All posts by Jamie Ruden

10 Perks of Being a Macaulay Student

Congratulations, you’re officially a Macaulay Honors Student! Besides the tuition scholarship and free laptop, the Macaulay Honors College offers many free resources to its students. Check out this list of the perks being a Macaulay student has to offer: 

 

Alumni Mentoring 

The Macaulay Career Mentors help current undergraduate students who seek career advice and help in building a professional network. Mentors are Macaulay Honors College graduates who are working in a variety of professional fields. Macaulay students who are interested in alumni mentoring will be paired with a mentor with a similar career path. 

Interested? Contact: Brianne Donnelly | Brianne.Donnelly@mhc.cuny.edu 

 

Career Development 

The Career Development department at the Macaulay Honors College offers services to help currents students and alumni to gain the guidance needed in advancing their career. Career development offers services such as resume/ cover letter review, mock interviews and even CareerPath training. 

 

Interested? Contact: Gianina Chrisman | Gianina.Chrisman@mhc.cuny.edu or 

Jamie Ruden | Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu 

 

Confidential Mental Health Services 

The Mental Health and Wellness Center at the Macaulay Honors College offers sensitive counseling with a nonjudgmental, safe space for students. The free and confidential services offered include: individual psychotherapy, group psychotherapy, and crisis intervention. 

Interested? Contact: Kristina

 

Cultural Passport

Your special Macaulay ID is also your NYC Cultural Passport! You can present this card at participating museums and cultural institutions for free or discounted admission. Participating institutions include: Goethe-Institute New York, MoMA PS1, New York Historical Society and more! 

Interested? Contact: Sasha DeSilva | scholarships@mhc.cuny.edu 

 

Opportunities Fund and Scholarships

Apart from the tuition scholarship that you receive, Macaulay Honors students also have the opportunity to receive $1,500 in opportunities funds to support study abroad, internship services and research. 

 

Interested? Contact: Veronica Maldonado or Sasha De Silva | scholarships@mhc.cuny.edu 

 

Personalized Tech Guidance 

Macaulay students also have personalized tech guidance through the help of an Instructional Technology Fellow (ITF). They enrich students’ academic achievements by implementing tech tools that help coursework, coaching students use of technology to present their ideas and help students take advantage of CUNY technical offerings. Mary Carney is also available for all laptop related questions. 

Interested? Contact: Mary Carney | laptop@mhc.cuny.edu 

 

Special Scholars Program 


Macaulay has partnerships with various honors programs that provides students with immersive educational experiences. Macaulay students have access to programs such as the Horace W. Goldsmith Scholars Program, William R. Kenan Scholars Program, Lisa Goldberg Revson Scholars program and Meyer Scholars Program. 

 

Interested? Contact: Ben Ross | Ben.Ross@mhc.cuny.edu

 

Student Life and Student Spaces 

Macaulay activities bring students together and strengthen our community. Students can create their own clubs through resources and guidance that support organizations or join any of the clubs that Macaulay already has to offer on Club Macaulay. Getting involved is easy! You can even contact Sara Mazes about reserving space in the Macaulay Honors College Campus. 

 

Interested? Contact:

 

Writing Assistance 

Macaulay students are held to a high standard to verbal and written communication. Macaulay offers writing assistance to help students with: coursework and writing assignments, personal statements, resume writing, creative writing and applications for scholarships. One-on-one assistance is available for any stage of writing – from brainstorming and researching to drafting, revising and final drafts. 

 

Interested? Contact: Cam Stewart | Cameron.Stewart@mhc.cuny.edu 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

Why Should I Attend the Macaulay Pre-Health Graduate School Fair?

By: Gennady Vulakh ‘22

Having the opportunity to help people get better when they don’t feel well is something many aspire to do. But the wealth of roles in healthcare can overwhelm and confuse those who want to get involved with health professions. 

 

This is made more difficult by admission requirements for the programs having different requirements. For example, some programs want to see a certain amount of courses, a specific amount of volunteer hours, and possibly even a standardized test. 

