Have you been sold a bill of good?

A bill of goods is an expression that says that the seller is not delivering what the payer thought. Are you being “had”?

I think that the “online job boards” are just such a “bill of goods”.  They are obviously making money – TV and radio ads are not free.  But only 20% of jobs are filled that way and only about 2% of applicants even get to talk to a live human (probably in HR, not the hiring manager).  So is it worth your time?  Even more, is it worth the depression you are exposing yourself to, by sending in 100s of applications/resumes and never hearing back?

What works better is to be known, remembered, liked and trusted by the people in the departments in the companies you know you want to work in.  Don’t leave your career up to chance!  Don’t wait for the Fairy Job Mother!  Get out there and meet people!  Have conversations with people in the company you want to join!  Find out if they have a problem that you want to solve!  Don’t waste your time applying to companies that are laying off, have problems you never want to see again, or are about to go under!  Find out first from the people!

Make friends with your potential co-workers so they can recommend you to the hiring manager – 75% of jobs get filled that way!  And 100% of the applicants have talked to someone in the department!

Don't wait for chance

4 kinds of resumes

How to use 4 different kinds of documents to introduce yourself

Most people start a job search with writing resumes.  But that is the last step before the interview!

Better is to update your LinkedIn and other Profiles, then update your CV, then skip a generic resume, then write the specific resume for the companies you have researched.

You also need more casual ways to introduce yourself.

And you need to know which words to use in each of these.

What words describe and show what you can and want to do next? Do you have a list with all the synonyms?  Is it sorted by Want to Use In My Next Job to Never Want to Use Again? Don’t use the “never” words if you can help it.

Use them to write your casual stories and your dragon-slaying tales.  Use them in your Profiles and CV.

Then do the research on the companies you want to work in.  What words do they use to talk about the problems they are working on.  Do you own these words too?

If all you have is a position description and have not spoken with someone currently working on the problem they need to hire to solve, then use the words in the position description – it may help you get through the “black hole” of the applicant tracking system.

When you have notes from the conversations you have had with the person working on that company’s current problem, you have the keywords for your resume for that particular job.  You will be in front of the rest of the applicants because you “speak the same language” as the hiring manager.

4 kinds of introductory documents:

  • Profiles (LinkedIn and Associations)
  • CV
  • Generic resume
  • Specific resume for a specific company

You can get by with just the first and last and really, truly, don’t waste your time polishing up the generic one.

Need help with this? Get help here

The steps before your resume and why you need them

What is a resume?

Do you have an interview suit?

Do you have an interview suit?  It doesn’t do much good hanging in your closet.

A LinkedIn Profile is like your interview suit – it shows what you want a potential employer to see about you.  It is (or should be) much more comprehensive than a resume (an ad for an interview about how you can solve that hiring manager’s problem).  And it needs to be filled with the words that convey your abilities, expertise, skills, etc.  In real English language sentences that talk about the problem you were hired to solve, what you did and the consequences of your actions.

These treasure words need to be in your headline as well – not merely the last title some company gave you.  But the answer to the question, “Who is Your Name?”  Ah, yes, she is the one who…….

Your profile needs to be updated every year, even if you are not looking for a job this year.  But it is now 2018.  Do you want your current job forever?

If I can be of any help to you, please do book a call to talk

 

networking, follow up and email (signatures.)

 

Bioscience Job Search Steps

What is a resume?

Your Resume is NOT About You

Do You Use These Alternatives to Your Resume?

Do You REALLY Need a Resume for EVERY Job???

You are unique!  And well-educated!  Companies want your unique skills.  It is just a matter of finding them!

https://biosciencejobkit.com/8793-2/

Take control of your career

Who knows you?  Do the people in the departments that you want to work in at your top ten companies know who you are?  Do they like you and trust you to help them?  Will they remember you when the boss says, “Dang, we need to hire someone! Who do we know?”

Target Your Message and Your Job Search

How do you target your job search?

Starting a job search with your resume in hand but no idea of who to give it to is like putting on your fox-hunting gear, climbing up on your horse and trying to ride off in ALL directions.

Before you write that resume or apply to that job posting, take some time to target your search.  What do you want to do in your next job?  What is important and interesting to you?

Where do you want to work?  What is your criteria?

Which of the people who currently work there know you and what you are good at?

When was the last time you connected with them?

Do you know what problem they are working on?  Or the language they use to talk about it?

Can you help? (Not solve it completely, but make a few suggestions?)

Are you following up?  Will they remember you before they hire someone else?

When they finally invite you to send a resume or apply, do you then write that piece of advertising called a resume?  It should be all about how you can help them solve their problem, written in their jargon about the things you know you can and want to do as applied to their issues.  Then proof that you can indeed do these things.

I have a step-by-step program for the bioscience professionals who want to take their

 

Followup: the most important steps in your job search

Finding a job is a human interaction

Followup is essential in building relationships and getting a job is the beginning of a number of new relationships

 What would you like in a new friend?  How will you make some new friends in your potential new places of business?

Thank you notes are important.  Being face-to-face is important.  Initiating contact is important.

How will you do each of these?

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Steps to your next bioscience job!

The steps before your resume and why you need them

If you remember nothing else from this article, please remember these words if you want to succeed in finding a new job: follow up, follow up, follow up

The steps before your resume and why you need them


Long webinar (about an hr.) on the steps before resume

Steps before resume

First steps in your job search and why you need to do these before you write your resume!

Be visible online – show your best and most interesting accomplishments (necessary but not sufficient)

Be known – but only to the people in the companies you are interested in (so know what your criteria are and which companies meet them.  Then network to gain information before you write a resume)

Be remembered, liked and trusted (these are done through appropriate follow up)

Write a resume using the information you gained from your conversations with the people in that particular company.  If you have not gotten that information, you are basically asking the interviewer to figure out (based on your skills) where you would fit into his organization.  He doesn’t have the time for that – he is hiring to solve a problem.  Can you do that?  Can he trust you to solve it?

 

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How to Get that Job in the biosciences

How to get that job in the biosciences: You have been sold a bill of goods about job search! It is not like ordering pizza. It is much more like finding a marriage partner. And while eHarmony and Tindr seem to make it just that easy, you know that face to face is much more likely to allow you to choose what happens next.

You need to look good, know what you want, be known by the people you want and be remembered, liked and trusted. Here is how.

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Steps to your next bioscience job!

Networking is NOT interviewing

Steps to your next bioscience job!

Do you know the steps to your next bioscience job?

You would be surprised at how many people think that every recruiter knows what all the full-time and part-time jobs, consulting gigs, and internships that are out there in the world and which one will fit them in particular.

steps to your next bioscience job; no fairy job mother

That is simply not humanly possible.  

But there are steps you can take to find your next bioscience job AND set yourself up for a satisfying career.  

Steps to your next bioscience job

Be visible using the right keywords for your next job

Know what you really want in your next job and company

Know what companies meet your criteria

Be known by the people in the companies and departments you would like to join

Be remembered, liked and trusted.

Write a resume that stands above the rest

Interview like a consultant

Accept the job and keep networking.

We dig into those steps here

Please do check it out, especially if you thought you knew how hiring worked.

Bioscience Job Search Steps

Recruiters, Candidates and Money

Are you asking these job search questions?

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