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

7 Strategies to Identify the Hiring Manager & Address Your Cover Letter

I’ve worked with many clients who express the cover letter is harder to write than their resume. One of the primary challenges is figuring out how to address the cover letter. Most people use a generic salutation, such as Dear Sir/Madam, Dear Human Resources Director, To Whom It May Concern, etc. You can do better … Continue Reading

Relocation

How to Address Relocation on a STEM Resume

A client, whom I worked with during the COVID-19 pandemic, inspired this post. He had landed a job—the first one he applied to with his new engineering resume—as a computational fluid dynamics engineer with a transportation company. Recently, he contacted me about his plans to relocate back to his native country, Norway, in the next … Continue Reading

Post-Interview Follow-Up

How to Navigate the Post-Interview Follow-up Period without Going Insane

Unfortunately, most of the job search process involves waiting. This part can be particularly agonizing during the post-interview follow-up stage, when you are waiting to hear about the next steps in the hiring process. You don’t want to come across as pushy, desperate, or overly eager and hurt your chances of getting the job. However, … Continue Reading

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 6 of 6 – Education and the Final 5%

If you have been diligently following my 6-part STEM resume writing series, you are on your way to developing a targeted and achievement-oriented resume that includes: Part 6 will cover the following topics: This article also includes links to other informative blog posts. Let’s get started! How to position education on your resume? Many people … Continue Reading

Experience

STEM Resume Breakdown, Part 5 of 6 – How to Write the Experience Section

We will specifically examine the following topics: This article will also include links to other informative blog posts that you may find helpful to build out your experience section. What’s the purpose of the experience section? The primary goal of the experience section is to provide examples of how you used your experience, knowledge, and … Continue Reading

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