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The art of maintaining your network

As a graduate student, networking is equally important whether you plan to remain in academia or move into another field. Here are a few tips for making and nurturing those professional connections.

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Negotiating your academic job offer

Negotiating your academic offer can be nerve-wracking, and that concern usually revolves around a single question: what if the committee rescinds the offer? That almost never happens. Only 2% of academic offers are rescinded—and you can be on the lookout for the red flags indicating a department that might rescind...

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New service assists graduate students with non-academic career dreams

It’s no secret that PhD students have the education and skills to move into meaningful careers beyond the professoriate. But how do you get there? Career Services , Graduate School , Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and CIRES have teamed up to offer Versatile PhD – a free online resource for...

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How to use Twitter for Networking

Social media can be a powerful networking tool, connecting you to professional communities and timely conversations around the world, but making those initial connections can be very intimidating. Here are some guidelines to help you use Twitter to network. Make an account. If you already have a personal Twitter, consider...

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How to prepare an elevator pitch

Your “pitch” aka your “elevator pitch” aka your “30-second intro” is one of the most important things you’ll need to prepare before attending a career fair. Why? Because it will help you make a great first impression and first impressions are everything ! An elevator pitch explains, in 30 seconds...

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Expert tips for writing your CV

A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a comprehensive record of your work as a researcher, instructor, and scholar, typically used to apply to academic or research roles. Your CV is tailored to a specific job posting in order to highlight your qualifications for that role. In order to do that,...

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3 Habits of Highly Effective Conference Attendees

Networking is an important part of your job search preparation, whether you are staying in academia or transitioning to industry, and conferences are a good way to add contacts to your personal network! Attending an academic conference can be intimidating, but these tips will help you get the most out...

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Outside Academic Fields

See what graduate students have gone on to do outside of academia. Humanities & Social Sciences Imagine PhD : Career planning and exploration tool for Humanities and Social Science PhDs #alt-academy : A media commons project for people who hold doctorates in the humanities who want to explore alternative career...

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3 tools to help you network now

Even if you've been holed up in a lab for the past 5 years, you can still begin meeting folks who can help you make that next move in your career. Check out the following resources aimed at aiding you in finding that person you just have to meet. Find...

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Networking Myths - Busted

A lot of grad students have concerns about networking. Yet, it’s clear that getting out there and meeting people is the way most often get their next job. Here are some common networking myths—busted: I’m just starting out, and networking is give and take, so it’s not worth talking to...