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 Ways To Bomb A Perfectly Good Interview Presentation (And What Savvy PhDs Do Instead)

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

The first time I was asked to give a presentation as part of an onsite interview, I thought, ‘Well this should be a cake walk – I’ll just redo my defense presentation.’ I didn’t get the job. And I knew that mid-way through my presentation. To start, they had only scheduled 30 minutes for my presentation, yet the one I had prepared was an hour. I ended up speed talking my way through the entire thing. Mistake number one. Mistake number two was not appealing to my audience. My presentation was highly technical, but my audience included people from R&D,…

Is Management Consulting Right For You?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he discusses how PhDs can enjoy a challenging and rewarding career in management consulting Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah describes what a management consultant does Next, Isaiah explains why management consulting firms seek out PhDs for their top positions Finally, Isaiah reveals how your PhD-level skills align perfectly with what is needed to succeed as a consultant From This Week’s Show…  What Is Management Consulting? If you want to transition into industry, there are many career tracks to choose from: Research and development, clinical science, project management, and sales and marketing. But…

Is Spyware The Newest Trend Among Employers?

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he covers job market trends and one key hiring trend that you should know to succeed in your industry job search Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how applicant tracking systems work and what it means for your job search Next, Isaiah discusses the social media platforms that employers use to spy on job candidates Finally, Isaiah describes the recent hiring trends that you should leverage to stand out among job candidates From This Week’s Show… How Applicant Tracking Systems Work And What This Trend Means For You Today, I’ll discuss 4…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies October 22, 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 Baller Negotiation Tactics That Get You Paid

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explores the negotiation tactics that result in a higher starting salary now and more pay for years to come Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how not negotiating your starting salary can hurt you for years to come Next, Isaiah discusses how to best demonstrate the worth of your skills and experience Finally, Isaiah describes the tactics that get around the so-called industry salary cap From This Week’s Show…  How To Overcome The Discomfort Of Salary Negotiations If you asked any PhD in industry what the most uncomfortable part of their…

The Inside Scoop On The Industry Onboarding Process

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Nothing could prepare me for the shock I received walking into my first industry onboarding experience. Literally, everything was different from what I had experienced in academia. The processes, the culture, the pace – absolutely everything. I also had no idea what onboarding meant. I heard the word tossed around but, to me, it was just the process you went through to get all the mandatory paperwork out of the way. That was so far from the truth. My first onboarding experience lasted almost 6 months. Yet, throughout that whole process, I had no idea that I was still being…

Use Industry Speak To Talk About Your Academic Skills

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains which academic skills are relevant in industry and how to use industry speak to communicate these skills Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses the many blind spots PhDs have when it comes to their skills Next, Isaiah explains how your experience in academic research – from grant writing, to analysis, to communication – can translate into industry relevant skills Finally, Isaiah emphasizes the importance of communicating these transferable skills in your industry job search From This Week’s Show…  What Is Industry Speak And Why Should You Care About It? In…

Gaming The Resume Filtering Systems

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he explains how to get your resume past pesky ATS software filters and into the hands of the hiring manager Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how Applicant Tracking Systems (ATS) operate and why so many resumes don’t make it past this first filterNext, Isaiah discusses how simple changes in formatting can help your resume bypass ATS software Finally, Isaiah gives specific examples of keywords all ATS software looks for in a resume From This Week’s Show…  The Reason Why Your Resume Is Getting Rejected Picture this: You find your ideal industry…

Best Of Transition: Ph.D. Jobs & Job Search Strategies October 15, 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 Effective Resume-Cover Letter Combinations

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he walks through resume-cover letter combinations guaranteed to win over even the pickiest hiring managers Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses how the right resume-cover letter combination can make you an A-list job candidateNext, Isaiah explains the different resume and cover letter formats that effectively communicate your skills and abilities Finally, Isaiah presents different resume-cover letter combinations that are both complimentary and impactful From This Week’s Show…  Well-Tailored Resumes And Cover Letters Make All The Difference As a PhD in the industry job market, your competition is stiff. Nearly 50% of resumes…

The PhD Cheat Sheet For Conquering An Onsite Interview

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

When I was offered my first onsite interview, I was elated. But that elation quickly turned into panic. I had no idea what to expect. I had heard about other colleague’s interviewing experiences, but they all seemed so different. Some were in panel interviews, some had back-to-back one-on-one interviews, others had presentations, while others had a combination of all the above. I didn’t even know where to start in my preparation. So, I did what many PhDs do. I memorized verbatim answers to a handful of interview questions. I even reread my thesis to make sure I remembered every last…

Get Hired WITHOUT Meeting The Job Requirements

By: Isaiah Hankel, PhD

Join Isaiah as he reviews key strategies that get PhDs hired into industry, despite not meeting all the job requirements Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah examines how imposter syndrome hurts PhDs in their industry job search Next, Isaiah explains how job descriptions are nothing more than a wish-list – it shouldn’t dissuade you from applying Finally, Isaiah discusses the most effective ways to show employers you’re the perfect candidate for the job, despite lacking certain skills From This Week’s Show…  How Imposter Syndrome Is Sabotaging Your Industry Job Search In your industry job search, what…