Transition Report On-Demand

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Isaiah Hankel
Isaiah Hankel
Chief Executive Officer Cheeky Scientist

The premier podcast by industry PhDs. With thousands of monthly listeners, the Cheeky Scientist Radio podcast is dedicated to helping PhDs transition into their first or next industry position. Every episode provides leading edge insights on how PhDs can avoid career failure and job search rejections, and instead attract hiring managers and recruiters to get hired into top industry jobs. Recent shows cover industry resumes, LinkedIn profiles, creating a job search strategy, identifying surging career tracks and avoiding dead end career tracks, successfully preparing for and passing phone screens, video interviews and site visits, and much more. This show features top industry PhDs in 50+ different industry positions. Subscribe now and listen.

Episodes

Never Put These 3 Things On Your Resume

Monday July 18, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses three things you should leave out of your industry resume if you want to get hired Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents 2 common mistakes PhDs make when working on their resume and explains why you should never use an unprofessional email in your job application. Next, Isaiah discloses why you should add a professional summary at the top of your resume Finally, Isaiah gives you pointers o how to ensure you add the right measurable results to your resume From This Week’s Show…  What You Leave Out Of Your Resume Is As Important As What You Include As a PhD, you’re taught that more is better. A sample size of 200 is certainly better than a sample size of 2, right? Well, when it comes to your industry resume, less is more. To get hired in industry, you not only need to include the right things on your resume. You also need to leave the wrong thing out of it. Two mistakes that PhDs make when writing their resume is that they include too many things…or the wrong things.  So, today I’m going to discuss 3 things that you…

5 Costly Mistakes That PhDs Make During Salary Negotiations And How To Avoid Them

Friday July 15, 2022

Join Isaiah as he presents 5 common mistakes PhDs makes during salary negotiations and how to avoid them to get the salary you deserve Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why being ready to negotiate your salary is beneficial for your careerNext, Isaiah discloses some common techniques employers use to bring your salary down and how to avoid falling for themFinally, Isaiah discusses why you should always remain professional during salary negotiations and why you should follow negotiations until the end From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Should Prepare For Salary Negotiations If you’ve received an industry job offer, I’d like to start off by saying “Congratulations!” Now, the next step in any job offer is the dreaded salary negotiation. Sadly, many PhDs enter this stage extremely ill-equipped. After all, you’ve spent the better part of a decade just happy to get paid at all! So repeat my mantra: know your value. How you handle salary negotiations will not only determine whether you move from offer to an actual job. It will also determine how much you get paid. For a successful salary negotiation, you should avoid 5 critical, and often costly, mistakes. Don’t Let…

Employers Aren’t Hiring Your Technical Skills

Wednesday July 13, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discloses why technical skills don’t make PhDs valuable in the job market and what skills you should highlight instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah tells the story of how he realized that technical skills didn’t make him valuable in his first industry positionNext, Isaiah explains why many PhDs overlook their transferable skills and why this jeopardizes their careers Finally, Isaiah discusses why your technical skills will soon be if they’re not already obsolete and why your value lies in your transferable skills From This Week’s Show…  How Isaiah Realized That His Technical Skills Weren’t As Impressive As He Though When I landed one of my first industry jobs, I was obsessed with adding value to my team by talking about things like “statistical significance,” “reproducibility,” and a hundred other academically-minded concepts. What I didn’t realize at that time was that this language was awkward and irrelevant for the position I was just hired into. So, when I brought these topics up, the people who hired me were like, “What’s this kid talking about? Is he trying to teach us a basics stats class right now? We’re not an academic lab functioning on…

