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Don’t panic – Here are some tips when tailoring your cover letter for different positions!

Cover LetterYou want to make a great first impression and secure an internship or job. A generic cover letter just doesn’t make you stand out. Here are some tips to develop that targeted cover letter.

List Appropriate Skills
To show potential employers that you are the perfect fit for their position, include skills on your resume that mirror the assets they are seeking. See how your experiences match up with what they are looking for because that’s what people pick up on as they look at your resume. They review the experiences you’ve had so you want to make sure you tailor those to the position you’re applying for. Focus on what each employer’s interests are and emphasize those strengths that are compatible.

Review the job description. See what skills or qualifications they are looking for. Include these, as long as you have them, and any others skills or qualifications that you think are relevant to the position.

Use Your Connections
Make a connection with your potential employer by mentioning a mutual friend or acquaintance in your cover letter if possible.

Did you speak with a representative from the company at the Career and Internship Fair? Perhaps someone within the organization referred you to the position or maybe you previously worked for the company? If so, include this!

Use the first sentence of the cover letter to reference the connection with the potential employer. The best introduction to a potential employer is to remind him or her of the face-to-face or telephone conversation you have already had relative to your job search or to mention that you have heard about the job vacancy from a friend or other contact that works for the organization.

Address a Specific Person
If the job description identifies a specific individual responsible for the hiring process, be sure to address your cover letter to that person. Even if the description doesn’t identify a specific person, you can still make your greeting more personable than “to whom it may concern.”

If the company doesn’t give a specific name, use “Dear Hiring Manager,” instead. Even though it’s not a specific person, you’re still addressing it to someone.Another option is to call the company directly to ask whom you should address your cover letter to.  Reaching out to the company in this way could also show the person reading your application, that you are taking the process seriously!

Talk About Why You Want the Job
Tailor your cover letter explaining to the company why you want to work for them. Think about what appeals to you about the specific company or position. What do you hope to contribute to the company?

If the company is small, explain why you’d like to work for a small company, and vice versa if the company is large. If the organization is — or works closely with — a nonprofit, you could explain why the organization’s cause is important to you. Ultimately, you want to demonstrate to the potential employer that you know what their company is about, and why you are eager to work for them.

The Career Planning Center can help you to develop a strong cover letter and resume. Don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with us.

Resources:

The Career Planning Center Cover Letter Template

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Internship (& Job) Spotlight: Indeed.com !

 

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Representatives including alum Matthew LoRusso 12’, from the the world’s #1 job site, Indeed.com, will be on campus in the BCC Wednesday, November 19th from 11-2 to spread the word about two amazing internships for spring 2015.  They are looking to hire a May 2015 grad for their Sales Internship and are offering a Client Services Student Internship, which is open to seniors, juniors and sophomores.

The Sales Internship is a part of the Account Executive Trainee Program.  It has a track record of providing students with training, mentorship, and true sales opportunities that drive Indeed’s business growth. This is the perfect opportunity for a self-starter to work among some of the highest performing sales executives at the world’s #1 job site. The right candidate will possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills, and an interest in sales and the tech industry. *With a history of hiring interns for full-time employment, successful trainees will have the opportunity to interview upon graduation.

For the Client Services Internship the right candidates will possess excellent attention to detail, strong communication skills and an interest in the Web and client service. This is a great opportunity that touches a variety of departments at Indeed – along with our Client Services group, you will have exposure to our sales and technology teams. Successful interns will have the opportunity to continue at Indeed in subsequent semesters.

INDEED.COM is the world’s #1 job site, with over 140 million unique visitors every month from over 50 different countries, Indeed has become the catalyst for putting the world to work. Indeed is intensely passionate about delivering the right fit for every hire. Indeed helps companies of all sizes hire the best talent and offers the best opportunity for job seekers to get hired.

Find out what it’s like to work in Client Services at Indeed: http://bit.ly/IndeedClientServices
For these internship opportunities and others log on to STAGS4HIRE  https://stags4hire.experience.com/experience/login

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Alumni Job Shadow Program – Apply now!

