Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Email That Goes From Bad To Worse!

The Email That Goes From Bad To Worse!

Our friends at Vault send us great articles every week.  However, when I read this particular case, my jaw hit the floor!  How could an email like this possibly be?  I share this with you, not to shame or ridicule the original writer, but to share some pointers regarding what not to email a potential employer.

 Email is meant to be short and concise.  This is particularly true when you’re following up with potential employers.  Therefore, it’s imperative to make sure your follow-up email to an employer is focused and sent with a formal tone.  If you want the employer to remember you, reference something that you discussed, such as “I was the student who had internship experience with Ernst and Young” or “We talked at length about being a Resident Assistant.”  Never share other interview opportunities, as it may shut you out of any potential openings that the employer would have otherwise shared with you.  As much as possible, refrain from personal needs and anecdotes and focus on career/professional needs.  For example, you can share a personal trait if it pertains to the opportunity: “Having raised goats since I was 3 will be great preparation to work with your veterinary clinic!”  Finally, never use emoticons or abbreviations such as LOL, JK, or YOLO, during your search.  It’s just not professional.

 Vault lists many more things to keep in mind as you write your follow-up email to an employer.  What other things do you think are unprofessional in the email? Do you have any suggestions that we didn’t list?

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Victoria Sweeney, Reutlingen, Germany

Guten Tag!

Germans and their cars…I am taking an International Business Class and part of the class is taking trips to car manufacturing plants. Last week I went to BMW World and to the first BMW production plant in Munich. I saw the production of a car from cutting out the steel, to welding the sides together, to painting, and finally adding the engine to the car. It is completely amazing how the whole process works. I am not that much of a car person, but it was really interesting! 

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This past weekend I flew to Berlin, the Capital City of Germany. Below is a picture of the Brandenburger Tor, one of the most famous (and beautiful) places in Berlin. I also saw part of the Berlin Wall, Reichstag building, Berlin Cathedral, and a couple more famous places. 

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While walking around Berlin, my friend and I accidentally walked up to the Red Carpet premiere of Thor: The Dark World. We soon found out that Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Natalie Portman, and the director Alan Taylor were going to make an appearance. After a waiting a little bit, we heard the people screaming and we finally saw the actors. We had no idea this was happening so it was pretty cool. 🙂

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures! 

“Thanks for the Interview”… Then What?!

“Thanks for the Interview”… Then What?!

Our office is in the middle of On Campus Recruiting, which makes it easier for students and employers to connect.  We talk with our students about what to wear and how to prepare for the questions they may be asked during their interviews.  We also stress the importance of following up with the employer after the interview- by email, snail mail, or both.  Many students know that they should thank the interviewer for coming to campus and taking the time to meet with them but what to say and how to say it can sometimes be a struggle.

 

This article from Careerealism addresses some of the things you can include in your thank you note.  You don’t want to send the same generic note to everyone, so these suggestions are perfect for ways you can tailor each note to each interviewer.  The interview doesn’t end when you walk out the door!  Your thank you note is a perfect opportunity to re-affirm that you are the perfect candidate for the job.  Plus, it’s a strong lasting impression to show you are serious and committed to the position by taking the time and paying attention to the details.

Need Some Motivation?

Need Some Motivation?

Sometimes in the flurry of everyday life, it’s hard to see the big picture. No one can predict what the future will be like, but if you work hard and are kind to others, the journey will become a lot easier!

Victoria Sweeney, Reutlingen, Germany

 

 

Latest on the Germany front…

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I still have been doing a lot of traveling. The castle pictured above is the Neuschwanstein Castle and it is known for being Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle. I had a tour of the inside (unfortunately photography was not allowed) and it is absolutely beautiful, there are so many small details everywhere! King Ludwig II had the castle built to his specifications, but I don’t think the castle was ever completely finished before be passed away. The castle looks over the city of Füssen and has the Alps directly behind it, so the view is magnificent. 

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On a less happier note, I also have visited Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site. I didn’t really know how to prepare myself to walk into a place where so many people were tormented and an estimated 32,000 murdered. Walking up to the camp, I walked along the same path and stones as walked on by the prisoners. The picture above shows the gate to go into the camp. “Arbeit Macht Frei,” work will make you free. During the two hour tour, I really didn’t talk much and neither did the rest of the group I was with. There was so much to take in, so much to learn, and so many emotions that it was hard to have a normal conversation. Even though it was an emotional experience, I am really glad that I went. I think it is something that everyone should see if they are in Germany.

 

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This past weekend I flew to Northern Germany and stayed with someone near Düsseldorf. While there, I toured around Köln, or Cologne, Germany. Two of the biggest attractions of Cologne is the Cathedral (above) and the bridge of love locks (below). As every other castle and cathedral in Germany, the Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral) is also beautiful and very detailed. Unfortunately because it is so old, it is always under construction in some way. While I was up north, I also went somewhere that made me feel right at home. One of my main hobbies is showing dogs and competing at dog shows. I was able to go to one of the biggest dog shows in Germany which was really awesome for me!

