, Career & Internship Services 802-387-6823 transferservices@landmark.edu Career Guide: Writing a Cover Letter How to Write a Winning Cover Letter What is a Cover Letter? A cover letter

More information

Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/career_services. Networking!

Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/career_services. Networking! Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/career_services Networking! The Art of the Follow-Up Networking will be an integral component of your

More information

The Art (& Science) of Informational Interviewing. Mark Friedfeld Assistant Director Haas MBA Career Management Group

The Art (& Science) of Informational Interviewing. Mark Friedfeld Assistant Director Haas MBA Career Management Group The Art (& Science) of Informational Interviewing Mark Friedfeld Assistant Director Haas MBA Career Management Group Put yourself in the employers' shoes Post and Pray They want to hire someone who is

More information

MEFA s College Admissions Toolkit

MEFA s College Admissions Toolkit MEFA s College Admissions Toolkit Application Deadline Manager Directions: Use this worksheet to keep track of deadlines and requirements for your college admissions applications. College: College: College:

More information

Application Letter Writing

Application Letter Writing Application Letter Writing The application letter you send with your resume provides you with your first opportunity to present yourself to a potential employer. It is more than just a brief cover note

More information

Networking: Don t Just Do It - Do It Well How to Network Your Way to Effective Relationship-Building. By: Kristin Rizzo, Esq.

Networking: Don t Just Do It - Do It Well How to Network Your Way to Effective Relationship-Building. By: Kristin Rizzo, Esq. Networking: Don t Just Do It - Do It Well How to Network Your Way to Effective Relationship-Building By: Kristin Rizzo, Esq. [Kristin Rizzo is a graduate of University of San Diego School of Law, serves

More information

CI encourages you to share this content, however, in doing so, you may not alter its contents.

CI encourages you to share this content, however, in doing so, you may not alter its contents. Copyright 2014 Connecticut Innovations All Rights Reserved CI encourages you to share this content, however, in doing so, you may not alter its contents. ctinnovations.com 1 Don t Hire Duds! Why You Should

More information

SAMPLE GENERAL COVER LETTER Job Posted in the Student Job Portal

SAMPLE GENERAL COVER LETTER Job Posted in the Student Job Portal SAMPLE GENERAL COVER LETTER Job Posted in the Student Job Portal Dear Hiring Manager I am applying for the position you posted on the Humber Student Job Portal, through the Work Placement Services Office.

More information

COVER LETTER LETTER OF INQUIRY. A letter of inquiry can also be known as a prospecting letter or a letter of interest.

COVER LETTER LETTER OF INQUIRY. A letter of inquiry can also be known as a prospecting letter or a letter of interest. COVER LETTER PURPOSE OF A COVER LETTER To clarify for the employer your reason for contacting them. To make the connection between your skills, interests, academic background, and the need of the employer

More information

NETWORKING GUIDE CONTRIBUTOR: CAREERS SERVICE, ANNA PERSSON

NETWORKING GUIDE CONTRIBUTOR: CAREERS SERVICE, ANNA PERSSON NETWORKING GUIDE CONTRIBUTOR: CAREERS SERVICE, ANNA PERSSON NETWORK YOUR WAY TO A JOB Networking is an important part of any job search. It s the process of establishing contacts for the purpose of gathering

More information

Informational Interviewing & Networking Guide. Skidmore College Career Development Center

Informational Interviewing & Networking Guide. Skidmore College Career Development Center Informational Interviewing & Networking Guide Skidmore College Career Development Center What is an informational interview? Skillfully used, Informational Interviewing, affectionately referred to as Info

More information

What are local sources of part-time work for teens and how can I find out more about them?

What are local sources of part-time work for teens and how can I find out more about them? Jobs for Teens 2 FINDING A JOB The BIG Idea What are local sources of part-time work for teens and how can I find out more about them? AGENDA Approx. 45 minutes I. Warm Up (10 minutes) II. How to Make

More information

Resource Guide: Creating Cover Letters

Resource Guide: Creating Cover Letters Resource Guide: Creating Cover Letters Creating Cover Letters Table of Contents What is a Cover Letter?. 3 Writing Your Cover Letter...... 3 Addressing Your Letter........ 3 Introductory Paragraph.......

