Career Workshops

Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 27 through Tuesday, March 1. Joe Tringali and Alaina Levine will lead workshops throughout the meeting and will also provide one-on-one career counseling. 
Registration is required for the limited number of one-on-one career counseling sessions. Please sign up for these appointments onsite at the meeting beginning Saturday morning, February 27th. These signups are on a first-come, first-served basis, one session per person. Please come prepared to your appointment with resumes, CVs, and any other appropriate materials.

Registration is not required for the workshops, but please show up on time!

Networking: Optimizing your Time at BPS 2016
Presented by Joe Tringali
Saturday, February 27, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

You surely have heard that networking is a key component of the successful job search. The term itself often conjures up negative thoughts and reactions to the uninitiated, sometimes to the point of paralysis. Professional conferences (such as BPS 2016) provide endless networking opportunities. If, however, your perception of networking means tackling someone at the coffee station while thrusting your CV in his/her hands, you may want to stop in on this session. The practice of networking has become so much easier with the advent of the internet. We will discuss what hope to get out of your presence at the meeting, how to set objectives beforehand, and how to meet those objective once you arrive (while minimizing anxiety). 


Selling Yourself to the Life Sciences Industry
Presented by Joe Tringali
Sunday, February 28, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Monday, February 29, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

The industrial employer is looking for a different set of skills and attitudes than either the academic or government employer. Learn what the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industries want to hear from potential employees and why. Learn how to develop and best position your marketing message in order to improve the chances of a successful industrial job search.


Networking for Nerds
Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 28, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

It’s elementary- networking is an absolute necessity in any career, and especially in science and engineering, and math. In fact, networking is not only critical to advancing your own career, but also to advancing scholarship itself. But what exactly is “networking”? It’s more than just saying hello at a conference! Learn how to appropriately promote yourself and build a network. Discover how to "work a room," start conversations with people you have never met before, and obtain information that can set you on a path to career victory. The importance of and use of social networks will be emphasized.


Leveraging Social Media for Networking and Career Advancement
Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 28, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Monday, February 29, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

More and more recruiters, job decision-makers and hiring managers are using the web to find and research potential candidates. How can you make sure that you are not only found, but are ahead of the pack? In this session, we will discuss how decision-makers use LinkedIn and Facebook, and how you can use LinkedIn to establish yourself as a leader in your field, enhance your research reputation, and seek out and take advantage of innovative opportunities. We will demonstrate how to create a winning LinkedIn profile, and how to use its multitude of features (such as joining and commenting in groups) to generate solid leads for your career.


Ten Tough Industrial Interview Questions (and Ten Pretty Good Responses)
Presented by Joe Tringali
Sunday, February 28, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday, February 29, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

You’ve been invited to interview with that drug development company that you’ve always wanted to work for. You’ve soaked up the details of the position description. You are confident in your ability to do the job, as well as answer any/all technical questions during the interview process. The day is yours…until…that first question catches you by surprise and your confidence begins to wilt. Be prepared for those non-technical questions that you will almost certainly hear at some point, know why they are asked, and learn what a good (if not great) response to each question might be by attending this workshop.

Successfully Navigating the International Job Search
Presented by Alaina Levine
Monday, February 9, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Applying for a job in one country while finishing up your education and training in another can be challenging, but it can be done with success. In this workshop we will discuss specific strategies to finding jobs in another country while one is abroad and how to leverage your networks in-country to access opportunities, especially those that are hidden. Special emphasis will be placed on establishing your reputation as a leader in your field with professionals in the country or region in which you wish to work. Case studies will be shared.


Career Planning and Job Searching for Science Professionals: Academic Opportunities
Presented by Alaina Levine
Tuesday, March 1, 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM

Learn how to create a flexible career plan for yourself, and identify and leverage your skills, expertise and experience to find a career (not just a job) that is right for you. Special emphasis will be placed on tips for finding and launching a career in academia, but we will also incorporate the development of a contingency plan for the unexpected twists and turns in life.

Creating and Using an Effective CV/Résumé
Presented by Joe Tringali
Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The CV and Résumé are critical components of any effective job search, regardless of function, level, or industry. In this workshop, we will look at what constitutes a good résumé or CV, what makes the two documents different, as well as what makes them similar.. We will examine sample documents (both good and bad) and discuss which document to use, when to use it, and how to most effectively use it when conducting your job search.