MIT’s Career Advising & Professional Development (CAPD) is offering a wide range of workshops and clinics to build your career communication skills this fall, from networking and negotiating to academic job applications and LinkedIn profiles. Check out a listing below; please see https://capd.mit.edu/events for the most up-to-date information.

If you can’t make it to an on-campus event, check out the Comm Lab’s numerous discipline-specific CommKit articles for career communication skills. We have guides and examples for everything from biology faculty application cover letters to mechanical engineering design portfolios.

MIT CAPD Fall Career Communication Events

Industry Job Search

Thursday, September 12 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | E19-202

Wondering how to mount a successful industry job search in a highly competitive job market? This workshop will discuss important elements of preparing a strong communications package which includes your Resume and Cover Letter. Topics of this workshop will include Lifelong Career Planning Process, things to consider during job search, what skills employers want, self-assessment considerations, establishing SMART goals, sample job transition plan, and networking & other job search methods. Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/338780

Employer Resume Critiques

Monday, September 16 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | E17-294

Do you want to get your resume reviewed by an employer before the fair? If so, log into CareerBridge and sign up for Employer Resume Critiques happening Monday Sept 16th through Thursday Sept 19th. We’ll have representatives from Finance, CS, Consulting, Energy, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and more! Advanced Sign-up Required via CareerBridge (powered by Handshake).

Employer Resume Critiques

Tuesday, September 17 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | E17-294

Do you want to get your resume reviewed by an employer before the fair? If so, log into CareerBridge and sign up for Employer Resume Critiques happening Monday Sept 16th through Thursday Sept 19th. We’ll have representatives from Finance, CS, Consulting, Energy, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and more! Advanced Sign-up Required via CareerBridge (powered by Handshake).

Intro to Technical Interviewing with Facebook

Tuesday, September 17 | 2:00pm – 3:00pm |E19-202

TBD

Employer Resume Critiques

Wednesday, September 18 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | E17-294

Do you want to get your resume reviewed by an employer before the fair? If so, log into CareerBridge and sign up for Employer Resume Critiques happening Monday Sept 16th through Thursday Sept 19th. We’ll have representatives from Finance, CS, Consulting, Energy, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and more! Advanced Sign-up Required via CareerBridge (powered by Handshake).

How to Work a Career Fair

Wednesday, September 18 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm | 1-190

Many students are overwhelmed when attempting to navigate a career fair with many employers. This workshop will provide tips and strategies on how be effective during the upcoming Career Fairs. You will learn what to do in preparation for the fair, what to do at the fair, and what to do after the fair. The fair is an excellent opportunity to connect with employers — create a strategy that will help you in this competitive employment environment! All CAPD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334933

Employer Resume Critiques

Thursday, September 19 | 9:00am – 4:00pm | E17-294

Do you want to get your resume reviewed by an employer before the fair? If so, log into CareerBridge and sign up for Employer Resume Critiques happening Monday Sept 16th through Thursday Sept 19th. We’ll have representatives from Finance, CS, Consulting, Energy, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering and more! Advanced Sign-up Required via CareerBridge (powered by Handshake).

(Just in time  for the Career Fair) Resume Lab

Thursday, September 19 |4:00pm – 5:00pm | 3-133

Learn how to craft an effective resume by understanding what an employer is seeking. All CAPD events are open to MIT undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs, and alumni. Registration requested on CareerBridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334935

Develop a Meaningful Elevator Pitch

Thursday, September 19 |1:30pm – 3:00pm | 3-133

Research shows that 30% of interviewers make decisions within the first five minutes of an interview. Influencing that decision is your response to the first question, which is “Tell me about yourself” or “Tell me why you are interested in this position”. Developing the right response is critical. This workshops will provide tips and guidance on how to develop your message and deliver it in an effective manner. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc elevator pitches will be provided as handouts.  Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334934

The Art of Behavioral Interviewing

Tuesday, September 24 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm |3-133