More information

Informational interviewing: Get the inside scoop on careers

Informational interviewing: Get the inside scoop on careers Informational interviewing: Get the inside scoop on careers Olivia Crosby (updated by Tamara Dillon) Olivia Crosby wrote this article for the Summer 2002 OOQ while working in the Office of Occupational

More information

Cover Letters & Professional Correspondence E-GUIDE

Cover Letters & Professional Correspondence E-GUIDE Cover Letters & Professional Correspondence E-GUIDE IN THIS SECTION Overview Content, Types, & Formatting Sending Professional Documents Uploading Documents to Online Systems Emailing Documents Email Etiquette

More information

BERRY COLLEGE CAREER CENTER JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES

BERRY COLLEGE CAREER CENTER JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES BERRY COLLEGE CAREER CENTER JOB SEARCH STRATEGIES A job search is a time-consuming endeavor. However, the time you put into the job search process will be proportional to your results. Be prepared before

More information

Interview Skills Guide

Interview Skills Guide Interview Skills Guide The main purpose of an interview is to sell yourself to a company/organization and convince them that they should hire you. As a candidate you are a salesperson, selling the most

More information

STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RE - EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP

STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RE - EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP STATE OF TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT RE - EMPLOYMENT SERVICES ASSESSMENT INTERVIEWING SKILLS WORKSHOP Please complete the following questionnaire relating to the online workshop.

More information

Undergraduate Resource Series

Undergraduate Resource Series OCS APPLYING TO BUSINESS SCHOOL Undergraduate Resource Series Office of Career Services 54 Dunster Street Harvard University Faculty of Arts and Sciences 617.495.2595 www.ocs.fas.harvard.edu Photo: Harvard

More information

Scott College of Business Meis Student Development Center Four Year Professional Plan

Scott College of Business Meis Student Development Center Four Year Professional Plan Scott College of Business Meis Student Development Center Four Year Professional Plan Freshman o Sessions fill up towards the end of the, so don t wait until the Get involved! Visit the SCOB Student Organization

More information

NETWORKING GUIDE. The reality is that networking needs to be a part of everyone s search strategy.

NETWORKING GUIDE. The reality is that networking needs to be a part of everyone s search strategy. NETWORKING GUIDE What exactly is networking? The idea of networking is sometimes hard for students to initally grasp. They often think it is going up to complete strangers and trying to get an internship

More information

Preparing Personal Statements For Graduate School & Professional Programs

Preparing Personal Statements For Graduate School & Professional Programs Preparing Personal Statements For Graduate School & Professional Programs This packet is intended to serve as a starting point for students and alumni developing personal statements for graduate schools

More information

Become a Personal Trainer

Become a Personal Trainer Get paid to help people get fit! FabJob Guide to Become a Personal Trainer Paige Waehner Visit www.fabjob.com Contents About the Author...7 1. Introduction...8 1.1 What is a Personal Trainer?...9 1.2 A

More information

B U S I N E S S E X P L O R A T I O N S E R I E S ( B E S ) L E T T E R S A N D S C I E N C E S

B U S I N E S S E X P L O R A T I O N S E R I E S ( B E S ) L E T T E R S A N D S C I E N C E S How to Write a Cover Letter B U S I N E S S E X P L O R A T I O N S E R I E S ( B E S ) L E T T E R S A N D S C I E N C E S What is a Cover Letter? Accompanies your resume that is being sent to an organization/company

More information

Job Search Strategies

Job Search Strategies Job Search Strategies CONTENTS: Job Search Strategies: Planning the Perfect Trip Pg. 2 Job Search Timetable Checklist Pg. 3 Fishing for Prospects Networking Pg. 4 Six Rules for Networking Pg. 5 Starting

More information

Chapter 3 Entrepreneurs: Key Characteristics and Skills. Are All Entrepreneurs Alike? Do What You Love

