Kay Kimball Gruder

Assistant Director of Graduate Student Career Programs and Services

Kay Kimball Gruder

Kay Kimball Gruder (she|her|hers) joined the Center for Career Development in 2014 and has over 30 years of experience in career development. Kay leads career programs and services for graduate students, postdocs, and alumni of graduate programs, and she works with faculty, department leadership, and colleagues within and beyond UConn to support graduate student and postdoctoral scholar success. Within UConn Kay serves on the Graduate Student and Postdoc Affairs team at The Graduate School, is a member of the University Senate Student Welfare Committee, and partners on a variety of initiatives with International Student & Scholar Services. Kay meets with graduate students and postdocs as they explore and prepare for careers, engage in job searches, and consider options and opportunities to apply their skills, knowledge, and training. 

Prior to working at UConn, Kay worked at both private and technical institutions and has additional experience in admissions, parent relations, and whole-student advising.  Kay has a M.Ed. from Lesley College and a B.A. from Bennington College  

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Competing Against an Inside Job Candidate

What if you are applying for a faculty job and suspect there is an inside candidate. Are you concerned?

If you are, it might be because the idea of competing against an inside candidate makes you feel less qualified. Then …

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What Exactly Happens After I Apply?

When clicking “submit” on an electronic application do you know what really happens? Have you considered the many audiences to which your application materials must appeal?

As Derek Attig shares, “If it’s all keywords and no story, they won’t find …

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Am I Bragging?

The only way a U.S. employer is going to know that you have skills, knowledge, and the experience to succeed in an internship or job is if you tell them! However, what are you supposed to do if talking about …

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What to Do When You’re Overqualified for a Job

It is easy to believe that being overqualified for a job is a good thing. After all, is there anything better than feeling self-assured?

Imagine this scenario: your attention is drawn to a job opening, but the experience required is …

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Which Address Should I Use on my CV or Résumé? 

When reviewing graduate students’ CVs or résumés one of the first questions I am asked is, “What address should I use?” While I wish I could provide a simple answer, this question most often merits a bit of conversation and …

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A Must Listen To Podcast: “How I Work”

Students often ask me, “What’s the best way I can…

…get a job?”

…create my résumé or CV?”

…write a cover letter?”

…successfully network?”

…prepare for a job interview?”

…talk to my advisor?”

…present a job talk?”

Many individuals are …

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Expand Your Career Options: Research Beyond Academia

It is truly a gift to the UConn community when our doctoral program alumni share the twists and turns of their career journeys and offer career preparation advice. This past October, three alumni came together for a virtual program called …

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Two Phrases to Stop Using in Your CV and Résumé

It is reported that hiring managers spend as little as six seconds scanning a résumé. Think about it …

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6!

This means that your content needs to be easily reviewed and that the action verbs …

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You Can’t Prepare for Every Interview Question!

I have been working with many doctoral candidates who are preparing for interviews in academia or other areas of higher education, and for roles within business, government, and non-profits. While the positions and employers are very different, the candidates almost …

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The Danger With First Impressions – 5 Tips for Navigating

Have you ever gone to an interview and quickly felt a connection with some individuals and not with others? Perhaps you felt certain that you were qualified for a position but something felt a bit off throughout the interview. Maybe …

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