ABOUT ISAIAH HANKEL, PHD

CEO, CHEEKY SCIENTIST & SUCCESS MENTOR TO PHDS

Isaiah Hankel, PhD is the Founder and CEO of the largest career training platform for PhDs in the world - Cheeky Scientist. His articles, podcasts and trainings are consumed annually by 3 million PhDs in 152 different countries. He has helped PhDs transition into top companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Intel, DOW Chemical, BASF, Merck, Genentech, Home Depot, Nestle, Hilton, SpaceX, Tesla, Syngenta, the CDC, UN and Ford Foundation.

Dr. Isaiah Hankel received his doctorate in Anatomy & Cell Biology with a focus in immunology and is an expert on biotechnology recruitment and career development.

Isaiah has published two bestselling books with Wiley and his methods for getting PhDs hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

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Articles Written By Isaiah Hankel, PhD

3 Booming Clinical Careers That Don’t Require Experience

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explores 3 clinical research positions for PhDs that don’t require any clinical experience or previous industry experience Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why clinical careers are booming – and why that growth is expected to continue Next, he looks at 3 clinical careers that don’t require any previous industry or a clinical setting Finally, Isaiah explains why these clinical pathways are a great entry point for a high-paying and rewarding career trajectory From This Week’s Show… PhDs Are In High Demand For Clinical Careers Clinical research is booming, and it…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies January 28th, 2023

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

Handling Awkward Pre-Recorded Video Interviews

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the challenges of pre-recorded video interviews and explains how you can ace your next one Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah introduces PhDs to pre-recorded interviews, an emerging trend in recruiting process Next, he covers what kind of questions you can expect to be asked in a pre-recorded interview Finally, Isaiah breaks down some of the major hurdles PhDs face when it comes to making a good impression on a pre-recorded interview From This Week’s Show… PhDs Are Seeing An Uptick In The Number Of Pre-Recorded Video Interviews Employers Are Asking…

5 Miscalculations That Are Holding You Hostage In Academia

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

As a PhD student, I felt more and more lost the closer I came to graduation. That’s because I had started to doubt that I knew what I wanted anymore. You could say I was torn, but that would be an understatement. I was absolutely wracked with indecision. My original plan had been to continue on in academia.  I was going to apply for a postdoc.  Then on to Assistant Professor.  And so on. However, I was starting to see a real pattern emerge among the PhD graduates I knew. I liked to check in periodically with those colleagues and…

How To Ruin A Video Interview

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he covers what it takes to execute a successful video interview and shares tips for impressing potential employers virtually Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah takes a look at the growing prevalence of video interviews in the post-pandemic job market Next, he gives 3 tips to avoid the biggest mistakes PhDs make during their virtual interview Finally, Isaiah closes by explaining that video interview etiquette can outweigh a candidate’s qualifications From This Week’s Show… Many PhDs Go Into Their Video Interview Completely Unprepared The last few years have forced companies to change how…

Expert Negotiation Tactics From An Ex-FBI Agent

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he breaks down negotiation tactics that PhDs can use to get the salary they deserve. Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains that PhDs need to advocate for the salary they’ve earned Next, he shares 3 interview tactics from expert FBI negotiator and author Chris Voss Finally, Isaiah gives several examples that PhDs can use in their next salary negotiation From This Week’s Show… As A PhD, You’re Not Going To Inherently Get Paid What They’re Worth. You Need To Advocate For Yourself Studies show that over 50% of the general public take…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies January 21st, 2023

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…

Build A Professional Brand Employers Care About

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains how to get to know your professional brand as a PhD – and how to sell it to employers. Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah takes a look at professional brands and explains why they can be hard for PhDs to embrace Next, he shines a light on things you’re doing right now that other people already recognize as your professional brand Finally, Isaiah shares ways to mold your brand into something that reflects both your strengths and your goals From This Week’s Show… A Professional Brand Helps You Differentiate Yourself…

In A Networking Slump? Reshape Your Web

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explores a common networking issue PhDs face, and then breaks down how to troubleshoot it. Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah takes a look at why networking slumps are common among PhDs Next, he explains why 99 out of 100 networking problems can be traced back to having this kind of connection Finally, Isaiah shares the best way to untangle your networking web and start seeing results from your professional network From This Week’s Show… Networking Can Feel Like A Full-Time Job, And Having Nothing To Show For Your Efforts Can Be…

Is Your Body Language Costing You The Job?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

I ran into an old colleague a few days ago – literally. We actually collided going into the same coffee shop.  As luck would have it, we both had some time to kill, so we took a seat and started visiting. I told him all about the work I do, connecting PhDs with the strategies to get hired in industry.  He’d since gone on to work in human resources as a manager at one of the Global 500. We talked about things we wish we’d known after graduation – the importance of things like networking and creating a powerful resume…

4 Must-Know Economic Concepts 

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he breaks down economic concepts PhDs need to be familiar with in industry and how to communicate this knowledge to employers. Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why an understanding of finance and economic principles is important in industry – and why many PhDs don’t have a strong grasp on these principles Next, he breaks down four economic concepts that industry employers expect applicants to have knowledge of Finally, Isaiah discusses ways that you can translate your academic experience with budgets and managing money into industry experience From This Week’s Show… As…

Best Of Transition: PhD Jobs & Job Search Strategies January 14th, 2023

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Every week, we at Cheeky Scientist scour the Internet for the best articles on topics that help in the search for the Best of Transition: PhD Job Search in the industry. Our two consultants independently search for the most informative articles in the categories of networking, CVs/resumes, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and a top overall article for the week – if it’s a recent article that can help readers find and acquire PhD jobs, then we want to include it in this weekly digest.…