Video Tutorials to Help You Navigate Your Career
Welcome to the UChicagoGRAD career development video library. The tutorials below are recordings of past career webinars, which were led by UChicagoGRAD staff members as well as invited alumni, employer, and campus partners. For the latest news on upcoming webinars, visit the career events page.
- Career Exploration
- Networking and LinkedIn
- Job Search
- Application Documents
- General Professional Development
|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.
|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.
|Breaking Into Data Science This webinar is presented by the team from Propheto, a data science talent startup! We’ll cover what data science really means in industry, the skills you need to make the transition, and why academics are suited to be data scientists.|
Networking and LinkedIn
|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.
|LinkedIn Foundations (Part 1 of a 2-Part LinkedIn Series)
Having an effective LinkedIn profile is an essential component of your job search and online professional identity. This workshop focuses on the foundations and best practices of building an excellent LinkedIn profile. This workshop is intended for all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline.
|Using LinkedIn for Networking and Job Searching (Part 2 of a 2-Part LinkedIn Series)”
Have you set up a LinkedIn profile, but are unsure what to do next? This workshop will help you use LinkedIn with confidence with three primary learning objectives: 1. Growing your network using advanced search tools and sending strategic outreach messages 2. Maintaining your network through postings, group activity, and effective follow-up 3. Using LinkedIn's improved job search tools to identify and apply for positions. This workshop is intended for all graduate students and postdocs from any discipline.
|(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.
|Resumes for Industry, Non-Profits, and 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.
|Resumes for Scientific Industry Jobs
This resume workshop will provide you with input to better understand what is expected in writing a resume for scientific industry positions. There will be concrete tips on how to craft your job documents and get noticed by employers during your search. Brush up on the do’s and don’ts of your job search process, from how to craft your bullet points to the highlights you should mention in your resume based on the specifics of the position you're applying to. This workshop is primarily intended for PhD students and postdocs in scientific fields.
|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.
|CVs for Academic Jobs
This webinar is from the 2020 Academic Job Market (AJM) Summer Camp and is intended as an overview of best practices for C.V.s across academic disciplines. The intended audience is PhD students and postdocs applying for academic positions.
|Cover Letters for Academic Jobs
This webinar is from the 2020 Academic Job Market (AJM) Summer Camp and is intended as an overview of best practices for cover letters across academic disciplines. The intended audience is PhD students and postdocs applying for academic positions.
|Diversity Statements for Academic Jobs
This webinar is from the 2020 Academic Job Market (AJM) Summer Camp and is intended as an overview of best practices for diversity statements across. The intended audience is PhD students and postdocs applying for academic positions.
| Research Statements for Social Sciences and Humanities Academic Jobs
This webinar is from the 2020 Academic Job Market (AJM) Summer Camp and is an overview of general best practices related to writing research statements that are common for faculty jobs and some postdocs. The intended audience is PhD students and postdocs in the humanities and social sciences that are applying for academic positions.
|(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?"
|Interviewing for Academic Jobs
This webinar is from the 2020 Academic Job Market (AJM) Summer Camp and is intended as an overview of best practices for interviewing including Zoom/Skype interviews. The intended audience is PhD students and postdocs applying for academic positions.
|How to Ace Your Technical Interview
This webinar was recorded in September 2020 and features industry professionals providing advice on a range of topics related to technical interviewing. This webinar is intended for grad students or postdocs who are preparing for interviews in technical fields
General Professional Development
|(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.
| 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.