Job search for grad students

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  • Review core competencies for your discipline – identify which ones your feel are your strengths and then star the ones you enjoy. Match these up with job descriptions.
  • Job search for grad students

    1. 1. Job Search Strategies for Grad Students
    2. 2. Outline  Welcome - general trends and career options for PhD students across disciplines  Assess Yourself  Explore your Options  Develop your Toolkit  Determining Resources for your Discipline
    3. 3. Assess Yourself  Answer the questions: - What would I like to do? - What am I good at?  Exercise UCS Resources  Strong Interest Inventory  Myers-Briggs Type Indicator  Mind mapping  Wise wanderings
    4. 4. Mind Mapping Exercise  Write your name in the center of a piece of paper.  Write ideas that connect to you and your life around your name. Rules  Be as creative as you want to be.  Consider good as well as bad, old as well as new.  Consider many categories: Coursework Theories Authors Jobs or internships Community service Travel Mentors/other important people Achievements Favorite memories Hobbies and interests Family heritage Challenges you’ve faced
    5. 5. Explore your Options online resources  Career Insider by Vault – on careers.unc.edu  Versatile PhD – on careers.unc.edu
    6. 6. Explore your Options more ideas  Informational Interviews with Alumni  Review job descriptions to see where your skills and interests intersect
    7. 7. Develop your Toolkit CV/Resume/cover letter  Optimal Resume  Walk-ins / appointments  Resume marathon
    8. 8. Develop your Toolkit Interviews  InterviewStream  Practice interviews - In person, phone, Skype  Mock interview days - Counselors & Recruiters
    9. 9. Develop your Toolkit Branding / Social Media  LinkedIn  Twitter  UNC Digital Commons  GitHub
    10. 10. Meeting people/ warm & hot leads  Careerolina - Current - Archived - JobCentral  Events - Fairs - Networking Nights, Panels  eLeads  Alumni Advisor Network  GAA Alumni Directory
    11. 11. University Career Services  219 Hanes Hall  ucs@unc.edu  http://careers.unc.edu  919-962-6507 Or SN121 Tuesday’s & Wednesday’s 1:30pm-4pm

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