Chapter 3 Entrepreneurs: Key Characteristics and Skills. Are All Entrepreneurs Alike? Do What You Love Chapter 3 Entrepreneurs: Key Characteristics and Skills Are All Entrepreneurs Alike? While entrepreneurs have in common certain characteristics and skills, there is a wide range of individuality among

More information

Georgia College & State University Career Center Professional Development Series Presents:

Georgia College & State University Career Center Professional Development Series Presents: Georgia College & State University Career Center Professional Development Series Presents: Contact Us: University Career Center 232 Lanier Hall, Milledgeville Campus 478-445-5384 www.gcsu.edu/career Contents

More information

Cover letters serve as a bridge between your resume and the specific job to which you are applying. Therefore, there isn t a

Cover letters serve as a bridge between your resume and the specific job to which you are applying. Therefore, there isn t a Cover Letters Cover letters serve as a bridge between your resume and the specific job to which you are applying. Therefore, there isn t a one size fits all cover letter. A cover letter is also a reflection

More information

A. INTRODUCTION B. TIMING IS IMPORTANT

A. INTRODUCTION B. TIMING IS IMPORTANT A. INTRODUCTION A reference letter, or letter of recommendation, 1 is usually written to attest to a person s skills, character and/or achievements. It is a formal document, and should be typed on letterhead,

More information

The College Visit and the Interview

The College Visit and the Interview Chapter 8 The College Visit and the Interview College Representatives on Your High School Campus As you are determining which colleges and universities will be included on your final college application

More information

Sample Networking Materials. Prepared by Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program

Sample Networking Materials. Prepared by Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program Sample Networking Materials Prepared by Virginia Rowthorn, Managing Director, Law & Health Care Program Email to set up informational interview based on referral 1. Subject Line: UM Carey Health Law Student:

More information

THE JOB SEARCH. What Do I Need to Know Before I Start My Job Search?

THE JOB SEARCH. What Do I Need to Know Before I Start My Job Search? THE JOB SEARCH Your job search begins the moment you start thinking about life after Garrett College and continues until you have accepted a job offer. Even then, however, it doesn t end, as our ever-changing

More information

Counseling Center Informational Interviewing INFORMATION INTERVIEWING WHAT IS AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW?

Counseling Center Informational Interviewing INFORMATION INTERVIEWING WHAT IS AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW? Counseling Center Informational Interviewing INFORMATION INTERVIEWING WHAT IS AN INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW? An informational interview is a conversation between a person (like you) who is interested in a

More information

HOW TO ACE THE INTERVIEW

HOW TO ACE THE INTERVIEW HOW TO ACE THE INTERVIEW Interviews help employers learn more about candidates academic background, skills and work experience. The interview process is a two-way street in which the employer and candidate

More information

PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW

PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW U N I V E R S I T Y C A R E E R S E R V I C E S PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW THE INTERVIEW The interview is an opportunity to demonstrate to an employer why you are the best fit for the position. Essentially,

More information

M E FA s College Admissions Toolkit

M E FA s College Admissions Toolkit M E FA s College Admissions Toolkit Application Deadline Manager Directions: Use this worksheet to keep track of deadlines and requirements for your college admissions applications. College: College: College:

More information

LEAD CONVERSION SECRETS OF TOP ADVISORS

LEAD CONVERSION SECRETS OF TOP ADVISORS LEAD CONVERSION SECRETS OF TOP ADVISORS Introduction When you re in the insurance business, you re in the business of selling something that everyone needs: protection for their families and assets. As

More information

Education Interviewing Guide

Education Interviewing Guide Education Interviewing Guide STEP 1: RESEARCH How well you have researched the organization/district demonstrates your interest and enthusiasm and is a critical factor in the interview process. What to

More information

Adapted from Ten Tips for an Effective Job Search

Adapted from Ten Tips for an Effective Job Search Adapted from Ten Tips for an Effective Job Search by Dr. Thomas J. Denham, Career Counselor, Careers In Transition LLC, Colonie, New York There are three principal stages of career development. These include:

