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Isaiah Hankel, PhD
Isaiah Hankel, PhD
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Join Isaiah as he reviews four habits that PhDs can apply to their job search that will guarantee callbacks and interviews

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

  • First, Isaiah takes a look at principle-centered problem-solving and explains the place it has in your job search habits
  • Next, he shares four different strategies that PhDs can use to make their job search feel more manageable
  • Finally, Isaiah reminds PhDs that sticking to their new routine is just as important as starting it

From This Week’s Show…

Good Habits Are What Lands PhDs A Job In Industry Not Short Bursts Of Energy

Ever hear of the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”?

In case you haven’t, it lays out a principle-centered approach for solving personal and professional problems.

It was a bestseller when it was first published in 1990, and to this day, continues to be a go-to guide for business professionals.

That’s because principle-centered approaches work. Not only for businesses but also for individuals, such as yourself.

And when it comes to your industry career, an effective job search is the place to start.

If you’re struggling in your industry job search – not getting callbacks, being ghosted after interviews –  you can easily turn things around by simply adapting better habits.

There are 4 habits that highly effective, career-oriented PhDs practice in their daily lives.

These Four Habits Are At The Heart Of A Successful Job Search Strategy

First, career-oriented PhDs treat their time as a precious commodity – they don’t squander it.

Most of us are stuck in a 9-to-5 mentality – we tend to go through our day on autopilot without much focus or intention.

But, to create an effective job search, you need to batch your time and set explicit goals.

Dedicating an hour of your time to your job search in the early AM is one such example.

Set time aside before work – this is when you’re fresh and less likely to encounter distractions.

The day before, write down your intentions for that hour.

Second, career-oriented PhDs make networking an everyday habit. If you’re like most PhDs, the mere thought of networking provokes nausea.

I’m sorry to say that it’s the key to landing a job in industry.

You should be connecting with people and initiating conversations every day.

To kickstart this habit, leverage your pre-existing network – reach out to colleagues and acquaintances. See where they are in their career.

They may not be in the same field, but you never know who they know and who they’re connected to – maybe it’s someone in your field or at your ideal company.

Once you become more comfortable with networking, start reaching out to employees at companies you want to work for or are in positions that you aspire to.

And, again, you should be doing this every single day.

You may not get responses, you may get ghosted, but the more you reach out, the greater your odds are of making a connection that will end in a job referral – or even better, a job offer.

This takes us to the end of today’s Transition Report. As always, remember your value as a PhD and start thinking and acting like a successful industry professional.   

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