Events

Past Events

Date:
May 13, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Faculty House
Date:
Apr 19, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Faculty House
Date:
Mar 10, 2016 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Faculty House
Date:
Nov 06, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Mathematics Building
Room:
203
Speaker(s):
Jane Praeger
Date:
Oct 30, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Northwest Corner Building
Room:
501
Speaker(s):
Robin Landa
Date:
Oct 16, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Northwest Corner Building
Room:
501
Speaker(s):
Ole Pedersen
Date:
Oct 02, 2015 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Fayerweather Hall
Room:
310
Speaker(s):
Sandra Stahl
Date:
Feb 26, 2014 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Faculty House
Date:
Jan 24, 2014 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Columbia University, Northwest Corner Building
Room:
501
Speaker(s):
Edith Updike

Most cover letters are formulaic and boring. Applicants are too afraid of offending to risk standing out. And in an era of automated screening, one can legitimately ask: Do cover letters even matter?

This seminar offers reasons why standing out in a crowded labor market is more necessary than ever. Attendees will gain insights on the roles and goals of a good cover letter and how to use audience insight to showcase themselves to greatest effect. Through analysis of cover letters that worked, they will come to a fresh understanding of pitching strategy and learn to distinguish elegant flourishes from cheap gimmicks. The workshop will demonstrate the core principles of persuasive writing to help applicants attune themselves successfully to a range of readers and provide them with a framework for taking calculated risks in their professional prose as they seek employment.