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 Steps To An Eye-Catching Cover Letter

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he talks about the importance of including a cover letter in your job application and shows you how to write one Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you should never send a job application without adding a cover letterNext, Isaiah discusses the importance of putting in the effort to write a good cover letterFinally, Isaiah lists 5 steps to write an impactful cover letter From This Week’s Show…  Avoid This Mistake If You Don’t Want To Look Lazy On average, over 250 applications are submitted for every open industry position. So,…

Showcase Your Skills With A Functional Resume

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains what is a functional resume and why you need to have one in your arsenal if you want to get hired in industry Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discloses why you should never apply to industry positions with an old fashioned academic CVNext, Isaiah discusses the goal of the industry resume and how a functional resume can help you achieve that goalFinally, Isaiah gives your pointers so you can write you own functional resume and gain the attention of industry employers From This Week’s Show…  Why You Will Fail If…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies July 2, 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.…

Why You Should Skip The Postdoc, TA, Adjunct, etc.

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explores why you should leave academia right after you finish your PhD instead of wasting your time going down the postdoc route Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses why academia fools PhDs into thinking that they need more academic experience to be successfulNext, Isaiah explains why it’s in your best interest to start planning your transition nowFinally, Isaiah list the reasons why you should look for an industry position as soon as possible From This Week’s Show…  The Postdoc Route Is A Dead End Academia tells you that you need more…

Data Scientist, Patent Analyst & Medical Writing Positions For PhDs

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

What industry position can I apply to? That’s one of the most common questions PhDs ask once they decide to leave academia. What you probably don’t realize is that you have many options when it comes to choosing a career. So, the real question is not what industry position you can apply to, but what industry position is the right fit for you. Which position better matches your professional lifestyle and career goals?  In previous blogs we’ve discussed how to establish your desired professional lifestyle and how to use it to evaluate your target career track and companies. In the…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies June 25, 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.…

How To Turn A Networking Conversation Into A Referral

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reviews the levels of professional intimacy and the question you should ask to turn a networking conversation into a referral Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the first level of professional intimacy, topical intimacyNext, Isaiah presents the second and third levels of professional intimacy, challenge and how-to intimacyFinally, Isaiah presents the fourth and final level of professional intimacy, advice intimacy From This Week’s Show…  Topical Intimacy To turn a networking conversation into a referral, you have to gently guide the conversation to deeper and deeper levels of professional intimacy. This is…

The One Productivity Hack Every PhD Needs To Get Hired In Industry

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

If your job search isn’t producing results, perhaps you’re doing too little. Or, just as likely, you’re doing too much… too much of the wrong things. You may think “If I just spent more hours of the day searching and applying for jobs, I’m sure to land a job eventually.” But investing more time into a job search without a strategy is time wasted. An effective job search strategy is one that conserves our most precious resource: our mental energy.   Protecting your mental energy is the one productivity hack that every PhD needs to get hired in industry. As…

The 3 Stages Of Getting A Job Referral

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of moving past initial connections to build professional relationships that lead to job referrals Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why many PhDs fail to get job referrals by not knowing how to build professional relationships Next, Isaiah presents the process you should follow to turn a connection into a job referralFinally, Isaiah reminds you that it’s your responsibility to invest in your professional relationships if you want to be successful From This Week’s Show…  How PhDs Fail To Build Professional Relationships We have all either initiated or…

Employees Are Incentivized To Refer You

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses why you will never get a job referral by networking the old fashioned way and what you should do instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains that getting referrals is easier than you think, but you need to put in the effort to build strong professional relationshipsNext, Isaiah discloses what effective networking looks likeFinally, Isaiah gives some pointers on how to ensure a job referral From This Week’s Show…  Why You Will Never Get A Referral Networking The Old Fashioned Way It’s easier than you might imagine to be referred…

The Danger Of Dabbling In Your Job Search

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he talks about the dangers of dabbling in your job search and what you should instead if you want to stop being invisible Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you should never dabble in your job searchNext, Isaiah lists the tools PhDs have at their disposal to reach out to potential employersFinally, Isaiah discusses how academia isolates PhDs and why you should break your isolation and work hard to build an industry network From This Week’s Show…  Why You Should Never Dabble In Your job Search Many hiring managers and recruiters…

How To Give An Industry Interview Presentation

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains how to prepare and industry presentation, the questions you should ask, and the mistakes you should avoid Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the common briefs for industry presentations across positionsNext, Isaiah discusses the questions you should ask when assigned an industry presentation Finally, Isaiah introduces the main mistakes that PhDs make when preparing an industry presentation From This Week’s Show…  What Are The Common Briefs For An Industry Presentation When it comes to creating effective industry presentations, you must consider what your audience wants to see. In this case,…