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    (NOTE: Sorry if this is in the wrong forum, wasn't sure where to put it)

    A few days ago, I contacted CERN (a physics research organisation) regarding a work experience placement. I was told that I need to find a specific contact to ask about job shadowing.

    So I've done some research and used their website to get a shortlist of 8 potential staff I could shadow, and I'd like to send off an email to all of them. This is because I want to find a person who is both open to job shadowing and is also suitable for what I want to learn and experience.

    The problem is, I'm worried a group email could come off as rude, but sending an email to just one person could mean I'm rejected, or could mean I miss out on a more valuable opportunity from someone else.

    Any ideas? Thanks!
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    BCC, and address them as Sir/Madam?
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    I read that CC/BCC are intended for more informational emails, rather than when you want a reply, and that these are more impersonal. Is that suitable for a work experience email?
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    BCC, and address them as Sir/Madam?
    I think the problem there is that it comes across as too impersonal/blanket. If you want to shadow someone, you need to come across as being personally interested in their job.

    OP, do you have one you're most interested in/who's most likely to be receptive? Maybe just go for one first. Or alternatively, send a couple separate emails proposing separate dates so you don't have to refuse one if they magically both accept. I think anyone at my workplace would be a bit put-off by a generic group email.
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    I'm assuming they all have slightly different jobs? You should write them all individual emails and change certain parts, but for time saving you may keep the main body the same.
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    I would use individual tailored emails and demonstrate you've got genuine interest in what they do ("I've read your paper on..." Etc.).
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    Aye they all have slightly different roles, and there isn't too much information on them available. I think I'll go with sending individual emails, since this seems to keep it personal and still keeps my options open. Thank you for the advice!
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    I recommend sending emails individually but it's fine to re-use a bulk text whilst changing details for the people individually.
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    I would use individual tailored emails and demonstrate you've got genuine interest in what they do ("I've read your paper on..." Etc.).
    That last bit imo is really good advice. I think if you write to them by name rather than Sir/Madam and show your interest specifically in their work, you'll be much more likely to get a reply. Try and show (if poss) what you're hoping to get out of it – not in a 'it'll help me with uni applications' but in a 'field of study' way (somehow less mercantile?)
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    That is excellent advice, cheers.
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    (Original post by Plagioclase)
    I recommend sending emails individually but it's fine to re-use a bulk text whilst changing details for the people individually.
    ^this.

    OP it's not difficult to use copy/paste/edit to personalise 8 individual emails.

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