LinkedIn Features That Give PhDs An Edge In Their Job Search

Monday July 11, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses why you should take advantage of the power of LinkedIn and the features you can’t miss to achieve that Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah gives a general idea of how to ensure you leverage the power of LinkedIn during your job searchNext, Isaiah explains why it’s so important to create your profile keeping the employer’s perspective in mindFinally, Isaiah presents the “open for work” feature and teaches you how to take advantage of it From This Week’s Show…  How To Leverage The Power Of LinkedIn Your LinkedIn profile is one of the most powerful ways to get noticed by industry professionals. Over 90% of employers and recruiters use social media to find talent. And, if they’re not finding talent through LinkedIn, they’re at the very least using it to vet applicants. But realize that LinkedIn isn’t Facebook. You can’t just create a profile and start adding friends. In fact, just pressing the connection button over and over again can actually hurt your job search. To leverage the power of LinkedIn, you have to know how its algorithm works and understand that LinkedIn’s primary customer isn’t you – it’s the companies…

Flagrant Job Search Pitfalls And How To Overcome Them

Friday July 8, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses the most common job search pitfalls that PhDs face and shows you how to overcome each of them Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the most common challenge PhDs face in their job search: not knowing where to startNext, Isaiah explains why you need to improve your networking game if you want to overcome most job search pitfalls Finally, Isaiah gives you pointers to ensure you avoid the final pitfall you will face before getting a job offer From This Week’s Show…  How To Avoid Staying Stuck In Academia The average PhD job search lasts 18 months for those trying to do it themselves… but for some,  it can take 8 years or more. We’ve all met TAs or postdocs who’ve talked about leaving academia only to still be in the same role several years later. The truth is, transitioning into industry is hard work! So today, I want to discuss some of the job search pitfalls PhDs face and how to overcome them. The first challenge is knowing where to start. The key here is to figure out what’s important to you. What’s your ideal workday? What tasks do you…

5 Steps To An Eye-Catching Cover Letter

Wednesday July 6, 2022

Join Isaiah as he talks about the importance of including a cover letter in your job application and shows you how to write one Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you should never send a job application without adding a cover letterNext, Isaiah discusses the importance of putting in the effort to write a good cover letterFinally, Isaiah lists 5 steps to write an impactful cover letter From This Week’s Show…  Avoid This Mistake If You Don’t Want To Look Lazy On average, over 250 applications are submitted for every open industry position. So, the question is: how will you stand out among hundreds of PhDs? To get the attention of hiring managers, your application should include a cover letter. Many PhDs make the mistake of cutting out this crucial step because, well – it’s a lot of work, right? For many companies, this error of omission results in immediate rejection. They won’t even look at your application. Why You Should Always Target Your Cover Letter Another mistake PhDs make is, they write one single letter and simply change the name it’s addressed to and the name of the company. You may think you’ve…

Showcase Your Skills With A Functional Resume

Tuesday July 5, 2022

Join Isaiah as he explains what is a functional resume and why you need to have one in your arsenal if you want to get hired in industry Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discloses why you should never apply to industry positions with an old fashioned academic CVNext, Isaiah discusses the goal of the industry resume and how a functional resume can help you achieve that goalFinally, Isaiah gives your pointers so you can write you own functional resume and gain the attention of industry employers From This Week’s Show…  Why You Will Fail If You Apply To Industry Positions With An Academic CV If you want to get hired in industry, it’s time to retire the academic CV. Hiring managers are not interested in trudging through a long and overtly linear document searching for any hint of a valuable skillset. When I wrote my first resume, it looked, well – cluttered and empty at the same time. I had packed it full of specialty skills that I thought were important but had only included one piece of experience that was even remotely relevant to the job at hand. When I sent this both overwhelming…

Why You Should Skip The Postdoc, TA, Adjunct, etc.

