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

3 Factors PhDs Must Consider When Deciding Company Fit

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

If you recently started your job search, you probably feel the pressure of proving that you’re a good fit for the industry roles you’re applying to.  You have to carefully craft your cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile, and prepare for countless interviews just to prove you’re  qualified for a position.  This pressure can make you feel that employers hold all the power, and the only thing that matters is convincing them that you’re the best candidate for the role. Don’t let this pressure make you neglect other key components of a successful career, like company fit.  You’ll likely accept…

Questions Employers Want Job Candidates To Ask During Interviews

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he examines the types of questions you should ask during interviews to establish if the position is a good fit and show your potential as an industry candidate Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why it’s so important to not only ask questions during interviews but to plan your questions ahead of timeNext, Isaiah reveals the types of questions you should include and avoid during job interviewsFinally, Isaiah presents the 8 topics that you should cover when asking interview questions From This Week’s Show…  Why You Should Always Ask Quality Questions During…

How To Find Target Companies

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reveals the right strategy to find target companies that are a good match and are ready to hire you right now Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah describes the wrong strategy that many PhDs use when looking to potential target companiesNext, Isaiah discloses how you should change that strategy to find companies that are a better fitFinally, Isaiah explains why you should not only consider but also favor small and midsize companies in your job search From This Week’s Show…  PhDs Use The Wrong Strategy To Search For Target Companies If you’re…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies June 11, 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.…

8 Work Qualities PhDs Should Assess When Planning A Career Move

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

If you have a PhD, you’re among the 2% of the population who has committed to push a field of knowledge forward.  That makes you one of the most innovative people in the world. This is something special. As such, you deserve to work in a position where your tenacity and ability to solve problems are out of good use. Where you feel satisfied and are rewarded for your job. That’s why I encourage all PhDs to look for an industry position, because academia is a dead end where dreams go to die. However, you have to be strategic when…

Is Your Resume Persuasive?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of the industry resume and how you can set yourself up for success from the beginning of your application Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah does a quick review of the hiring funnelNext, Isaiah reveals how you can leverage the information you add to your resume to increase your chances of wowing employers down the lineFinally, Isaiah explains why the resume will never die and why you should always apply to any position with a targeted and convincing resume From This Week’s Show…  A Glance At The Hiring Funnel…

Cover Letter 101

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of a cover letter and gives guidelines to write a cover letter that will convince employers to hire you Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how a cover letter can make your job application strongerNext, Isaiah reviews the information you should include in your cover letterFinally, Isaiah presents the two main formats you can use for your cover letter From This Week’s Show…  Why Is A Cover Letter Important Including a cover letter in your job application will make you stand out from other job candidates. It’s also…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies June 04, 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.…

Don’t Play Hard To Get In Your Job Search

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses why timidity and uncertainty can destroy your career, especially during job interviews Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how timidity can set your back in your job searchNext, Isaiah explores why showing certainty instead of timidity is especially important at the interview stageFinally, Isaiah discloses how you come across to employers when you show uncertainty at a job interview From This Week’s Show…  Why Timidity Can Destroy Your Career Timidity destroys careers. This isn’t just a cute saying. It’s reality. How timidly are you communicating your skills and results on…

How To Choose The Career Track That's Best For You

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

If you’ve recently decided you want to leave academia, chances are you don’t know what is the first step you have to take in your job search. You’ve probably heard of other PhDs leaving academia. You’ve heard that they now work as user experience researchers, business development managers, management consultants, medical science liaisons (MSL), or data scientists and think you could fit into those positions as well. But have you stopped to consider what it actually means to work at any of these positions day after day? Not considering how those fancy job titles match their desired professional lifestyle is…

The Law Of Relaxed Productivity

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains the law of relaxed productivity and gives the steps you should follow to implement it in your job search Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the law of relaxed productivity and its two main components: efficiency and effectivenessNext, Isaiah gives an example that illustrates the importance of balancing efficiency and effectiveness to increase productivity Finally, Isaiah discusses how to combine effectiveness and efficacy to achive maximum productivity, thus getting the best of the law of relaxed productivity From This Week’s Show…  What Is The Law Of Relaxed Productivity Your job…

Take The Mystery Out Of The Job Search

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains why being a mysterious candidate will hurt your job search and how you should present yourself instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah tells the story of a PhD who transitioned by redefining her professional brandNext, Isaiah reveals why being a mysterious candidate will only hurt your chances of getting an industry position Finally, Isaiah explores what employers think of PhD candidate who fail to define a professional brand From This Week’s Show…  How Natalie Redefined Her Profesional Brand And Transitioned Into Industry After 17 Years In Academia I remember when…