What are Your Keywords and Why would you need them?

Why do you need to know what “your keywords” are?  Do you know them?

Have you taken the time to build the “treasure chest” of your keywords for your Profiles and resumes?  For your conversations and networking meetings?

This is the first step, before you apply for a job.

What are you proud of?  Which of your accomplishments are you most proud of?  What are the words that describe them?  How can you show what you did?

 

keywords spreadsheet

 

 

Get a copy of the spreadsheet here

 

Target Your Message and Your Job Search

4 kinds of resumes

Be Visible

The new LinkedIn

LinkedIn keeps “refining” their website.  

Here is a look at LinkedIn’s latest changes and what the job seeker needs to know.


For a checklist for your Profile, Click here

Do you think that you will ever need to find a new job?

Do you think that you will ever need to find a new job?

Do you know how to do it?

Are you doing the right things now
to make finding that job easier when the time comes?

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It can take up to 50 hours/week for 4-6 weeks to find a new job.  Of course, it will take longer if you are still working and can only spend 20 hrs/week.  And even longer if you have not kept up with your career network.

Your first task as a job seeker is maintaining your visibility online (LinkedIn, etc.) using the right words in the right sentences to fit the searches of recruiters AND to add depth and complexity when the hiring manager looks you up.

Then you need to be sure that you are known by the right people in the right companies. This is the most important part, but which companies are the right ones?  You have to know what would make a company right for you: size, location, culture, what they are working on, etc.  You won’t be able to find all of this online. 

You need someone inside the company who can tell you.  Do you already have this person in your career network?  Take them out to coffee!  Don’t hand them a resume – this is not a job interview!  Ask easy questions, opinions, feelings, etc.  Imagine yourself working in that environment. 

If this company seems to fit, get introduced to someone in the department you want to work in or check your career network for a potential colleague, not the boss.  Find out what problems the team is working on and how they talk about them.  Take notes.  Do NOT ask for a job – no begging.

Ensure that you will be remembered before they hire someone else, liked and trusted to be able to solve their problem(s).  This is all in the follow-up.

Now you can write a resume and will be interviewed. 

These are not difficult tasks.  But you need to do them.  The networking piece can be done well before you need a job.  Just keep in touch with the people in the companies you have decided would be good for you. 

Need more help?  Email me at connie@biosciencejobkit.com

Be Visible

No one can hire you if they don’t know you exist!! So be visible!!!

Once upon a time, you could get a good job by walking into the company and asking the receptionist for an application.  She probably knew your father or at least her boss did. You were visible to your neighbors and your parents’ friends.

Now we live in a world where you don’t know everyone and everyone does not know you.  So you have to do a few things to be visible.  And I don’t mean pink hair (although that will not stop you in most jobs any more).

So fill out your LinkedIn Profile!  Get a checklist for doing so here

And look for other places on the internet where you have some unused property: G+, Twitter, your trade associations, like RAPS or others.  Are you presenting yourself in a professional and attractive (to hiring managers) way.

If you need some help with this, Click here

Target Your Message and Your Job Search

4 kinds of resumes

Have you been sold a bill of good?

Are you managing your career or is it managing you?

Are you managing your career?  Or is it managing you?

 

Many people simply “fall” into their jobs.  Is that you?  Or did you spend quite a bit of time and effort learning your trade?  Why stop there?  Learn to manage your career as well – it is not as hard as what you have already learned.

The steps are simple:

Know what you want to do next

Know what you need in your next company

Know which companies offer that

Know who works there

Be known by the people in the companies you want to work in

Know what each company needs next

Follow up!

THEN write your resume

These things take time and you need to start before a job posting hits the internet.  You want to get one of the jobs that are filled at the “Who do we know?” level.

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How I Wish I Were The Fairy Job Mother Who Could Simply Grant Wishes!

Steps to your next bioscience job!

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.

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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!

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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?”

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