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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD
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Join Isaiah as he discusses how you can avoid total burnout by improving your industry job search strategy

Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…

  • First, Isaiah speaks to the source of PhD burnout and how to avoid it in your industry job search
  • Next, Isaiah explains how having a clear vision of next steps saves you time and effort in the long-run.
  • Finally, Isaiah shows you how to apply the 30-60-90 day plan and create an effective yet manageable job search strategy

From This Week’s Show… 

Burnout Is Common But There Are Simple Ways To Avoid It

Many academics are burned out.

They work so many long hours, are constantly under the pressure of deadlines, and are so drained of energy that they can’t even think about their job search.

In fact, recent studies show that 3 in 5 employees have experienced burnout at some point in their careers – this is especially true of academics.

If you can empathize, don’t despair. There are a few simple things you can do to make your job search more manageable.

Create A Clear Vision Of Your Next Career Move

There are hundreds – if not thousands – of industry job postings. No one person has the time to sift through them all.

So, the first step in an effective job search is to narrow your focus.

What is your ideal job? What kind of work environment do you prefer?

Also think about what is currently causing you burnout in your work environment. This is important to know – that way, you can avoid it in the future.

How To Effectively Apply The 30-60-90 Day Plan

The key is to create more attainable goals.

In the first 30 days, you should start to build a strong professional network.

Many PhDs think that networking means repeatedly clicking the “connect” button on LinkedIn – but it’s so much more than that. You have to make true connections.

Make a list of jobs you want or companies you want to work for. Reach out to people working those jobs or at those companies. And when someone responds, engage with them.

This is your time to build rapport, so don’t let the conversation fizzle out. You need to get to the point of asking for an informational interview. It’s the only way to get a job referral.

Then, in the next 30 days, you can focus on your resume. You should have a custom-tailored resume for every job you apply for.

And by 90 days, you should be actively applying for positions. It’s important to protect your time, especially during this phase of your job search.

If you don’t, it can lead to another burnout situation.

Apply these methods and you’ll feel less overwhelmed and more in control of your industry job search.

If you’re ready to start your transition into industry, you can apply to book a free Transition Call with our founder Isaiah Hankel, PhD or one of our Transition Specialists. Apply to book a Transition Call here.

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