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!

Take control of your career

Target Your Message and Your Job Search

Which is better? A recruiter or applying online?

 

 

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!

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

Are you asking these job search questions?

Do you have questions and want to see what other people are looking for? Check out BloomBerry.com 

I asked the site for job search questions.  Above I show it to you and talk about my answers to the questions with my opinions.  

Do you have other questions?

Email me at connie@biosciencejobkit.com or come and ask them directly on Wednesdays or Fridays!

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Complimentary Podcast: How to choose your next job

How to choose your next job

choose your next job

Choose your next job?!  Yes, there really are many jobs out there – We are well into the “War for Talent”.

But it can seem like there are no jobs if you don’t know that 75% of them are filled by personal networking before they ever reach a job board.

Who are you talking with?

Do you know what you want to do?

Where you want to do it?

Who is currently doing it there?

What problems they need to solve?

Here is the latest Office Hours talk on How to Choose Your Next Job

For a longer podcast on how to choose the right words, click here

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Getting BRUTALLY Honest with Yourself

Ways of Using LinkedIn in your Job Search

LinkedIn in your job search

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LinkedIn is a really important tool for your job search.

Of course you have completely filled out your profile on LinkedIn, yes?  And not simply posted a generic resume.  Instead, you have written about the skills you enjoy using and what you have done with them.  You have filled it out as completely as possible and also posted a good picture of you, smiling.

While you are on your profile site, click on the “number of people who have viewed your profile in the last 3 days” button on the right hand side. Do this daily.

These are your first and second degree connections by name and anonymous if more distantly connected.  You can connect with your second degree viewers in many ways – directly, through a first degree connection (check on the viewers profile), through a group you both belong to (you do belong to appropriate groups, yes?), or through the use of Inmail.

Thank them for looking at your profile.

Ask them what you can do for them today.  Interact! Network!  It doesn’t take much time at all!

You need at least 400 people in your LinkedIn Connections to really make this work for you. Most need to be people in your niche, not recruiters, or even your college roommates if they are not in your industry.

“Business friends” are the ones you will work for, find jobs for and who will find jobs for you.  Who are yours?  Do you have a list on your computer?  Do you contact them regularly, even when you are NOT looking for a job?

LinkedIn in your job search is not the only tool.

Your email and social media are important as well.  The phone is too.  Do you know how to use them, long before you write a resume?

Need some help figuring out who they should be or how to keep in contact with them?  Book a coaching call here.  ($125/30 minutes)

17 again

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Every age you ever were is still inside of you.

Job search can put you right back to 17 again. When you had basically no skills (or very few) and there really were thousands of people just like you.

But you are no longer 17.  You have paid your dues and have gained skills and had experiences that make you unique.

“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”
Dr. Seuss

You need to know what these things are.  Getting a job is a sales job – you only have to make one sale, not hundreds.  What are your “features and benefits” for the company you want to work in?  Remember that no company hires if they don’t have a problem.  And they only hire when the people they are already paying can’t solve the problem.  So what is your “Unique Selling Proposition” for each company you want to join?  What makes you you?

You have hundreds of skills.  Some you never want to use again.  Some you “own”. Some you know that you are not quite completely confident in. Make a list!  Grade them!  Choose to search for a job that uses your competencies and gives you the opportunity to increase your skills. It is out there!

If you need help with this, schedule a coaching session with me and let’s make it happen! $125/30 minutes

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How to Fail at Job Search

Manage the bioscience interview

tip 49 - manage the bioscience interview

You got a bioscience interview! Congratulate yourself!  You have passed so many hurdles.

Now don’t blow it by being too eager! Be professional and take control of each bioscience interview from the beginning.

  • Choose a time to interview that will allow you to be completely up to speed.
  • See if they will give you the name of the person who will be interviewing you on the phone.  
  • Review what you are bringing to the table, but more important, what problem the company is trying to solve.  
  • Which of your dragon-slaying stories fits this job?  
  • Which words do you want on the tip of your tongue so you sound like a member of the tribe?  

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Why is it so hard to find a job?

Why is it so hard to find a job? The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics  shows us that the unemployment rate for people with a professional degree or a PhD is less than 3% which is statistically 0%. 

Why is it so hard to find a job

 

So why is it so hard to find a job, even though the economy is better than it was? Especially for fresh inexperienced graduates and well-experienced Boomers?  What is holding you back? Or tripping you up?

Many people think that you find a job like you order a book on Amazon – go online and find the one that looks interesting, click and attach your CV and wait for “the call”. Or they think that holding one of those degrees above is the “E” ticket to a good job and being chased by headhunters and HR people. It is really depressing to find out that it isn’t so.

So what is the way?  The above method is very broken.  But you can still find the right job.

You have learned hard topics, like neurobiology and brain surgery.  Job search skills are not nearly as difficult, but must still be respected, thought through and employed. 

What skills do you think you don’t have or are missing that should make it easier? Are they lab or bioscience skills?  Or are they job search skills? Can you list your job search skills the way you can your science skills?  

Bonus tip: Learning the skills of job search is easy but there is quite a bit of misinformation or outdated methods still being taught online.  

 

If you need some personal help, just book a time to talk here

 

Or How to Fail at Job Search

Here are a couple of tips to keep your self-confidence up while you are in the middle of your job search

Self-confidence can be hard to hold on to while you look for your next job. Even if that job will be CEO.

I find that creating a file or keeping a notebook or a “brag book” of what I have already

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done in my life (not just in my current job or in my career) can be a real inspiration.

Then pick one or three and write them on a sheet of paper and post it where you can see it from your desk.

Another place to start is to have a record of your skills.  Do you have a list of them?  Set aside 10 minutes to write them down.  Just keep writing – include everything you can think of, from tying your shoes to making soufflés, from great presentation skills to a thorough knowledge of how to use a PCR, from the technical (we humans can “geek” in any technology from knitting to computers) to the commonplace.

Congratulations – look at all those skills!  And I’m sure that is not all of them.

Knowing what you have to offer will help you remember that you are not one of a faceless mass of people competing for your next job.  It will also help you not waste your time applying for jobs you really won’t fit.

Whether you are currently working full time or not, do something else that you like to do.  Volunteer with those less fortunate, teach, read to elders or children, coach a sport or….

Self-confidence is very attractive if it is true.  And if you need to “fake it, til you make it” be sure that the unstable support under that is not visible.  Better to actually be confident.

If you are worrying about getting hired for a job you really can’t do, don’t apply for that one!!  Apply for one that you KNOW you can do.

If you need some help with this, book some time with me and we can get you back on track.

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