August 2020

CareerLab Series Boosts Job-Seeking Skills

August 12, 2020    |  

The Graduate Research and Innovation District (The Grid), in collaboration with the University of Maryland, Baltimores (UMB) new Intercultural Leadership and Engagement Center (ILEC), recently launched CareerLab — a virtual workshop series designed to give UMB students, alumni, faculty, and staff valuable skills to enhance their careers. 

According to Taylor DeBoer, MA, marketing and operations specialist at the Grid, CareerLab was born out of conversations with a graduating University of Maryland School of Social Work student who expressed apprehension about entering the uniquely challenging job market brought about by COVID-19.  

DeBoer and Gregory A. Brightbill, MBA, MEd, leadership education and involvement program specialist at ILEC, saw an opportunity to help by combining the Grid’s mission of entrepreneurial education with ILEC’s goal of supporting personal and professional development. The joint effort led to the CareerLab series, which was organized through a lens of interprofessional education and leadership. 

“These are workshops that we feel will be valuable to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members,” DeBoer said of the collaboration, which launched July 29 with a workshop on writing a curriculum vitae, or CV.  

“We have a lot more exciting workshops coming up,” Brightbill added. “We're going to go over topics such as diversity and inclusion. We're going to talk about public speaking. We're going to talk about management strategies.”  

Jennifer Aumiller, MEd, director, Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Career and Professional Development, and director, Office of Postdoctoral Scholars at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, kicked off the series with a deep dive into how to write a CV, which as she carefully pointed out, is not the same as a résumé.  

The biggest difference between a CV and a résumé, said Aumiller, is length. “A CV can be as long as it needs to be. A résumé is typically short,” she said, noting she has seen CVs as long as 50 pages from experienced researchers.  

In contrast to the more exhaustive CV that details how an applicant specifically fits a position, “A resume is more like a summary of skills, experiences, and education,” said Aumiller. “Of course,” she continued, “the purpose of both is the same: to get your foot in the door.” 

Other recent workshops include “Rethinking a Résumé” with Courtney Jones Carney, MBA, director, ILEC, and “Interview Basics" with Jessica Moreno, staffing specialist, UMB Office of Staffing and Career Services. 

Future workshops include:  

• Leveraging LinkedIn  with Roger Ward, EdD, JD, MSL, MPA 

Thursday, Aug. 13, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. RSVP   

• Interviewing Behind a Screen with Gregory Brightbill, MBA, MEd 

Monday Aug. 17, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. RSVP 

• Start with Self: Creating an Inclusive, Equitable, and Just Workplace with Shani Fleming, MSHS, MPH, PA-C 

Tuesday, Aug. 18, 12 p.m.-1 p.m.  RSVP