More information

Career Services Center. Cover. www.wssu.edu Take quick jump to Career Services

Career Services Center. Cover. www.wssu.edu Take quick jump to Career Services Career Services Center Cover Letters www.wssu.edu Take quick jump to Career Services Cover Letter Tips Do Keep letter on paper to one page (three to five paragraphs) Keep electronic letters to one screen

More information

Improve your prospects

Improve your prospects Make a case for life insurance Improve your prospects Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America M-5191 Discover how you can help expand your client base and close more sales. If regular prospecting

More information

COVER LETTERS & PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE

COVER LETTERS & PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE COVER LETTERS & PROFESSIONAL BUSINESS CORRESPONDENCE Your Call To Action Write It Right! Now that you have mastered the art of the resume, it s time to tackle your cover letter. Cover letters are intended

More information

*Use heading from your resume to include your contact information*

*Use heading from your resume to include your contact information* cover letters joseph meyerhoff center for career development THE BASIC FORMAT *Use heading from your resume to include your contact information* Date Contact Person (Mr., Mrs., or Ms.) Title Company Name

More information

NETWORKING: WHY, HOW, WHO, and WHEN

NETWORKING: WHY, HOW, WHO, and WHEN NETWORKING: WHY, HOW, WHO, and WHEN Professional Development Workshop Series Career Development and Internships Office (CDIO) careers@northpark.edu x5575 1 Up to 80% of jobs these days are found through

More information

Telephone Tips and Techniques

Telephone Tips and Techniques Telephone Tips and Techniques to help you conduct an efficient, productive job search. CONTENTS General tips for using your phone page 3 Responding to a newspaper ad page 4 Building a job search network

More information

Job Search Strategies. Career Development Services Lake-Sumter State College

Job Search Strategies. Career Development Services Lake-Sumter State College Job Search Strategies Career Development Services Lake-Sumter State College What We ll Cover Today Job Search Process Job Search Tips Resources College Central Network Career Development Services Job Search

More information

THE INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW Networking with Career Professionals

THE INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW Networking with Career Professionals THE INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW Networking with Career Professionals SUNY College at Potsdam Career Planning, Sisson Hall 130, Phone 267-2344 Web: www.potsdam.edu/career e-mail: career@ potsdam.edu WHAT IS

More information

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES. The Cover Letter 2014-2015

OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES. The Cover Letter 2014-2015 OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES The Cover Letter 2014-2015 Cover Letters Texas A&M University School of Law Career Services Office Handout Cover letters are one of the most important tools for your job search.

More information

Job Search Techniques Internship & Job Search Series

Job Search Techniques Internship & Job Search Series Job Search Techniques Internship & Job Search Series Perform a self-assessment Consider the following questions: What are one s interests: What do you like to do? What are one s skills: What do you do

More information

Academic Planning - Step One: Find Your Place Make a list of the major(s) and certificate(s) that interest you. Course Selection:

Academic Planning - Step One: Find Your Place Make a list of the major(s) and certificate(s) that interest you. Course Selection: Academic Planning - Step One: Find Your Place The transition to UW-Madison is both exciting and challenging. There are so many new people to meet and things to learn! Establishing good study habits, staying

More information

LSA Department Liaison Handbook

LSA Department Liaison Handbook LSA Department Liaison Handbook Rationale for the Liaison Relationship When general advisors, concentration advisors, instructors (faculty, lecturers, GSIs), and administrative staff are talking with each

More information

HOW TO LAND A JOB FINDING & APPLYING FOR JOBS

HOW TO LAND A JOB FINDING & APPLYING FOR JOBS HOW TO LAND A JOB FINDING & APPLYING FOR JOBS CONTENTS Job Search Tips....... 2 Utilize CougLink.. 3 Attend Career Fairs & Visit Career Centers...... 4 Look on the Internet Job Boards and Company Websites

More information

How to Get Hired for a Cybersecurity Internship. by Wilton Jowett

How to Get Hired for a Cybersecurity Internship. by Wilton Jowett How to Get Hired for a Cybersecurity Internship by Wilton Jowett Introduction This guide provides information relevant to those seeking an internship in the cybersecurity field. The first section covers

