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Join Isaiah as he presents the components of your professional profile and gives you pointers on how to create each of them
Here’s a quick rundown of this week’s episode…
- First, Isaiah talks about each of the components of a professional profile and the positions that require unique elements
- Next, Isaiah dives deep into the first two components: the industry resume and LinkedIn profile
- Finally, Isaiah discusses the importance of your industry networking persona and why you always need to present yourself as an industry professional
From This Week’s Show…
What Are The Components Of A Professional Profile
The moment you start planning your transition into industry, you should take great care to portray yourself as a professional.
The three main components of any profile are your industry resume, your LinkedIn profile, and your networking persona. A fourth component – a portfolio – may exist and will vary depending on the type of role you’re applying for.
For instance, if you‘re applying for medical writing positions, then part of your profile will be a writing portfolio. If you’re applying for data scientist positions, then you’ll probably need a GitHub profile.
Industry Resume And LinkedIn Profile
An effective resume is one that convinces hiring managers that you can speak the language of industry.
Academia and industry speak vastly different languages – so if you’re still applying to positions using an academic CV, then you’re showing employers that you aren’t willing to learn the language of industry.
Your industry resume should be sharp and concise; this means that it should be limited to 1 or 2 pages. Remember, you have about 7 seconds to catch the eye of the hiring manager.
Adding numbers is a great way to increase the value of your resume – quite literally.
The second component of a professional profile is your LinkedIn profile.
Nearly 85% of employers use LinkedIn to find PhD-level talent – think of that. 85%! If you’re searching for a job, having a LinkedIn profile is an absolute must.
Fill in all the sections using industry language and short bullet points. Try and include a bit of your personality – your profile shouldn’t just be a regurgitation of your resume.
You also need to remain active – this means you tweak your profile and interact with other members…daily.
Your Networking Persona
This is where your online persona comes into play. It’s imperative that your personal interactions online are professional and consistent across platforms.
Your messaging may change depending on the role you want, but all profiles should convey that you’re a valuable PhD that can excel in industry and be an asset to any company.
Your profile should also convey a mastery of self. Employers want to know how you handle yourself under stress.
If employers aren’t sure that you’re capable or are unclear about your goals, then they’re certainly not going to trust you with one of their top positions.
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.