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Humanities PhDs have no reason to believe that they lack exciting career opportunities in the future. A PhD is a doctorate in knowledge. As a PhD, you create new knowledge that did not exist before. While creating new knowledge, you gain critical transferable skills that you can leverage to build a career outside your own area of expertise. An excellent humanities education prepares an individual in creative and critical-thinking, and persuasion in areas outside of technology.

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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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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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This week on the Cheeky Scientist Radio Show we are joined by Vanessa Van Edwards, Lead Behavioral Investigator at Science of People and Author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding With People. As a behavioral scientist and researcher, Vanessa will share science-driven tactics for how to improve your likeability quotient and decode human behavior in interview and networking scenarios to feel more in control, more authentic, and less awkward. We are also joined by Gabriel Villar, PhD, R&D Scientist at Becton Dickinson, who will discuss his R&D Scientist transition (and his second upcoming transition) and how other PhDs can pursue this career.

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Many companies want to pay you as little as possible.This doesn’t mean they don’t value you, but a company is always focused on the bottom line and every dollar spent is an investment. According to a report by Robert Half, 70% of hiring managers do not expect the job candidate to take the first salary offer. They expect you to negotiate. So that means they are offering you less than what is possible. The same survey found that 55% of candidates are negotiating their salary. Are you? The market is currently a candidate driven market, meaning that according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the unemployment rate continues to fall, currently at just 3.7% and talent is in short supply. Employers are competing over the talent employees (you!) which means that you have leverage when negotiating. You just need to move past the thoughts that you are not worth a higher salary and negotiate.

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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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Hiring is up. The unemployment rate is the lowest it has been for 50 years and according to Execu-Search 55% of candidates were interviewing for more than one position at a time. This means that you, as a job seeker, have power to leverage in your job search. This is especially true because you are a PhD. You should be going on multiple interviews, getting multiple offers and then choosing the job that is the best fit for you. Data from Express Employment Professionals show that 42% of job applicants rejected a job offer because it was not the perfect fit. Don’t be afraid to reject an offer if it’s not right for you. It’s normal. Both you and the employer are making a huge investment when you join the company. Harvard Business Review reported that on average a company will spend $4,129 on hiring per job. The company wants to know that you are the right fit, so you will likely have several interviews with one company. There will be as many touch points as possible to assess whether you are the right candidate for the job. So you need to be ready.

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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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According to its parent company Microsoft, LinkedIn has 630 million professionals in over 200 countries registered as members.Over 30,000 companies in the US use LinkedIn for recruiting new hires, and over 3 million US jobs are posted on LinkedIn every month.Hiring trends in industry show that employers are increasingly factoring in the social media profiles of job candidates in their recruitment processes. That means, a professional LinkedIn profile and online engagement is a critical component of job search strategy for PhDs.What does your LinkedIn profile look like?

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