Mastering the Job Talk

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It's a phenomenon unique to academia — and essential for anyone seeking an academic job. The invited seminar, more commonly known as the job talk, is your opportunity to relate your research background and goals to an institution's faculty and student community. As such, "it is viewed by the faculty as the key step in the evaluation process" for any candidate, says Harris Lewin, director of the Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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