Resumes are important to showcase your “personal brand.” They are what companies and individuals see when you apply to jobs. They highlight your skills, tell a story, and explain why your skills are relevant for a particular job.
As you can guess, this installment is about “the money question”... We’re not talking about salary negotiations. Rather, I have some strategies to help you answer the recruiters when they ask you the following: “How much money are you making, anyway”?Most folks answer with something along these lines: “I’d rather not give you a specific number because”: 1. I haven’t been offered the job yet 2. I don’t want you to know how much I make
For many of us, the reasons we focused on achieving our Ph.D. may be clear cut--we are destined for greatness in the academic arena. For others, it was just the path of least resistance and allowed the continuation of the “student lifestyle” in a comfortable research field.
I am passionate about career development and assisting people in making the right connections for career and personal success. I really enjoy working with individuals who have advanced degrees and who want to make a difference through their scientific foundation and business interests.
I remember reading a very interesting article in The New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande entitled “Personal Best,” in which he emphasizes that even highly skilled and trained surgeons can improve their techniques with a coach.He asked a coach to watch him in surgery and point out potential improvements. Even when we are at our performance peak, we can always get better. Self-improvement, it seems, has even become a fad, with a plethora of executive coaching, leadership coaching, college-application coaching services.
Over the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day, I found myself in San Francisco for the first time. While there are (so I’ve heard) a multitude of Irish bars and ex-pats in the city to be able to fully immerse oneself in the activities of a traditional celebration, this was not the reason I found myself there. Rather, I was in town to attend and present at the 10th Annual Meeting of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA).
You know that an academic life may not be the right one for you, but what do you do now? For many people, myself included, the academic path has been a straightforward one that offered little opportunity to learn about the other career choices available in the world. Even as I knew I wanted to leave bench science, at first I didn’t know where to look or where to go. And when I did search for opportunities, I ended up searching for only things directly related to biology. (Which you don’t have to do!)
Today, we are continuing our discussion on working with independent recruiters. In our last installment, we talked about how to decide WHICH voice or email messages left by recruiters were worth responding to. To recap, you want the ones who identify themselves immediately as a recruiter, and the ones who leave a pertinently descriptive voice message, email, or LinkedIn message. Now we’re going to discuss what to do (and not do) when you make contact.
The headline isn’t really news I suppose. In all aspects of our life, the better prepared you are, the easier (in general) things are to work through and accomplish. Although I was a little disappointed that when I became a new parent a few years ago that there was no instruction booklet. Despite that, I reckon we’ve managed okay.