Your timeline of courses, applications, and balancing of other requirements like experiential learning or studying abroad may vary depending on the schools you choose to apply for, so knowing those requirements ahead of time is helpful.

Attending the Macaulay Pre-Health Virtual Graduate School Fair is a great way to learn about the various health professional programs you can apply to! 

 

 

Explore the Field

There will be many programs attending from varying fields within healthcare. You can expect to see representatives from medical, dental, MD/PhD, physician assistant, occupational therapy, physical therapy, optometry, pharmacy, public health, veterinary, and many more programs

 

Whether you’re looking at different fields or set on one, this is a great way to see what your pre-health studies can lead to. Given that the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced opportunities to gain insight into healthcare fields, the virtual fair can help you learn more about life as a healthcare professional.

 

Learn From the Programs Themselves

During the fair, you’ll have the opportunity to speak to admissions representatives and other staff directly from the programs you’re interested in. Speaking with the programs you get a chance to understand everything the program offers and what it requires. 

 

See the End Result

Often, the representatives sent by programs have completed the programs they are telling you about. You’ll thus have an opportunity to explore what the life of that health professional looks like, which can be helpful in making a choice to commit to a type of program.

 

Practice Making an Impression

You can learn how to ask questions about programs, put your best foot forward, and build a network of people to reach out to later in your career. Making yourself known to these program representatives can positively influence your application to the program because you will better understand the program’s mission and how you fit in it.

 

The Macaulay Pre-Health Virtual Graduate School Fair will be held on April 23rd, 2021 from 11am-2pm. Save your seat by April 16th by registering here!

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

 

What are Industry Talks and the Professional Lunch Series?

By: Anne Hwang ‘23

If you’ve kept up with Macaulay news or emails, then you’ve most likely heard of Career Development’s Industry Talks and Professional Lunch Series before. Both of these events are vital events that are hosted by Career Development year-round, and they can be of great help to students who are interested in learning more about a certain career field or networking with professionals. Learn more about both of these two events below!

 

 

Industry Talks

Industry Talks is a fairly new event that was developed in lieu of Career Fairs, an event we found to not be as effective for both employers and our students. Instead of inviting multiple companies from different sectors, each Industry Talks focuses on one specific field, and includes 4-6 panelists who are professionals from the field. Additionally, Industry Talks also provides a personal opportunity to network with a panel of professionals within a specific sector.

 

So, how does the event work? Well, each Industry Talks is usually about 2.5 hours. The event is broken up into two sections: the first half, which includes a moderated Q&A session, and the second half, which includes breakout sessions where students and attendees will have the chance to speak with each panelist about their own personal experiences working in the industry.

 

Lastly, the most unique part of Industry Talks is that since the series was created in lieu of Career Fairs, each Industry Talks also provides Macaulay Honor students with internship opportunities and/or entry-level positions with the respective companies from each panelist. Each panelist who attends Industry Talks will always bring along with them a job opening, and so Macaulay students who attend not only get to learn about the industry, but they also have the opportunity to speak with each professional about the job openings at their respective companies!

 

Check out one of our previous Industry Talks below:

 

Professional Lunch Series

Our Professional Lunch Series is similar to our Industry Talks in that the event focuses on a specific field, but rather than featuring a panel of professionals, the Professional Lunch Series features one speaker from the field. The main purpose of the Professional Lunch Series is to allow for students to gain an intimate understanding of our speaker’s career trajectory and experiences in the industry. Speakers for the Professional Lunch Series may not always bring a career opportunity with them, yet they come with many invaluable experiences and advice to share with students/attendees. Our Professional Lunch Series events also usually host a rather smaller audience, allowing each and every one of the attendees to be able to engage in conversation with the featured panelist and ask questions they may have. 

 

Check out some of our previous Professional Lunch Series!

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

 

How to Network out of Your Comfort Zone!

