Retooling your PhD 2014 with Richard Montauk

Date/Time
Date(s) - 05/15/2014 - 05/16/2014
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Location
CUNY Graduate Center


Richard Montauk, author of How to Get Into the Top MBA Programs and noted career consultant, will lead a four-session series designed to help graduate students and alumni be strategic in their pursuit of employment in the non-profit or for-profit world.  Sessions will include:

Rebranding Yourself, Thursday, May 15, 2:00 p.m., room 9205
Rebranding Yourself is likely to be necessary if you are applying to jobs at all distant from academia.  In this session we’ll examine how employers view doctoral students–the good and the bad–and explore how to overcome the latter.  We’ll look at ways to change your messages–resume, interview, and more–and, as necessary, the realities underlying them.

Networking, Thursday, May 15, 4:00 p.m., room 9205
Networking is a critical skill for most job-seekers insofar as it is the only way for outsiders to get a crack at the vast majority of jobs that are filled without ever being advertised.  This is particularly true for doctoral students because their credentials often do not make it past the initial software screens (the “applicant tracking systems”) used by organizations that post job opportunities.  This session will examine how best to network, including via information interviewing, while removing the term from your list of dirty words.  It will also examine the other substantial benefits that appropriate networking can yield.

Writing a Strong Resume, Friday, May 16, 2:00 p.m., room C197
Writing a Strong Resume is not merely a matter of converting a CV into a resume.  Nor is it simply a matter of choosing amongst chronological, functional, or combination format–or deciding between one and multi-page formats.  The advent of applicant tracking systems (ATS, in the jargon) requires a completely different approach to resume-writing for many jobs.  We’ll explore each of these formats–when to use which, and how to get the most out of whichever one you choose.

Interviewing, Friday, May 16, 4:00 p.m., room C197
Interviewing for a non-academic job can be intimidating.  This highly interactive workshop will explore the many different types of interviews routinely used outside academia, including how to prepare for and do your best in each.  Those who submit a resume or CV in advance will be eligible to be chosen for practice on-the-spot interviews, either by Richard Montauk or by other students.

Students and alumni are welcome to attend all four sessions, or just one or a few.  We’ll post additional information on each session this week.  You can sign up to attend by clicking here.

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