Friday July 1, 2022

Join Isaiah as he explores why you should leave academia right after you finish your PhD instead of wasting your time going down the postdoc route Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah discusses why academia fools PhDs into thinking that they need more academic experience to be successfulNext, Isaiah explains why it’s in your best interest to start planning your transition nowFinally, Isaiah list the reasons why you should look for an industry position as soon as possible From This Week’s Show…  The Postdoc Route Is A Dead End Academia tells you that you need more academic experience to be successful in industry, whether that be through a postdoc, extended TA position, adjunct post, and so on. Not only is this a huge misnomer, but it’s a giant disservice to your career. Many PhDs stay in academia after graduating thinking “Once I get this experience, then (and only then) will I be qualified for an industry position” – this mindset often results in PhDs spending years chasing one low paying overworked academic position after another just to get that “one more piece of experience”. In a recent survey, nearly half of the postdocs polled reported being…

How To Turn A Networking Conversation Into A Referral

Friday June 24, 2022

Join Isaiah as he reviews the levels of professional intimacy and the question you should ask to turn a networking conversation into a referral Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the first level of professional intimacy, topical intimacyNext, Isaiah presents the second and third levels of professional intimacy, challenge and how-to intimacyFinally, Isaiah presents the fourth and final level of professional intimacy, advice intimacy From This Week’s Show…  Topical Intimacy To turn a networking conversation into a referral, you have to gently guide the conversation to deeper and deeper levels of professional intimacy. This is the only way to get someone you barely know to spend any effort on you whatsoever, let alone trust you enough to recommend you to their company. The first level of professional intimacy when talking about networking and informational interviews is termed “Topical Intimacy.” The best question to ask a networking contact to get them to this level of intimacy after they reply to your initial connection request is: “What are you currently working on that you’re excited about?” People enjoy talking about positive, topical experiences, especially when they’re related to their favorite thing in the world: them and their…

The 3 Stages Of Getting A Job Referral

Wednesday June 22, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of moving past initial connections to build professional relationships that lead to job referrals Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why many PhDs fail to get job referrals by not knowing how to build professional relationships Next, Isaiah presents the process you should follow to turn a connection into a job referralFinally, Isaiah reminds you that it’s your responsibility to invest in your professional relationships if you want to be successful From This Week’s Show…  How PhDs Fail To Build Professional Relationships We have all either initiated or been a part of networking conversations that went something like this: How are you? I’m great, how are you? I’m great too …you? (Awkward silence). Circular conversations that get stuck at the same level of professional intimacy are exactly what you want to avoid. The goal of your online networking efforts is to build a professional relationship where the other party feels comfortable enough with you to refer you for a job at their company, or otherwise help you further your efforts to get hired. It is a multiple-step process where every problem is followed by another problem. Why You…

Employees Are Incentivized To Refer You

Tuesday June 21, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses why you will never get a job referral by networking the old fashioned way and what you should do instead Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains that getting referrals is easier than you think, but you need to put in the effort to build strong professional relationshipsNext, Isaiah discloses what effective networking looks likeFinally, Isaiah gives some pointers on how to ensure a job referral From This Week’s Show…  Why You Will Never Get A Referral Networking The Old Fashioned Way It’s easier than you might imagine to be referred for a position if you have networked confidently and appropriately because industry employees are often incentivized to refer you, with the average employee referral bonus being between $2,000 – 3,000 dollars. Still, these employees will not go out of their way to help you. You have to make it easy for them. And you can’t just stop at meeting them. You have to build a professional relationship. This is something I learned the hard way. I wasted the first three years of my graduate school career networking the old fashioned way. I would go to internal seminars with the same…

The Danger Of Dabbling In Your Job Search

Tuesday June 21, 2022

Join Isaiah as he talks about the dangers of dabbling in your job search and what you should instead if you want to stop being invisible Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you should never dabble in your job searchNext, Isaiah lists the tools PhDs have at their disposal to reach out to potential employersFinally, Isaiah discusses how academia isolates PhDs and why you should break your isolation and work hard to build an industry network From This Week’s Show…  Why You Should Never Dabble In Your job Search Many hiring managers and recruiters will never come back to a job candidate’s LinkedIn profile once they have decided that you lack industry credibility. Worse, many top employers have a mandatory six- to twelve-month waiting period before they will reconsider you for a position at their company once they have reviewed your resume and rejected your candidacy for a position. Your industry job search is not a trial-and-error affair. This is not academia. If you are performing a poor and sloppy job search, you are burning bridges, and it is time for you to stop. The Tools You Can Use To Reach An Employer You…

