Posts tagged Etiquette

Tips for a graceful exit

Kim Petrie
August 23, 2016
Posted in Announcements

Like many people, I find networking at receptions to be an awkward exercise. Once I'm in a conversation I'm fine - even happy! - but entering and exiting discussions is always tough for me. This article from The Nashville Business Journal gives great advice for exiting conversations gracefully. I can't wait to try some of these out at the next event I attend! 

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Toastmasters: Vanderbilt Chapter

Ashley Brady
October 21, 2015
Posted in Announcements

Looking to develop speaking and leadership skills? Get better at thinking on your feet? Ace your job interview or qualifying exam? Vanderbilt Toastmasters can help! Welcome! The Vanderbilt Chapter of Toastmasters meets at 6pm on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month in Buttrick Hall 310  on Vanderbilt's campus. For the rest of the fall 2015 semester, we have scheduled meetings on: Oct 14, 28, Nov 11, and Dec 9.

Polite Persistence

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

At a recent CV/Resume Drop-In Clinic, a postdoc asked us about the correct procedure for following up with an alumnus who had agreed to look at his resume. The postdoc felt the in-person interaction was worthwhile, but the alumnus had not responded to the email. Should he email again if he doesn’t hear anything? 

LinkedIn introduction requests: what NOT to do

Kim Petrie
May 6, 2014

LinkedIn is a very powerful tool in your professional toolbox. One of LinkedIn's most valuable features is that it helps you visualize who you know that knows someone you want to know. (Got that?) Let's say you applied for a job with XYZ company, and LinkedIn shows you that one of your 1st degree connections knows a manager at XYZ company (your 2nd degree connection). With this knowledge in hand, LinkedIn allows you to ask your 1st degree connection to introduce you to the XYZ manager.

Email templates for your job search and networking

Kim Petrie
May 5, 2014

Job hunting and networking can feel like a full-time job. Make your search and networking easier with these email templates from The Muse. Muse founder Alex Cavoulacos has penned these email templates for you to adapt to ask for a recommendation, follow up on a job application, thank someone for a job interview, or ask a contact for an introduction. 

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional Relationships

ASPIRE to Connect: Building Professional RelationshipsTuesday, March 181:00-5:30pm, Student Life Center Gain practical tips and learn techniques to meet new people and cultivate authentic professional connections. ***REGISTER TODAY!***

The do's and don'ts of communicating with a prospective academic employer

Kim Petrie
January 22, 2014

An alumnus recently inquired about the appropriate way to follow up on a faculty job application. His question was a common one: "How, and when, do I follow up on my application for an academic faculty position?" Like many applicants, he was trying to walk the fine line between showing genuine interest in the position and being a pest.

To Connect or Not To Connect

Kim Petrie
September 16, 2013

This recent blog post from Allison Vaillancourt for the Chronicle of Higher Education outlines some of the pros and cons of being an "open networker" on LinkedIn. For the most part, I agree with Allison's approach. Like Allison, I value "quality" over "quantity." I rarely connect with people I don't know, and this includes current Vanderbilt students and postdocs I haven't met.

Ten Take-Aways from the Career Symposium

Kim Petrie
August 7, 2013

Your professional journey will be unpredictable and unforgettable. Begin your journey by understanding your strengths. Strengths Finder 2.0 is a great place to start. (Linda Distlerath) Have a good dose of humility. In your first job, find a buddy who can help guide you through the unwritten protocols and etiquette of your workplace environment. (Linda Distlerath)

Etiquette Express

May 1, 2013

Come get a crash course in entering and exiting conversations, wine etiquette, and thank you note and follow-up protocol. Etiquette Express Monday, May 204:00-5:00PMLight Hall, Rm 512Registration is kindly requested.