Virtual Workshops to Help You Navigate Your Career

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Cover Letters for Industry, Nonprofits, and Government

Your cover letter is often the first opportunity you have to deliberately and intentionally create your own narrative within the context of the job or internship that you’re applying for. This workshop will share best practices for creating tailored cover letters – how to format them, dos and don’ts, how to highlight your strongest assets/abilities/skills, and how to differentiate yourself from other candidates.


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Resumes for Industry, Nonprofits & Government

Whether you are looking for your next challenge or to change careers, a well-crafted resume and cover letter will help you get noticed by employers during your search. Brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your job documents, from how to craft your bullet points to the highlights you should mention in your cover letter. Join UChicagoGRAD’s Josephine (Jo) Cai as she guides you through the preparation process from start to finish, and have your questions answered along the way.

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Navigating a Virtual or Remote Job Search
With the outbreak of COVID-19, you may have questions about how to proceed with your job search. Social distancing, remote work, and economic uncertainty can make an already stressful process more complicated, but there are steps you can take now to move forward.

Join in for a conversation with UChicagoGRAD career advisors, who will share advice for conducting a job search using online resources and tools for virtual engagement.

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LinkedIn Best Practices 

Having an effective LinkedIn profile is an essential component of your job search and online professional identity. During this workshop, you will learn how to:
– Develop a successful LinkedIn profile
– Navigate the features of the website
– Build and maintain networking relationships
– Leverage your network for the job search process
This workshop is open to all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline.

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(GRADTalk) Networking Effectively Online

With the recent shift to online communication, knowing how to network effectively in an online setting is more important than ever. In this workshop, we’ll talk about some strategies for making the most of online networking, whether you’re exploring career options, building connections for your job search, or expanding your professional network. We discuss topics including how to utilize online networking platforms like LinkedIn, how to make the most of informational interviews on the phone or online, and how to prepare an effective self-introduction for online conversations.

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(GRADTalk) Best Practices for Giving Effective Online Presentations

In this webinar, we’ll talk about some best practices and strategies for giving effective and engaging presentations in online settings like Zoom. With the shift to online video platforms for classes, dissertation defenses, and job interviews, what should we do to adapt our presentation style and make sure our virtual audience stays engaged and interested? We’ll discuss some of the fundamentals of effective public speaking in any setting and then share strategies and tips that are unique for presenting in online formats.

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(GRADTalk) Best Practices for Online Interviews on Skype or Zoom

With the recent shift to remote work in many industries, it’s more important than ever to know what to expect and how to make a good impression in an online interview format. In this webinar, you’ll learn some best practices and strategies to prepare you for online interviews conducted on Skype or Zoom. In addition to some practical considerations, we’ll also talk about some strategies for answering common behavioral interview questions like “Tell me about yourself” and “What is one of your weaknesses?”

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Conquering Email: Effective Office Communication

This workshop covers best practices for professional communications within the workplace, with a focus on conquering email. Briana Konnick, PhD, career advisor in the UChicagoGRAD office, will lead this topic. The workshop is a mixture of lecture, case studies, and active discussion.


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Postdoc Workshop: Career Exploration in an Online World

When in-person events and face-to-face chats over coffee are not possible, how can we effectively continue to make progress on exploring and evaluating career options? This online workshop will cover some resources, platforms, and best practices for navigating career exploration online. This online workshop is specifically designed for postdocs.


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Careers in Foreign Service

UChicagoGRAD and the Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES) present Careers in the US Foreign Service, featuring former US Foreign Service Officer Holly Lovejoy and Sam Northrup, a CMES MA student who recently completed a successful FSO application process. The conversation will focus on best practices for navigating the FSO selection process and showcase the typical assignments of an FSO.