If you have questions or suggestions for future professional development events, email grads@vt.edu.

Writing a Winning CV/Resume
Thursday, Jan 18, 4:15-5:15pm, GLC Room F 
Whether you need to start from scratch or just polish up, attend this session to learn best tips and practices for writing a great resume or CV. No registration necessary. Sponsored by Career and Professional Development.

Career Fair Preparation
Thursday, Jan 25, 4:15-5:15pm, GLC Room F
Learn how to present yourself to an employer and what to ask at a job fair. Sponsored by Career and Professional Development. Register here.

Beginning and Maintaining Advisor Relationships
Tuesday, Jan 30, 4:00-5:00pm, GLC Room F
Bryan Hanson, Graduate Ombudsperson, will lead this workshop on starting and maintaining advisor relationships from finding the right advisor through the ups and downs of graduate school and beyond. Register here.

Interviewing Skills
Thursday, Feb 1, 4:15-5:15pm, GLC Room F
Be prepared for initial screening interviews as well as on-site interviews. This seminar addresses interviewing basics, employer expectations, and insights into behavioral interviews. Sponsored by Career and Professional Development. Register here.

Job Searches for International Students
Thursday, Feb 8, 4:15-5:15pm, GLC Room F
Career Services advisors will discuss the issues that international students face when job searching in the U.S. Sponsored by Career and Professional Development.  Register here

Professionalize Your Writing (for STEM students)
Thursday, February 15, GLC Room C
This session will teach students in STEM fields topnotch writing skills, while helping promote groundbreaking research and innovative ideas. Students will be guided through specific practices that can immediately apply to current and future projects. Whether aiming for publication or preparing a thesis/dissertation, this workshop will provide strategies and resources to help participants elevate their writing and meet their goals. Take away information to improve a manuscript's language, sentence-level structure, and clarity.  Register here.

Dining Etiquette
Tuesday, Feb 20, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Learn how to conduct yourself during a formal meal in a professional setting, whether the dinner is part of an interview, a conference, or other engagement. The program will include a presentation, helpful tips, and a pizza meal during which you can network with graduate students and VT staff. Free pizza!  Co-sponsored by Career and Professional Development and the Graduate School. Register here.

Speed Interviewing
Wednesday, Feb 28, 6:30-8:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
Take advantage of the opportunity to practice interviewing in a low-key environment and receive immediate feedback from career advisors and VT staff. Every 6 minutes you rotate from one interviewer to the next, answering a different question each time. Co-sponsored by Career and Professional Development and the Graduate School.  Register here.

Behind the Scenes:  Academic Job Searches
Wednesday, Mar 14, 4:30-6:00pm, GLC Room F
 A faculty panel will discuss their experiences on academic job search committees and share what you need to know. Hosted by the Graduate School's Professional Development series and the Office of Recruitment, Diversity, and Inclusion. Register here.

How to Write an Abstract
Thursday, March 15, 5:00-6:15pm, GLC Room C
Academic abstracts are not only a vital part of getting involved in conferences and journals, but also offer you an opportunity to describe and explain your work to broader audiences. This workshop is best suited for students who are interested in composing an abstract about a current research project and are ready to explore the purpose, components, and organizational structure of academic abstracts. If you would like detailed feedback on your writing, bring a short draft of your research statement and your abstract to the workshop. Register here.

Academic Networking for International Students
Tuesday, Mar 20, 5:00-6:30pm, GLC Room F
Professor John Iorio will discuss ways international students can build strong relationships with advisers, other faculty and staff and the cultural aspects of committee management.  Register here.

Professionalize Your Writing (All students welcome)
Thursday, March 22, 5:00-6:15pm, GLC Room C
This session will teach participants topnotch writing skills, while helping promote groundbreaking research and innovative ideas. Students will be guided through specific practices that can immediately apply to current and future projects. Whether aiming for publication or preparing a thesis/dissertation, this workshop will provide strategies and resources to help participants elevatewriting and meet goals. Take away information to improve a manuscript's language, sentence-level structure, and clarity.  Register here.

How to Write a Cover Letter
Thursday, March 29, 5:00-6:15: GLC C
Learn how to write a concise, expressive, and attention-grabbing cover letter that will have employers taking notice. Find out how to customize your letter and practice the elements and language needed to land the job you want, regardless of your degree program. Register here.

Mingle Like You Mean It
Wednesday, Apr 18, 5:30-7:00pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
How are you at networking when it comes to large receptions, conferences or other professional events? Feel like you need to get better? Improve your mingling skills at this interactive session where you’ll practice introductions, opening lines and more with fellow graduate students. Co-sponsored by Career and Professional Development and the Graduate School. Register here.