New and Noteworthy

How do I respond to one of the most dreaded interview questions?

By Sara Ayazi on February 23, 2021
I recently received a question regarding how to approach one of the most dreaded types of interview questions--the behavioral interview question. Examples include:

New timeline shows graduate students how and when to engage OCPD

By Rachel Care on February 03, 2021
We've created a timeline for graduate students in basic and biomedical science PhD programs! It shows the full array of OCPD's programs and resources laid out on the five years of a PhD program in a Gantt-style chart. If you're using a screen-reader, access the text version.

How do I write an effective thank you note?

By Sara Ayazi on January 29, 2021
This month's tip is on the art of writing a thank you note. I recommend writing a thank you note after every interview or networking interaction. Writing a thank you note is important because:

Connect with UCSF Alums for Virtual Coffee and Great Advice

January 15, 2021
Congratulations to Cameron Webb, 2021 DPT candidate, for participating in the Virtual Coffee with an Alum program where he gained valuable academic and professional advice from physical therapy alum Grace Wang, DPT ’18. The Virtual Coffee with an Alum program supports the career success of UCSF...

How do I negotiate a salary as a new graduate?

By Sara Ayazi on November 24, 2020
This month, I received a request to discuss salary negotiations for new graduates. Negotiating salaries can feel very stressful, especially if we are new to this process. Below are several tips for successful salary negotiations:

How do I network at a virtual conference?

By Sara Ayazi on October 22, 2020
Due to the pandemic, many events and programs will now be held virtually. Below are several tips to consider when approaching the networking process at a virtual conference:

Find and Recruit Alumni Speakers Using UCSF Connect

October 19, 2020
As the official networking platform for the UCSF community, UCSF Connect helps students obtain support from alums as they explore different career paths and build their professional networks! This support can take many different forms, from informational interviews to connecting with potential...

How do I answer the "Tell us about yourself" interview question?

By Sara Ayazi on September 22, 2020
Due to the open-ended nature of this question, knowing how to respond to this question can be challenging. How far back do I go? Do I bring up personal information like where I was born or how many siblings I have? How much information should I include? With every interview, the goal is to show...

How do I strengthen my LinkedIn profile?

By Sara Ayazi on August 26, 2020
Due to the pandemic, we do not have as many in-person opportunities to network. Because of that, we are all looking for different ways to find and develop relationships with professionals in our field. One way to do so is through LinkedIn.

How do I highlight my accomplishments on a CV/resume?

By Sara Ayazi on July 22, 2020
One of the most effective ways to help your CV/resume stand out is to highlight your relevant accomplishments when describing your experiences. A CV/resume does not only tell the story of what you did. It should also tell a story of how well you did it. By demonstrating your accomplishments, the...