Congratulations! Most people never think about how their career pursuit aligns with their values. They will not prepare a plan and break it down into actionable, manageable steps. You already have a competitive edge and are in the top 10% of pursuing a career.
Hello Everyone! Today we are going to talk about the most aggravating part of job search, at least according to the emails I get: the “hurry up and wait” aspect of job seeking. Everyone wants to know how to move the process along. The first thing to know is that there is no easy, one-size fits all “this is what you do in every situation” answer for this. In fact, you have several answers available, and all are correct, and wrong at the same time, depending on what is going on. “What is going on” is not something you can control.
I know what you’re thinking. Why on earth would I go back to school?! I have a Doctorate! Plenty of us go back – for an MBA, or a graduate certificate, or a Masters in this or that. Almost 10 years after earning my doctorate, I’m back to school, earning a Master’s of Science degree in Regulatory Science. (Most folks cringe when I say that, so if you cringed, you’re in good company.)Some things I forgot. Some things are new.
On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it. In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as important as the previous two.
Hello everyone!Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search. Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having the sleekest, most aerodynamic and efficient car on the road, but no engine to propel it. There are three main attributes to develop, to have a stronger mindset. I break this down into the THREE C's OF JOB SEARCH: The first “C” is COURAGE.
This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year. The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful.As the title describes, it is important that you really understand why you were hired. This sounds pretty easy to do, but one would be surprised at the number of people who forget why they were hired once they start. Here are a few tips.
What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual? There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes pretty apparent. Though if it doesn’t show in the CV, then surely during the interview!
When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture. You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let’s take a few examples.
I’ve always enjoyed attending meetings and conferences, and not because I’m a technology nerd or need to escape my work environment. Whatever field you’re in, here’s hoping you’re really into it, or at least find it provides more than a paycheck. If you at least like what you do, you have interest in learning more, as well as being introduced to others who share those interests. Conferences are chances to interact with others having similar interests.
Back in November, I wrote a blog with tips for writing a cover letter. This blog will focus on the resume. I spent a few years working for a great little start-up that hired me as one of their first 10 or so employees, which meant I wore a lot of hats. One of my hats was “Science and Technology Hiring Manager.” As the company grew, I looked at more and more cover letters and resumes from scientists who were making the jump (or had already made the jump) into program management support and consulting. So here goes.