Session of the Week: Strategies for Success

Registration for The Wildlife Society’s 25th Annual Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, is now open! Visit for details, or register now by logging in to Your Membership and clicking on the Conference tab.

Whether you’re a current student, a recent graduate or an early career professional, navigating the wildlife profession can be daunting. How do you make sure your resume stands out? How do you make a lasting impression on a potential employer? How do you develop and direct your career path?

During the session Strategies for Success: Professional Development for Students and New Professionals, attendees will gain insight on all of this and more. This symposium and panel discussion brings together professionals across the wildlife fields to discuss with students what it means to be a wildlife professional and how to foster professionalism within their student chapters, schools and beyond.

Speakers will share their diverse experiences and offer tips, tricks and suggestions to improve professionalism in age of social media, technology and increasing social familiarity.

Established wildlife and career professionals will cover topics including resumes and cover letters, networking and TWS involvement. The knowledge and advice gained during this session will enable young professionals to confidently forge their path in the wildlife profession.

Here’s the lineup:

12:50 p.m. Selecting the Right Applicant. Critical Examination of Resumes and Cover Letters. Merav Ben-David

1:30 p.m. Professional Paths in Wildlife: Options and Optimizations. Quentin R. Hays

1:50 p.m. Involvement in Professional Societies – Being More Than a Member. Susan Felege

2:30 p.m. Refreshment Break

3:20 p.m. How to Apply for Federal Jobs: Techniques, Tips and Tricks to Make the List. John Paul Seman

3:40 pm. Sticky Situations – What Would You Do? Lara Pacifici

4 p.m. Panel Discussion

Supported by: TWS Conference Arrangements Committee

Header Image: Getting grounded as a wildlife professional isn’t easy, but at the TWS Annual Conference in Cleveland, seasoned professionals will offer advice to students and young professionals.©Gary Peeples/USFWS