Update Your STEM Resume Month

Fall – The Best Time to Update Your STEM Resume

I love the fall season. There’s something about the weather, the coziness, the drinks, the holidays, and the colorful leaves that make that satisfying crunch as you walk over them. It’s also the time of year when my calendar gets jam-packed with many returning clients looking to update their resumes, LinkedIn profiles, and other documents. … Continue Reading

Professional References

How to Select Professional References

This post will cover: What is a reference sheet? A reference sheet is a list of people you provide to an employer who can speak positively about your work ethic and the skills, experiences, and achievements that reflect the qualities you bring to the position. How do employers use references? A study by SkillSurvey, an … Continue Reading

STEM Job Search, Part 6 – How to Prepare for an Informational Interview

Informational Interview Overview An informational interview is an informal, focused conversation about a topic that interests you. In the context of a job search, these interviews revolve around meeting someone who can share valuable insights into what it’s like to work in a specific role, company, or industry. Informational interviews are a great networking tool … Continue Reading

STEM Job Search, Part 5 – How to Ask for an Informational Interview

You’ve sent your personalized LinkedIn invite. The person accepts. Now what? Most people invite someone to connect, wait for them to accept, and leave it at that. You’re going to do things differently. Once this person becomes a 1st-degree connection, you can view the profiles of their connections. You can also use LinkedIn’s messaging feature … Continue Reading

STEM Job Search, Part 4 – How to Write LinkedIn Invites with Substance

Note: If you’re new to this STEM job search series, I suggest starting with part 1, which covers the first step of an organized job search—creating a list of target companies. This list is the foundation for the subsequent posts in the series. “The easiest thing is to react. The second easiest thing is to … Continue Reading

Professional Networking

STEM Job Search, Part 3 – How to Build Your Professional Network

What comes to mind when you think of networking? From my observation, most people get stressed about networking. They know they need to do it, but it conjures images of attending networking events, passing out business cards, and engaging in awkward conversations, fake laughter, and cliched introductions with strangers. Others think of networking as “using … Continue Reading

5 Strategies for Building a Strong Engineering & Science Resume

The most common mistake I see when working with scientists and engineering professionals is information overload. Information overload shows up as confusing industry jargon, unfamiliar acronyms, or overly detailed job descriptions while neglecting the impact you delivered. So how can you present your technical skills, knowledge, and achievements in a way that leaves a positive … Continue Reading

Quit a Job

New Job – How Soon is too Soon to Quit?

I received a message from a client who wanted to transition her scientific research background, focused on microbiology, parasitology, and molecular biology, into a molecular diagnostics role in a clinical setting. Additionally, she wanted to relocate to the east coast and be closer to family. In her message, she shared that she successfully relocated to … Continue Reading

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