SSA Virtual Trainings

SSA offers a series of workshops to help members fine-tune skills that will help them collaborate, find jobs and move their careers ahead, as well as workshops that explore how we can advance our goal of achieving an inclusive and diverse community. All workshops allow plenty of time for Q&A and discussion. Workshops by Alaina Levine will be recorded and posted to the website, but we encourage you to participate live in order to get your questions answered.

These career development workshop opportunities are made possible through member donations to The Kanamori Fund

Contact info@seismosoc.org with any questions.


Virtual Networking: How to Network and Find Collaborators from Afar
21 July, 10 a.m. Pacific and 4 p.m. Pacific with Alaina Levine

Networking is the most honorable and valuable endeavor in which you can engage, because it is built on a spirit of generosity. At its core, networking is all about crafting win-win alliances where both parties provide value. You may think that “networking” can only take place in person, but this is a myth! In fact, most networking takes place from afar, and in some cases, the individuals may never even meet in person. In this webinar, we will discuss strategies and tactics for finding new collaborators and building mutually-beneficial partnerships with professionals across the globe (and perhaps on some exoplanets too!). We will utilize various methods to find and reach out to people to nurture those critical conversations that can birth amazing collaborations! Let’s network! This event will last 1.5 hours. Registration link at bottom of this webpage.

Bystander Training 
11 August, 10 a.m. Pacific and 13 August, 4 p.m. Pacific with Sherry Marts

Have you ever experienced or watched an incident of harassment or bullying and wondered what you could do to stop it? In this webinar you’ll learn practical skills and options for intervening safely and effectively as a bystander in public spaces such as conferences and in workplace situations. We’ll talk about what harassment is, why and how harassers harass and the five steps to being an active bystander. Using real-life scenarios, we’ll explore intervention options and ways to stand up and step in to end harassment. Conducted by Sherry Marts of S*Marts Consulting, this interactive online two-hour workshop is offered as a complimentary member benefit and requires registration below.

How to Get a Job NOW: Strategies and Tactics to Advance Your Career in a Challenge
25 August, 11 a.m. Pacific with Alaina Levine

It is never an easy time to look for a job, especially during a crisis like we are currently experiencing. This webinar will provide specific tactics you can employ now to find rewarding work. We will discuss effective techniques to clearly communicate your value to potential employers, how and where to find specific types of position announcements, how to access hidden job opportunities, how to use LinkedIn and other social media platforms in your job search, what to do before and during the job search to land the interview and how to navigate virtual interviews. Expect actionable advice to advance your job search! This event will last 1.5 hours. Registration link at bottom of this webpage.

Cover Letters are Annoying but Here’s How You Write Them
22 September, 11 a.m. Pacific with Alaina Levine

Let’s be honest, cover letters are annoying to write, and they are an absolutely essential part of the process of a job search. In this webinar, you will learn a recipe to write a cover letter that you can utilize for the rest of your life, whether you are going for an internship, fellowship, scholarship, job or promotion. We will discuss the goal of a cover letter and what elements are included in an effective and compelling cover letter. Then we will write one together, using the recipe. We will address a key aspect of the main part of a cover letter which boils down to Problem-Solution-Result-Spin Back, where applicants really shine as they customize their cover letter. You will emerge with your own customized template to use for any cover letter you write in the future. This event will last one hour. Registration link at bottom of this webpage.

Virtual Interviewing and the Job Talk
21 October, 4 p.m. Pacific with Alaina Levine

In this webinar, we will discuss leveraging virtual platforms to execute an interviewing plan that will help you land that dream job. We’ll look at what you should be doing before, during and after the interview, how to adjust different elements of a virtual experience (such as light and sound) and how to look professional on camera. We will also go over how to deliver an oral presentation—such as a job talk or a colloquium—using virtual methods to indicate your knowledge, expertise, enthusiasm and collaborative nature. This event will last 1.5 hours. Registration link at bottom of this webpage.

Banish Impostor Syndrome for Good!
17 November, 11 a.m. Pacific with Alaina Levine

Many of us have experienced imposter syndrome, which makes us believe that we are unworthy and frauds. It tricks us into minimizing our contributions and value. More critically, impostor syndrome insidiously robs us of future prosperity as it convinces us we do not belong and should not pursue opportunities to advance our career, launch and facilitate exciting new collaborations and be more innovative, inventive, agile and novel in our problem-solving. Consequently, impostor syndrome negatively impacts not only our own potential, but that of the greater STEM community. Let’s knock this out of our brains for good! In this webinar, you will learn strategies and tactics to rid this from your brilliant mind and how to navigate it and stamp it out if it creeps into every day scenarios. Banish impostor syndrome for good! This event will last 1.5 hours. Registration link at bottom of this webpage.

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