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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 transition to the exciting field of Data Science? Do you know how to leverage your skills for a successful career as a Data Scientist? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Shobeir Mazinani, Ph.D., who talks to us about his transition into his role as Data Scientist and how…

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Networking, with the the goal of obtaining a referral, is the fastest way to get hired. This is because industry employers value internal referrals. Employee referrals account for 72% of all interviews (Society of Human Resource Management). And, 1 out of every 5 candidates with a job referral gets hired (Undercover Recruiter). Companies prefer to hire candidates with referrals. Companies place a lot of value on referrals because ultimately, they make better employees. Referrals result in a higher employee retention rate — 46% at one year, versus 33% for candidates who were hired through a career site (Undercover Recruiter). This indicates that with a referral, not only do your chances of getting hired increase, you will also likely find a job that you are highly satisfied with. It’s a win-win.

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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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Women are underrepresented in STEM careers. Only 14.5% of engineers are women, only 26.4% of math and computer science positions are filled by women, and only 27.8% of professionals working in the physical sciences are women (National Science Foundation). As a woman with a PhD who is looking to get hired in the STEM fields, you are a minority. And, this makes networking very important. Because, as a PhD, you are qualified for more than just an entry position in industry. You have the technical and transferable skills required to secure a management position in industry. But, women are also underrepresented in management positions. Only 4.8% of Fortune 500 companies have a woman CEO (Fortune). As a woman with a STEM PhD, you are capable of securing an industry management level position that can lead to a C-level position. But you will need to network.

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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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Do you know how to translate your PhD level scientific background into a career in clinical research? Would you like to know which PhD transferable skills are required for a successful career in clinical research? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Yara Pujol, Ph.D., who talks to us about her transition into…

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A recent study found that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection (LinkedIn). 70%! As a job seeker, you must know how to network on LinkedIn. If you do not know how to use LinkedIn, you are missing out on an enormous resource. The power of LinkedIn actually goes beyond your “first connections” because most job referrals come from second and third degree connections (Fast Company). And, not only do job referrals boost your chances at getting hired, but referrals have also been shown to increase starting salary. A study in The Review Of Economic Studies journal found that a referral raises wages of workers in their first year at a firm by 6.7 ± 3.4%. LinkedIn is a fantastic resource to build your network and increase your chances of getting a referral. But, you have to know how to network on LinkedIn successfully.

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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 Yuri Klyachkin, PhD, he tells us about how he overcame self-doubt and unemployment to land his dream job as a Medical Science Liaison. The CSA job search blueprint and a whole new approach to networking were ultimately what enabled him to transition out of academia and into a top industry company.

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LinkedIn is a great platform to find and connect with industry professionals. It allows you to reach out to people who work at the companies you are interested in that you would not have had access to otherwise. To make the most of LinkedIn as a way to connect with people at your target companies, you can use the LinkedIn search feature, get introductions from people in your current network, and look at the company website to find specific people you want to reach out to. For the most effective use of LinkedIn, you should use a combination of these strategies. And always remember, in any networking situation, you must add value first. Never begin a conversation by asking for something. Give the new connection a reason to want to talk to you. If you can do that, then you are on the right track to building a solid professional connection.

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