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Graduate and professional students and postdoctoral scholars are invited to participate in a day of workshops and expert advice on planning their careers. Effective resumes, cover letters, negotiation techniques and social media presence are just a few of the topics to be covered on Oct. 10 – and the day begins with a keynote address on “managing the R.”

The career symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Michael Hooker Research Center Atrium. The cost is $15, with preregistration required by Oct. 5. Visit for the day’s schedule and to register.

Alumni, employers and career services professionals will present on a variety of topics through panels and skill-building workshops. Sessions will include:

  • CV/resume development and effective cover letters,
  • Networking,
  • Interviewing for positions across the career spectrum,
  • Creating and carrying out a career strategy,
  • Job search tips for international students and scholars,
  • Using social media in the job search,
  • Choosing the right postdoc position and
  • Negotiating the job offer.

Speakers on Oct. 10 will include:

  • Brian Kight, international consultant and chief executive officer of Focus 3. He will speak on “The R Factor.”
  • Melanie Sinche, director of education for the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. She will speak on “Job Hunting for Research Positions Beyond the Tenure Track – STEM Fields.”
  • Paula Wishart, academic program officer for professional development for the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School. She will speak on “Job Hunting for Positions Beyond the Tenure Track – Humanities and Social Sciences.”

Continental breakfast, lunch, resume reviews and “cookies and conversation” are included.

Sponsors are The Graduate School, University Career Services, the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and Training Initiatives in Biomedical and Biological Sciences (TIBBS).

For more information, contact event administrator Brian Rybarczyk,

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