Sarah Smith, PhD
Sarah Smith, PhD

Sarah Smith, PhD, holds a degree in Biochemistry. A tireless science consultant at large, her rigorous pursuit of pristine labwork is unflinching. Yet Sarah’s keenest passion--guiding emergent academics into the business world--stems from personal experience with the transitional struggles she would have no PhD face alone.

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3 Cover Letter Hacks That Get PhDs Hired

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

There is no denying the fact that cover letters are becoming less and less popular. According to a survey in Jobvite, 55% of hiring managers say that while cover letters are not important in their job search process, they still recommend that you learn how to nail them. With the advent of social media, recruiters and hiring managers can easily vet a candidate on LinkedIn without even looking at their resume. But here’s the thing… You never know exactly what the hiring manager wants to see, and it can be a huge misstep if you forget this. In a recent…

5 Things That Qualify PhDs To Get Hired As Clinical Research Associates

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

“Clinical research associate” ranks #84 on CNN Money’s list of the 100 “Best Jobs in America,” and with a median pay of $76k, you can begin to see why. In fact, according to a U.K. government report, industry workers in the life sciences earn more than the average income of those employed in any other economic sector. Despite this, you shouldn’t chalk up the amazing benefits of this career to mere income... From life-saving medical apparatuses to carefully refined treatments for lifelong debilitations, clinical research associates have a powerful connection to innovations in medicine. You'd have a tough time naming…

5 Negotiation Tactics That Protect PhDs From Getting Underpaid

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

Did you know that, according to Robert Half, 70% of hiring managers don’t expect job candidates to take the first salary offer? Instead, they expect you to negotiate. Employers are competing over talented candidates just like you, which means you have plenty of leverage for negotiating. That being said, it’s normal to feel anxious. It takes courage to speak up for yourself and ask for something better than what you’ve been offered.But there is no such thing as a professional salary negotiator.You can’t hire someone to waltz into the corporate office and advocate for a better salary on your behalf.If…

5 Ways PhDs Control Salary Negotiations With A Win-Win Attitude

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

No job offers, no network connections, and definitely no industry experience. For 2 months after graduation, I was utterly without prospects. Sitting around with my degree in hand (which was feeling heavier all the time), I was waiting for life to happen to me. It seems ridiculous now, but as a PhD, I came out of my studies thinking I was some kind of industry employer magnet. I thought that if I just filled out a few applications, employers would be pushing each other out of the way in the struggle to hire me first. I probably don’t have to…

5 Ways PhDs Sabotage Their Own Job Interviews

By: Sarah Smith, PhD

If you’ve been selected for an interview, the employer knows you have the skills to do the job. But the interview is the last step - the point where they weed out candidates they don’t want. It’s your final opportunity to shine, so look at your interview strategy. Is it time to change things up?