Are you in search of advice for how to write a great resume? If so, come join us at the AWG Resume Writing workshop! A well-written resume is essential to landing a position in the career field you desire, but a common misconception is the idea that 'one resume fits all' when applying to different jobs. This workshop will address the basic components of a resume and CV, common FAQ's on what should and should not be included, and how to most effectively highlight your accomplishments and experience. The instructors will also cover the differences in resumes based on the position you are applying to (i.e. industry, academia, government, non-profit, etc.) and teach you how to tailor your own resume for different career paths.
Implicit biases are automatic, subconscious cognitive predispositions that silently impact our understanding, actions, and decisions in a wide range of contexts. Because these "mental shortcuts" arise naturally from our life experiences and cultural influences to help us efficiently navigate our worlds, all human beings have some forms of implicit bias ("favorable" or "unfavorable") that research suggests may not match our explicit attitudes or beliefs. Left unexamined, these biases can impact our decision-making processes in ways that cause us to act against our own beliefs. For example, did you know that even women geoscientists write stronger letters for male candidates, and were found to prefer equivalent job candidates with male names? This workshop will invite participants to engage in a confidential, respectful environment in which to learn about the concept of implicit biases and the ways in which those biases operate, as well as to investigate some of the factors that might lead each participant to have a unique predisposition and set of expectations when considering things such as letters of recommendations, job applications, or awards/scholarship applications.
Noon – 1:00 pm: Lunch with Professionals in the Geosciences and a Panel available for questions
AGI’s most recent publication “Status of the Geoscience Workforce 2016” illuminates today’s challenges of meeting increased workforce demand with too few qualified geoscientists to fill available positions. Producing enough graduates to meet this demand is a major challenge due to most geoscience departments and programs being at capacity. Though there is high demand for geoscientists, the competition is fierce and graduates often have trouble busting into the job market as often their expectations, preparation, and positioning of their skills is not tightly aligned to employer needs.
AGI’s “Preparing our Workforce (POW) Initiative” is a program dedicated to supporting students and recent graduates during their transition into geoscience careers. This talk will highlight some traditional and non-traditional geoscience occupations to help students start thinking differently about the job search. It will also emphasize the importance of integrating other interests and skills along with their geoscience training to build a meaningful career. In addition, this talk will address the importance of practicing networking and provide anecdotes and advice from non-academic geoscientists. This talk will be mostly discussion-based and introduce students to the tools they need to successfully find that first job after graduation.
2:30 pm – 3:00 pm: Break
4:20 pm – 5:00 pm: AIPG – Strategies for Easing the Transition from College Student to
Young Professional Geoscientist
Brandy Barnes, YP, Integrity Drilling and Geophysical Services, Groveland, FL
Many students face obstacles in their last years of college or post-graduation when entering geoscience fields as a young professional. Using college resources and maintaining (or joining) a professional organization can present opportunities to post-graduate students while also building confidence for the transformation into the workforce. What college preparations can lead to a successful transformation into a professional? How can networking and mentorships contribute to my success out of college and into a career? Are there any benefits to maintaining membership in a geoscience professional organization? Answers to these questions will not only provide a better perception to upcoming young professionals entering their career, but also to professional mentors seeking to understand current conditions of obtaining an entry-level position. Young professional excellence and growth in the geosciences starts at the beginning of their career and will benefit our geological community.
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm: Student and Professional Networking Event (including cash bar and light snacks)