STEM Skills

STEM Skills & Trends Shaping the Career Landscape

Let’s start with the challenges facing STEM employers. Several factors have exacerbated the STEM graduate shortage: There is a growing issue of talent churn due to globalization and flexible working arrangements, which have contributed to organizational instability and knowledge retention. The high demand for STEM skills and the rise of remote and hybrid work arrangements … Continue Reading

The Festive Job Hunt: 5 Strategies to Kickstart the New Year

Let’s address the myth of the holiday-hiring hiatus. Year-end job seekers often face additional challenges, such as people being unavailable due to planned time off. You may have bought into the misconception from other people, including corporate recruiters, that job hunting during the holidays is a waste of time. Hiring is a year-round process, and … Continue Reading

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

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

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

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