Are you a junior or senior looking to explore your career path? Then Alumni job shadow is for you.  Co-sponsored by the Career Planning Center and the Alumni Association, the program gives alumni a chance to help fellow Stags explore their field of interest and see how the “real world” works.  The fourth annual job shadow program will take place over winter break, January 12-16, 2015.

Students can sign up to be matched with an alumna/us from their career of interest in their hometown. About 200 alumni have volunteered to be matched up with a student for a day, half day, or lunch.  Alumni mentors can help students to see firsthand how skills learned in the classroom relate to the workplace.  This program benefits students by making valuable alumni connections in their career field as well as exposing them to a unique and up-close look at the world of work.

2014 Matches Included: Clinton Global Initiative, ESPN, Maryland Zoo, Cramer-Krasselt, General Electric, The New York Times, Boston Children’s Hospital, Morgan Stanley, Viacom ,UBS, Simon & Schuster, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Superior Court of New Jersey, The Museum of Modern Art, Cubist Pharmaceuticals, Unilever, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Don’t believe me? Here is a testimonial from Giulia Wakim Class of 2014:

guiliaAs a business major at Fairfield University I learned the importance of networking and taking advantage of every opportunity to interact with business professionals who were willing to share their time, experience and advice. I have always had a passion for real estate, and during my junior year I decided to apply to the Alumni Job Shadow Day Program. I was fortunate to be matched with Alum Bill Crean who works at CBRE-New England, a commercial real estate services firm.

During my winter break I traveled to Boston and spent the day shadowing Bill at his job as Senior Vice President/ Partner of CBRE/NE’s brokerage sector. Bill and I started off the day by attending a market outlook breakfast with his fellow employees, toured downtown office towers with his clients and went to an incredible lunch where I was able to ask him questions about his job and compare our Fairfield experiences. It was so nice to connect with Bill about Fairfield and all of the fun traditions that we shared in common. It just so happened that his beach house senior year was right near mine! I felt so relaxed about asking him questions about the real estate industry because of our Stag bond.

During my visit to CB New England’s headquarters I had an opportunity to pass around my résumé and introduce myself to staff that were in charge of the internship program. Throughout the next couple of months I kept in constant contact with Bill and the staff I’d met and expressed my sincere interest in their company summer internship program. In the spring I was lucky enough to be called in for an interview, and was later admitted into their program and was placed in the Hartford office. During my time as an intern at CB my passion for real estate continued to grow, and I was afforded many opportunities to learn the various branches of the industry i.e. capital markets, brokerage and client services.

When I returned to Fairfield my senior year I began to develop a plan which would help me reach my goal of working in the real estate industry upon graduation. I cbre_logo_green
frequently visited the career planning center to work on my résumé and connect with more alumni within the industry. Twice  a week I would network by calling alumni, their family and even friends who were willing to speak with me about their careers in the industry.

During my fall semester I stayed in contact with Bill and my former colleagues at CB and was asked if I was available to work over my winter break at CB. This opportunity allowed me to develop my skill set, meet more professionals within the real estate industry and strengthen my relationship with the company. As the months went on I continued to network and was brought back for a round of interviews at CB for a full-time research analyst position and landed the job March.

I owe my success to the Job Shadow Program and the strong alumni connections that Fairfield prides itself upon. Don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone and apply to this program, and network, network, network!

For more information or to apply, visit www.fairfield.edu/jobshadowinfo  Applications are due November 1, 2014.

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Employer Spotlights: Cognolink, Synchrony Financial, and Diageo

Stags4Hire is THE resource for finding a job or internship. Many exciting companies are looking for candidates from Fairfield University. We get new job and internship postings every day so we recommend that you check Stags4Hire often for opportunities that fit your career goals.  Following are a few highlights!

