Written by Aditya Sharma, Ph.D.
The most talented postdoc I knew, was rejected, again, for a tenure track position.
The grant funding that my project depended on was not renewed.
There was no future for me in academia.
There was a serious lack of available positions and and troubling lack of money.
So, I decided to leave and get a job in industry.
I spent ages putting together a comprehensive resume that demonstrated how accomplished I was during my time in academia.
Then I looked through several job boards, like Indeed and LinkedIn, found the jobs that I seemed to be qualified for, and sent in my application.
This went on for weeks.
Trolling job boards trying to find the job that was perfectly suited to my skill set and then send in an application.
I must have uploaded my resume to at least 100 job postings.
All I ever got back was 4 generalized emails thanking me for my application.
No one ever contacted me and I never even got a rejection notice.
There was just silence.
It was maddening.
What was I doing wrong?
I was desperate to leave the dead end track I was on in academia.
So, I sought help.
The biggest realization I came to was that my resume was probably never even being looked at by a human.
A computer software program was rejecting my resume before a person even had a chance to look at it.
I changed my entire job search approach and began networking both in person and online.
I was open to jobs outside my specific PhD background.
And I completely rewrote my resume.
By networking I was able to learn exactly what employers wanted to see on my resume and I cut everything else out.
I had a clear and focused resume and a job search strategy that emphasized networking.
It wasn't long until I had several job interviews and ultimately received a job offer for an industry position that I was very excited about.
Why Your Resume Is A Key Component Of Your Job Search
A successful job search strategy integrates several different components.
Networking, getting referrals, preparing for interviews, writing your resume etc.
Each part is important, but your resume has the power to make or break your job search.
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.
A study by the University of Toronto showed that even when presented with facts that contradict a first impression, a person will still believe their first impression over the facts.
If your resume makes a bad first impression you will not be able to overcome that negative image.
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, as reported by Ere Media.
And according to The Financial Post, 80% of those applications will be rejected by applicant tracking software within seconds, never being seen by a person.
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.
Cheeky Scientist Top 9 Industry Resume Articles
Writing a resume is probably the first thing you think of when job searching comes to mind.
But, do you know what an industry resume looks like?
Do you know what recruiters and hiring managers want to see on resumes?
Your industry resume should be very different from your academic CV.
Here are the 9 best Cheeky Scientist resume articles to help you write a top quality industry resume...
Writing your resume was probably one of the first things you thought about doing when you started your job search. And, rightfully so.
Your resume is an essential part of getting a job.
You need to have an industry-style resume that recruiters and hiring managers want to read.
Your resume should be persuasive and powerful.
There are rules you should follow, and taboo items that you should leave out of your resume.
There is a way to write the perfect bullet point that will help you make a winning first impression with your resume.
As a PhD, you have a lot to offer an industry employer, but you have to know how to make that value visible in your resume.
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