4 Things You NEED to know to get a good job

There are only 4 things you need to know in order to
get a good bioscience job.

4 things you Need for your next job
     WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
1. Know what you want to be paid to do
2. Know your industry niche and the companies in it
3. Know your network well and, especially, …

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Steps to your next bioscience job!

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Target Your Message and Your Job Search

Which is better? A recruiter or applying online?

 

 

2 questions to answer in your next interview

The most common and, perhaps, most feared questions asked in interviews are:

What are your strengths?

What are your weaknesses?

Being prepared for these is the most basic thing you can do before an interview; even better is knowing these before you start your job search.  This sort of self-assessment can be very tough to do by yourself.

What tools do you have to get to these answers?

Finding your strengths

Doing it by yourself could be as simple as taking out a pen and pad. Or asking your friends and loved-ones.

Or you may want to use some of the online assessment tools.  There are thousands and some are better than others for different careers.  They cost from nothing to hundreds of dollars.  They come both with and without interpretation or support.  You may have taken one or more of these before, in school or in a job interview or at a temp placement shop.  Some are validated.  Others are based on the provider’s personal theories.

I like Your Talent Advantage and StrengthFinder

Finding your weaknesses

Looking for your weaknesses might be easier with a partner, someone who knows you well and can be honest with you.  Asking a number of your friends for just one weakness each will give you a list you can look at.  Look also at your “growing edges” to see what you might want to learn in your new job.  You can say “I’m weak in (stretch goal) and would like to be guided by my supervisor to improve in that area.”

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1st Bioscience Interview Question

Manage the bioscience interview

Do you have an interview suit?

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?

Job search frustrations https://biosciencejobkit.com/recruiter-or-applying-online/

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.

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Target Your Message and Your Job Search

4 kinds of resumes

Have you been sold a bill of good?

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

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?”

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

 

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.

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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

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