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Professional Development Workshops

Career and Professional Development offers many workshops designed for graduate students. Students must register on Handshake for each session. Find more information below about upcoming workshops. If you have questions, contact Alyssa Rametta at alyssarametta@vt.edu.

Career Fair Success
Thursday, January 27, 4-5pm ET, Zoom
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Graduate students preparing for the upcoming career fairs are encouraged to attend this virtual workshop! Learn what you need to do before attending, what to expect in a virtual versus an in-person fair, and how to effectively follow up with employers. We'll also cover resources, services, & tools available to you in your career and professional development throughout your graduate education!

Resume/CV/Cover Letter Writing
Tuesday, February 8, 4-5pm ET, Zoom
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Ever wonder what the difference is between a CV and a resume?! Learn all the nuances of both documents, such as what to include or leave off and how to tailor them for each job/industry. We'll also cover how to write an effective cover letter in this virtual workshop. all designed just for graduate students! Students are welcome to have drafts of their resume, CV, and cover letter with them to take notes/revisions during the presentation, as there will be plenty of time for questions.

Interviewing
Monday, February 14, 4-5pm ET, Zoom
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Preparing for an upcoming interview? Attend this virtual workshop to learn best practices on what do to before, during, and after your next job interview. We'll cover both academic and industry interview processes and the differences between phone, video, one-way, and in-person interview formats. Graduate students are welcome to bring any questions or concerns they have about interviewing with them, especially an interview question that tends to stump you so we can talk about strategies together!

Dining Etiquette
Monday, February 21, 5:30-7pm, GLC Multipurpose Room
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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 other graduate students!

LinkedIn and Networking
Monday, February 28, 4-5pm ET, Zoom
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Networking is an essential step in graduate school and your job search post-graduation. Attend this virtual workshop to learn the basics of making a LinkedIn profile, how to find alumni via LinkedIn, conducting informational interviews, and other networking tips.

Negotiating an Offer
Thursday, March 17, 4-5pm ET, Zoom
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Learn the art of negotiating a job offer, including but not limited to salary! Graduate students attending this virtual workshop will understand the negotiation process, how to research their market value, and the professional etiquette in negotiating a job offer.