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5 Stimulating Jobs For The Extroverted PhD

Stimulating jobs for extroverted PhDs
Written By: Tavis Mendez, Ph.D.

I have always been a social person.

But working long hours to generate data required me to perform my experiments in isolation.

Even worse, my project was going nowhere.

Instead of presenting my work at meetings and conferences, I was stuck working alone.

This wasn’t what I had signed up for.

I thought science was a collaborative effort.

That was what I was told before joining the lab.

I had accepted the job hoping to have a great postdoc experience that would lead to even more job opportunities.

But in reality, I felt trapped in a bubble of solitude.

Surely, there were positions outside of academia where I would be better suited?

Less isolated and more engaged?

One day, in a desperate attempt for human contact, I saw our local sales representative was heading to our lab to show off some new equipment.

I jumped at the opportunity to have a chat with him.

It turned out that he also had a PhD and had a very similar experience in graduate school: lonely, monotonous, and miserable.

As a Read more

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 12th, 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…

Top Overall

*Transferring Skills Beyond The Lab* – Maggie Kuo

Networking

TOP Bye-Bye Business Cards: 4 Expert Tips For Making The Most Out Of Conferences – Craig Corbett

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Avoid These 5 Mistakes When Talking To A Job Recruiter

5 mistakes to avoid at your job interview
Written by: Nina Mazurova

One day in the shoes of a recruiter will answer all of your questions as a candidate.

And then some.

It seems straightforward, but while recruiters and candidates work together, they are on opposite sides of the spectrum and different industries altogether.

Knowing how to work with recruiters is essential for PhDs looking to transfer into industry.

And it’s easy to make mistakes and miss out.

I know this from the challenges of finding my own career path and eventually landing a recruiter role.

As an accomplished undergraduate coming out of a four-year program three years ahead of her class, I had grandiose expectations of what I could accomplish with my degree in Psychology.

After sending out my resume, the returned silence made me rethink those expectations… a Master’s degree and the food industry appeared to be my only choice.

I had a lot of questions and Google was my best resource.

“How to Land a Job” was the first search… followed by “Top Interview Questions”, which was adjusted to “How to Get an Interview”.

The challenge of job-h...

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 5th, 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…

Top Overall

*Not So Different After All: 5 Overlapping Skills Needed In Life Science Academia Vs. Industry* – Mark Terry

Networking

TOP The Secret To Organic Networking – Da...

How To Prepare For Online Interviews (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

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Have you started to apply for industry roles but don’t know what to expect from the interview process?

Did you have an industry interview but it didn’t go well and you are unsure why?

In this episode of the Industry Careers for PhDs podcast, we interview Dr. Nikolett Biel, Cheeky Scientist consultant and online interview expert. Niki shares with us her insider knowledge on how to prepare and nail online interviews.

In this podcast, you’ll learn:

  • During what part of the application process you should expect an online interview
  • How to prepare for an online interview from choice of lighting to your online username and profile photo
  • What are...