Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Student submits his resume to a recruiter at the Spring Career and Internship Fair.

December 8 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
On Wisconsin Room A, Armory and Gymnasium (Red Gym)

So many of us absolutely detest networking. It has a reputation as a manipulative, self-serving, sleazy endeavor involving hard-sells and soft cheese. Yet real networking builds lasting, mutually beneficial relationships, one person at a time. Nothing cheesy about that. This session will go over a myriad of techniques to help you find a networking tactic that is both effective and comfortable for you. Expect to talk to strangers, learn some valuable lessons and enjoy yourself. More »




The Versatile PhD is a web-based resource for graduate students, PhDs, alumni, and postdoctoral fellows interested in exploring non-academic careers. The site can be accessed from any computer and is confidential. While many areas of the site are open to everyone, UW-Madison is a subscriber, which means that current students, faculty, staff and recent alumni get access to the high-quality PhD Career Finder of the Versatile PhD site. More »

Past Events in This Series

Transferable Skills: What You Get When You Get a PhD and What Employers Want

Chris Sindunata shares his resume with a representative of Organic Valley, a Wisconsin-based agricultural cooperative.

October 13 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Check TITU, Union South

As a postdoc or PhD candidate you develop skills that are important for your career development and will be useful whether you stay in academia or pursue other careers. These “transferable skills” that you acquire can be used in many different types of jobs and are valued by employers. In this session, you will have the opportunity to identify these skills, discover career fields that are a good fit for your skills, and learn tips for presenting your skills to potential employers.

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Converting Your CV to a Résumé

A recruiter's presentation board at the Spring Career and Internship Fair.

October 20 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Check TITU, Union South

It’s time to be open and honest about your resume. Maybe you’ve spent your life in academia, you want to enter the workplace and have no idea how to explain your experiences. Or you’re working in academia and have been so busy with your research and school that you have no time to convert your CV to a resume for a new job. This workshop will give you the chance to create the perfect professional you on paper so you can be ready when that next great opportunity arises. More »

Secrets of a PhD Headhunter – 5 Key Tips for Landing a Job Outside Academia

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August 25 @ 3:00 pm
1125 DeLuca Biochemistry Building, 420 Henry Mall

Find out how to get a job outside academia, even if you aren’t yet sure whether you really want one. Sue Basalla will share tips and strategies from her experience as an executive recruiter for higher education. You’ll learn what employers really think about your resume, how to stand out in the crowd, and the critical first step that most graduate students and postdocs overlook when hunting for non-academic jobs.

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LinkedIn: Best Practices for Grad Students and Postdocs


September 16 @ 12:00 pm
Tripp Commons, Memorial Union

Looking for ways to maximize your LinkedIn presence? Whether you’re new to LinkedIn or have been on for years, this presentation is for you. Presenters Kristina Navarro, Assistant Professor at UW-Whitewater, and Alissa Ewer, Assistant Dean at UW-Madison, team up to share advice on topics from just getting started, to improving your profile, utilizing groups, the new LinkedIn app, and more. As an added bonus, stick around for a FREE professional photo for your LinkedIn profile (photos: 1-2:00). More »

Creating Your Individual Development Plan

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October 8 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building
October 23 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
L196 Education Building
November 11 @ 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Wisconsin Idea Room, Education Building

Creating an individual development plan (IDP) encourages you to think about what you need to do next – and over the next year few years – so that you achieve your goals. We will discuss how to define achievable goals, identify resources, and develop strategies for implementing and sustaining your plans. Participants will begin to create a personalized plan that takes into account career interests and addresses the development of knowledge and skills for professional growth. More »