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Industry employers want to know that you are not just an awkward PhD. 93% of employers rank “soft skills” as essential or very important when making hiring decisions (Wonderlic). If you don’t communicate that you have the necessary transferable skills, you will not get hired. Continuing to develop your transferable skills and showcasing them will not only get you hired, it will help you get promoted once you are in industry. 94% of recruiter professionals think that employees with stronger soft skills have better chances of getting promoted (ICIMS). Bottom line, your soft skills are essential to getting hired and succeeding in industry.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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In this interview with Sujoy Lahiri, PhD, he tells us about how he used a laser-targeted resume to land his job as Scientist III at ThermoFisher Scientific. Sujoy is enjoying being well paid for his work and well supported by his colleagues and supervisors in industry.

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Most women won’t apply for a job until they meet 100% of the job requirements, while men don’t apply until they meet at least 60% of the job requirements (Hewlett Packard). Women are known to suffer from Imposter Syndrome at a higher rate than men, but everyone experiences this feeling. Especially PhDs. As a PhD, you were taught to be extremely critical of yourself and this can lead to a feeling of not being good enough. This is detrimental to your job search. Many PhDs feel unqualified for a job unless they meet 100% of the job requirements. This is ridiculous. 57% of top business leaders rated soft skills as more valuable than technical skills (LinkedIn). Put away your feelings of being unqualified and go get the industry job you want and deserve.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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Would you like to apply your scientific background in an entrepreneurial environment? Do you know what opportunities are created for professionals working in startups? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Dr. David Llewellyn, who is the CEO of DJS Antibodies, a successful R&D startup company. He shares his secrets to success and…

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Most PhD students begin their graduate studies with the goal of becoming a professor. They think their path is clearly laid out in front of them: PhD → postdoc → professor. But, this is far from reality. Only 0.45% of PhDs will become tenured professors (Royal Society). That means 99.55% of PhDs follow a “non-traditional” career path that does not lead to a professorship. However, PhDs are highly skilled individuals, with an incredible amount of value to offer employers. Industry positions offer a place for PhDs to find meaningful work outside the university setting. But, even in industry, your career will not be linear. Long gone are the days of spending your entire career, 30 or 40 years, with the same company. The average employee will have 12 different jobs over their working lifetime (The Balance). Stop fighting the urge to move on from your stagnant position and welcome a new and exciting phase in your career.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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In this interview with Jessica McKlveen, PhD, she tells us about how much she is enjoying her job as Science Officer for Ripple Effect Communications, Inc. She has been able to give back to others through informational interviews, been honoured at a conference and feels supported by her employer to develop in her career.

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As a PhD, you have spent years developing your technical skills. You are an expert in your field (there is no doubt about that), but you must have certain transferable skills to succeed in industry. And, believe it or not, you already have many of these “soft skills”. A recent study found that graduate school equips PhDs with many of the transferable skills they need to succeed in industry (PLOS). And, these transferable skills are key to being successful in an industry position. 57% of business leaders identified soft skills as more important than hard skills (LinkedIn). That means not only are your transferable skills important, they are MORE important than your technical skills.

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Every week we scour the internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to. We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are here.

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A bad resume can keep you from getting a position even if you do everything else right. Your resume is often the first written item you will show a potential employer, it’s your first impression. And first impressions are hard to break. Even when presented with facts that contract a first impression, a person will still believe their first impression over the facts (The University of Toronto). You must make the most of that first impression. But to even earn the opportunity to make a first impression your resume needs to stand out. The average corporate job posting attracts 250 resume submissions (Ere Media). And 80% of those applications will be rejected by applicant tracking software within seconds, never being seen by a person (The Financial Post). If your main strategy is submitting your resume via online job portals, your resume is probably just ending up in the reject pile. This method is a waste of the energy you have put into your resume. Instead, you need to network, get a referral, and give your resume directly to the hiring manager. With a referral and a high quality resume your chance of getting hired increases dramatically.

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Do you know what are the main differences between an academic and industry environment? Do you want to learn more about the ideal mindset to drive innovative solutions in industry? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Dr. Thomas Dooley, who is a PhD scientist and business professional with 3 decades of experience…

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