Harleen Ghuman ‘22

Networking is a key component in contributing to career success. It is essentially creating long-lasting professional relationships with people you meet during your professional journey. When a lot of people think of networking, they are immediately drawn to networking within their own preferred career industry or specific job function. While it is beneficial to network with those of the same career interests and same aspirations as you, stepping out of your comfort zone can help you gain more insight and widen your career interests!

 

A Great Learning Experience

No matter how much we know about our own career industry or the career path that we want to take, there is never a moment where we stop learning. Learning about different career industries may pique an interest you never thought would have! By doing so, you may have a new interest to pursue or a new industry you may want to enter and develop some experience in. Remember, there is a job for everything in each industry. You can still pursue marketing while working in the legal industry or work with data in the non-profit sector. Your options are endless when you widen your career horizon!

 

Build More Business Connections

Each new connection, regardless of career or industry, has the potential to grow into a stronger relationship. There is always room to grow your professional or mentor network. This is your chance to get a deeper understanding of the different experiences and job functions that happens in different departments of your intended industry. Additionally, you never know when you might have a career change in the future, and when you do, it is always good to fall back on some of the connections you have made when networking outside of your career field or industry!

 

 

Where Do I Start?

Networking outside of your comfort zone can aid in finding a new profound interest in your career journey. So where should you start? A great place to start is by attending Macaulay Career Development events! These events range from Industry Talks, a panel discussion of several professionals with similar to distinct job functions in the same industry, to our Professional Lunch Series, an individual discussion with a professional from industry to talk on a more personal level about their professional journey. Career Development events allow the chance to network with the invited professionals and to learn more about the industry. It is not uncommon to hear of instances where students walk out of our events with a new career interest! Visit our Career Development Events page to view any upcoming events. 

 

So what are you waiting for? Get out there and explore the professional network. The career world is your oyster!

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

How (and When) to Send an Email for a Job Application

By: Anne Hwang ‘23

 

As you begin your search for a job or internship, you are bound to come across certain positions that require you to apply via email. When sending an email for a job application, it’s important to structure your email professionally and neatly in order to increase your chances of advancing forward in the application process. 

 

Subject Line

As you can probably imagine, you are definitely not the only person who is going to be applying for the job position via email. Therefore, it is crucial that your subject line is concise so that hiring managers can easily filter through their emails. If the application directions list a certain subject line or position number to include, use what it is provided. If there is no specific subject line mentioned, include your name and the position title.

 

Greetings

The greeting of your email is the first thing that is read by either Human Resources or the Hiring Manager, so your first impression is important. When sending out an email to submit a job application, you want to keep your greetings professional and brief. Do not skip over the greetings, because just like in a real-life conversation, you would never jump immediately into a conversation without a proper introduction. Generally, starting the email with “Dear (name or title)” or “Hello (name or title)” are formal ways to greet the recipient. Afterwards, you can feel free to include a sentence hoping that they are well, and then you can continue to the main content of your email.

 

Content

In the content of your email, you want to be as concise and clear as you possibly can. Remember that the hiring process is a tedious one for employers, so the easier your email is to read, the higher your chances are for moving on to the next stage. In the content of your email, make it clear that your intention is to submit a job application for a certain position. If needed, you can also include where you saw the job posting. Don’t forget to attach the necessary files and information as well! Keep it detailed but concise.

Salutations

After you have completed structuring your email, end your email with a kind note. In your salutation, you can thank the employer for their time or thank them in advance for their consideration. You may also want to include a sentence expressing your enthusiasm to hear back. Once you are finished, don’t forget to sign off with your full name. Signs off such as “best,” “sincerely,” “thank you,” and “regards” are all fitting for the occasion.  

Don’t forget to read aloud and proof-read before sending!

Timing 

 

Lastly, before you send out your email, double-check the time to ensure that you are sending out your email at an appropriate time. Generally speaking, a business email is sent during weekdays, Monday through Friday, from roughly 8 AM to 7 PM. When sending an email for a job application, stay within this time frame to avoid any conflicts and unprofessionalism. 

