This weekend I helped my oldest child create their first resume and walked them through the process of applying for their first job. That reminded me of my dad, who helped me create my first resume when I was a teenager. Dad felt that updating your resume at least once a year, even if you weren’t planning to change jobs, was an important exercise.
I’ve followed that advice throughout my career, taking the time to update my resume/CV every semester or two. It’s a great opportunity to reflect on what I’ve done over the last few months, and I use that information to help set new goals. Keeping my CV up-to-date is also a practical exercise, as I have to submit it with my annual report and annual performance review, and I often need to provide it for grant proposals (sometimes on short notice!).
As we settle into our summer routines, I’m sharing some resources to help you reflect on and build your own resume or CV. I hope you will make some time this summer to reflect on your own accomplishments and goals!
Three Things to Try This Week
Get Prepped — MSU PhD Career Services has collected a number of resources that describe the differences between resumes and CVs (curriculum vitae), along with suggestions for cover letters, interviews, and networking.
Get Skilled — Employers expect that engineers with graduate degrees have great technical skills, but that’s not always enough to land the job of your dreams. Professional skills (like communication, teamwork, and leadership) are just as important in the workplace, and graduate school offers many opportunities for you to develop these skills. Learn more in this blog post from Northeastern, and make time this summer to explore opportunities to build your professional skills while you’re at MSU. Two resources to consider are the Graduate School and CMSE 890 (Section 5) in Fall 2021, which is a course on communication, teamwork, leadership and mentoring skills open to all graduate students in STEM. (Full disclosure: I’m one of the instructors!)
Get Connected — Take time this summer to set up or update your student account in Handshake, the MSU Career Services job posting platform. There are thousands of job postings, searchable by discipline, degree earned, location, employer, etc. Once you have an account, you can apply for jobs with a few clicks!
- Take 60 seconds to enjoy the sights and sounds of campus in the spring.
- Are you interested in energy technology? If so, please consider participating in the 2021 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Student Program, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency — Energy (ARPA-E). The Student Program is free of charge to all graduate students. This program provides graduate-level students access to student-focused speakers, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, and students will be able to observe the main Summit programming when not attending student programming.
- Want to improve your teaching skills or prepare for a future faculty position in a science, engineering, or math field? Register for an interactive, synchronous, online course with graduate students and post-docs from the CIRTL Network across the nation.