The Graduate Gazette
A Bi-weekly Newsletter for Marymount's Graduate Students


October 10th, 2013 Edition

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1. CUSTOMIZE YOUR CONNECTION REQUESTS
Instead of using the generic "I'd like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn" message, tailor each request. Remind him/her where you met or explain why you want to connect. They'll be MUCH more likely to respond.

2. BE RESPONSIVE
Reply within a few days to connection requests, personal messages, or comments on group discussions you post. Stay on top of your LinkedIn inbox! This will keep you top-of-mind with people and opportunities.

3. RESEARCH BEFORE REACHING OUT
Review a person's profile before contacting him/her on LinkedIn. You'll make a stronger connection by highlighting things you have in common or specific aspects of his/her experience you want to discuss. 

4. KEEP IT SHORT AND SWEET...AND ALWAYS PROOFREAD!
In today's busy world, no one wants to read long, dense paragraphs on their computer or smartphone. Keep your profile summary, messages, group discussion postings, and recommendations clear, to the point, and grammatically correct!

5. GIVE MORE THAN YOU TAKE AND ALWAYS SAY THANK YOU

Balance your needs on LinkedIn with those of your connections. In addition to updating your own status and asking for help or connections, try commenting on other people's updates and helping with their requests.  Furthermore, when someone answers a question you've posted, provides an introduction, suggests a job, or otherwise helps you on LinkedIn, send him/her a thank you message. The golden rule applies online just as much as it does in person!

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Upcoming Workshops & Events
Don't Miss Out on These Great Opportunities!
 
man-adjusting-tie2.jpgProfessionalism & Workplace Etiquette 
Wednesday, October 9th,  2013, 5:00pm -6:00pm in Rowley G142
This workshop is essential for all Marymount University students prior to entering an internship or job. The key to finding and obtaining employment is exhibiting the highest level of professionalism. Sure, your skills, education, and abilities are important to employers. But perhaps even more important is the employer's actual experience of you in the workplace setting. Come learn the secrets of professional behavior, attitude, and image and set yourself up for long-term career success! Turn that internship into a JOB! 
 
Connecting the Dots: International Careers
Thursday, October 17th, 2013 from 6:30pm - 8:00pm in  Rowley G127
As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, the opportunities for employment abroad and employment with domestically based international organizations will continue to grow.  This panel is for all of you out there who are eager to expand your global perspective and learn how to develop your career in an international context.  Panelists will range from US Citizens with international work experience to former MU international students who successfully found employment in the United States after graduation.  Don't miss out on this great opportunity to learn more about internationalizing your career and globalizing your perspective! 

  

 
Career Challenges for Graduate Students, Alumni & Seasoned Professionals
Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013, 6:00pm - 7:00pm in Ballston 205
As we advance in our career lives, we are bound to face some situations in and around the workplace that may seem difficult to approach.  This workshop will combine strategies and open sharing to give graduates and professionals a set of tools to help navigate some common career challenges such as salary negotiation, office politics, and conflict in the workplace.  Participants are encouraged to bring questions and lessons learned from their own experiences to discuss.  

     


Center for Career Services
Suite 1005, Rowley Hall
703.284.5960
career.services@marymount.edu

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