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

The Post-Interview Thank-You Letter: The Most Underutilized Tool in a Jobseeker’s Arsenal

Check out our comprehensive STEM Thank You Letter E-Guide. First, why is the post-interview thank-you letter important? There are many reasons why a post-interview thank-you letter is important in the hiring and interview process. It has the power to leave a positive impression on your interviewers by: Believe it or not, many employers expect a … 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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