Past Professional Development Events

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Job Search Strategies 2016

Presenter: Donna Beestman, Career Success StrategiesDonna-with-Client600x400

Searching for a professional position needs to be approached like undertaking a very challenging project. Learn about the process, tools, steps that can lead to success with this critical project. It should be focused, organized, and disciplined – with weekly plans and accountability on your progress. Drawing from over 20 years helping thousands of professionals and executives with job searches, Donna Beestman will share tips on crafting your resume and other marketing documents, developing your verbal talking points, creating an effective online presence, expanding your professional network, and preparing for interviewing.

Personal Branding

Presenter: Kristina Vack, Career Advisor at College of Agriculture and Life Science

Everyone knows what a brand is. Nike, Pepsi, Disney, Apple. This buzzword is getting thrown around a lot in career and job search conversations. Why should you care? Your potential employers are googling you and making decisions with the content they receive before you sit in the interview chair. You have the ability to manage your reputation both online and offline. Come to this workshop prepared to engage in individual and small group exercises to help you develop a 5 word personal brand. We will also cover ways to start establishing your brand online.

The Enjoyment of Employment: Finding the Right Workplace Culture

Presenter: Doug Kalish, Ph.D., Visiting Scholar at UC-Berkeley

Whether you are considering an academic or non-academic career after graduate school or postdoc, you’ll want to find a place where you are happy. Matching your work personality to the culture of the organization is one of the prime factors in workplace happiness. In this workshop you’ll assess your workplace personality which we will then match against different work environments to see what kinds of organizations are compatible with your work style. We’ll end with a checklist and timeline for starting your job search so that you’ll be fully prepared when the time comes.

Secrets of a Ph.D. Headhunter – Landing a Job Outside Academia

Presenter: Sue Basalla

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.

3-Minute Thesis Competition

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