Five Tips for Improving Your Cover Letter

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"Walls (and stairs) of Portugal: Lisbon #7" by Franck Michel | CC BY 2.0
First impressions can have a lasting impact. For search committees and employers, your cover letter is their first impression of you. Strong, persuasive cover letters can positively influence that first impression.
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Job Search

Staying Organized in Graduate School

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"Filed Under "Folders"" by Domiriel | CC BY-NC 2.0)
Effective organization is essential to managing your many responsibilities as a graduate student. Learn how to leverage some of the strategies and resources already available to you to better manage these responsibilities and tasks.
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Grading Fairly and Efficiently

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"tools of the trade 1" by Chris Blakeley | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Grading is a common responsibility for Graduate Teaching Assistants. Effective grading means providing useful information to the students about their performance. Learning to grade fairly and efficiently can help save you time in the long run.
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Teaching

Presenting Your Work in Creative Ways

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"Minimum World" by Jessica Powell | CC BY 2.0
Most graduate students conduct research or develop creative works as part of their studies. Presenting your work is critical to educating the field and the world about your work. In some fields and for some projects, especially the arts and humanities, it is worth thinking creatively about all the many ways to you can share what you have done.
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Exploring Your Career Options

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"Signpost along the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path - Prisma filter" by Randy Durrum | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
It's never too early to start preparing for your future career. Whether you are interested in a faculty position, research, or something else, it is important to explore your options. Looking into potential career options in your field can help you prepare for those possibilities before you enter the job market.
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Non-academic Job Search
Networking

Fostering a Positive Classroom Culture

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"Creative Rooftop" by Melinda Stuart | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
A positive classroom culture helps all students to be successful in your classroom. For TAs and instructors, this means considering the classroom power differential and how you interact with students both inside and outside of the classroom.
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Good Practices
Ethics

Managing your Stress

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"Dunstanburgh Sunrise" by James Whitesmith | CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Relaxation is not just for vacations. Learning how to handle your stress better throughout the year can help you be more productive and handle setbacks better.
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Grad Life

Preparing for Phone or Skype Interviews

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"060416 A Fuzzy Line" by Pete | CC BY 2.0
For many jobs, search committees will interview candidates over the phone or on Skype first. Performing well in these interviews is essential to getting to the next round of interviews.
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Job Search

Putting Together UNL Award and Fellowship Applications

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"The Space In Between" by Nedra | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
The Office of Graduate Studies offers several awards and fellowships for graduate students. Learn about these opportunities and the best tips for preparing your applications.
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Professional Development

Using LinkedIn Effectively

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"Who is the Weakest Link" by Cindy Cornett Seigle | CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Using LinkedIn well can help you develop and support your professional network and connect with other professionals in your field. Think carefully about what information you include and how best to portray yourself online.
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Career Development

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