Learning How to Market Yourself Using a Cover Letter



Amanda Baker, PhD
Rachel Freed, PhD
Sarah Kleiman, PhD
December 19, 2018
- 1 pm
Career Development

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This webinar focuses on how to develop a cover letter that helps you market your skills for the next steps of your professional career.

This is the final part of the webinar series Preparing Yourself to be a Competitive Applicant: The Ins and Outs of Curriculum Vitae, Personal Statements and Cover Letters presented by the Early Career Professionals and Students Special Interest Group (SIG)

The transition from a graduate student to establishing oneself as an early career professional (ECP) is an exciting time. ECPs in the field of mental health are the diverse in regard to demographics, as well as skill sets. ECPs are graduating from increasing integrated training programs, and developing a wide-range of skills and engaging in activities spanning clinical work, research, statistical analysis, teaching, and supervision. However, knowing how to market these skills and experiences for the next stages of one’s career can be a difficult task. Each career path within the mental health field places varying degrees of emphasis on an individual’s graduate school experiences, making it difficult to determine which aspects of your application material to highlight.

The Early Career SIG has developed a webinar series to provide guidance to help prepare ECPs to be competitive applicants for the job force whether that be a position as a clinician, researcher, academic, or some combination of each. We will be hosting three separate webinars related to developing a professional curriculum vitae, personal statement, and cover letters to reflect ECPs current skills sets and current stage of development as emerging clinicians, scientists, and mentors. Each webinar will consist of multiple panelists, comprising individuals with research, clinical, and teaching backgrounds, who will share their knowledge and expertise on developing and marketing your application materials as an ECP with the goal of helping ECPs become competitive applicants for the next stage of their career.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to describe important aspects of a curriculum vitae for various career trajectories as ECPs including clinical work, research, and academia.
  2. Develop a curriculum vitae/biosketch that reflects their individual strengths and experiences as emerging ECPs.
  3. Develop the ability to maximize their CV and biosketch based on individual needs and circumstances. 
Presenter(s) Biography

Amanda Baker, PhD

Dr. Amanda Baker is a research and clinical psychologist at the Center for Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker received her Ph.D. from Boston University and completed her pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral training at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Dr. Baker is an active member of several professional societies such as the Anxiety and Depression Association of America and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. 

Dr. Baker's clinical and research interests involve mediators and moderators of the etiology of and cognitive behavioral treatments for anxiety. She recently completed a two-year grant from Harvard Catalyst/The Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center/National Institutes of Health to study intra-individual networks of panic disorder in hopes of being able to personalize CBT treatments in the future. She was recently awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award from the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation. She has been trained in a variety of evidence-based assessment methods and cognitive behavioral therapies for anxiety, mood, OC-spectrum and traumatic stress disorders. Dr. Baker was previously awarded a Livingston Fellowship for Young Investigators from Harvard Medical School to conduct research on anxiety sensitivity and suicidality in OC-spectrum and anxiety disorders. She has numerous published peer-reviewed papers and chapters on these topics. 

Rachel Freed, PhD


Dr. Rachel Freed is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in the use of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety disorders (including panic disorder, phobias, and social anxiety disorder) in children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Freed earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Boston University and completed an APA-accredited internship at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She completed postdoctoral fellowships at Temple University and at Mount Sinai’s Pediatric Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program. Dr. Freed has also published extensively on topics related to both the etiology and treatment of mood disorders.

Sarah Kleiman, PhD


Dr. Sarah Kleiman specializes in the assessment and treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and is actively engaged in research, clinical work, and teaching. As a research psychologist at VA Boston, she is involved in numerous longitudinal and PTSD treatment studies being conducted at the National Center for PTSD. As an instructor at Harvard University, she has taught undergraduate and graduate courses (primarily on trauma and PTSD) for eight semesters. Dr. Kleiman is also a research consultant on PTSD studies sponsored by non-profit organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and the Department of Defense, and is a Clinical Investigator for the MDMA-assisted psychotherapy Phase 3 clinical trial sponsored by the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies. 

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