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Strategies to Ensure Your Job Package Tells the Story You Want

Rachel McCord
Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor
University of Tennessee

Friday 11/16 10:10-11:40am
Goodwin 145

Every graduate students reaches that point: the point in time where they need to begin assembling their job package to go on the job market. The process of putting together a job package can be arduous and overwhelming for some. This process is further complicated when a student realizes the many paths they can pursue with their degree. Narrowing the scope of the job search and ensuring that the job package tells the appropriate story can be challenging.

With intentional reflection throughout your time as a graduate student, you can ensure that the job package you put together tells the story you desire when you are ready to enter the job market. In this seminar, we will discuss strategies for crafting a CV, teaching philosophy, research statement, and cover letter that articulates fit for a position of interest. We will also discuss how engaging in professional development activities can help build the strength of your job package. Graduate students in attendance are encouraged to bring their CV, teaching philosophy, and research statement to the seminar as well as an example of a future position of interest.

Bio: Dr. Rachel McCord is a Lecturer and Research Assistant Professor in the Jerry E. Stoneking Engage Engineering Fundamentals Program at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. In her time at UTK, she has had the opportunity to serve on multiple hiring committees for staff, faculty, and administrative positions in the Tickle College of Engineering, which has given her the opportunity to review job packages for a variety of positions at the university. Her research interests include metacognitive and self-regulatory development in undergraduate engineering students, especially in the first year. These research interests inform a classroom focus on developing an appreciation for engineering practice and life-long learning skills. Rachel is also the program coordinator for the Rising Engineering Education Faculty Experience (REEFE), an NSF funded graduate student residential experience that pairs graduate students in engineering education with faculty in traditional engineering disciplines.