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

Zoom and Virtual Platform NETiquette

By: Anne Hwang ‘23

 

Over the past few months, students have grown accustomed to a new style of learning, interviewing, and even working via virtual platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, and Blackboard Ultra Collaborate. While there hasn’t been any official CUNY announcement regarding the foreseeable future of the Spring semester, the majority of classes are likely to continue being online, and most internships and programs will follow the virtual trend too. With that being said, it’s important to make sure that you know about netiquette and how to present yourself professionally on these virtual platforms.

 

What is NETiquette?

You’ve probably heard of etiquette, but have you ever heard of netiquette? Netiquette is exactly what it sounds like: net + etiquette = netiquette, which translates to a set of defined rules that are considered acceptable and appropriate for online behavior.   

 

Zoom and Other Virtual Platforms

 

As classes and internships continue to be conducted virtually, a variety of different virtual platforms are being utilized, from Zoom to Google Meet to Blackboard Ultra Collaborate. While each platform is designed differently, they share many of the same functionality, including an option to raise your hand, a chatbox, and sharing your screen. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with all of these functions prior to joining any calls to ensure you understand what is happening. 

 

Raise Hand Option 

 

The raise hand option is a relatively simple concept: you use it as you would in a live scenario, but remember to lower your hand after you are done speaking if the host hasn’t already done so. Keeping track of your own virtual hand, it can avoid any confusion as to whether you have input or commentary. 

 

If you are in a class setting, be aware and considerate of your peers in the class when answering questions. It can be harder to take into account your surroundings virtually but pay attention to who has spoken and who hasn’t, as you want to avoid dominating a conversation. 

 

Chat Box

While it can be tempting to socialize in a chat box, note that it’s best to avoid doing so in a classroom or meeting setting. Leave the chat box as a place for important notes, details, links, or even files that need to be shared with all the participants in the call. When sending messages in the chat, make sure to proofread what you have typed before sending it out. Most of these platforms do not have an option to “unsend” a message, so double check your message to avoid any errors. Messages sent in the chat box should also be concise, specific, and adhere to grammatical and spelling rules. Remember that the chat messages are being held within a professional setting, not an instant messaging app. 

 

Sharing Your Screen 

Prior to sharing your screen, it’s a good idea to look over everything you have open on your laptop or desktop to ensure that there isn’t anything confidential or inappropriate. If you find something that is unfitting for the call, close that application, website, or document to avoid any embarrassing and awkward situations. After you’re all set, go ahead and share your screen!

 

Other Tips

  • If you have a meeting or interview, remember to still dress in proper business attire. If you’re uncertain about whether or not you will be required to turn your camera on, it’s best to be dressed appropriately and prepared!
  • Make sure your audio works properly, and if you are joining a meeting with your camera on, inform and communicate with others in your house so they know you are on a call. If possible, you should also take into consideration your background and lighting. 
  • Be ready to adjust to different types of virtual environments and calls. Sometimes what you envisioned to be a serious call may end up being a lot more casual than you thought. Other times it might be the opposite. Regardless of which situation you end up in, observe the environment and vibe of everyone in the call, and adapt accordingly. 

 

For more information, check out these resources:

  1. https://www.webroot.com/us/en/resources/tips-articles/netiquette-and-online-ethics-what-are-they 
  2. https://sites.google.com/site/groupofthreeeducators/what-is-netiquette
  3. https://www.wsj.com/articles/seven-rules-of-zoom-meeting-etiquette-from-the-pros-11594551601  

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

 

How to Avoid Fraudulent Job Offers

By: Anne Hwang ’23

 

Let’s dive right in…

 

 

Wow, I’m Going to Be Rich

“You can make up to $1000 a week…” If you’ve ever opened one of these “assistant” or “secret shopper” job offer emails, you’ve probably seen this sentence before. Yet, if it looks like it’s too good to be true, that’s because it most likely is. Many scam and fraudulent job opportunity emails will offer anywhere from $450—$500 a week to even $1000 for ~1-2 hours of work in a week. This would mean that the hourly rate is roughly $225—$250 to an even greater amount. While one can hope for such great pay like this, keep in mind that an average physician in the US makes roughly ~$90 an hour, and that’s after nearly 10 years of medical school and residency. With that said, if a professor is offering to pay you that much for minimal work, odds are that the job isn’t an actual job.  

