Getting BRUTALLY Honest with Yourself

BSJKSkillsListWe all have an enormous number of skills and expertise, but you need to be brutally honest with yourself to know what your bioscience job skills are.

What bioscience job skills, exactly, do you want to do in your next job?

You probably won’t get everything you want, but if you don’t know what you want and whether you can actually do it, you will definitely NOT get what you want.
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Start with a list of what you have done, are good at, like, want to do next. Start at a general or high level and work down to very specific skills. There are no “any” jobs, especially in the bioscience industries.  All jobs are specific and all employees are hired to solve a particular problem.

What problems have you solved?

Even if you are just graduating, you have solved problems and know some of the problems you never want to see again.  You know what you feel comfortable doing and which programs, machines and processes you know how to use.  And which ones you want to learn next.

People who have been in the bioscience industries for a bit will have a longer list and many more skills that they don’t want to use in the next job.

Most people think that this list is their resume.  They are the foundation of each resume, but even more they are your keywords and phrases.  You will find them in your old resumes, your performance reviews, your daily tasks. You will use them in your online profiles, your “elevator speech”, your headlines and signatures as well as the tailored resumes you will write for each job application.

These are the basis of your “personal brand”, what we used to call your reputation.

Your list of keywords is your private document.  Don’t put it out in public.  It is your “foundation garment” and you will use it to build your career.

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Here is a bundle of template, podcast and instructions