Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD Chief Executive Officer at Cheeky Scientist

Dr. Isaiah Hankel 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. Hankel 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.

Articles Written By Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Burnt Out In Your Job Search? Do This

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses how you can avoid total burnout by improving your industry job search strategy Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah speaks to the source of PhD burnout and how to avoid it in your industry job searchNext, Isaiah explains how having a clear vision of next steps saves you time and effort in the long-run.Finally, Isaiah shows you how to apply the 30-60-90 day plan and create an effective yet manageable job search strategy From This Week’s Show…  Burnout Is Common But There Are Simple Ways To Avoid It Many academics are…

Going To A Conference? Skip The Talks. Here’s Why

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the strategy you should set up before going to a conference if you want to get an industry job Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you should skip the talks and spend time at the vendor’s floor if you want to increase your chances of transitioning into industryNext, Isaiah reviews the information you need to research before going to the conferenceFinally, Isaiah gives you pointers on the best way to network with vendors From This Week’s Show…  The Best Way To Find And industry Job At A Conference Is…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies October 01, 2022

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.…

Make Yourself Unforgettable To Employers

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains why you need to build rapport with your interviewer if you want employers to remember you and offer you a job Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah talks about why you’re failing to move past the initial interview stages, even if you’re a perfect fit for the roleNext, Isaiah reviews the best strategy to use if you want to build rapport with your interviewerFinally, Isaiah discusses the importance of non-verbal cues when it comes to building rapport From This Week’s Show…  Why You’re Failing To Get Your Dream Job Have you…

6 Ways To Crush The Competition During Your Next Video Interview

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

During my first industry job search, I was doing everything I could to prepare for in-person interviews. I got together with friends and colleagues, asked them to act as the interviewer and give me the tough questions. I asked them to critique my body language, my speech, and even how I planned to dress.   I really thought I was ready. So, after my first successful phone screen, I was completely sidelined when they told me the next steps included a video interview. A video interview? I wasn’t ready for this! At first, I prepared for it as I would…

In A Dead-End Academic Career? Market Yourself Out Of It…

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains what a dead-end career is and shows you what you have to do to get out of it in you’re in one Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses how you can recognize whether you’re in a dead-end careerNext, Isaiah discloses the solution to get out of a dead-end career: knowing how to market yourselfFinally, Isaiah shows you some simples ways in which you can market yourself From This Week’s Show…  What’s A Dead-End Career If you’ve been in a position for years – whether it be an academic postdoc, adjunct…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies September 24, 2022

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.…

5 Gigantic Job Search Time-Wasters

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains why you’re probably wasting your time with your current job search strategy and what you need to do instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah tells you the blunt true: you’re probably wasting your time by using an obsolete academic job search strategyNext, Isaiah shows you the first steps you need to take to stop wasting your time and start seeing results Finally, Isaiah discusses what is a mock interview and why you should include it in your strategy to avoid rejections at the later stages of your job search From…

Write A Riveting Professional Summary

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses why the professional summary is so important and how you need to craft yours to ensure it stands out Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah reveals why you need to let go of your academic mentality before you start writing your professional summaryNext, Isaiah discloses the information that you should add at the beginning of your summary if you want to catch the hiring manager’s attentionFinally, Isaiah lists the components of a riveting professional summary and what you should add in each of them From This Week’s Show…  Why You Need…

How To Get A Referral Without The Messy Emotions

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Towards the end of my PhD, I felt like I was racing time. And time was winning. I was frantically trying to wrap up loose ends in my research, finish writing my thesis, all the while trying to find a job. I knew I wanted a job in industry. In fact, I knew exactly the job I wanted. I just didn’t know how to get there. I was sending my resume off into the abyss of the internet, but I wasn’t getting any replies. I couldn’t fathom what I was doing wrong. The whole thing felt pointless. Now, looking back…

How To Get Hired Into A Remote Role

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he talks about the importance of positioning yourself for a remote role if you want to get hired in today’s job market Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents some interesting data you need to consider if you want to target a remote roleNext, Isaiah discloses the skills you need to develop and showcase if you want to position yourself for a remote role Finally, Isaiah discusses some extra actions you can take to ensure you’re seriously considered for a remote role From This Week’s Show…  What You Need To Know About Remote…

Networking Hacks For The Introverted PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discloses the strategies that introverted PhDs should follow to increase their network and stop being invisible to industry employers Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why introverted PhDs are valuable to industry employersNext, Isaiah discusses why it’s not a good strategy to act extrovert if you’re an introverted PhD Finally, Isaiah gives you some strategies you can use to expand your network while avoiding burnout and protecting your mental space From This Week’s Show…  Why Being An Introverted PhD Isn’t A Bad Thing If You Have The Right Tools If nothing…