Job Searching with Purpose: Taking The Right Steps Toward Your Next Step

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Have you started to consider your next steps beyond your research at UIC? The job search process is not straight forward. How do you navigate this process and maximize your chances of long-term professional satisfaction? This workshop will break down the process and focus on a few key elements of the job search that will ultimately set you up for success. We will workshop your personal narrative including your elevator pitch and LinkedIn summary. We will develop a system for evaluating job listings and tailoring your narrative (including application documents) appropriately. Finally, we will learn strategies for strengthening your professional network including proper use of LinkedIn searches and the art of informational interviewing.

When: Thursday, November 1st, 2018
Time: 3pm-5pm

Where: COMRB, room 7175 (7th floor)
909 S Wolcott Ave, Chicago, IL 60612

Mike Tessel is the Senior Director of Graduate Career Development & Employer Relations at UChicagoGRAD, a unit of the provost’s office at The University of Chicago. In this role, Mike oversees career resources for all graduate students and postdocs. He leads a team of 8 dedicated career services professionals to serve UChicago’s advanced degree trainee population including 3000+ PhD students and 500+ postdocs. His office provides individual career advising, professional development training, and employer connections, guiding trainees toward professional satisfaction in adademia, industry, nonprofit, and government. Mike has personally coached over 1000 graduate students and postdocs, led over 100 career development workshops, and moderated numerous panel discussions with distinguished professionals. His professional mission is to cultivate career empowerment for all highly educated, highly motivated individuals. Mike has been working in career development at UChicago since 2014. Before that, he was a postdoc at University of Illinois at Chicago in Larisa Nonn’s lab in the Department of Pathology. He did his PhD in cancer biology at Northwestern University.

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