While your technical skills will get you the interview, it is your behavioral attributes that will get you the job. This session will discuss preparation and strategies for a successful interview. Research shows that the top 4 of 5 career competencies employers seek in candidates are behavioral. In addition, sample behavioral interview questions will be provided along with tips on how to answer those tough questions.  Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334939

3 Steps to Creating an Effective Presentation

Thursday, September 26 |12:30pm – 2:00pm | 3-133

Don’t make the mistakes everyone else does. Learn how the brain takes in and processes information so that you can craft a persuasive presentation. Sue Acton has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and has worked in industry giving presentations to scientists, corporate partners and boards.  Registration requested on CareerBridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334941

AAUW Start Smart Negotiation Workshop

Monday, September 30 | 12:30pm – 2:00pm |4-261

Don’t leave money on the table! Attend an AAUW Start Smart Workshop to learn:

• About the wage gap, including its long-term consequences on your career
• How to identify and articulate your personal value
• How to develop an arsenal of persuasive responses and other negotiation strategies
• How to conduct objective market research to benchmark a target salary and benefits

Registration requested via Careerbridge (powered by Handshake) https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/345761

The Academic Job Search for PhDs and Post Docs

Tuesday, October 1 |1:30pm – 3:00pm | 3-133

Wondering how to mount a successful job search in this highly competitive academic job market? This workshop will discuss important elements of preparing a strong application package which includes a CV, Cover Letter, Research Statement, Teaching Statement, and Diversity Statement. This program is targeted towards all PhD students and Postdocs who may prepare for the faculty search now and in the future. In addition, actual academic hiring committee interview questions from 35 US and international universities will be provided. Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334944

Improv Your Interview: Preparing for the Unexpected

Wednesday, October 2 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm | 1-242

Increase comfort with unexpected questions and awkward moments in job interviews. Do improv comedy activities in a fun & supportive environment to warm up and connect with others. Apply those simulations to strategies for the workshop topic. No prior acting experience is needed. Led by Jake Livengood, Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services at MIT. Registration requested on CareerBridge. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334946

Does Your Resume/CV Communicate the Right Message?

Thursday, October 3 | 1:30 – 3:00pm | E19-202

This workshop will discuss the many ways of creating a resume that effectively targets the Hiring Manager. Can your resume survive a 15 second scan and still get into the YES pile? Discussions will surround the strategies of effective messaging and how to be “on-point” with your written communication. Your resume is not an autobiography, but rather a list of relevant accomplishments that links your skills to the needs of the company. You’ll use these techniques in your lifelong career strategies. Actual MIT PhD/Postdoc resumes will be provided as handouts.  Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334947

Teaching at Teaching Intensive Institutions Conference

Friday, October 4 | 9:00am – 3:00pm | Westfield State University

Many faculty enjoy rewarding careers at colleges and universities that primarily emphasize teaching, including liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and regional comprehensive universities. This free one-day regional conference brings together graduate students, postdocs, and faculty to discuss what it’s like to work at teaching intensive institutions and how to apply for these faculty positions. Graduate students and postdocs will engage with faculty and deans from a range of teaching-intensive institutions across the New England region through a series of talks, panel presentations, and networking opportunities.

Program agenda and registration form will be posted in early September. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/345817

Tips for Submitting Strong Grad School Applications

Tuesday, October 8 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm | 3-133

Understand all the components of an application and how to think like an admissions committee member.  Registration requested on CareerBridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334952

Branding Yourself: Effective Communications Skills

Wednesday, October 9 | 1:30 – 3:00pm | 1-190

Communication goes beyond verbal skills which are important to the success of any job seeker. To Brand yourself as a professional, you must deliver a consistent message in a Written, Verbal, and Virtual manner. As students and begin to look for positions in engineering and science, both in academia and industry, they must be aware of how their nonverbal communication skills impact their possibility of finding employment opportunities. Learning how to maximize the use of one’s verbal and nonverbal communication skills is a powerful tool to help one achieve professional success, and a critical component for the future.  Registration requested via Careerbridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334954

