Workshops for establishing your professional self.
Navigating the Alt Ac
This workshop seeks to aid graduate students who are interested in careers outside the academy. We will discuss how to construct a professional digital identity and how to convert a CV to more standard industry résumé.
Rhetorically Reading a Job Ad
The first step in getting a job is finding the one you want. This workshop will provide strategies for scanning job ads for key words and using these key words and phrases to tailor descriptions of relevant experiences for your resume and cover letter. Each participant should bring an ad for a job or internship s/he is interested in applying for.
Composing an Effective Resume
Creating an engaging resume is key to landing the job you want. This workshop will provide information about organizing and formatting your information effectively, highlighting your most relevant experience and skills, matching information from the job ad to your work experience, and eliminating unnecessary and distracting information. Each participant should bring a copy of a job ad and her/his current resume.
Creating a Persuasive Cover Letter
Cover letters provide an opportunity to demonstrate your compatibility with the position you want and the company you want to work for while allowing you an opportunity to display your professional personality. This workshop will help you craft a letter that highlights your unique qualifications for a specific position. Each participant should bring a copy of a job ad and his/her resume.
Crafting ePortfolios and Web Presences
In the age of Google, controlling your online identity is a key part of the job search. This workshop will provide insight into crafting impactful, professional, and easy to navigate digital portfolios, social media accounts, and online professional profiles. Each participant should bring a copy of a job ad and his/her resume.
Clarity and Cohesion
This workshop will emphasize clarity and cohesion in scientific writing, including creating concise goals and thesis statements, developing a clear understanding of the purpose and wider contextual relevance of the project and tips for effective research. An introduction to the formatting and structure of a scientific report will be provided, with detailed analysis of the introduction and discussion/conclusion sections. Please note that this workshop allows time for one-on-one assistance from Writing Center consultants; therefore, attendees should bring an in-progress document to the workshop in order to provide specific context for applying these strategies and tips.
Word Choice and Organization
This workshop will focus on the mechanics of writing in the STEM disciplines. It will provide unique strategies for organizing the Introductions, Synopses, Results, Discussions and Conclusions, as well as tips on how to create logical, consistent and powerful descriptions of lab procedures, results, and potential sources of error. Most importantly, it allows for one-on-one assistance from Writing Center consultants; therefore, attendees should bring an in-progress document to the workshop in order to provide specific context for applying these strategies and tips. Suggestions for efficient proof-reading of your own work will be provided.