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November 12, 2019

Applying Webinar Tips to Lateral Skills: How Tips for Environmental Industry Writing Can Apply to Writing Resumes

Professionals and field insiders use webinars, which are accessible, online presentations, to share their knowledge on a specific topic. Webinars are an often-cost-free way to enhance your knowledge and supplement your academic courses or career development. And the knowledge shared in webinars is often applicable beyond the specific topic of the presentation. Last month, I attended AGI’s webinar, “Important Writing Skills for Careers in the Environmental Industry.” The speakers, Mike …


April 1, 2019

The Secret to Being Special

Recently, I was helping out in the Resume Clinic at the annual GSA Meeting in Seattle.  I saw several incredible students, but no extraordinary resumes.  The resumes weren’t bad.  Most used the Resume4 template from MS Word; and a few used the Resume5 template.  They contained the same list of courses, the same lists of skills, and the same lists of degrees and qualifications.  Only the names had been changed …


February 21, 2019

6 Steps to Creating a Triumphant Resume

Do you find job searching to be time consuming, frustrating, and possibly even disappointing? When you are competing against so many other applicants for one job opening, it’s best to be prepared so you can apply quickly and with the least amount of stress. It is your responsibility to quickly demonstrate that you are a match for the job qualifications, and the organization. It is the employer’s job to figure …


November 15, 2017

Guardian of the Gate: Conquering your fear of online job applications

Applying for jobs online can feel like throwing your resume into a black hole. You find a job that sounds interesting, enter your information, then wait.  And wait.  And wait.  Most of the time, you never hear anything.  Occasionally, you get an automatic “Thanks, but no thanks” email.   But every so often you get a preliminary inquiry, to verify your background and interest, which leads to an interview, and eventually …


September 1, 2017

AGU Career Center News: September Webinar, Paths Through Science, and VPS deadline

Hello, everyone!  The September AGU Career Center Newsletter, which normally goes out on the first Tuesday of the month, is getting pushed back to 12 September due to high traffic from the Ocean Sciences Meeting abstract deadline next Wednesday, 6 September (hint! hint!).  Since the newsletter will go out later, I wanted to share with you some latest happenings related to the AGU Career Center.  Enjoy and have a great …


August 22, 2017

The Experimental Life: Applying the scientific method to your job hunt

Life is a series of experiments, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.  However, I am surprised how many of my fellow scientists fail to understand the utility of experimentation outside of the lab. When I was three, my mother left me with my grandmother, so that she could run to the store for a few things.  When my mom returned, she asked my grandmother why my face was …


July 18, 2017

Volunteering: Help others while helping yourself

People do things without getting paid (in other words, volunteer) for all kinds of reasons: to advance a cause they believe in; to help others; to spend time with friends; and many more.  But in addition to making the world a better place, did you realize that some strategic volunteering could help advance your professional career?  Gain a New Skill Volunteering is a great way to learn a new skill, …


April 14, 2017

On the Job: Weekly Round-Up: 7-14 April, 2017

The AGU Career Center Newsletter is sent out on the first Tuesday of every month.  It contains AGU news and announcements especially tailored to students and early career scientists, as well as links to articles related to career and professional development and recent jobs posted on the AGU Career Center.   If you aren’t already subscribed, you can do so by filling out this form.  In the meantime, here are a …


March 9, 2017

Join AGU Webinars on 16 March for “Understanding Your Brand: A Recruiter’s Perspective”

Join our webinar next week when Frank DeSafey and Erica Crumley of Sequence Staffing will share advice on how to sharpen up your job search by providing you with insights from the recruiter’s side of the table. Join us on 16 March, 2 PM ET, as we launch the new AGU Webinars program with the first in a monthly series of webinars aimed at career and professional development topics: Understanding …


February 2, 2017

Can Your Resume See Its Shadow?

It’s February 2nd, and here in the United States, that can only mean one thing: Groundhog Day! While it is obvious that an arbitrary decision made by a rodent has no bearing on the seasons, the concept provides a useful analogy for job seekers.  It’s February and by now, thousands of distractions have upended those New Year’s resolutions.  Rather than get down on yourself for not sticking to your goals, try …