How to Promote Yourself in Your Career and in SOFT Webinar


Date: Thursday, February 23, 2023 (live and on-demand)
Time: 10:00 am Pacific/1:00 pm Eastern to 12:30 pm Pacific/3:30 pm Eastern
Cost: FREE
Webinar Chairs: Marissa Finkelstein and Dr. Kari Midthun
Continuing Education Committee Chair: Dr. Robert Johnson

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Interviewing and CV writing are two skills that resurface across all spans of a forensic toxicologist’s career. These skills are integral when applying to undergraduate/graduate programs, internships, new and/or promotional employment opportunities, preparing for courtroom testimony, and during the application process for professional organizations such as SOFT, AAFS, TIAFT, and ABFT. The SOFT Young Forensic Toxicologists and SOFT Membership Committees are joining together for a professional development ConEd webinar to aid toxicologists in all stages of their career. This webinar will not only approach the interview and CV writing processes from the applicant perspective, but the human resources and the interviewer/reviewer as well.

Learning Objectives

  • Teach viewers varying interview skills and how to prepare for an interview
  • Teach viewers how to prepare a CV and/or update their current CV
  • Inform viewers about the role human resources has in the hiring process
  • Inform viewers about SOFT membership benefits and how to apply for membership or promotion


Marissa Finkelstein
Toxicologist II
Miami-Dade Medical Examiner Department

Kari Midthun
Forensic Toxicologist
NMS Labs

George Hime
Assistant Laboratory Director
Miami-Dade Medical Department

Barbara Hovanec
Recruiting Supervisor - Human Resources
NMS Labs

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(Times listed are EST)
1:00-1:05 Welcome & Introductions (Finkelstein and Midthun)
1:05-1:35 Human Resources and CV writing/updating (Hovanec)
1:35-2:05 Toxicologist/Applicant Do's and Don't's (Finkelstein)
2:05-2:15 Break
2:15-2:55 Tips from an Interviewer/Panelist (Hime)
2:55-3:15 Professional Organizations - Memberships and promotions and certifications.... oh my! (Midthun)
3:15-3:30 Q&A