How To Give An Industry Interview Presentation

Monday June 20, 2022

Join Isaiah as he explains how to prepare and industry presentation, the questions you should ask, and the mistakes you should avoid Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the common briefs for industry presentations across positionsNext, Isaiah discusses the questions you should ask when assigned an industry presentation Finally, Isaiah introduces the main mistakes that PhDs make when preparing an industry presentation From This Week’s Show…  What Are The Common Briefs For An Industry Presentation When it comes to creating effective industry presentations, you must consider what your audience wants to see. In this case, your audience is the company. Most often, the hiring manager you’re in contact with will give you a short “brief” to help you prepare for the presentation. The most common brief is simply: “Talk about yourself, your interests, and your work in ten minutes.” Other common industry interview briefs include: “Discuss your work on XYZ and how it relates to our business model” or “Review a paper/clinical trial report and summarize the findings the way you would for one of our clients/partners.” Occasionally, depending on the role, you may be specifically asked to give an hour-long presentation about your graduate…

Creating A Job Search Strategy

Friday June 17, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of having a job search strategy and what steps you can take to create yours Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why you need a job search strategy if you want to land a satisfying industry jobNext, Isaiah talks about the importance of documenting your progress as part of your job search strategyFinally, Isaiah explains how networking fits into a well-executed job search strategy and why you can’t ignore this component From This Week’s Show…  Why PhDs Need A Job Search Strategy As Part Of Their Transition Plan An industry job search, executed in the correct sequence, starts with understanding your career options and creating a job search strategy for those options. In order to create an effective strategy, you must consider the sequence of your strategy. You cannot just haphazardly execute different job search-related activities at different times. Your approach must be organized. The Importance Of Documenting Your Progress You need to record your progress. At the very least you should   have   a   spreadsheet   with   5   columns:   Companies   of   Interest,   Job Postings or Informational Interview Notes, Company…

Questions Employers Want Job Candidates To Ask During Interviews

Wednesday June 15, 2022

Join Isaiah as he examines the types of questions you should ask during interviews to establish if the position is a good fit and show your potential as an industry candidate Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains why it’s so important to not only ask questions during interviews but to plan your questions ahead of timeNext, Isaiah reveals the types of questions you should include and avoid during job interviewsFinally, Isaiah presents the 8 topics that you should cover when asking interview questions From This Week’s Show…  Why You Should Always Ask Quality Questions During Job Interviews The quality of your candidacy for a position in industry is most clearly reflected in the quality of the questions you ask those interviewing you. You must seize the opportunity in every interview to turn the tables on the interviewer. You must become the interviewer yourself by asking questions that engage the other person and showcase your professionalism, business acumen, and overall understanding of the role, the company, and industry itself. Asking questions shows you’ve thought about and are committed to the position at hand. Asking questions also allows you to find out whether the position and company…

How To Find Target Companies

Monday June 13, 2022

Join Isaiah as he reveals the right strategy to find target companies that are a good match and are ready to hire you right now Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah describes the wrong strategy that many PhDs use when looking to potential target companiesNext, Isaiah discloses how you should change that strategy to find companies that are a better fitFinally, Isaiah explains why you should not only consider but also favor small and midsize companies in your job search From This Week’s Show…  PhDs Use The Wrong Strategy To Search For Target Companies If you’re like me when I started my first industry job search, the extent of your online research for companies that would hire you was typing “top jobs” into a search window and pressing enter. Maybe you went one step further and typed “top jobs UK” or “top companies UK.” Or maybe you just typed in “job openings.” Whatever the specific case, this is a very poor job search strategy and a very poor research strategy in general. You can’t find unique opportunities specific to your situation by relying on short-tail keywords. Short-tail keywords are not specific; therefore, they’re likely to pull…

Is Your Resume Persuasive?

