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

Salary Negotiation: The Fastest Way To Gain (Or Lose) Money As A PhD

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

When I was offered my first industry job, I was a bag mixed of emotions. I was desperate, relieved, happy, and worried – all at the same time. But the emotion that won out was desperation. I wanted/needed that job so badly that I enthusiastically declared ‘I’ll take it!’ when my new employer shared their conditional offer. What I didn’t realize was how this was going to impact my earning potential – not just now, but for years (even decades!) to come. There’s a reason it’s considered a conditional offer. That’s because employers expect you to negotiate. As one Cheeky…

Do This When The Job Market Contracts

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains the way to get hired into industry, even when the job market is in contraction Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains what whispers of a recession mean for your industry job search Next, Isaiah reveals the key to remaining a competitive even when jobs become more scarce: a quality industry resumeFinally, Isaiah discusses the skills that speak volumes to hiring managers and should be included on your resume From This Week’s Show…  Recession Proof Your Job Search, Starting With Your Resume If you’re a PhD and you’re dreaming of a…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies November 12, 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.…

Recession Proof Your Job Search (4 Tactics)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he covers 4 job search tactics proven to get PhDs hired into industry even during a recession Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why a fluctuating job market means you need to get hired into industry now Next, Isaiah reveals two key attributes that will impress employers during uncertain timesFinally, Isaiah discusses why you should broaden your industry job search and consider positions that are known to be recession-proof From This Week’s Show…  The Worrisome Impact Of A Fickle Economy On Your Industry Job Search A year ago, the job market was…

6 Management Styles That PhDs Must Master

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he describes the top management styles you can expect to encounter in industry (and which ones are successful) Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why PhDs should know common management styles before walking into an industry interview Next, Isaiah describes three management styles that work in a variety of company environments Finally, Isaiah further reveals two management styles that you can expect to encounter in industry From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Should Be Thinking About Their Management Style Before An Interview “What is your management style?” This interview question floors a…

4 Painful Ways PhDs Rob Themselves During Salary Negotiations

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

If you asked any PhD in industry what the most uncomfortable part of their interview process was, I guarantee you most would say the salary negotiation. And it makes sense – money is uncomfortable to talk about, no matter the situation. But it’s especially uncomfortable for PhDs. It’s alien territory. You’ve never had to advocate your worth – at least not in terms of monetary compensation. So, when preparing for your interviews, you need to get prepared. Walking into an interview with a negotiation plan will not only calm your nerves, but it will also result an outcome that will…

4 Happiness-Inducing Remote Careers

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he describes 4 rewarding remote careers that PhDs can pursue all while working from their home office Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah reveals why remote work is here to stay and what benefits PhDs can enjoy while working remotely Next, Isaiah describes two careers in writing/editing and consulting that provides PhDs with challenging and rewarding careers Finally, Isaiah explains that PhDs can also pursue project management and clinical work, all while working in their home office From This Week’s Show…  Why Remote Work Is The New Norm (And Here To Stay) The…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies November 5, 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.…

3 Gnarly R&D Interview Questions

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he covers 3 common hard-hitting R&D interview questions PhDs can expect to encounter and how you should answer Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses the reason many employers ask hard-hitting R&D interview questions Next, Isaiah provides 3 questions that PhDs can expect to encounter during their R&D interviews Finally, Isaiah explains what employers are looking for in your answers to these tough questions From This Week’s Show…  The Sly Ways Employers Trip Up PhDs During An R&D Interview Employers know which interview questions trip up PhDs and they want to see how…

The Exciting (or, Dreadful) First 90 Days Of A New Job. Here's What To Expect

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Like many PhDs, I thought I could jump into my first industry position ready to hit the ground running. Much to my surprise, this was not the case.   During the first few months of my new position, I felt like I was drowning. Everything I thought I knew about my field, how research is conducted, and how companies operate was turned on its head. I was not prepared for this major shift, and it showed. I waivered between trying to impress my managers and sitting mute in meetings, intimidated by everyone in the room. If I had known what…

3 Career Paths For Interdisciplinary PhDs

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he covers 3 dynamic and fulfilling career paths that need the skills of an interdisciplinary PhD Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains that interdisciplinary PhDs have more options than they thinkNext, Isaiah describes what interdisciplinary skills companies look for in a quality job candidateFinally, Isaiah covers three career paths that provide exciting and fulfilling positions for interdisciplinary PhDs From This Week’s Show…  Industry Provides Ample Career Options For Interdisciplinary PhDs There’s a widespread belief that job prospects for interdisciplinary PhDs are extremely limited. You can either get a low-paying non-tenure track position…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies October 29, 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.…