FSDP: Career Development

COVID-19: Professional Development Summer Series

Join Organization Development for a Professional Development Summer Series, created to provide support and guidance for our new working lifestyle due to COVID-19. Sessions scheduled for virtual presentation will be added to the OHR Announcements page.

Designed to help employees build valuable works skills and enhance their performance, these programs provide a dynamic learning experience that will enable staff to hone their day-to-day professional skills, and for supervisors to create an environment conducive to success. Opportunities are also available to explore the educational and cultural resources available at the University to develop meaningful career opportunities.

(Virtual) Interviewing Skills: Making a Good Impression

Presenter: Mark Burdsall, Director
   Organization Development

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using GoToMeeting. Login details will be sent via email to registrants two business days before the above date. Please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: Staff who would like to prepare for job interviews

Note: Supervisor approval is not required for this workshop if time is not taken away from regular work hours (i.e. lunch hour). For this option, please download and complete a paper registration form.

This workshop is designed for staff who would like to enhance their skills for an effective job interview. Participants will learn how to identify the main objectives of interviewing, and how to determine the appropriate actions before, during, and after an interview.

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(Virtual) Resume Writing and Cover Letters

Presenter: Mark Burdsall, Director
   Organization Development

Date: Thursday, May 14, 2020
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using GoToMeeting. Login details will be sent via email to registrants two business days before the above date. Please use the link below to register.

Who Should Attend: Staff who would like to update their résumés and learn how to compose an effective cover letter

Note: Supervisor approval is not required for this workshop if time is not taken away from regular work hours (i.e. lunch hour). For this option, please download and complete a paper registration form.

A good resume is a powerful marketing tool for communicating strengths and accomplishments to a hiring manager. A cover letter helps relate an individual’s experience and skills to those required in the open position. This workshop offers detailed and practical steps to developing an effective resume and cover letter. Useful handouts are provided to help participants build on training provided at the workshop.

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(Cancelled) Starting or Completing an Undergraduate Degree or Certificate at Pitt

Presenters: Lena Zellers, Recruiter
   College of General Studies
Lindsey Bandison, Benefits Representative
   Benefits, Office of Human Resources

Date: Wednesday, April 22, 2020
Time: 12:30–1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual

Who Should Attend: All staff interested in an undergraduate degree, certificate programs and post-baccalaureate classes

Note: Supervisor approval is not required for this workshop if time is not taken away from regular work hours (i.e. lunch hour). For this option, please download and complete a paper registration form.

Have you been thinking about starting or completing an undergraduate degree or certificate program? Degree and certificate programs, Saturday and summer programs, external study programs, and day and night classes are all available with your tuition reimbursement benefit through the College of General Studies (CGS). CGS pre-professional programs also can prepare you for programs at other schools and colleges at Pitt. In this workshop you will learn about the variety of ways the needs of nontraditional students can be met at the University. Topics include choosing the right undergraduate program, navigating the admission process, and how your staff tuition benefits can be used.

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(Cancelled) LinkedIn Learning: Professional Development on Demand

Presenter: Vernon Franklin, Technical Trainer
   Pitt Information Technology

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020
Time: 10–11:00 a.m.
Location: 302 Bellefield Hall

Make the most of a fantastic professional development resource—LinkedIn Learning. Learn how to search thousands of courses in business, technology, and creative skills. Create and share playlists, bookmark your favorite courses, and earn certificates of completion.

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(Virtual) (New) Tips and Resources for Managing Your Career

Presenter: Diane Chabal, Manager
   Organization Development
Carol Balk, Career Consultant
   College of General Studies

Date: Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Time: 12–1:30 p.m.
Location: Virtual – This workshop will be presented using an online meeting platform. Login details will be sent via email to registrants two business days before the above date. Please use the link below to register.

This workshop offers participants tips for taking personal responsibility for their careers. Topics include understanding personal strengths and transferable skills; what motivates us to take action steps for career development; making the most of opportunities in your current job, what resources are available at Pitt and elsewhere for professional development, networking, and job boards like Talent Center.

Note: This workshop is presented from 12:10-12:50 followed by an optional question and answer and group discussion from 12:50-1:15pm. Supervisor approval is not required for this workshop if time is not taken away from regular work hours (i.e. lunch hour)

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Continuing Education

Degree and certificate programs are available to faculty and staff with tuition reimbursement benefits through the College of General Studies (CGS) and other schools at the University. For more information, visit http://www.cgs.pitt.edu/.