Wednesday June 8, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of the industry resume and how you can set yourself up for success from the beginning of your application Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah does a quick review of the hiring funnelNext, Isaiah reveals how you can leverage the information you add to your resume to increase your chances of wowing employers down the lineFinally, Isaiah explains why the resume will never die and why you should always apply to any position with a targeted and convincing resume From This Week’s Show…  A Glance At The Hiring Funnel There are layers and layers of barriers between your resume and a hiring manager, recruiter, or any gatekeeper. Large companies can receive up to two thousand resumes per open position with the average sitting at 250 applications per open position. Only three or four of those candidates will be interviewed face-to-face, by video or in person. That’s a 98.4% drop-off rate. Importantly, your resume will follow you through the entire hiring process. It will be one of the first things an employer sees about you and the very last thing they pass around the hiring committee table after your site…

Cover Letter 101

Monday June 6, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses the importance of a cover letter and gives guidelines to write a cover letter that will convince employers to hire you Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how a cover letter can make your job application strongerNext, Isaiah reviews the information you should include in your cover letterFinally, Isaiah presents the two main formats you can use for your cover letter From This Week’s Show…  Why Is A Cover Letter Important Including a cover letter in your job application will make you stand out from other job candidates. It’s also a great way to prepare your rationale for why you want the job in the first place and why you are the best candidate for the job. The most important thing to bear in mind when sending a cover letter is that you should address it to an actual person. You want to avoid using vague, general salutations like “To Whom It May Concern” because such introductions indicate laziness, disinterest, and disrespect. If you can’t even put forth the effort to find out who will be reading the cover letter, how will you ever convince them to hire you? Today,…

Don’t Play Hard To Get In Your Job Search

Wednesday June 1, 2022

Join Isaiah as he discusses why timidity and uncertainty can destroy your career, especially during job interviews Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah explains how timidity can set your back in your job searchNext, Isaiah explores why showing certainty instead of timidity is especially important at the interview stageFinally, Isaiah discloses how you come across to employers when you show uncertainty at a job interview From This Week’s Show…  Why Timidity Can Destroy Your Career Timidity destroys careers. This isn’t just a cute saying. It’s reality. How timidly are you communicating your skills and results on your resume? How timidly are you reaching out to connections on LinkedIn? How timidly are you communicating your competency to employers during interviews? Your timidity is likely a way of protecting yourself. By not going all in on your job search, you think it will hurt less if you get rejected. You think you’ll protect yourself from tough questions about your skills and expertise. So, you pull back, or you posture. Job Interviews Are The Worse Place To Be Timid Why would you work so hard to finally talk to an employer only to pretend like you don’t really want…

The Law Of Relaxed Productivity

Monday May 30, 2022

Join Isaiah as he explains the law of relaxed productivity and gives the steps you should follow to implement it in your job search Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode… First, Isaiah presents the law of relaxed productivity and its two main components: efficiency and effectivenessNext, Isaiah gives an example that illustrates the importance of balancing efficiency and effectiveness to increase productivity Finally, Isaiah discusses how to combine effectiveness and efficacy to achive maximum productivity, thus getting the best of the law of relaxed productivity From This Week’s Show…  What Is The Law Of Relaxed Productivity Your job search doesn’t need to be stressful. Even if you need a job yesterday, you can still get hired by executing a relaxed, yet productive job search. The key is learning the law of relaxed productivity. The law of relaxed productivity states: The more effective your process is, the more productive you will be. The more efficient your process is, the more relaxed you will be. The key to being productive and relaxed at the same time is to be as effective and efficient as possible at the same time. Anyone can be either effective or efficient; few can do both…

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