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Thursday, September 5, 2013

Writing a Letter of Recommendation for YOURSELF?!?

Categories: Lime Connect Q & A: Your Questions. Our Answers.

to whom it may concernCan you imagine asking someone for a letter of recommendation and they then ask YOU to write it for them? This happens all the time and can be a great opportunity to get the perfect message across to prospective employers. But many folks have never written a letter of recommendation about anyone else, let alone themselves. This exact situation happened with one of our Lime Network members this week. Here are some of the tips I shared with her on how to write the letter of recommendation in the third person:

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posted By Suzanne Aptman | 12:00 AM | 0 comments

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lime Q & A: I have a phone interview, what should I know?

Categories: Lime Connect Q & A: Your Questions. Our Answers.

(This is the third in a 3-part series on professional etiquette)

You are excited because someone at your dream company is finally able to chat with you on the phone. This is phone etiquetteyour chance to open the door and make a great first impression. You are relieved that you can do it over the phone. No need to brush your teeth. Sweatpants are perfect. The internet is at your fingertips in case you get thrown a difficult question. 

Well, there is a reason you get dressed up for an interview. There is a reason you don't look up Google on your iphone when you are in person. Those reasons don't go away when you are on the phone.  Here's a reminder and some additional tips:

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posted By Suzanne Aptman | 12:00 AM | 0 comments

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Lime Q & A: Emailing, to-dos and not to-dos?

Email etiquette

Categories: Lime Connect Q & A: Your Questions. Our Answers.

(This is part 2 in a series on professional etiqutte)

As I mentioned in a past blog post on presenting, a person forms an impression of you within the first 30 seconds of meeting email etiquetteyou.  While studies show that 93% of that impression is formed from your non-verbal cues (body language, vocal tone), email doesn’t reveal these cues. So what becomes most important while emailing is choice of words, ease of read, and following proper protocol.

Here are a few things to keep in mind, while emailing, whether you are requesting to be considered for a position, following up after an informational or networking conversation, or just initiating a professional relationship.

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posted By Suzanne Aptman | 12:00 AM | 0 comments

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Lime Q & A: What is appropriate to order for dinner?

And other dining etiquette tips

Categories: Lime Connect Q & A: Your Questions. Our Answers.

(part one in a three-part series on professional etiquette)

I just got back from our annual Lime Fellowship Symposium in NYC. As I do every year, I left feeling inspired by the courage, talent, and determination of these rising juniors. We covered many aspects of navigating the recruiting process including networking, resumes, and interviewing. We also spent time discussing disability and leadership and ways to navigate disability at school, work and beyond.

Interview lunchMost of the sessions went pretty deep and I hope to share reflections on them in the coming weeks. But for today, I'd like to share some information on dining etiquette. A question that I hear from time to time and that is so relevant now as folks start to have informational lunches, attend networking receptions, and even interview over a meal. We were so lucky to have Barbara Hewitt the Senior Associate Director at UPenn's Career Services talking to the Fellows about networking and dining etiquette. I hope to have her guest blog with us in the future. In the meantime, below is some information from Virginia Tech's Career Services on dining etiquette that I edited a bit for this particular audience.

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