 

Look at Details

Many fraudulent job offers have common details in their emails. If you’ve received many of these emails before, you’ve probably picked up on the pattern. They usually involve a student who is reaching out to you on behalf of a professor, and you might see some details that state the professor is either “away” or “receiving a medical treatment.” Other details to pay attention to in these emails include grammatical and spelling errors. You might also notice that scam emails often aren’t formatted professionally, and the job description may even be attached as a poorly written word document. Simply put, there are often many giveaways that signal the email is a scam, and if you read carefully, you should pick up on these red flags.

 

Do Not Click the Links 

A very important thing to remember here, is that regardless of whether the email is truly fraudulent or not, if you have your doubts, DO NOT click any links listed in the email! If you think there is a chance that the position may be a valid one but are uncertain, you can contact both your campus and Macaulay’s office of career development to seek help to verify the job offer. Your computer has been and will continue to be your best friend during the times of virtual learning, so keep it safe!

 

Do Some Research

Thanks to technology and a plethora of internet resources, vetting a job opportunity has become significantly easier than it once was! Some great sources include glassdoor.com and indeed.com When looking at the job opportunity in a potentially fraudulent email, start by researching the names in the email, the organization, and the address. If you can’t verify that all three of these have a solid connection with each other, then that email is for sure a no-go. Go ahead and delete that email and try searching for opportunities on Career Path instead!

 

Flag and Report the Email

Lastly, don’t forget to flag and report the email as a scam. While it is difficult to avoid receiving these emails, it is not impossible to avoid falling victim to their scam offers. Remember to read carefully, and don’t fall for the lucrative pay! 

 

For more information about scam emails towards CUNY student, visit: 

https://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/cis/information-security/cuny-issued-security-advisories/secret-mystery-shopper-personal-assistant-scams/ 

 

For questions about job postings and employment opportunities, visit Careerpath or send us an email at: csm@macaulay.cuny.edu.  

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students

and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email

Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

 

Macaulay Career Development Office 101

By: Samantha Fang ‘23

 

Whether you need to fix up your resume, practice for an interview, or search for an internship, Macaulay Career Development is your place for all things career-related. (Plus, you have their services for the rest of your life — many CUNY campuses’ don’t offer that!) Their office has all the tools to help you succeed and develop your career. Read on to learn about the role Career Development can play in your career pursuits!

 

Career Counseling Services

Macaulay Career Development Office offers Career Counseling services, which involves meeting with Macaulay students one-on-one. This could be in-person, via phone or video call. During these sessions, topics can range from resume review, cover letter review, interview prep, enhancing your LinkedIn profile, assisting in your job/internship search, or networking tips. You can also schedule a session to discuss career paths you might want to pursue!

To make an appointment with Gianina Chrisman or Jamie Ruden, log onto CareerPath and you will find the appropriate banner on the home page under “Schedule An Appointment.”

 

Career Path


CareerPath is the platform we use to post job opportunities. On this portal, you will find the following types of opportunities: 

 

  • Job (full-time)
  • Internship/Externship
  • Fellowship/Program
  • Part-Time/Seasonal
  • Research Assistantship
  • Volunteer
  • Conference/Summit

 

These opportunities are vetted and curated specifically for the Macaulay community. We only share opportunities that we feel would interest our students/alums and are the caliber our students deserve.

