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
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!

Take control of your career

Target Your Message and Your Job Search

Which is better? A recruiter or applying online?



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

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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Steps to your next bioscience job!

Do You Know Your Industry and Where Your Next Job Might Be?

What industry are you in or want to be in?
How well do you know it?

Knowledge workers like bioscience professionals are expected to know their industry, what is going on in it and who the main “players” are. 

Do you know how to decide?  Where to look? Who at each company to talk with for more info?


I talk about this in more detail on the 2nd Wednesday each month at my free, open office hours.  Click here to join us!

Advice for Your Career from My Colleagues

career advice in your mailboxWhat is in your inbox?  Mine has lots of great articles on career advice from my career coach colleagues, like:

Alison Doyle:
How to Explain You Were Fired

Mary Eileen Williams:
Why December Can Be One Of The Best Times To Find A Job

Alex Schulte:
True Story: Going to a Networking Event Solo Landed Me My Job

What are you reading to advance your search?

Do you know what the steps are for a career-building job search?

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


A recruiter works, by definition, for the hiring company

Job Search Tip #48 – Interviews



What do you need to be confident and clear in your interviews?  What homework should you have done?  What questions do you need to practice asking?  Do you know about the Wonder Woman stance?  The Superman stance? The right first and last questions to ask?

Join us to do the homework so that your interviews are comfortable and consultative.  For more information, click 



Pick a Career!



Because companies don’t hire “potential”, you have to be the one to choose what job you want to go after.  No one has time to figure that out for you.  You can hire a career coach to help you work it out or you can be really brutally honest with yourself and do the hard work to figure it out for yourself.  

Saying to a recruiter or a hiring manager that you want “any job” or that you “could consider any job” or even “I am currently looking for a job opportunity in biotech/pharmaceutical field”.  You have to be the one to  choose what you want to look for, what you want to do in your next job.  

You can run a couple of job searches simultaneously, but it takes twice as much work. And you can certainly be a serial entrepreneur, or serial careerist.  It seems that we are now working for about 50 years and that jobs only last 2-5 years, so you have plenty of time to change careers.  On the other hand, going from VP to barista or barista to VP can be very difficult.  Choose your next job to get you closer to the one you want to retire from.  

Know what you know. Know what people are willing to pay for. Know what you are willing to do.  Know what brings you joy and also brings you toward your personal goals.  This is what it means to “choose a career”.   

Changing industries?

Kerry Hannon on changing industries“Changing industries? Meet people. If there’s a particular industry you’re interested in, join an association affiliated with it.  Look for volunteer opportunities in that field. Attend industry and professional meetings and conferences. Glom on to alumni groups and the career center at your alma mater where can find help with resumé polishing and smoothing your interviewing skills along with offering networking opportunities. Join LinkedIn. It’s great way to build a professional network. Employers troll it for perspective hires.” Kerry Hannon


Kerry has great points!


In addition:


Immerse yourself in the new industry – subscribe to trade magazines, learn as much as you can about the industry, Google it, subscribe to blogs about it, look for groups on LinkedIn, see if there are groups on Facebook, look for the Twitter hashtag, see if YouTube has any videos about it, go to a physical library and ask at the information desk, read the trade magazine there, find out which companies are in the industry in your town.


Is this industry at all close to the one you want to leave? The biotech development of drugs is not much different from the development of biofuels.  The auto industry has much in common with the large appliance industry (big metal box with lots of moving parts bought by consumers).  What do you know that could be of use in the new industry?


What are the overlapping functions?  Are you in one of them?  For example: Finance and accounting takes place in all industries and even non-profits.  Sales crosses many industries and technical sales does as well. Research may well transfer.


Where are you coming from and where do you want to go?  Do you have a list of skills?  Check out O-Net the latest version of the Directory of Occupational Titles that the Department of Labor puts out. Which of your skills match those used in your preferred industry?  Check out the advanced search function on O-Net.


There are many things to do in the world, many occupations.  What do you want yours to be?  Only you can choose.


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3 Myths About a Great Biotech Resume

698x462 resume not about you Myth #1: Use only your home address and phone number

The Truth:  Use as many ways to get in touch with you as seems reasonable. 
Use your personal email address (as long as it is not silly: hunkaburninglove@hotmail  is not professional),
 use your LinkedIn profile URL: www.linkedin.com/in/conniehampton (do get an /in/ URL – check in your settings
Use your G+ address
Use your Twitter address
As long as you are being professional on all of them.

Don’t use your business phone or email.  You are looking to leave there.

