SIAM Job-Hunting Bootcamp with Zhennovate

for business, industry, and government (BIG) jobs

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) recognizes the need to better equip its members who are students and early-career professionals in applied mathematics, computational science, and data science with the skills needed to secure jobs in business, industry, and government (BIG).

With that in mind, SIAM has partnered with Zhennovate to offer the SIAM BIG Job-Hunting Bootcamp this fall to help you prepare for the SIAM Virtual Career Fair on November 9, 2021 and beyond.

Over the weeks leading up to the SIAM Virtual Career Fair, the SIAM BIG Job-Hunting Bootcamp will engage participants in live group workshops and on-demand professional development resources via the Zhennovate platform. Participants will have access to all bootcamp resources through Dec 31, 2021. 

If you find job-hunting stressful, you are not alone.

On average, a job opening receives 118 applications, the job-hunting process can be intense and stressful.


93% of employers said that soft skills are either an "essential" or "very important" factor in hiring decisions


75% of resumes are rejected before they reach the hiring manager

Students and early-career academia professionals pursuing industry careers often face the challenge of navigating a mindset and priorities in industry that are different from those in academia. It is important to effectively communicate the value you bring to the table in order to land a job. In industry, relevant skills and experiences matter much more than academic credentials.

Bootcamp Details

Over the weeks leading up to the SIAM Virtual Career Fair and beyond, the SIAM BIG Job-Hunting Bootcamp will cover these topics:

Working in academia vs. working in industry

Plan your career path and learn the differences between academia vs industry jobs.

Navigating industry job-hunting process

Understand end to end of the job hunting process.

Understanding industry job descriptions

Understand job descriptions and requirements to see how you fit into the company.

Developing a 1-page resume tailored for BIG jobs

Get feedback and assistance to creating a great 1-page resume tailored to industry jobs.

Researching employers and positions

Learn to research companies and positions to see how you can tailor your personal brand to land the job.

Developing an elevator pitch

Learn to format and present your elevator pitch to network with employers and introduce yourself at career fairs.

How to Join the Bootcamp

SIAM is sponsoring a limited number of spots for the job-hunting bootcamp. Applications are accepted through September 23, 2021. Once the limited number of spots are filled, applicants will be invited to join with an out-of-pocket fee of $120.

1. Apply

Submit your application as soon as possible. Recommended deadline is September 23, 2021. 

2. Receive invitation to join

2-3 weeks after submitting your application, you will be notified of your sponsorship status and invited to join the bootcamp as either a SIAM-sponsored participant or a paying participant. 

3. Get started with Zhennovate

Upon accepting the invitation, you will receive instructions to enroll and get started on the Zhennovate platform.

An application is required to receive SIAM sponsorship for the bootcamp; limited spots are available.

How the Bootcamp Works

This fall, take advantage of this self-paced structured program with other SIAM members:

On-demand playbook

At your own pace, work through the digital playbook to help you prepare compelling job applications.

Live interactive workshops

Join 3 live group workshops with a professional career coach to help you deepen your learning and job hunt with confidence.


Certificate of completion

Earn a certificate of Professional Employment Communication upon completion of the bootcamp.


Do I have to pay out of pocket?

SIAM is sponsoring a limited number of applicants to attend the bootcamp free of cost. Once the limited spots have been filled, applicants will be given the option to pay the $120 fee out-of-pocket. Individuals wishing to skip the application process can also pay out-of-pocket to participate – please contact to express your interest.

Who is this recommended for?

Are you a mathematics, computational science, or data science early-career professional or student looking for a job in industry, business, or government? If so, we encourage you to take advantage of this self-paced, structured bootcamp offered by SIAM and Zhennovate that will help you get ready for the job-hunting process. 

What is SIAM?

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), headquartered in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is an international society of more than 14,000 individual, academic and corporate members from 85 countries, and roughly two-thirds residing within the United States. SIAM is dedicated to the use of mathematics in industry and helps build cooperation between mathematics and the worlds of science and technology to solve real-world problems through publications, conferences, and communities like chapters, sections and activity groups.

What is Zhennovate?

Zhennovate is a talent development platform that empowers STEM professionals to achieve a meaningful and successful career. Zhennovate scales career, leadership, and life coaching for individual and organizational success through on-demand personalized coaching programs and workshops.