Cognolink (www.cognolink.com)

congolinkCognolink is a primary research firm that connects investors and businesses to critical intelligence. The organizations they work with include private equity firms, hedge funds, mutual funds and management consultancies. While they each have different investment styles and philosophies, what they share is a desire to access the most authoritative information direct from the source. The entry level positions at Cognolink are research positions where you will source and identify industry experts and thought leaders and connect them with investors. If you are confident, curious, professional and resourceful, this opportunity is for you! The Cognolink team is diverse, international and constantly growing. Check out the two open positions on Stags4Hire (links below). Open to all majors.

Research Coordinator – 2015 GRADS APPLY!! – DUE 10/8

Research Analyst – DUE 10/19

Synchrony Financial (www.synchronyfinancial.com)

20140728_Synchrony-IPOIf you are interested in an accelerated Business Leadership Program that exposes you to three rotations within a specific career track of Sales, IT, Finance or Risk Management, Synchrony Financial may be just the place for you. Synchrony Financial is one of the premier consumer financial services companies in the United States. They are the largest provider of private label credit cards in the United States based on purchase volume and receivables. They are a new company based on 80 years of heritage where people are their greatest asset. You will experience challenging and meaningful work and learn from leaders in the industry. If you are ambitious and a team player, go to Stags4Hire today and apply for on of the 8 summer internship or a full time positions posted on Stags4Hire.

Sales Intership – DUE 10/31

Business Leadership Program – Sales – 10/31

IT Internship – DUE 10/10

Finance Internship – DUE 10/10

Risk Internship – DUE/10

Business Leadership Program – IT – DUE 10/7

Business Leadership Program – Finance – DUE 10/7

Business Leadership Program – Risk – DUE 10/7

Diageo (www.diageo.com)

diageo_logoAre you interested in a career in finance but not sure that banking is for you? Why not try a career in corporate finance at the world’s leader in the premium drinks business? Diageo is a global company with an outstanding collection of brands like Johnnie Walker, Ciroc, and Guinness Stout. Their North American headquarters are located close by in Norwalk, CT. Diageo is hiring current seniors for their Finance Leadership Development Program that begins in June 2015. FLDP is a three year program that will build a diverse set of financial skills through rotations in commercial finance, financial planning, reporting and analysis. You will get to work closely with senior leaders and gain essential leadership and functional capabilities that will serve you well in a career in finance.

Finance Leadership Development Program Associate – 10/17

 

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Employer Hiring Cycles – What to Expect and How We Can Help

Recruiting activity is underway with upcoming on campus interviews, workshops, the Fall Career Fair, Law School Fair, Non Profit Fair, and Nursing Fair all happening this fall. Stags4Hire is continually being updated with new internship and job opportunities. You want to make a point to actively review positions. These are one of many ways to actively search for an internship or job.

In general, different industries will hire at different times of the year.  The fall is a very busy time for accounting, finance and consulting.  In the winter and throughout spring, you’ll see opportunities shift to include other business, manufacturing and engineering areas, as well as media, consumer products, science and research, technology, government, nonprofit, education and the arts/creative industries.  Larger organizations tend to hire earlier in the year and smaller/mid-size organizations hire on a as need basis. This means a position opens when someone leaves the organization and they need to replace the individual.

If you are not sure when the industries that you are most interested in will be hiring, talk with a career counselor to better understand the hiring cycles you’ll be working with.  If your industry hires on an as needed basis or most often positions begin to open in the spring, then fall is a great time to do background research and begin reaching out utilizing LinkedIn to connect with alumni and professionals for networking conversations.  Take steps now to prepare for the internship or job search process. You will be better prepared as opportunities arise and build confidence.  We’re here to help you create a search plan that will work best for you – whatever your career interests may be.

For more info check out On-Campus Recruiting: Myths and Realities

 

Sue Quinlivan

Sue Quinlivan

Associate Director, Career Planning Center

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Welcome Back, we missed you!

