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Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (August 7th, 2016)

Best Industry Transition Articles For PhDs June 20 2015

Every week we scour the Internet to find the best industry transition articles for PhDs, so you don’t have to.

We have two consultants independently search for the most informative articles on networking, CVs/resumes, transferable skills, interviews, academic blues, and industry positions.

Our consultants vote on a top article for each category and for a top overall article each week. This week’s best articles are…

Top Overall

*Career Transition – From Academia To Industry* – Urszula Czerwinska


TOP 5 Steps To Creating A Pitch-Perfect Elevator Pitch – Kitty Boitnott

7 Smart And Smarter Reasons To Be On LinkedIn – Donna Svei

An Introvert’s Guide To Communicating With Results – Caren Merrick

Revealed: Expert Strategy To Boost LinkedIn Visibility – Anish Majumdar


TOP 19 Reasons This Is An Excellent Resume – Vivian Giang

Cover Letters Are Dead – Kristina Evans

Dealing With Employment Gaps On Your LinkedIn Profile – Donna Serdula

How To Make Your Skills Look Exciting On Your Resume (Because That List You Have Now Is Meh) – Jennifer Little-Fleck


TOP Where Do You See Yourself In 5 Years? – Heidi Giusto

The Sneaky Trick To Being Likable In Interviews – J.T.O’Donnell

Why You Should Always Go Off-Script In A Job Interview – Tanya Menon and Leigh Thompson

10 Phrases That Make You Sound Dishonest In Job Interviews – Jacquelyn Smith and Aine Cain

Transferable Skills

TOP Eight Things That Are More Important For Success Than Intelligence – Jack Leeming

How To Define Your Personal Brand In 5 Simple Steps – Ryan Eskine

Five Time-Management Tips – Gaia Vasiliver-Shamis

Think Before You Speak: How To Lose Friends And Not Influence People – Robin Kermode

Academic Blues

TOP Career Transition – From Academia To Industry – Urszula Czerwinska

Alternatives Within Academia – Nathan L Vanderford

Before You Take That Faculty Job… – Keysha Whitaker

Your Part-Time PhD Doesn’t Have To Be Your Life – Dr Inger Mewburn

Industry Positions

TOP Ten Rules For Negotiating A Job Offer  – Haseeb Qureshi

The Art Of Getting Positive References – Christiana Davis

7 Ways To Find Meaning At Work – David Brooks and Arthur Brooks

Growth From Failure – Tenaya K. Vallery

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Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.

Cathy has a PhD in Medical Life Science and Technology and currently works as a publishing editor in Cambridge, England. Arunodoy is a PhD in Integrative Biology and has training in intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and venture capitalism.
Cathy Sorbara, Ph.D. & Arunodoy Sur, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Azalea

    This is a great list. I already checked out the first one. I really appreciate all the great articles coming out from both of you, Cathy and Arunodoy. 🙂

  • Winona Petit

    I really like the article on dealing with those employment gaps on LinkedIn. So many of us have to deal with those issues.

  • Julian Holst

    I’m looking forward to reading these. Thanks!

  • Madeline Rosemary

    The one about AirBnB is fun as well as informative! I’m looking forward to the rest. 🙂

  • Harvey Delano

    I think that we’ve gotten a lot of this information on Cheeky Scientist, but it’s good to have the confirmation. It’s also good for the sake of staying motivated, as the info is confirmed by other sources.

  • Carlie Stevenson, PhD

    This is an awesome list. I particularly enjoyed the article in The Atlantic about making meaning at work. For those of us who have had our positions for a while, finding value above and beyond the paycheck helps us keep our lives fresh and our work meaningful. It’s a great perspective and I appreciate your sharing it with us.

  • Maggie Sue Smith

    I’m glad you included the article about negotiating offers. That’s something I’ve always been weak on, and from time to time I like to reevaluate where I am and whether or not it fits in well with my plan. So this refresher will help me a lot as I move in an “upwardly mobile” direction. 🙂

  • Marvin D’Esprit

    Keysha Whitaker’s article is a complete eye-opener. It’s something every Cheeky Scientist should read, because it states first-hand what can happen if you don’t follow the CS advice. Very telling.

  • Matthew Smithson PhD

    I really enjoyed the “Growth from Failure” article by Tenaya K. Vallery. Vallery touches on many issues I’ve dealt with personally, such as fear of failure, being driven by a type A personality, and not trusting others around me to be supportive when, in fact, that’s all they were trying to do. I think that we have to walk a fine line between being people-pleasers and indulging those who say they want to help while they secretly tighten the screws on us and being Type A individualists who refuse help when it’s offered. This thoughtful article really meant a lot to me and I bookmarked it so I can refer to it if I ever lose my way again while striving for excellence. Thanks, Cathy and Arunodoy.

  • Theo

    I loved the Jack Leeming article. Sweet, simple, and profound.