Q&A: How to Give a Chalk Talk

BRET Office of Career Development ASPIRE Program

You have a whiteboard, a marker, and an hour to convince a department to hire you. How will you handle it? Senior faculty give their advice.

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Job Seekers, Don't Curb Your Enthusiasm

The Edge for Scholars

For those of you heading on the job  market this year, take some advice from Allison M. Vaillancourt, VP of institutional effectiveness and HR at the University of Arizona: This …

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Have Pump, Will Travel

Aimee Edgeworth

What every breastfeeding and pumping mom needs to know BEFORE attending a conference.

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The Dirty Truth: Passion Isn't the Only Ingredient for Success

The Edge for Scholars

Although passion is often thought to be a necessary ingredient for success, we all know it’s not the only one.  If you’re passionate about handwritten letters, but everyone …

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Salvaging an Insufficient Offer

Motivated Mentor

When a salary and start-up offer is unacceptable you need a strategy to redeem the situation. Planning your script optimizes the chances of negotiations ending well.

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Not that Kind of Spending: Tales of Investing in Your Career

Pipette Protagonist, PhD

Spoiler: Be prepared to spend some of your money investing in yourself and your career.

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Exercising Your Professional Brand at Conference Interviews

Rebecca Helton, MA

At Vanderbilt, we’ve been doing a lot with professional branding lately.  What you wear, what you do, and how you speak, sit, and walk all say things about you …

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The Benefits of Flying Solo

Cristina Espinosa-Diez, PhD

For the past three years, I went to all the meetings and conferences by myself. Here's why flying solo can be good for you, too.

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If I'm a Minority Recruit, Is It Tacky to Point Out There are No Other Minority Faculty?

Fighty Squirrel, PhD, Awe.Some.

Around the Twitter world today, a kindly trainee had been offered an awesome job (woot!). BUT, and there’s always a but,  there were no other minority hires in their …

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What's a BATNA?

The Edge for Scholars

The power of the BATNA is really the power to say no without feeling like you’ve failed.

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