iPhone, Android, iPad, or Nexus – what Apps work for you?

Today's latte, Google Play.

Today’s latte, Google Play. (Photo credit: yukop)

Back in 2012, I asked my subscribers (click here if you would like to subscribe to the newsletter) to tell me what apps they have on their smartphones and tablets.  Here are some of the responses (the programs that are no longer around are strikethrough:

Andrew de Guttadauro, expert in business development (IP, M&A in the biotech world), said, “Here are the ones that I currently favor:
Communication:  Skype (great for saving money when overseas and a wifi connection is in hand)
Organization:  Evernote & Pocket (I’m a big believer in cloud-based software and these two apps work great in tandem to allow one to clip, tag, organize, and store just about anything that comes across a computer, smart phone, tablet, or other similar device)
RSS & News Streamers:  Reeder, Flipboard, Zite, and Feedly (admittedly, this is overkill, but I’m a news and media junkie and these apps all do a wonderful job of combining my RSS feeds, and other news sources of interest, into organized news channels/feeds that are more pleasing than the underlying RSS engine – Google Reader, in my case)
Task Management:  I favor Wunderlist because, like my other apps, it’s platform-agnostic and cloud-based, so I can access my “to do’s” whenever and however I like or need (Remember the Milk is a good alternative)
Data and Info Storage:  Dropbox is great, but it’s important people realize that Dropbox isn’t especially secure as the company wants to give users the choice of security/encryption software so it’s important to use 2-step authentication plus “True Crypt” if using Drop Box to store anything even remotely sensitive
E-mail:  I use the native Apple app for Outlook but favor Google’s Gmail app to access the latter service (despite it being from Google, this app could use additional improvements).  I also recommend using Xobni if possible, to help sift through Outlook more efficiently.
News and Sports:  ESPN, Huffington Post, The Atlantic
Travel:  Kayak
Web:  Chrome’s my favored browser on all devices
– Shopping:  Amazon (via app on iPhone or via browser and website on iPad), Target app
– Dining:  Open table, Yelp (applicable in the shopping category as well)
Social Media:  LinkedIn
– Bookmarks:  X-Marks
– Media:  Amazon streaming, Netflix streaming, Hulu Plus, HBO GO

That pretty much covers the apps.  I would recommend to everyone that 2-step authentication should be used on any site where it can be enabled and that separate signups be used on any site where possible (never use Google, Facebook, or LinkedIn username/passwords to access other sites as you’re needlessly exposing yourself to sequential hacking).  Finally, I use a password management tool but do not have the app loaded on either smart phone or tablet as it makes me too antsy viz. potential loss of the device. I also don’t have bank or insurance apps loaded on my devices for the same reason and would recommend using such apps only if you don’t keep permanently signed in to either (I’d rather access such info through the added hassle of the web browser instead).

I hope this proves helpful and look forward to hearing what others are using.”

These are available in both Apple and Android.  Reeder, True Crypt, Xnobi and X-Marks are Apple-specific.

Personally, and many devices later, I have many that Andrew had and some others.  They do multiply!!



Navigation (Google maps)
News & Weather (native Android)
Calendar (native Android)
Contacts (native Android)
Messenger/Messaging/Voice Message
Voice Recorder
Voice Search
Gmail and my other emails
Adobe Reader
Out of Milk (but only for grocery shopping)
an alarm clock, a stopwatch, a calculator, a music player
Kindle and Play Books
and my camera and gallery
Plus more, of course.

I’ve only linked a few of these, all the rest can be found at the app marketplaces. 

What do you have on yours?

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Does your LinkedIn Profile turn off recruiters?


Nederlands: Linked In icon

Nederlands: Linked In icon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Recruiters are all over LinkedIn, searching daily for the right people to fill their open positions.  Are you visible?  Do they like what they see?

The people who are most active on LinkedIn are seen the most – just as the people who attend networking events are seen by more people than those who sit behind their computer instead.  You really need both.

How can you be active on LinkedIn?

First, use that Status Update box at the top of your Home page.  Ask a question, share a link, make a statement.  This is called “engaging”.  Do be engaging in the other meaning of the word – be nice.
You can Like, Comment or Share right from your Home page.  Choose to do so once or twice a day.  Pick the people from companies you are interested in, or who have jobs like the one you are interested in, or just because you agree or disagree with what they posted.  You will also find jobs listed here. (Remember to apply only for those for which you have at least 85% of the requirements)

Go a bit deeper:

Join a few appropriate groups (you can have as many as 50, but only join those you can keep up with). Like, comment, share AND start a new conversation/discussion. Check out the Members tab in the Group.  Invite a few from the group, especially those whose posts you have commented on or who have commented on your posts. 

What should go on your Profile?

LinkedIn has choices for everyone, but some won’t apply to you.  Remember that this is where you go to see and be seen.  There will be some things that you don’t want people to know about – that dreadful short-term job you had in college, the exact date you graduated from school or left a job, or got an award.  You only need to go back 10-15 years in your experience section.  Put your volunteer work, boards of directors you have been on, all non-employment information in the Additional Information section and use the categories there.