Myth #2: Write an objective about what you want to do next

The Truth: No one cares.  They are not hiring you because you need a job or want to be a…whatever.  They are hiring you because they have a problem they can’t solve with the people they are already paying.  You only get 6 seconds to impress them enough to put you in the “look at more closely” pile instead of the trash.  What can you do that they need to have done that you want to do?  Craft that into 3-5 bullet points using the keywords they used in the job description (or better yet, the ones the guy who is trying to solve the problem, while still doing his regular job, used in the networking meeting you had with him).  Then prove it by showing what you have done to solve those problems in your previous experience.  Use PAR statements or dragon-slaying stories with as many numbers in them as is reasonable.

Myth #3: It is all about you

The Truth:  Your resume is an advertisement designed to get you the interview (not the job).  It should be all about how you can help them solve their problem and intrigue them enough to want to talk with you about it.

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How does hiring work and where do recruiters fit in anyway?

Let’s think about the way hiring works

and where recruiters fit into it. 



You are looking for your next job.  

You know what you have done in the past and have inkling about what you want to do next.  You have checked the job boards, even sent in your lifetime CV, but no bites, or you have had phone interviews but no invitation for a face-to-face interview.  What is going on?

Someone is doing your job plus his own. 

He knows that he is not going to be able to get both done in the time frame needed.  Eventually the boss does too.  The boss says, “Dang, we need to hire someone.  Who do we know?”  75% of jobs are filled by the people known to the team, either in-house or through the team’s professional and personal networks.

If they don’t know the right person,

or the people they do know are not interested in that job, the boss calls HR and says, “Hire me a (insert title here).”  HR finds a position description, if the hiring manager doesn’t give her one, and posts the job to the company career page.  Hundreds of people apply, but only about 2% are invited for interviews.  20% of jobs are filled this way.  Because of the inflow of resumes and applications, HR defends their time by using a computer program called an ATS (Applicant Tracking System) which sends an automatic reply to each applicant saying, “Thanks, we will let you know.”  It then matches the keywords and phrases in each application/resume to the position description uploaded by HR. 

If you have enough of the same key words,

your resume gets tagged and a human (probably the intern or clerk), looks at your resume to review it against the other ones that made it through the “black hole” (ATS).  This person makes a selection of what he/she thinks are the top few and either passes them to the hiring manager, calls to do a “phone screen” or hands them off to another HR person who specializes in recruiting to review and pass on to the hiring manager.

When the hiring manager has time,

he/she reviews those few resumes, picks the top 3-5 and either calls or has HR do a phone screen if one has not been done already.  If he/she likes what he hears, then his admin will make an interview appointment for you.   Most hiring managers don’t have much time since they are trying to get the problem solved or meet the deadline, so this step can take far longer then you would expect.

If neither of these methods works, a recruiter is brought in for this particular job. 

Recruiters only know about the jobs their corporate clients have asked them to fill.  There might be 20 different jobs on the company career page, but the recruiter has only been hired to find the few people to interview for one role. 

Are you money on the hoof?

Some recruiters, called contingency recruiters, do send resumes for many jobs that are posted.  Most bioscience companies don’t accept these resumes and have a note on the career page that says so.  A contingency recruiter might shop your resume around to their various clients or potential clients, but only if, in their experience, you look like “gold” to them. 

No one knows all the jobs out there. 

And no one knows all the jobs that might be available for you.  And only you know what is interesting. 

Programs and Products

My programs, delivered by private coaching or group classes, are designed to teach job seekers how to be visible online with the right keywords, known to the people in the departments in the companies that those particular job seekers find interesting, how to be remembered before someone else for a job, how to be liked and trusted enough to be invited to submit a resume.  Click here for private coaching or free open office hours.

A resume does not get you a job. 

A resume is a piece of marketing collateral designed to get you an interview.  It must be tailored to each job because it needs to get through the ATS. Then the people who look at it to review before passing it on to the hiring manager will give you, perhaps 6, seconds of their time.  Even if you use all of the keywords in the position description, if, in the last few years, you have not done what they need to have done, they will discard your resume.

Do you know what keywords you want to use?  Are you visible on LinkedIn?

Do you have your list of top ten most interesting companies?

Are you networking with people in the department you want to work in in each of those companies?

Have you been invited to submit a resume?

Does the resume speak directly to the problem that that department is trying to solve?


If all of these things are true, then I’d be happy to look over your resume for a particular company.  If they are not, I offer LinkedIn Profile Reviews.  You get a recorded review and suggestions for how to improve your resume or Profile. 

If not, you might want to check out my website at: BioScience Job Kit – At A Glance for more help.

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