Erik Oswald

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Name: Erik Oswald
Date registered: June 27, 2016

Latest posts

  1. How to Contact an Employer Prior to Applying — January 18, 2018
  2. Navigating Change in the New Year — January 5, 2018
  3. Thank You Notes — November 30, 2017
  4. Leverage Your Grant Writing Skills in a Cover Letter — November 20, 2017
  5. Your Research Matters — November 2, 2017

Most commented posts

  1. Mailbag: Customizing Resumes – Part 1 — 2 comments
  2. Job Offers and Negotiations — 2 comments
  3. Be Confident — 1 comment
  4. Following Up After a Career Event – Part 1 — 1 comment

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Jan 18

How to Contact an Employer Prior to Applying

Contacting an employer prior to submitting an application can be a delicate or tricky balance, and depends on the nature of any pre-existing relationships with individuals on the hiring team. In a scenario where you know a hiring manager and want to reach out in an unsolicited way, your pre-existing relationship (assuming it’s not a …

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Jan 05

Navigating Change in the New Year

This guest blog post was provided by Larry Westfall, newly retired Director of Graduate Career Services. *************************************************************** “And suddenly you know…it’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.” ~Anon In time-held tradition, we awake on New Year’s day and resolve to make a change in some aspect of our lives as the …

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Nov 30

Thank You Notes

  We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! If it was anything like mine, it featured at least four different kinds of carb-loaded dishes, and you are looking forward to the new Smith Center for Recreational Sports opening in January like I am. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to focus on the important …

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Nov 20

Leverage Your Grant Writing Skills in a Cover Letter

This week’s guest blog post comes from Hannah Babbini and the Graduate School Office of Grants and Fellowships. ******************** When I work with graduate students on fellowship applications, I always try to impress that funding is not the only endgame. The skills developed through grantsmanship can be adapted to many opportunities, including live presentations, project …

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Nov 02

Your Research Matters

Today’s guest blog post was provided by Laura Carlson, Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Psychology. ***************** I want our graduate students to know that Your Research Matters. This is not a generic slogan. This is the Graduate School remix of an old Notre Dame classic. Perhaps the Notre Dame …

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Oct 19

CGS Career Pathways Project

Today’s guest blog post was provided by Laura Carlson, Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, and Professor of Psychology. ************ This past August, the Grad School was awarded an $80,000 grant from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS). This funding allows us to participate in the PhD Career Pathways Project, a high-profile investigation …

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Oct 05

Grad Student Appreciation Week – Campus Quotes

In honor of graduate student appreciation week, we wanted to find out what folks from all corners of campus appreciate about our graduate students. The responses flowed in, and it is clear that you are greatly appreciated! #thanksbetograds ————————- Laura Carlson, Vice President and Associate Provost, Dean of the Graduate School, Professor of Psychology Their …

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Sep 21

Navigating Your Career with IrishCompass

Today’s guest post was written by Sharon Keane, Notre Dame Alumni Association. ****************** Important dynamics are at play in today’s marketplace and in the minds of professionals. They include the mindset shift from “career for life” to “career for me,” the rise of the “gig” economy, and increased job changes. Research reveals that individuals will …

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Sep 14

Following Up After a Career Event – Part 2

In Part 1 last week, we covered the process of following up the day after a career fair or other networking event. Today we’ll look at steps to take in the coming weeks and months to maintain and foster the relationship with the individuals and organizations you met there. A few weeks after the event …

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Sep 07

Following Up After a Career Event – Part 1

We hope you had a chance to participate in the Fall Career Expo or STEM Networking Breakfast events yesterday. Events like these should be considered the opening introductory touchpoint in an ongoing meaningful relationship. As such, there are steps you must take to foster and cultivate that relationship now that it is off the ground. …

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