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1 Publicity: Networking, CVs, and Websites
Marie desJardins CMSC 601 March 31, 2009

2 Sources Robert L. Peters, Getting What You Came For: The Smart Student’s Guide to Earning a Master’s or Ph.D. (Revised Edition). NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1997. Francine Berman, “Building a research career.” CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshops. Susan Eggers, “Networking & Professional Social Interaction,” CRA-W Career Mentoring Workshop slides. 3/31/09

3 Networking

4 If you knew two people... 3/31/09

5 ...and they knew two people....

6 ...and so on... 3/31/09

7 ...and so on... 3/31/09

8 ...and so on! 3/31/09

9 Why Network? Get ideas for research Get feedback for research
Get jobs someday Get papers accepted Become known in your field! 3/31/09

10 How to Network? Publish! Give talks Meet people Be useful Get involved
Make opportunities to meet people Be useful Get involved Use your connections Follow up Ask for help 3/31/09

11 When Network? Ask questions in the discussion session of talks
Approach speakers after talks Sign up to meet visitors to the department Join lunch/dinner groups at conferences Get people (especially your advisor!) to introduce you NOT: Hang out with other UMBC graduate students ...unless they’re helping you network! 3/31/09

12 “Purposeful Networking”
Going to a conference? Know who you want to meet Make sure you meet them! Introduce yourself to other graduate students established researchers people who might have jobs 3/31/09

13 But What Should I Say? Talk about your research
Be prepared with a 30-second, 2-minute, and 5-minute spiel on your work Ask about their research Everybody loves to talk about their research Look for connections Both personal and professional 3/31/09

14 CVs

15 CV vs. Resume Academic focus Long and very detailed
Highlights teaching and research experience Publications are very important Honors and awards, professional service, and professional affiliations are key Professional focus Short and concise Highlights work experience and technical skills Publications often aren’t mentioned Work experience and responsibilities are more important 3/31/09

16 CV Contents Full contact information, including phone number, , and URL Educational history (explain any gaps!) Title of dissertation, often with a brief description Thesis advisor and committee Teaching experience Other work experience Professional memberships Honors and awards List of publications Reverse chronological order (most recent first) Full bibliographic citations, including all authors in order Often grouped by type (journal, conference, workshop, book chapter, other) Other presentations Professional service the department, university, and community 3/31/09

17 Not Usually Included Personal data (marital status, birthdate, ...)
Hobbies Outside activities Lots of details on job responsibilities Technical skills (long listings of programming languages etc.) Professional objective 3/31/09

18 Websites

19 Key Elements Your name and full contact information Research interests Publications (full bibliographic citations and online versions of the actual papers) Links to relevant websites (your lab, your department, collaborators) Your CV Try to keep the personal stuff separable from the professional stuff 3/31/09

20 An Exercise for the Reader
Find three grad student websites you like 3/31/09

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