 

Targeted Emails



The Career Development Office sends targeted emails through CareerPath as a way to share upcoming events or job/internship opportunities. Be sure to have an email you check often associated with your CareerPath account and indicate your major(s), areas of interest, and career interests on your profile. This way we can easily filter for these options and send you emails about events and opportunities you will be interested in! 

 

 

Events

To engage the Macaulay community at all eight senior campuses, our office hosts the following events throughout the year:

 

  • CUNY Hackathon: The Annual CUNY Hackathon consists of a coding competition, prizes, judging, mentoring, volunteers, workshops and more! The CUNY Hackathon is open to all CUNY students and lasts for 3 days (Friday – Sunday).
  • Industry Talks: Industry Talks provides an initimate opportunity to network with a panel of professionals within a particular industry. After the professionals engage in a moderated panel discussion, attendees will be divided into smaller groups where they will be able to ask questions and network with the professionals. Plus, each speaker is required to bring an opportunity be it that of an entry-level position or internship.
  • Professional Lunch Series (PLS): PLS was created to introduce students to employers, alums and experienced professionals and teach students the importance of networking and mentorship. Students who attend learn about a diverse set of industries, how to get involved in the field, and what a day-in-the-life looks like in said field.
  • Office Tours: Typically on these office tours, students get to meet employers and learn more about the industry. Past tours include: ABC News, The New York Times, LinkedIn etc.
  • Information Sessions: These sessions are either held on campus at MHC or on-site at the employer’s office. These information sessions can cover topics including: application process for internships at certain companies (i.e Deerfield Management), programs that offer scholarships (i.e. Schwarzman Scholars Program), and summer programs!
  • Discovery Learning: Macaulay partners with companies to develop a project-based learning challenge that will help students gain a deeper understanding of their field of interest beyond academic studies. Students will get the chance to “learn by doing,” working in teams and with the guidance of mentors, finding solutions to real-world issues.

 

Be sure to check out the events page to RSVP for upcoming events!

 

 

Career Guidebooks

These guides offer an in-depth look into various career topics including resumes, cover letters, interview questions, networking, and mentoring! You can find all our guidebooks here or on CareerPath in the Resource Library

 

Career Blog

 

Our Career Blog (where you are now) is a place for career tips and advice from the perspective of Macaulay students and alums! We cover anything from managing your internship search and interview tips to healthy habits and ways to stay productive. If you would like to contribute to this blog, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu!

 

Mentoring


The Macaulay Mentors Program connects current students and recent graduates at Macaulay with mentors to help them build a professional network and gain valuable career advice. Mentors are professionals who are currently working or pursuing graduate studies in a variety of fields. Activities are up to individual mentor/mentee pairs, but can include resume review and interview preparation, job shadowing, networking opportunities, and general career guidance. 

 

You can find the list of our current active mentors under “Professional Network” on CareerPath. Check out our mentee guidebook here!

 

Alum Support



If you are an alum, we are here to assist you as well! Please feel free to contact the Career Development Office and utilize CareerPath to view open positions in our database. We are always posting new opportunities!

 

Career Development Contact Information 

 

Gianina Chrisman

Associate Director of Career Development

gianina.chrisman@mhc.cuny.edu

 

Jamie Ruden

Career Program Coordinator

Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu

 

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Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

 

3 Tips on Customizing Your LinkedIn Invitation Note

By: Anne Hwang ‘23

 

“I’d like to join your LinkedIn network.”

 

If you have a LinkedIn profile and are an active user, then you’ve probably seen this message before. Frequently, when LinkedIn users are sending out a connection request, many will tend to skip over customizing the invitation note. However, in customizing your invitation note, you are more likely to make a better impression and be accepted by the other party. Here are 3 simple tips on how to customize your LinkedIn invitation note. 

 

Professional Greeting and Salutation 

When drafting your invitation note, the first thing to recognize is the greeting, as the greeting is often the first part that is seen by the receiver. The greeting can be something simple like “Hello” or “Dear” followed by the receiver’s name or Mr./Ms./Mrs./Mx. and the receiver’s last name. 

