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Developing job search skills

Interview Lab for Positions Beyond Academia (PhDs & Postdocs)

The Interview Lab is an interactive meetup for you to learn about and practice interviewing techniques for jobs outside of academia. Learn what employers are looking for in an interview and how to handle a variety of questions, including behavioral questions. We’ll discuss and practice how to market the many skills and experiences you’ve gained during your graduate studies or postdoc and you will work with peers to develop the questions you want to ask.

Academic Job Search: Crafting Persuasive Research Statements (PhDs & Postdocs)

When applying to faculty positions, your research statement must convince a hiring committee that your research is timely, important, feasible and fundable. Dr. Megan Shields Formato, of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, will review examples of successful research statements and lead exercises to help you explain your projects in concise, non-specialist language.

Cover Letters for Positions Beyond Academia (PhDs & Postdocs)

Your cover letter must briefly and succinctly convey your expertise, experience, and fit to the job search committee. This workshop will review content, deconstructing the purpose and elements of a cover letter for applications to jobs outside of academia. We will then share drafts to get feedback on revisions. Please bring a job description for a position that you would like to apply to, as well as 3 copies of the draft cover letter and 3 copies of the draft resume that would comprise your job application.

Academic Job Search: Writing an Effective Diversity Statement (PhDs & Postdocs)

More and more institutions ask for a diversity statement as part of their faculty application package. An effective diversity statement gives a perspective on your past, present, and future aspirations and contributions to promoting equity, inclusion, and diversity in your career. Experienced career coach Yuree Soh, will help you articulate your commitment to inclusion and diversity in your work as a faculty member: through teaching, mentoring, outreach and research. We will look at examples of successful statements and start drafting your own.

Creating Your Cover Letter Engineering and SE3 (Undergraduate and Masters)

I’m an engineering student, do I need a cover letter? Yes, your cover letter introduces you to the hiring committee and connects your skills, knowledge and abilities to their open positions. This session will review tips for writing stand out cover letters, as well as provide ample time to work on your cover letter(s). You will get feedback from your peers. Bring your laptop, drafts of letters, and the job announcements you are applying to. A Career Coach is available to answer your questions.

Resume Lab (PhDs & Postdocs)

This non-academic Resume lab is an interactive meetup for PhD students and postdocs. It aims to provide you with the opportunity to get feedback on your resume from peers under the guidance of a career coach. The session will begin with some general tips and guidelines about resume, and a large group feedback session on a resume to role model what will be expected in small groups. Once in small groups each person will receive about 10-15 minutes of feedback from 2-3 other peers. A career coach will be available for questions.

Academic Job Search: Tackling Teaching Statements and Demonstrations (PhDs & Postdocs)

What makes for effective teaching documents? You will review examples of statements from successful job seekers. You will begin to identify the points you want to make and the examples you want to use. We will also discuss how to provide "evidence of teaching excellence" and succeeding at the "teaching demonstration." Even if none of the colleges and universities to which you apply ask for a separate teaching statement, the thinking that you do about your teaching as you draft a teaching statement, will strengthen your cover letters and interviews. This workshop is presented by Dr.

Building Your Interviewing Skills- Engineering and SE3 Undergrad and Masters students

Interviewing: This session covers all areas of interviewing including phone, Skype or Zoom, in person and your 2nd or 3rd round company visit. We will practice answering common interview questions, and share a 3-step process to best express your up-to-date experience and skills as they relate to the employers’ needs.

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