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3 Final Life Science Clusters For Job Searches

Taking the guesswork out of your industry job search includes knowing where to look and how to access the market. Life science industry is doing well and growing, but it is heavily clustered. Missing out on these key areas of opportunity limits your success in landing the industry job you want. Focusing your job search strategy to target these cluster areas increases your ability to network into an industry job that is specific to your career goals in an area that is thriving. Here are the final 3 life science clusters to attack in your job search.

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

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 here.

Personal Branding For PhDs (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

Have you heard of the term personal branding but have no idea what it means or how to create one? Are you looking to transition into industry but want to stand out from the crowd? In this episode of the Industry Careers for PhDs podcast, we interview Dr. Coyte Cooper, an author, coach and speaker that focuses on helping people pursue their aspirations so they can have the type of energy and focus that allows them to perform at their peak level. Here, Coyte shares with us how PhDs can create and utilize a personal brand to help them transition…

How PhDs Must Prepare For A Job Interview With Top Recruiters

PhDs leaving academia often find their first industry interview unnerving. It’s nothing like a postdoc interview. Your resume and published work might have advanced your career in the past, but these items alone will not be enough to get you hired into industry. Top industry recruiters have a predetermined set of guidelines for how PhDs should approach industry interviews. By following these interview preparation tips, you will increase your chances of getting hired into the position of your choice. Here are 7 non-academic interview tips according to top industry recruiters.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (February 12th, 2017)

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 here.

Given my location where people are more ‘private’, I felt extremely restricted in my job search and networking approaches. I also had awkward experiences during a few phone screens. I realized the need to have internal referrals and networks but had no idea how to get them. After I joined CSA, I was amazed by the super-quality and the fast feedback I got in the group. Positive, constant feedback from the associates helped me to revamp my LinkedIn profile and my connections increased exponentially. In particular, the ‘to-the-point’ tweaked texts from the highly talented associates enabled me to connect to people in my location. Finally, I started to have a network. Joining CSA has been a decision that I will never regret. Now I just travel 15 min to work.

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Jonathan González-Flores, Ph.D.

CSA gave me such a strong platform to leverage to get a job. I’m a YouTube and blog junkie but everything else online is so poorly organized compared to the Association. The Association saved me – the success stories showed me that it’s possible to get a job. I learned so much from the private group – they inspired me and told me the strategic and tactical steps to get employed. The Association is for PhDs who are willing to share – it’s a community of like-minded people who want to be successful and want to help each other, there’s no nastiness, no criticism, just a complete can-do attitude.

I knew that I needed to do more than just upload resumes but I didn’t know what else there was to do or how to do it. Getting a job was harder than I thought before joining the association, but much easier than I thought after joining and getting the right information. My “ah-ha” moment was when I found out just how useful LinkedIn was. I learned how to not be shy and how to follow up without being annoying. I learned how to be seen. In the private group, I was able to get feedback BEFORE I needed it. Hearing other people’s transition stories kept me going and the group culture kept me in a good mood throughout my job search.

I joined the association a year before finishing my PhD. I saw what it means to be a postdoc and I was sure that it was not the kind of life I wanted. I knew there was something better out there but I didn’t know what.  The association taught me the variety of positions that are available to me. I enjoyed the workshops on reaching out to people on LinkedIn and how to network online, including pages of scripts for us to use! The private group was very helpful as well.

 

Like most PhDs, I knew I wanted to transition out of academia but I had no idea where to start. I came across the Cheeky Scientist Association and thought I had nothing to lose. I learned so much from the private group. The conversations helped me to feel at ease with my own worries and gave me confidence for upcoming interviews. The resume workshops were immensely helpful. I had no idea just how academic my resume was previously and what employers were actually looking for. I am grateful for all the advice and support of the Cheeky Scientist Association.