 

Once you have finished typing your message, don’t forget to end with a proper salutation to sign off on a good note. You can conclude your note by thanking the person, wishing them the best, or stating that you are eager to speak with them/ looking forward to hearing back.     

 

Do They Know You?

 

After your greeting, it’s important to identify yourself and whether the receiver knows you. If the other person does not know you but you know them, then you can explain what you know them from or how you know them. If you were given this person’s contact information by someone who knows them, make sure to include the name of whoever provided you with the contact information. This section of the invitation note is significant, as it gives you a chance to stand out, especially if you are reaching out to someone after an informational session. 

 

What is Your Intention? 

Lastly, state your intentions for reaching out to the other party. If you cannot think of a reason as to why you want to make a connection with the other party, then chances are it’s likely not in your best interest to do so. Common reasons why people make connection requests include: wanting to learn more about a career field or wanting to speak with someone experienced about their professional career trajectory. Whatever your intentions may be, make sure you state them politely. While writing, you should also keep in mind whether or not your intentions are appropriate— if you tell someone that your intent is to find a job or internship, chances are you likely will not be accepted. On the flip side, if you would like to inquire for more information about a company, one’s experience, or a career field, the chances of the other party accepting are likely to be greater, so choose your words wisely!   

 

Happy connecting!

 

For more information, check out these resources:

 

Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.

Benefits in Writing a Blog as a College Student

Harleen Ghuman ‘22

 

So you decided to read our blog! And probably other blog posts from our site and perhaps on other sites as well. But have you ever thought about blogging yourself? Sure, it seems suitable for those wanting to pursue a path towards the publishing industry and likewise, but blogging can be for everyone! It’s a flexible tool that can help you express your interests and allow a different portrayal of yourself to exist. In fact, there are plenty of reasons why you should consider taking up blogging as a college student!

 

Improve Your Writing Skills

Blogging as a college student is a great form of practice to develop your writing skills further. Writing is an asset that will always carry significance no matter where your future lies. You will see a difference in your grammar and syntax, and start to develop your own writing style and technique. Whether you realize it or not, your writing and communication skills will drastically improve as you keep up with blogging.

 

Form of Self-Expression and Creativity

A blog is a great way to express yourself creatively. It can be used as a means for personal growth and development. Moreso, this is your chance to explore topics of your interest, whether it is related to your career path or not. It is also a way to find your voice and aim to portray yourself in a different light. And this is not visible through the content of the blog, but the visuals that surround and are incorporated into the post!

 

Can Act as a Portfolio 

Blog posts act as great writing samples and can act as your own portfolio to give to potential employers. Having your own blog, or sample a few blog posts for another service is a way for employers to see what you have achieved and accomplished. It is also nice to have a lot of your work in one accessible place. Blogging is an impressive way to prove to your employers your wide-range of knowledge and expertise in certain fields

 

… And More!

There are numerous benefits for college students to take up blogging. If you want to start blogging to impress future recruiters, then target posts to appeal to their interests and what they want to see in a candidate. Blogs allow for open-ended opportunities for conversations to happen, teaching you how to accept and respond to feedback as well as sparking a conversation. You will gain a sense of confidence by sharing your expertise and opinion. Also, blogging allows you to learn about the various digital platforms that can aid you in posting.  And if your blog increases in circulation, it is a nice way to earn a little extra money on the side. 

 

Where can you start?

If you’re interested in starting your own blog website, we recommend using free platforms to help you get started. Wix, Tumblr, Substacks, and WordPress are often utilized by companies and organizations as these platforms are accessible, easy to use, and organized as well.

 

We also invite you to write blogs for the Student Career Blog on the Macaulay Website! It is a great way to get started on blogging and educate yourself and others about career-related topics! How? Read below!

 

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Interested in writing a blog for the Career Development blog? It’s open to Macaulay students and alums. If you would like to contribute or have any questions, feel free to email Jamie.Ruden@mhc.cuny.edu.