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5 Ways To Build Rapport With A Job Recruiter

How to build rapport with a job recruiter
Written by: Catherine Sorbara, Ph.D.

By now, it should be obvious to job seekers that networking is essential for success in industry.

This makes most academics roll their eyes.

They hate the idea of it.

From the awkward silences at networking events, to the insincere underpinning of wanting a favor in return.

But academia is not exempt from it.

Researchers network with other researchers.

At conferences, committee meetings, and symposiums.

It is how collaborations are formed, reagents are shared, and grants are renewed.

And it doesn’t just happen with one conversation.

Imagine meeting an academic researcher for the first time, and then the following day being asked if he can use your microscope, which is worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

What if he asked if you could read his thesis?

Submit his grant on your behalf because your supervisor was on the approval committee?

You would probably roll your eyes.

You’d think he was entitled and lazy.

Then why, as a job seeker, would you think complete strangers would be willing to go o...

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 26th, 2017)

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…

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*Want A Career Transition? You’ll Need More Than A Résumé And Cover Letter* – Rachel Loock

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TOP No Idea How To Start Networking? These 5 Tips Will Help You Get Going – Martin ...

5 Must-Do Steps For The Perfect Cover Letter

Writing the perfect resume cover letter
Written by Catherine Sorbara, Ph.D.

Before I started my job hunt, I severely underestimated all the components that were involved in executing it successfully.

Job hunting is a job in and of itself.

There was no rule book for me to follow to ensure it all went smoothly, let alone successfully.

I had to learn by trial and error.

Mostly error.

The most frustrating mistakes are the miniscule ones that could easily have been avoided.

Like a spelling mistake on your resume that you notice only after you’ve submitted it.

Or trolling job boards, only to find out that the position at your dream company closes that very same day.

This sets off panic-mode.

You have mere hours to put together your resume and submit all the necessary documents.

I remember frantically pulling out resume version number 55 from my computer.

Adding a few keywords here and there, spell check and grammar check.

Attach. Send.

Ugh. They also required a cover letter.

When the average hiring manager spen...

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 19th, 2017)

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…

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*Here Are 5 Tricky Job Interview Questions You Might Get At Genentech, Regeneron, And Stratos* – Mark Terry

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Informational Interviews (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

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Are you interested in transitioning out of academia but are unsure what roles would be a good fit for you?

Do you need to expand your network of industry professions but don’t know how?

In this episode of the Industry Careers for PhDs podcast, we interview Dr. Cathy Sorbara, Cheeky Scientist consultant and an expert in informational interviews. Cathy discusses what an informational interview is, how to prepare for them and why they are a critical component of your industry job search.

In this podcast, you’ll learn:

  • What is the purpose of an informational interview
  • How to secure an informational interview
  • What are great questions to ask dur...