And if you are looking for work, please put your contact info – either email or phone number somewhere in the Summary or Additional Info. If you are not a 1st degree connection of the recruiter or hiring manager (and how could you be?), they will have to dig to connect with you outside of LinkedIn.  

Most frustrating of all are the Profiles that have your name and title and that is all.  You are missing a wonderful chance to be seen while still behind your computer.

Contact me if you need some help with your Profile!





Don’t be a Networking Nuisance

don't be a networking nuisance

Don’t beg for a job like Oliver Twist!

Does networking makes you feel like Oliver Twist, begging for another bowl of gruel?  That you are bothering people?

Well, that is NOT networking!

Networking is where you give something that doesn’t cost you much and your networking partner receives something that he/she values and the other way as well.  You need to give at least four times before you ask for something. Networking is not a one-time event.  It includes, at the least, 5 follow-up connections (emails, letters, phone calls, coffee dates, etc.)

So what can you give?

Time, attention and active listening – with our short attention spans these days, truly attentive, active listening (not planning what you are going to say next) is a rare and precious gift.

Knowledge – you are spending your time wrapping your arms around your industry (especially if you are networking for your next job).  Put the information you are gathering for your search in a “swipe file” so that you can share it with the people to whom you have listened and with whom you are networking. Send them the information that connects with what they have talked about.

Links – you are also collecting links of information. Save the web pages in a Favorites file on your browser titled Swipe for Job Search or Swipe for (your department or industry here). You will want these for general networking and also specifically for follow up with the people you have talked with about their problems at their companies.

Connections – as you grow your LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Labroots, Naymz, Viadeo, etc networks, you can connect your new networking connections to others that they might be interested in. Remember that your career network is one that will last you for the rest of your career and you will find jobs for people in your network as much as they find jobs for you.

What other ways can you think of that you can give to your network?

Another job search coach, J.T. O’Donnell, has also talked about this.

Want to talk about it?  Book a call here!

3 Critical Mistakes You Are Making on Your LinkedIn Profile

https://biosciencejobkit.com/store-2/#!/Optimize-Your-LinkedIn-Profile/p/23551473/category=13834068Mistake #1 – Not having a complete LinkedIn Profile

What to Do Instead – Complete it!  Make sure you have a headshot picture, that you are using the Headline area for a headline, not a title, write a summary that shows what you are good at and what you like to do, not just what you have done.  Use the suggestions LinkedIn provides to improve your Profile!

Mistake #2 – Not using the appropriate keywords for your field

What to Do Instead – Use LinkedIn’s Skills and Expertise pages to identify the keywords your peers are using in your field and work them into your summary and experience descriptions

Mistake #3 – Treating Your LinkedIn Profile like your resume

What to Do Instead – LinkedIn is a separate chance to present yourself and your skills to the world.  You can’t target it to one particular company the way you can your resume, but you can show things here that don’t belong on a two-page resume.  Show how well-rounded you are, or how deeply you know your subject, what you are most interested in, what excites you.  And do check out the ways you can add documents, presentations, media, your blog, etc. to your Profile.

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3 out of 4 people who land a job check out the company online first

Do you check out the company online before you apply for a job?

More and more people are checking out the company and the better companies are working at providing you with the information you need to decide.

Employment branding is making sure that the career page on the company website is not a yawn or an obstacle course. The best companies are providing potential candidates with pictures, videos, statements from current employees, their mission statement, etc. But many companies have not quite done this yet. 

So, beyond the company pages, where can you look? 


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Public companies will have listings on Forbes.com, BusinessWeek.com and Hoovers.com.

Private companies and startups are harder to find.  LinkedIn Company pages may have more than the company websites; they will definitely have the names of all of the employees who work there and have a LinkedIn profile. 

Bloggers like Xconomy.com,

BioSpace.com, Beaker’s Blog and Biotech SF often review companies and have strong opinions.

Glassdoor.com and Vault.com can offer an inside look at the companies you are interested in, but, as this is dependent on individuals choosing to add information there, it can be pretty spotty. 

What sites do you use?  I’m sure I have not listed all of the good ones!  Tell me!

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Problem of not having tools for your job search


sitting on the couch, alone, looking for a job

When you begin to think about starting a job search, do you look first at the tools you have to accomplish this project?

What tools do you use?  I’d love your comments.

I recommend a number of spreadsheets, your address books, Google and your calendar, among other tools.

There are also free websites with tools: 

What do you use?  Please add a comment!

If all of this seems just too overwhelming, book a call with me and let’s talk about what will work for you!


Business Cards for Job Seekers

business-card-imageWhy should a job seeker have business cards?

Networking, whether it is at a large networking event or over a cup of coffee, one on one, is an introduction and the start of a relationship. Having something tangible to hold on to and that carries information for later goes a long way to staying in your networking partner’s mind and he in yours. This is especially true when you are looking for your next role.

