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Asking for Letters of Recommendation

Dear Professor, I am applying for graduate school. The online application system requested that I put in 3 individuals who might be willing to write me a letter of recommendation. I listed your name, so you can expect to receive an email from them soon. If you cannot do this, I understand. But, hopefully you […]

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Email Etiquette

Email Etiquette

Stop!! Before you press the “send” button, be sure to follow these steps for sending professional emails! Email has become a go-to medium for daily communication; it’s time-saving and cost-effective, yet there are several things that you need to keep in mind… 1) Check the “To” and “CC” lines… I’m sure you don’t want to […]

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Impression Management and the Power of Your Handshake

From previous experience, I have learned that the first impression can make a significant impact on the tone of the rest of a job interview. It has also been documented that handshakes influence first impressions; see our Power of a Handshake article. Indeed, handshakes can influence whether the people we meet trust, like, or want […]

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What is Active Listening?

            Sometimes you may look like you are listening, but are you? Active listening is an important interpersonal skill and includes… 1) Giving your undivided attention to the speaker The text you just received is likely not that important. Looking at your phone, the clock on the wall, or others […]

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How are Your Oral Presentation Skills?

Do you get nervous when you have to give a presentation in front of a class or for an organization you are involved in? Have you had the opportunity to present at a conference and wondered how others perceived you? Even the thought of this makes many people quite anxious. Yet, oral presentation skills will […]

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Hard vs Soft Skills and Employment

Employers have long been focused completely on the technical skills that future employees bring to the table, which are often termed “hard skills.” Research, however, has shown that more and more employers are looking for people with good “soft skills” to complement their work-related knowledge. So, what’s the difference? Hard skills are what you would […]

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Cut Down on Stress in the Workplace by Being a Cool Coworker

Stress has long been a part of the workplace, but is it our everyday activities or the roles we have at work that cause the most stress? Researchers have found that stress is individualized, meaning each person experiences stress in his or her unique manner. This may seem obvious to most, of course everyone deals […]

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