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

5 Sticking Points Every PhD Hits In Their Job Search And How To Overcome Them

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Looking for a PhD-level industry job is a job in itself. It requires you to start with the right expectations and to be prepared to deal with failure. No matter how prepared you are, you will hit sticking points and will have to deal with rejection. I have seen thousands of PhDs successfully transition into industry, none of them was successful all the time. They had to pause and readjust their job search strategy at some point. They key to know is how to deal with pitfalls and keep moving forward instead of quitting. I was recently talking to a…

The Invisible Job Candidate

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains why being invisible is the number one reason you’re not getting an industry job and why you need to do to change that Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the number one reason why you don’t have an industry job: you’re invisible to employersNext, Isaiah argues that you’re invisibile by choice and what you can do to change thatFinally, Isaiah discusses how academia tends to isolate PhDs and makes them prone to come up with excuses and why you need to stop this trend and take action From This Week’s…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies May 14, 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.…

What Does Your Perfect Work Day Look Like?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses why you should establish your desired professional lifestyle if you want to have a fulfilling career Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why many PhDs end up stuck in a career they don’t fully enjoy because they focus on job titles instead of professional lifestyleNext, Isaiah uses academia as an example to illustrate why chasing job titles is a losing strategyFinally, Isaiah presents a list of questions you should answer to establish your desired professional lifestyle so you can get hired into a fulfilling career From This Week’s Show…  The…

How To Supercharge The Search Ranking Of Your LinkedIn Profile & Resume

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

You probably know that you should always target your resume when you apply for an open position and that you should add keywords related to your desired position throughout the sections of your LinkedIn profile. But do you actually know what targeting a resume or LinkedIn profile involves? Most PhDs think that they just need to look at the skills mentioned in a job posting and sprinkle a couple of them throughout their professional profile. This is the bare minimum.  If you want to ensure your LinkedIn profile always comes at the top of searches and your resume always makes…

The Innovation And Commercialization Career Spectrum

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains what is the innovation and commercialization career spectrum and how you can use it to find your target position Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the innovation and commercialization career spectrum and goes into details about the innovation side of the spectrumNext, Isaiah dives deep into the commercialization side of the spectrumFinally, Isaiah presents a list of PhD-level industry positions ranked on where they fall in the innovation and commercialization career spectrum From This Week’s Show…  What Is The Innovation And Commercialization Career Spectrum All industry job titles can be…

Having A Pragmatic Mindset

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains what a pragmatic mindset is and why having one will positively impact all aspects of your life Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discloses what a pragmatic mindset is and how it’s different from other mindsetsNext, Isaiah presents data on the positive effects of having a pragmatic mindset Finally, Isaiah discusses why having the right mindset is the most important aspect to keep motivation high From This Week’s Show…  What Is A Pragmatic Mindset Your mindset defines your point of view, or the way you look at the world. If you’re…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies May 7, 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.…

Trial And Error Works In Research, Not A Job Search

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses why you should never start a job search with a trial and error mentality and what you should do instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah illustrates why you should never rely on trial and error during your search by telling the story of a PhD he recently talked to in a transition callNext, Isaiah gives an example of how using trial and error will significantly reduce your chances of getting hiredFinally, Isaiah gives some advice of the strategy you should follow if you want to see results in your job…

Top 10 LinkedIn Sections Every PhD Must Complete To Get Hired

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

You probably know that a LinkedIn profile is important if you want to transition out of academia and find your dream industry position. But did you know that your LinkedIn profile is actually more important than your resume? Everyday, I see PhDs lose great opportunities because they don’t understand the importance of their LinkedIn profile. You can use LinkedIn to find jobs, connect with people, and get job referrals.  If you find a job opportunity through means different from LinkedIn, chances are that the hiring manager will take a look at your profile. Never underestimate the importance of taking the…

How To Deal With Negative People

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he gives some advice on why you should be aware of the negative people in your life and how to deal with them Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah talks about the importance of identifying and dealing with the negative people in your life to prevent them from holding you backNext, Isaiah discusses what you can do if you’re in an environment where you can’t just cut out the negative peopleFinally, Isaiah illustrates how you can channel negative energy into positive actions by telling the story of the Atlantic codfish From This Week’s…

Make Yourself Presentable To Employers

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of self awareness when you interact with industry employers during the interview process Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah tells why PhDs often annoy industry employers using his own story as a referenceNext, Isaiah talks about the information you should have to make yourself presentable to employers and the importance of self awarenessFinally, Isaiah explains the most important aspect of a hiring process and how you should prepare for it From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Often Annoy Industry Employers What’s worse – being invisible to industry employers, or…