WIB-Capital Region hosted a career development event on November 12, 2015, at the Montgomery College, Germantown campus. There were approximately 25 attendees representing academia, government, and the private sector.
The evening began with a warm welcome from Margaret Latimer, M.S., Vice President and Provost of Montgomery College Germantown Campus. Our panel consisted of three seasoned HR professionals and recruiters: Rosemary Sisco, Scientific Recruiter at Kelley Government Solutions, Ashley Bowman, Executive Recruiter at Search Solution Group, and Cecilia Matthews, Human Resources Director at MedImmune. Each of these HR professionals participated in a breakout session with a group of attendees, listened to their elevator pitches, and provided individual feedback.
Following the breakout sessions there was a panel discussion where Rosemary, Ashley, and Cecilia explained that the key to a good elevator pitch is that it should be succinct, focused on a target audience, and delivered with passion. Next, there was a Q&A session where the panelists discussed the importance of emotional intelligence, and encouraged everyone to do homework on behavioral interview questions. There was also discussion about gender inequalities during interview and hiring processes – an area where all panelists acknowledged that women applicants fall short when negotiating. The panelists suggested that job seekers should consider the total compensation package rather than just base salary.
The panel also gave advice on writing personalized post-interview emails, rather than just a thank you note, and taking the opportunity to reiterate one’s skills. Dr. Collins Jones, Professor of Biotechnology at Montgomery College, and Mr. Jim Hamer, Project Manager for DP Clinical, made valuable comments on job search and career development.
The evening ended with networking among attendees, followed by Dr. Jones providing a guided tour of the new Bioscience Education Center. Many thanks to DP Clinical, Inc., a contract research organization that serves pharmaceutical and biotechnology clients, for providing the evening’s food and beverages!
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