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What are the variety of ways to develop your professional digital presence, and what unique opportunities does digital media afford you? Learn the steps to telling your professional story online and why this matters in the digital age.

Helen L. ChenPhD, director, ePortfolio Initiatives and research scientist, Designing Education Lab, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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CV Lab for Job Applications, Fellowships and More! (PhDs & Postdocs)

Your CV is one of the most important documents you create and revise as a graduate student or postdoc. CVs are expected for Fellowship applications, when applying for a postdoctoral position, and for academic job searches. We will review features of effective CVs, and then we will work together to improve your CV. Bring your laptop and a printed copy of your CV. You will get feedback from peers and coaches.

Write a Stand Out 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. Location: BEAM , 563 Salvatierra Walk, 1st Floor Conference Room

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 Urmila Venkatesh, 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.

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. This document is required at research-focused, and often also at teaching-focused universities. You will learn about what makes an effective statement and have the opportunity to get started on your own.

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 3-4 other peers. A career coach will be available for questions. Please bring 4 copies of your resume to the session.

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 3-4 other peers. A career coach will be available for questions. Please bring 4 copies of your resume to the session.

Academic Job Search: Written Material Co-Working Lab (PhDs & Postdoc)

Written materials for the faculty job search improve with feedback. Co-working sessions are a great time to get a fresh pair of eyes to read your draft materials and offer ideas. These sessions are organized opportunities for giving and getting peer feedback. Bring your laptop and printed copies of materials you want to work on: anything from your CV to cover letter to teaching, diversity and research statements. This is for PhDs and Postdocs who are applying for faculty positions. A career coach from the PhD-Postdoc team will also be available for questions.

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