Career Workshops

Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 71 through Tuesday, February 20. Andrew Green 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 afternoon, February 17. 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!

Going Live: Preparing for Interviews in Industry and Academia
Presented by Andrew Green
Saturday, February 17, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

I ask: “Tell me about yourself?” in a mock interview, and the answer is usually not pretty. Most grad students and postdocs are used to having their work and accomplishments “speak” for them, and have never had an interview of any consequence. But to reach that goal of securing your first assistant professorship or research job in industry, you need to be prepared to close the deal on your own behalf and articulate why you are a great fit for their department or organization. Get answers to: what are the most common interview questions, how do I build effective answers that are more than empty clichés, what is an effective strategy for interview preparation, and more?

Conference Networking 101: Getting the Most out of the BPS Annual Meeting
Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 18, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

The BPS Annual Meeting is a multi-faceted, exciting conference consisting of hundreds of sessions, attended by thousands of scientists. In this workshop, we will discuss how to get the most out of attending, and how to identify the most valuable sessions, events, and other experiences at the conference. We will offer specific networking tips that are customized for the events at the Annual Meeting, including how to behave with speakers, how to meet key attendees, and how to interface with and leverage social media for an optimized conference experience. Conference etiquette and follow-up will also be discussed.


Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to win your EB-1A/NIW Case! with Getson & Schatz
Presented by Brian Getson
Sunday, February 18, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Brian Getson is a leading U.S. immigration lawyer who represents scientific researchers in applying for green cards in the EB-1A, EB-1B and NIW categories. Learn about the U.S. immigration process and how to maximize your chances of immigration success during this workshop. He will answer questions and provide free legal consultations after the presentation and throughout BPS 2018 at his booth in the exhibit hall.


Demystifying the Academic Job Search I: Understanding the Search Process from the Perspective of Search Committees and Decoding Job Announcements
Presented by Andrew Green
Sunday, February 18, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

What goes on inside search committees; the “black box” of the academic job search process? How are they constituted, what are their processes, and what do they look for when assessing applicants? Answers to these and other questions presented by Andrew Green, PhD a veteran of the academic job search and numerous search committees.


Evaluating a Job Offer
Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 18, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Tuesday, February 20, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

So they’ve offered you the position and now you need to make a decision. How you proceed from here on out is critical to ensure you start your new role in the organization successfully, and to ensure that you create a launchpad for future roles and compensation packages you will pursue. In this workshop, we will discuss how to evaluate the offer by examining a number of very specific elements of the opportunity, including what you will gain (for example, salary, skills, opportunity for advancement) and what you will give (for example, time for commuting and travel). We will work off of a checklist that you can use for any job offer you receive and even use it for scrutinizing multiple job offers at once. We will also discuss negotiation strategies and tactics.


Translating Your Credentials: Writing Effective Resumes + Cover Letters and your LinkedIn Profile
Presented by Andrew Green
Sunday, February 18, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

If you are applying to jobs outside academia, employers (even in biotech/pharma) will typically ask for a resume, rather than a CV; and want to know much more about your collaboration and communication skills than the content of your dissertation or postdoc research. Learn how to craft written application materials and curate your online presence in a way that showcases the skills and capabilities that employers most covet.

Demystifying the Academic Job Search II: Preparing your Written Application Materials: CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement
Presented by Andrew Green
Monday, February 19, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Over 90% of the cuts in a typical academic job search are made on the basis of your written application materials. Given the large number of candidates in a typical applicant pool, your documents must convey the most important information about you in the most clear and efficient manner. Learn about how your materials should differ based on the type of institution and/or program, and how to create “glance-able” documents to speak most effectively on your behalf.


Networking for Nerds: How to Create Your Dream Career
Presented by Alaina Levine
Monday, February 19, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Wanna land your dream job? Get ready to network! Most jobs and other game-changing career opportunities are not advertised, and even if they are, there is usually a short-list of candidates already in mind. So how do you find out about and access the 90% of jobs and other opportunities that are "hidden"? In this workshop, we will focus on proven networking strategies and tactics to identify new opportunities, locate decision-makers within organizations, solidify your reputation and brand in the minds of those who hire, and gain access to hidden jobs and game-changing opportunities. Discover how networking and self-promotion can enable you to land or even create your dream job from scratch!

Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain’t Enough
Presented by Andrew Green
Monday, February 19, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Congratulations! You've made it to the finals and are suddenly facing the most important presentation of your life. Answers to your questions about how to structure your presentation, how much detail to include, what they are really looking for, etc.

Careers in Entrepreneurship (Spoiler Alert: There’s more here than launching your own start-up!)
Presented by Alaina Levine
Monday, February 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Fancy a career in entrepreneurship? There are many pathways to explore. Yes, you can launch your own start-up or consultancy, but you can also find and create exciting careers that nurture entrepreneurship in areas as diverse as tech transfer, marketing, venture capital, and product development. In this workshop, we will discuss the multitude of professional avenues you can pursue if you want to go into entrepreneurship, and how to access, position yourself for success, and advance in these roles and ecosystems. Of course, we will also explore the career path of entrepreneur as well, and discuss various aspects of being a start-up success.

Looking Beyond Academia: Identifying Your Career Options using MyIDP, LinkedIn & More
Presented by Andrew Green
Tuesday, February 20, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

Not sure where your professional future lies or how to approach the process in an organized and strategic manner? This presentation provides a framework and resources for moving forward with confidence towards the next step in your professional future. In addition, it will provide specific examples of how to build out your knowledge of a new potential career field and forge valuable connections that can facilitate a successful transition.