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Harvard Career Development Talk

PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 3:25 pm
by Dave Jensen
Secrets of the Recessionary Job Market: How Employment Works in a Down Economy
Keynote Speaker: Dave Jensen, Columnist for AAAS Science Careers

When: Friday, September 23 from 2:30-4:00pm
Where: Pfizer Lecture Hall, B23 Mallinckrodt (Chemistry Bldg.), 12 Oxford St.

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Join us for this culminating event of the 2011 National Postdoc Appreciation Week, Sept. 19-23, 2011!

Whether you are in the job market, considering your options, or facing this process in the next year or two, this is a workshop you will not want to miss. Join Dave Jensen, AAAS ScienceCareers columnist, as he shares the secrets of the job market from his 25 years of experience in recruiting.

There are five different ways to approach the job market, whether it be through ads, the internet, headhunters, job fairs or networking, and Dave will help you optimize each one of those for your own personal benefit. Remarkably, some of the most popular ways of looking for work today, such as applying at online company websites, are actually the least effective uses of your time when job searching in a down economy.

Dave will discuss the differences between the culture of academia and that of industry, and why so many success factors are in common while at the same time so many "rules" of career development are completely different. Approaching your career development in an industry job with the mindset of an academic can be a shortcut to disaster (and this is true the other way around as well). In this seminar, you will leave with a completely different view of what it is like to be looking for a job in today’s economy -- you’ll understand how decisions are being made about you by those who receive your CV and you’ll take home some new thoughts on how to prepare yourself to do your best at making a positive impression.