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

Saturday, February 18, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM 
Presented by Andrew Green

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 Biophysicists: How to Create Your Dream Career 

Sunday, February 19, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
Presented by Alaina Levine

In this session, we will discuss how to leverage networking to create a unique, customized career, which we call Your Dream Career. We will address how to understand your unique value, skills, and interests and how to align that with employers who will hire you. We will discuss various methods for finding and building win-win collaborations with people in different professions and pathways to create opportunities for your dream career to come to fruition. 

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

Sunday, February 19, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
Presented by Andrew Green 

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. 

I Need a Job Right Now – What Do I Do?

Sunday, February 19, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM 
Presented by Alaina Levine

This session will give a step-by-step strategy to land a job right now, and is applicable to academia, industry, and any other ecosystem.

Nailing the Job Talk, or Erudition Ain’t Enough 

Sunday, February 19, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM 
Presented by Andrew Green 

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 I: Understanding the Search  

Monday, February 20, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM 
Presented by Andrew Green

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. 

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

Monday, February 20, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM 
Presented by Alaina Levine 

In this workshop, we will address how to effectively market yourself for career opportunities (academia, industry and beyond) and leverage and utilize marketing methods and channels, and we will spend time on how to craft an elevator pitch and what makes a great pitch for employers. 

Translating Your Credentials: Writing Effective resumes + Cover Letters for Industry, Government, and Nonprofit Jobs  

Monday, February 20, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM 
Presented by Andrew Green 

You have a CV with its list of publications, presentations, honors & awards, etc., but jobs outside of academia typically require a resume. Very few job ads fail to mention the importance of teamwork, collaboration, and communication skills, yet if you take a glance at your CV, these are all likely to be absent or incomplete. Learn how to transform your CV into an effective resume that helps hiring managers recognize and appreciate the value you have to offer. 

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

Monday, February 20, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Presented by Alaina Levine

In this session we will focus on learning and using the language of industry and referencing the culture and priorities of industry to ace the interview. We will discuss how to effectively market yourself in these interviews and clarify how your skills and experience are an asset to a company. Specifically, we will address this for pharma and biotech interviews. We will run through some of the most common questions asked in industrial interviews and give specific advice about how to set yourself apart.

Negotiation for Biophysicists: Negotiation Strategies and Tactics and Evaluating a Job Offer

Monday, February 20,  4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Presented by Alaina Levine

We will address strategies and tactics to evaluate a job offer and to negotiate for what you are worth in the employment marketplace, including postdoc and faculty roles.

Demystifying the Academic Job Search II: Preparing your Written Application Materials 

Tuesday, February 21, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM 
Presented by Andrew Green 

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. 

How and When to Say Yes (or No!) to Opportunities

Tuesday, February 21,  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Presented by Alaina Levine

We are often faced with multiple opportunities- should we pursue this job, that fellowship, or this collab? But how do you decide what opportunities to go for? And how do you figure out when you should say no, not now, or never ever? In this session, you will learn a process to decide when and how to say yes or no to opportunities and we will discuss how to leverage every opportunity, including the opportunity to say yes or no, into something of value for you and your team, project, and community.

The Strategic Postdoc: How to Find & Leverage Your Postdoc Experience 

Tuesday, February 21, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Presented by Andrew Green 

Many PhDs just kind of fall into a postdoc, rather than thinking about it from a strategic perspective. Your postdoc is never an end in itself; rather it’s a means to another end whether that goal is a faculty position at a research university, a small college, national lab, or perhaps an industry job. Learn how to find postdoc opportunities that will best prepare you for that next step, and how to use your postdoc experience to facilitate the transition to the next step in your career.