What goes on them?

Even if you have business cards from your current job, get your own. VistaPrint and Moo offer great deals. Put your name and all of your contact info on them, including your LinkedIn /in/ URL, your personal email (not silly, get a gmail account) and your mobile phone or home phone (with answering machine attached). Use your title if that is the one you want next, or better yet, use your LinkedIn Headline to answer the question of “what does this person do?” Keep it matte finish on the back at least so that the person receiving your card can make a note.

When do I use them?

Going to large networking events is NOT about seeing how many business cards you can give away/receive, but it is important to set a goal of 10 or so. Use the card you get to take a note or two (unless you are in Japan – then you want to hide it as quickly as possible since it is not culturally polite to do more than glance at it.) Here you should note something on the other person’s card so:
a. You can remember what they looked like and what you talked about
b. What you will be doing to follow up. This should be something like “send link to X” or “call Y to connect them to this person” or “send hardcopy white paper”.

You can use them the same way when it is one on one, but better to make notes after you say goodbye. You will also want to note what problem they are trying to solve and what words they used to describe it which may not fit on the card.

What do I do with them?

Always do what you said you would do (and noted on the back of the card) within 24 hours if possible and no later than a week. If you wait longer, both you and the person you are contacting will have forgotten all about it. Put the person in your career network database and make note about when to follow up with them. Invite them to LinkIn.

If you met them at a large networking event and they work at a company you are interested in, make a time to meet with them over coffee. Find out more about the company to see if you should still be interested in it. Give attention, concern, contacts, links, (did I mention attention?) at this meeting and then stay in touch.

For more about networking and who to network with check out Bioscience Job Kit

What is a keyword?

and what does it have to do with me?

Do you have trouble writing your resume or your online profiles? Do you sit down and simply get overwhelmed?  There are thousands of words in English, which ones express what you do in a way that will attract the right employer?  Do you even know what employer you want to attract? 

First, what words and synonyms are used for your skills and expertise?  These are your “keywords”.  Since the internet and Google have been indexing the world in terms of keywords, we have all had to learn how to use them.  When you type “Divergence” into the Google search bar, you will get only those pages that have to do with Divergence and the top ones will be about the new movie.  Divergence has become a keyword.  But this is also true of “jobs AND (HR OR “Human Resources”)” – the Boolean string for looking for HR jobs. 



Knowing what your keywords are means that you will not waste your time looking at jobs that don’t use your skills and expertise.  Knowing what the synonyms for each one means that you won’t miss any. 

These are the words you need to use in your online profiles (LinkedIn, G+, etc.) and in your resumes and cover letters.  You may also need to use them in your follow up emails and thank you notes.  Of course, you need to use them in good, clear, well-thought out English sentences that demonstrate that you know what they mean and that you are well familiar with their usage and context.  You will use them in your PAR statements and when you talk with people in your career network.  But you probably will NOT use them when you talk with people who are not in your industry as they can sound like Geek or jargon. 

Can you list your top ten keywords?

How to use a highlighter pen

highlighterFor your job search

More and more companies, recruiters and savvy job seekers are using keywords to be a net in the ocean of data on the internet.  Where do you get these keywords? 

The best way to identify your particular keywords is to look in your resume, your CV, your performance reviews and in job postings that are right for you in detail but not in location.  You can either print them out and use a highlighter pen to mark all the important words or cut and paste the text into wordcounter.net. These are the non-fluff words, like protein, expression, purification. Try out the wordcounter.net site by going to Indeed.com and putting in your next job title and a location that you are sure you DON’T want (for this exercise).  Copy and paste to the wordcounter.net site and see what comes up. Put your resume and then your LinkedIn Profile into the site.  The top ten most common words will come up.

Are these your preferred keywords? 

Are they the same as the ones in the job posting you have reviewed?  Why or why not?  Remember that job postings can be as well or poorly written as your LI profile or resume. 

If you don’t have at least 85% of the keywords in a job posting, think very hard about submitting your resume for that job.  Is it because your resume needs work or because the job posting does not include obviously needed skills?   

Remember that companies hire to solve a problem. 

Technical or scientific jobs will use technical and scientific terms.  Yes, soft skills like “adaptable” or “crisis management” are needed but are overused and don’t show the candidate what the job is actually about or the recruiter what the candidate has actually done.  Try not to use them, at least in your resume.  Make these earn their place in your public profiles and resumes.

Once you have your list of “hard” skills, you can craft sentences in your profiles, resumes and cover letters that speak directly to the job you want to do. Why Dragon-Slaying Stories? This will allow recruiters (both in-house and third-party) to connect with you the most likely candidate and you to not waste time applying for jobs that you are not qualified for. 

Remember that “a job, any job” does not exist. 

Companies don’t have “any job” available.  They have very specific ones which need very specific skills as identified by very specific keywords.  What are yours?

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