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5 Must-Do Steps For The Perfect Cover Letter

It might seem that cover letters are a redundant time-waster in your job search process. Not including a well-written cover letter can cause your application to hit the garbage as incomplete or lazy before you’re even considered. Your cover letter is your sales pitch that synthesizes who you are, as a complement to your resume that shows what you can do. A well-crafted cover letter that follows these 5 steps can be the difference between landing your industry job, and missing out completely.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 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.

Informational Interviews (Industry Careers For PhDs Podcast)

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…

5 Stimulating Jobs For The Extroverted PhD

Some PhDs are most comfortable and even most passionate alone in a lab. But it’s not for everyone. Many PhDs find that level of isolation depressing and understimulating. Extroverted PhDs can thrive in industry jobs that have challenge, stimulation, and social contact. If you’re one of these, then your transferable skills put you in high demand for any of these 5 industry jobs with high levels of professional growth and income.

Best Industry Transition Articles Of The Week For PhDs (March 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.