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Industry Transition Spotlight: Aparna Lakshmanan, PhD

In this interview, Aparna discusses how she knew she didn’t want to stay in academia but needed help transitioning into industry. She talks about how she found the detailed networking information, available in the Cheeky Scientist Association, most helpful for successfully transitioning into her current role as a Medical Writer. Congratulations Aparna!

7 Ways To Include Keywords In Your LinkedIn Profile

There are 546 million people using LinkedIn (LinkedIn). That is an astounding figure. It’s wonderful that LinkedIn creates a place for you to be able to connect with so many people. But, how can you stand out in the sea of 546 million people? How can you get noticed by the people within your target industry and location? By using keywords. 95% of recruiters use LinkedIn to find job candidates (US News). And, keyword searches are the most common way to find the right job candidates. Recruiters rely on LinkedIn’s algorithm to show them the most relevant profiles based on their keyword search. As a job seeker, it’s your responsibility to make your profile keyword optimized so that you show up in these search results. Without a keyword strategy, your LinkedIn profile will be lost in the crowd.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 18th, 2018)

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, interviews, transferable skills, academic blues, industry positions, and business acumen. 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.

How To Leverage The New LinkedIn (Cheeky Scientist Radio)

Are you aware of the importance of LinkedIn in your job search strategy? Would you like to learn how to build an attractive LinkedIn profile? In this episode of Cheeky Scientist Radio, we interview Donna Serdula, who is the best-selling author of LinkedIn Makeover and will shed light on how to prepare an effective LinkedIn profile to catch the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. In this podcast, you’ll learn: How to turn your LinkedIn profile into a recruiter magnet How to leverage your LinkedIn Network How to crank up your impact & results on LinkedIn To get advanced access…

3 Ways To Ruin Your Job Search With A Poor LinkedIn Profile

According to Jobvite, 87% of recruiters use LinkedIn to screen candidates. These recruiters use LinkedIn to judge not only your qualifications, but also how you would fit into the company. Your professional profile is your first impression on new connections and potential employers. A study at Cornell University, as reported by Science Daily, found that first impressions, although formed in seconds, can alter the way you are perceived even after 6 months. In other words, there is really no overcoming a bad first impression — you must do all you can to make the best first impression possible, which includes having a high quality professional profile. Don’t ruin a potential job opportunity with a bad professional profile.

At first when I joined the Association, it was overwhelming with all the data and modules at your disposable in addition to networking with fellow Associates. Once you get past the data dump, it becomes clear how to formulate the plan of attack. My ‘a-ha’ moment came when I got my first informational interview. It wasn’t as difficult as I expected once I followed the CSA guidelines. You quickly realise that people are willing to help. When I secured my first interview, it was a huge morale booster. Out of everything in the CSA, I love the Teaching Point Tuesday videos. The one entitled “Are you committed” was fantastic and they are really motivating to check myself to see if I was doing what I needed to do. Overall, I would tell future members, to trust the process! Have some patience and follow up. All these details really add up and having the motivators and reminders was really helpful.

A month from defending my dissertation, Isaiah Hankel did a webinar at my institution. I had an interview coming up and it didn’t go well at all. I didn’t know what role entailed. I had a good resume but that’s not enough to get you an industry job. I didn’t know how to translate my skills to the role and the company. I joined the Association and immediately liked the valuable information in the dashboard (there was a lot!). I was skeptical about how much value I would receive but within 10 minutes of logging in to the online dashboard I realized this was definitely worth it. The LinkedIn strategies really helped me because after I implemented them, I was cold-called by a recruiter, which led to getting hired! The Association is a great way to prepare yourself for industry. It will help you figure out what you want to do and sets you on the path and trajectory to be successful.

I started my transition in 2016 and a professor tried to blocked my path. I was in love with science but I suddenly came to the realization that there is more than one way to have a successful scientific career. I went to a start up conference and thought, “this is my crowd!” So while I had a part-time academic contract, I went for an internship (without asking for permission). My professor made me quit the internship immediately. I shrugged it off and kept moving forward. Recruiters were already noticing me on LinkedIn given the demand for data scientists. I jumped into the CSA material and was struck by the negotiation webinar. I realized: “I need this and have no idea how to do it”. CSA changed my entire negotiation strategy. Learning the bullet point structure on my resume was a game changer. I never thought about the fact that results and transferable skills need to be in it.

I was completely lost before I joined the Association. I really enjoyed the webinars that were provided in the training dashboard. It opened my eyes to hear about other positions that were available to me. I was impressed by all the stories that were shared in the private group as well. There was so much great support and great intentions. Learning about transferable skills was eye opening and got me thinking outside of the box to look more closely at other jobs I never thought I would be qualified for. Sending resumes through online applications was a black hole and was never going to help me get hired and the CSA content helped me changed my thought process. The Transition Plan was so key for my approach and helped me strategize and develop a personal plan. If you know you don’t want to stay in academia but you don’t know what to do, the Association gives you an amazing overview of what you can do and shows you that you are not alone. There is so much support and camaraderie.

Before I joined the Association, I was finishing my PhD and stressed about what to do next. I did a post-doc but the job security was unacceptable. The funding situation was unreliable to say the least. After 5 months of doing a post-doc, I was already looking to what’s next. I was hesitant when I first joined the Association. I doubted they would know how to help me with my CV. Then it sunk in that my CV was purely academic and would never be read in industry. I was using an 8-page CV for industry job applications. I had to break my academic mindset and this was a big learning curve. The Association has the full package of services and condensed a major learning curve into one neat package. The community is the most important aspect of the Association. I got my job precisely because someone had posted about it in the private group. Then I went into modules and prepared. The Association is a community of professionals who help each other to transition.