Improv to Improve Networking Skills

Thursday, October 10 | 3:00pm – 4:30pm |2-131

Develop strategies to best connect with your audience and overcome doubts about networking. Do improv comedy activities in a fun & supportive environment to warm up and connect with others. Apply those simulations to strategies for the workshop topic. No prior acting experience is needed. Led by Jake Livengood, Senior Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Services at MIT. Registration requested on CareerBridge. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334956

PhD & Postdoc Career Planning Group

Thursday, October 17 | 11:30am – 4:00pm |E19-202

Navigating career decisions can be difficult. We are here to help. This group will focus on becoming an expert in yourself in order to develop filters for your career decision-making. Many PhD students and postdocs struggle with questions of academia or industry. If you have felt confused or lost as you think about your career path, then join this 4-hour program to help create clarity for yourself. This group is limited to current PhD students and postdocs. We have a limited amount of spaces available, and the group will be filled in order of pre-registration. Pre-registration is required via CareerBridge. Lunch will be provided. In this group, you will: – Conduct a self-assessment to identify and articulate your skills and values as drivers of career decisions – Learn how to genuinely build supportive relationships through networking – Receive support and strategies for your career planning – Engage in several activities and also learn from your peers across academic backgrounds Pre-registration is required via CareerBridge. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/339333

Networking

Wednesday, October 23 | 1:30 – 3:00pm | 3-133

Learn and practice how to network in a practical and supportive environment! Address barriers to networking, develop strategies, and become familiar with resources for networking.  Registration requested via Careerbridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334958

LinkedIn Lab

Monday, October 28 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm | 26-168

Your LinkedIn profile provides an opportunity for potential employers to learn about your skills, interests, personality and strengths. Furthermore, over 75% of people who recently changed jobs used LinkedIn to inform their career decision.
Attend this LinkedIn Lab to hear about strategies to:
-Optimize your LinkedIn profile and increase visibility to employers
-Leverage tools within LinkedIn to identify opportunities and connections
-Develop strategies to build more connections

Registration requested via Careerbridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/345741

How to Achieve the 5 Goals of Effective Data Presentation

Tuesday, November 5 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm |3-133

Learn how to present data in a compelling way by understanding how the brain evaluates quantitative data. Sue Acton has a PhD in Pharmaceutical Chemistry and has worked in industry in positions where compelling data presentation is key to success.  Registration requested on CareerBridge (powered by Handshake). https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334400

Negotiating Job Offers

Wednesday, November 6 | 1:30 – 3:00pm | 3-133

This workshop will examine the many variables that exist during the evaluation and negotiation process of Job Offers. How do you know if this job is right for you? Salary vs. Total Compensation will be looked at. Strategies on the negotiation process will be discussed along with should you negotiate and “What Can” and “What Can Not” be negotiated. These strategies are used throughout your career.  Registration requested via Careerbridge powered by Handshake. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/334960

PhD & Postdoc Career Planning Group

Thursday, December 5 | 10:000am – 3:00pm |E19-202

Navigating career decisions can be difficult. We are here to help. This group will focus on becoming an expert in yourself in order to develop filters for your career decision-making. Many PhD students and postdocs struggle with questions of academia or industry. If you have felt confused or lost as you think about your career path, then join this 4-hour program to help create clarity for yourself. This group is limited to current PhD students and postdocs. We have a limited amount of spaces available, and the group will be filled in order of pre-registration. Pre-registration is required via CareerBridge. Lunch will be provided. In this group, you will: – Conduct a self-assessment to identify and articulate your skills and values as drivers of career decisions – Learn how to genuinely build supportive relationships through networking – Receive support and strategies for your career planning – Engage in several activities and also learn from your peers across academic backgrounds Pre-registration is required via CareerBridge. https://app.joinhandshake.com/events/339359