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In addition to traveling, I have been going to classes! I have five classes, International Business, History of Germany, European Business Law, Lean Management, and a language course. Within the International Business class, I have the opportunity to go to the BMW final assembly plant and BWM World, Daimler Engine Production and the Mercedes Benz Museum, and the Opel final assembly plant.

Seven weeks in, about 11 weeks left, and still a lot to experience! 

 

Are You A “People Person?”

The season of On Campus Recruiting is upon us, and one of the questions we see so many student struggle to answer is “Are You A People Person?”  Or, they’ll confidently put “People Person” on their resume, but then are unsure of how to convey that in their interview.  Don’t worry, the Culture and Manners Institute at http://www.cultureandmanners.com/  is here to save the day!

 

“I’m a people person.”

What does that even mean?  It makes me think of people who say, “I’m a dog person” or “a cat person.”

The idea is to show potential employers (or potential clients) you get along with people without saying, “My etiquette skills rock.”  Because in a me-focused world, employers want to know if you will get along with others or be a human volcano of bickering, fighting, gossiping, whining, blaming… and leaving a splash of coffee on the bottom of the coffee pot to burn, instead of refilling it after you take the last cup.  Nobody wants that in their workplace.

There’s a better way to show you get along with others and that’s to say it on your resume (or sales materials) by starting each bullet point with what I call, “I-work-well-with-others action words.”

  •  Collaborated with…
  • Teamed with
  • Involved with team
  • Negotiated
  • Contributed
  • Joined
  • Joined forces with
  • Worked together with
  • Supported
  • Cooperated
  • Co-authored
  • Resolved
  • Assembled group of

Mix these words with bullet points of individual initiative and leadership action words: (Managed, Specialized in, Supervised, Initiated, Delivered, Designed, Motivated, Selected, Directed, Drove, Created, Trained, Coached, Counseled, Researched, Edited, Produced, Fostered, Enhanced…) and you have a winning resume.  All of these action words work well in your cover letters and the actual interview, too.

Dan- Harrisburg

Hello!

I know I’ve been awfully quiet on here recently, not to worry though because I’m back. The last two weeks have been so incredibly busy for me, I don’t even know where to start. Between working full time, being a half time student, living on my own and meeting new friends, I feel like my entire day is super packed and exciting. The work side of my life has been a lot more enjoyable then I could have expected. Being placed in the Gaming Oversight Committee has forced me to learn about a whole section of governance that I knew nothing about before I started, and now I’m having meetings with trade groups and the press and somehow I look like the expert. Along with this, my office has tasked me with a full side project for me to complete, which involves me writing legislation with the intention of it getting passed through the House of Representatives this session, while I can’t really disclose what I’m working on, I know that my legislation will have positive impact on people’s lives if it gets passed. I also get to work on a lot of the every day work associated with being in a political office, these include responding to constituents concerns and working with other offices on side work for bills. On top of all of this my program also sends me to some great lectures and events during the day, typically we will meet between 2-3 times a week to speak with different staff members about the in’s and out’s of state government, or like last week we will do something completely different and go to the roof of the Capitol Dome which is very off limits to the public. All in all I’m having a great experience, I just wish I wasn’t so tired all the time.

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Darleny- French Riviera

Salut!

 

It has been exactly 4 weeks today that I’ve been here. Exploring the many dimensions of the French Riviera. Nice, Monaco, Cannes, the Alps I’ve seen it all. It is almost crazy how quickly I’ve adapted myself to this new culture. I wake up go to my local cafe, do some homework, have lunch, go to class, have dinner and do it all over again. On weekends, the night doesn’t start until 11 PM. It gives you plenty of time to take nap. I try to take pictures of everything and anything, but I won’t lie at times I don’t bring my camera around as much as I should. At the same time I don’t want my picture taking to get in the way of not looking through  a lens to enjoy the beauty right in from of me. I look forward to seeing more. 

 

I came here with the mentality of going everywhere. Having a 5 day weekend makes this very possible and obtainable. But then I realize. I am already in paradise, do I really want to spend every weekend going somewhere and not enjoying what is right in front of me? After all, I am where movie stars go to vacation. So of course, I will go to Italy, Paris and London, but maybe I should save Spain and Morocco for another trip. Four months is just not enough time to appreciate everything and see it all. I also have to be conscious that I am taking 5 courses and once back in the States I hope to graduate so I don’t really have much ‘wiggle’ room. 

 

I won’t lie. The school work here is not as much or as difficult as at Albright. It is much lighter. The structure is different as well, or the lack of should I say. I take 5 courses. Each course is thought once a week and it is 3 hours long. So on Tuesday I would take 2 classes from 8:30 AM until 4:00 PM. Wednesday I take 3 classes from 8:30 AM until 7 PM! Crazy right? Well from 11:30 until 1:00 everyone has lunch so its not as bad. But it is exhausting. But hey, everyone’s Wednesday is my Friday. Most French students take 7 courses a semester. They always tell me International Students have it easy. I will try to write more than I’ve fallen into a routine. Mondays seem to be best since everyone is at school. 

 

Au revoir mes amis! Enjoy the photos! 

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