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Another summer is in the books and campus is BUZZING again! All of us here at the Career Planning Center are ready and can’t wait to get going. We have a lot of fun things planned for the year already. Below are a few events that are coming up in the next couple weeks (for more information, visit OrgSync):

SOPHOMORE SUCCESS – Info Session

Monday Sept. 8 5:30 pm Kelley Center

“How I got My Internship” – Peer Panel Discussion & Breakfast

Wednesday Sept. 10 10:30 am BCC 200

Accounting Firms Welcome Back Dessert Social 

Wednesday Sept. 10 1:00 – 3:00 pm BCC 200

Dress For Success @ the LOFT ( CPC & Her Campus) 

Wednesday Sept. 17 7:00 – 9:00 pm  LOFT in Downtown Fairfield (Off shuttle route)

To make an appointment with a Career Counselor, call our office at 203-254-4081 or email us at CPC@fairfield.edu. Appointments are 45 minutes and counselors are able to help you with a variety of things – resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, major selection, or if you just want to talk through any career options. We will continue to have walk in hours from 1:30 – 4:00 pm Tuesday through Friday where you are able to meet with a very knowledgeable Career Peer Adviser (CPA) for basic questions and resume reviews.

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Stags4Hire Internship Spotlight – 8/26!

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As promised, every week we are going to highlight some internships on Stags4Hire that catch our eye… You have to have a profile on Stags4Hire to apply for these positions. Please keep in mind that the application deadlines for some of these positions is approaching.If you have any questions about the system, feel free to reach out to us at any time – CPC@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4081.

Be sure to apply now, you don’t want to miss out on these great opportunities!

Internships 
Bigelow Tea – Fall Intern- Supply Chain Management
dLife – Social Media Marketing Intern & Marketing Intern
Eze Software Group – Leadership Development Program
HamletHub – Hands On Marketing Internship
The Voice Ad House – Advertising Intern 
O’Shaughnessy Asset Management – Client Service and Sales (Academic Year 2014-15) &  Client Service and Sales  (Summer 2015)
Moffly Media – Events Marketing/Sales Internship
Wright Investor’s Service - Intern
GigMasters – Marketing Internship & Event Management Internship
Healthy Brands Collective – Marketing Interns
Connecticut Film Center – Internship with Film Production Services Company
Merrill Lynch – Intern to Wearable Tech Start Up in Darien CT
Cruice Financial Org. – Intern
betty & ko – Organic Beauty Brand Internship & Organic Beauty Brand: Accounting/Finance Internship
Lumesis, Inc. – Data Intern & Graphic Design/Video Production Intern
Tauck – Intern in Travel Industry! (For College Credit)
King of Harts – Part time Business/ Marketing Fall & Spring Internship
kystream Markets – Accounting Internship- Skystream Markets
The Barbashop - Part-Time Personal/Office Assistant Intern Wanted at Commodity Hedge Fund
Lifecare, Inc. – Project Management Internship
Ward Group – Intern
ITT Corporation – Tax Intern
The McIntyre Group – IT Internship-Fall Semester
Graziano Associates – Marketing Intern
Persifor, Inc. – Fall Intern
Save the Children – Fall Digital Marketing & Analytics Internship
Connections Public Relations & Special Events – Intern to work with Owner of Public Relations & Special Events Company
Danielides Communications – Public Relations Intern

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Stags4hire Internship Spotlight!

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Every week we are going to highlight some internships on Stags4Hire that catch our eye… You have to have a profile on Stags4Hire to apply for these positions. If you have any questions about the system, feel free to reach out to us at any time – CPC@fairfield.edu or 203-254-4081.

Be sure to apply now, you don’t want to miss out on these great opportunities!

Fall 2014 Internships 

Subway World Headquarters – Sports Marketing and Strategic Partnerships Internship at SUBWAY World Headquarters 

The Center for Family Justice – Foundation Intern (Grant Writing / Development)

BrideClick – Sales & Marketing Internship 

Harbor Yard Sports & Entertainment – Event Night Internship   &  Ticket Sales Intern 

Revelry Agency –Digital Marketing/Communications Intern 

DeVries Global –  DeVries Global PR Fall Internship

NBC Universal – NBCUniversal Fall Production Internships 

Beirne Wealth Consulting – Internship- investment management 

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