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

STEM Job Search, Part 2 – How to Engage with Recruiters

First, what is a recruiter? Recruiters work on behalf of an organization (their client) to identify, shortlist, and place candidates to fill various roles in different industries. Understanding the different types of recruiters and headhunters out there is critical to understanding the differences in how they operate (and how it affects you and your job … 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

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