More information

Cover Letters & Thank You Letters

Cover Letters & Thank You Letters Cover Letters & Thank You Letters Boston University College of Engineering Career Development Office 44 Cummington Street, Room 112 Boston, MA 02215 (617) 353-5731 www.bu.edu/eng/careers Table of Contents

More information

Helpful Scripts and Templates

Helpful Scripts and Templates WIFM Commercial 2 Get Recommended 2 First Call to Confirm a Reference 3 Reference Follow-up Call 3 Asking for a Referral 4 Confirm an Email Address 4 Sample Target Employer Email 5 Sample Target Employer

More information

8 Tufts Diversity Internship Grants: Must receive financial aid from Tufts; internships can be in the non-profit or for-profit sectors;

8 Tufts Diversity Internship Grants: Must receive financial aid from Tufts; internships can be in the non-profit or for-profit sectors; GUIDELINES & INFORMATION $3,500 INTERNSHIP GRANTS AVAILABLE IN THE FOLLOWING AREAS: For Undergraduate Students 25-30 Grants for Non-profit or Public Sector Internships: Internships in this funding category

More information

Resume/CV Tips. Career Transitions Center of Chicago. www.ctcchicago.org

Resume/CV Tips. Career Transitions Center of Chicago. www.ctcchicago.org 703 W. Monroe St Chicago, IL 60661 Phone (312) 906-9908 Resume/CV Tips Your resume/cv doesn t get you the job but it is necessary for opportunity and advancement. In this written communication, you position

More information

Networking is the #1 way to get a new job. - 80% of the jobs available never get advertised. This is how you find them and get them!

Networking is the #1 way to get a new job. - 80% of the jobs available never get advertised. This is how you find them and get them! What Is Networking? Networking is the #1 way to get a new job. - 80% of the jobs available never get advertised. This is how you find them and get them! It is the process of discovering and utilizing connections

More information

Undecided? You re not alone You wil excel at a major that you enjoy studying. Your college major puts FEW restrictions on your career choices.

Undecided? You re not alone You wil excel at a major that you enjoy studying. Your college major puts FEW restrictions on your career choices. Choosing a Major Undecided? You re not alone Being uncertain about your major is a common phenomenon. There are many things you can do to ease the process of choosing a major, and the Career Center is

More information

A. IDENTIFY YOUR CONTACTS

A. IDENTIFY YOUR CONTACTS NETWORKING MEETING An Informational Meeting or Networking Appointment is an opportunity to spend time with someone who is a professional in a career field of interest to you. It can help you build your

More information

Cover Letter Handbook for Teachers. Table of Contents

Cover Letter Handbook for Teachers. Table of Contents Cover Letter Handbook for Teachers Table of Contents Effective Cover Letters... 1 Guidelines... 1 Cover Letter Format for Teachers... 2 Sample Cover Letters... 3 Cover Letter Guidelines for Educational

More information

Preparing for Internship Interviews. November, 2013

Preparing for Internship Interviews. November, 2013 Preparing for Internship Interviews November, 2013 Successful Interviewing Obtaining a high ranking for an internship position requires successfully negotiating the interview. What should I expect during

More information

THE SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH

THE SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH THE SUCCESSFUL JOB SEARCH N U R F C O L D C A L L O X I N T E R N A Y L I I S F E P N W B R T I N T I N T E R V I E W K K A I Z W V E C L E P S E C N J O B S E A R C H D I M D R G U L M F J B I L U E K

More information

Locating the Job You Want

Locating the Job You Want Locating the Job You Want Smaller Employers Most first-time or novice job seekers look to the large chemical employers the big companies, government labs, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. These

More information

COVER LETTER GUIDE. Career Services Goodwin College One Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT 06118 (860) 727-6768

COVER LETTER GUIDE. Career Services Goodwin College One Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT 06118 (860) 727-6768 CAREER SERVICES COVER LETTER GUIDE Career Services Goodwin College One Riverside Drive East Hartford, CT 06118 (860) 727-6768 COVER LETTERS COVER LETTER GUIDE Your cover letter introduces you to a prospective

More information

Preparing Your Application for Graduate School: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students

Preparing Your Application for Graduate School: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students Preparing Your Application for Graduate School: A Guide for Prospective Graduate Students As you prepare your application to grad school, you are probably wondering: What s in an application to graduate

More information

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MBA IS AN MBA RIGHT FOR YOU?

INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MBA IS AN MBA RIGHT FOR YOU? INTERNATIONAL GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MBA IS AN MBA RIGHT FOR YOU? THE MBA THAT S S AHEAD OF OF THE THE REST REST Is an MBA right for me? Over the years we ve helped thousands answer this question.

More information

"There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." - John Adams

There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live. - John Adams Expectation Graduation s Graduation Game Plan TM "There are two educations. One should teach us how to make a living and the other how to live." John Adams This Game Plan belongs to: My mentor is: My Game

More information

THE ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP: REASONS AND ADVICE by Robert D. Fesler and Charles W. Caldwell

THE ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP: REASONS AND ADVICE by Robert D. Fesler and Charles W. Caldwell THE ACCOUNTING INTERNSHIP: REASONS AND ADVICE by Robert D. Fesler and Charles W. Caldwell Employers now begin recruiting efforts well in advance of graduation. They use Internships to establish early contact

More information

Advantages of the Phone Interview. Types of Telephone Interviews. What to Expect

Advantages of the Phone Interview. Types of Telephone Interviews. What to Expect The Telephone Interview Telephone interviews are used by companies to screen candidates and narrow the pool of applicants who will be invited for in-person interviews. They minimize expenses associated

More information

Personal Research Let this be an introspective exercise for you. Be honest with yourself and have fun while you accomplish something very important.

Personal Research Let this be an introspective exercise for you. Be honest with yourself and have fun while you accomplish something very important. Interviewing for a position with Turner can be a valuable learning opportunity. Based on our experience in recruiting and hiring talent, we have assembled some ideas to help you in the process. Preparation

More information

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of Recommendation OFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES Letters of Recommendation 2015-2016 Page 1 of 7 Texas A&M University School of Law Career Services Office Handout Letters of Recommendation 1 What is a letter of recommendation?

More information

SUNY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS PREPARATORY COURSE MANUAL

SUNY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS PREPARATORY COURSE MANUAL SUNY PROFESSIONAL SKILLS PREPARATORY COURSE MANUAL This document was made possible by a grant from Carnegie Corporation of New York. Today s high-tech, global economy is fast-paced and moving forward every

More information

NETWORKING research & relationships

NETWORKING research & relationships NETWORKING research & relationships Table of Contents What is Networking? 1 Networking Stages and Strategy 8 Steps to Take When Networking 2 Researching Information from Field Experts 3 Setting Up the

More information

Career Guide Thank You Notes

Career Guide Thank You Notes Career Guide Thank You Notes Make a lasting impression http://heller.brandeis.edu/careers/ Thank You Notes Why send a Thank You note? Thank you notes are an integral part of your career strategy and should

More information

CONSTRUCTING A COVER LETTER

CONSTRUCTING A COVER LETTER CONSTRUCTING A COVER LETTER A Cover Letter gives you the opportunity to sell yourself to the employer beyond your Resume. In a Cover Letter you will have the opportunity to market yourself for the specific

More information

Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/careerservices

Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/careerservices Commerce Career Services Rouss & Robertson Halls, Suite 407 434.924.7986 www.commerce.virginia.edu/careerservices Consulting Interviewing Tips & Strategies from Fourth-Year COMM Students w This information

More information

COVER LETTER WRITING GUIDE

COVER LETTER WRITING GUIDE weissman graduate career services COVER LETTER WRITING GUIDE WEISSMAN GRADUATE CAREER SERVICES OFFICE Baruch College, 55 Lexington Newman Vertical Campus Box B8 252, New York, NY 10010 Phone (646) 312

More information