Career development workshops and resume critiques will be available in the Career Center from Saturday, February 20 through Tuesday, February 23. 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 20. 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!

Leveraging LinkedIn in the PhD Job Search: Networking, Informational Interviews, and More

Presented by Andrew Green
Saturday, February 20, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

You’ve done some exploration and identified some interesting possibilities as the next step after grad school or your postdoc, but is it enough to convince you that research in industry, medical science liaison, data science, etc. is right for you? More importantly, do you know enough to craft a persuasive story about why you’re a credible and compelling candidate? This presentation provides specific examples of how you build out your knowledge of a new, potential career field, and forge valuable connections that can facilitate your successful transition out of academia using LinkedIn, professional societies, informational interviews, and more.

Networking for Nerds Night: How to Create Your Unicorn Career

Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 21, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
Monday, February 22, 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!  

Green Cards for Scientific Researchers: How to Win Your EB-1A/NIW Case! with Getson & Schatz

Presented by Brian Getson
Sunday, February 21, 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 21, 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.

The Industry Interview: What You Need To Do Before, During, and After To Get the Job

Presented by Alaina Levine
Sunday, February 21, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

When does the interview begin? Much sooner than you think: it starts from the first point of contact you have with someone from the organization. And when does it end? Only when the offer is extended and accepted. Learn how to convert conversations and networking into interviews and interviews into job offers in this special presentation focusing on industry positions. Discover what you need to know and do throughout the interview process to demonstrate your value to the company and land the job. We will discuss common mistakes that job seekers make, and specific ways in which you can give yourself a competitive edge in the interview. Both academic and non-academic interviewing tactics will be addressed.

Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain’t Enough

Presented by Andrew Green
Sunday, February 21, 4:00 PM – 5:00 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.

Demystifying the Academic Job Search II: Preparing your Written Application Materials: CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement

Presented by Andrew Green
Monday, February 22, 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.

Marketing Your Value: Crafting Your Elevator Pitch/30 Second Value Statement/Brand Statement

Presented by Alaina Levine
Monday, February 22, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

I have a brand and you have a brand. A brand is simply a promise of value and every successful professional and company is successful in part because they know how to articulate their brand. The ability to communicate your promise of value is vitally important for not only crafting your own career path, but also for finding out about hidden opportunities and jobs. In this workshop, we learn the fundamentals of branding as it relates to career development and planning strategy. We will work together to develop your own 30-second brand statement which you can use in networking, and informational and job interviews. We will discuss the connection between brand, attitude and reputation, and why every interaction with someone affects how people perceive your brand. You will leave this presentation with the ability to elucidate your own brand to whomever you meet, giving you a critical competitive edge in your career and the job market.

Looking Beyond Academia: Identifying Your Career Options Using MyIDP, LinkedIn & More

Presented by Andrew Green
Tuesday, February 23, 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.