Top Tips When Creating Job Application Packages

November 2, 2016
2 p.m. EDT

You've found the perfect job to apply for, but what do you do next? Tailoring your resume to the position or drafting the perfect teaching statement can be daunting. Learn what to include in your job application package and how you can make yourself look great on paper, impressing your future potential employers no matter which direction your career goes. Our panel will touch on select topics including tips when writing a teaching statement and how to apply for a position within the USDA.


About our Speakers:

Alice Harris was born and raised in Gatesville, Texas. Growing up around agriculture, she understood the importance of the farmer and rancher which would later drive her interest in understanding the biology and behavior of pest populations, in both livestock and crops. Alice received her B.S. at Sul Ross State University, in Alpine, Texas with a degree in Animal Science with an emphasis on Agriculture Education. She remained at Sul Ross studying livestock ectoparasites and graduated with a Masters of Biology in 2011. Alice is currently an entomology PhD candidate at Kansas State University studying the biogeography and factors influencing the movement and range expansion of Dectes texanus, a native species to North America, in soybean. Also a graduate research assistant, a teaching assistant, and working on a range of projects within her lab, she was selected as a NSF Fellow, Graduate STEM Fellows in K-12 Education (GK-12), where she spent a year bringing agriculture based science and research into a local high school classroom. Alice has been active in ESA serving as the North Central Branch-ESA Student Affairs Committee chair, and on the Linnaean Games, local arrangement, and executive committees. Her anticipated graduation is December 2016. Alice currently works for BASF in the Ag. Professional Development Program (PDP) – Tech Service group. She is located at the Story City Research Farm (SCRF), where she is involved in the day-to-day research activities. She also participates in internal and external training events for growers, retails, and international guests as well as tours.  

Participants will learn:

  • The best time to begin searching for a job.
  • Be yourself during the process. People hire people they like and who want the position.
  • Always be open to new experiences. 

Dr. Joyce Parker is an entomologist with a background in agroecology and sustainable agriculture. She received her B.S. in Field Biology from TX A&M-Corpus Christi, her M.S. in Agricultural Biology (minor in Experimental Statistics) from New Mexico State University and her Ph.D. in Entomology from Washington State University. Her doctoral research explored sustainable pest management strategies that examined how to ecologically engineer mixed vegetable farms to discourage pests and encourage beneficial insects. After receiving her Ph.D., Joyce became a postdoctoral researcher the Rutgers University Blueberry and Cranberry Research and Extension Center where she developed integrative pest management techniques for blueberries. Prior to joining NIFA, Joyce served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Design for the Environment Branch where she worked on fragrance policy for safer chemical ingredients in consumer and commercial products.

Participants will learn:

  • Use key words found in the job description throughout your resume
  • Take advantage of being a student and do informational interviews

The views and opinions expressed in this webinar are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Agriculture.

Troy-SadlerTroy D. Sadler is a Professor of Science Education at the University of Missouri (MU) with joint appointments in the College of Education and the Division of Biological Sciences. He serves as Director of the ReSTEM Institute: Reimagining & Researching STEM Education, a research and outreach center for K-12 STEM education. Sadler’s research focuses on how students negotiate complex socio-scientific issues and how these issues may be used as contexts for science learning. He is interested in how issues-based learning experiences can support student learning of science and development of practices essential for full participation in modern democratic societies.

Participants will learn:

  • Your teaching statement is an opportunity for you to articulate a) what you believe about teaching and learning, b) how you think about learners, and c) the kind of instructor you are.
  • Use the teaching statement to connect big ideas about teaching and learning, like your perspective on the purposes of science education, to the specifics of how you pursue these goals, like strategies you use to ensure student engagement in your classes.
  • Write your teaching statement using first person language (“I believe,” “I will,” “I intend”) to indicate your personal commitment to science teaching. 

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