The pilgrimage has begun my friends and if you missed the introductory plan, access here to learn more about it.
I am now basically enjoying reading all those interesting articles from people who are known to be experts in the job seeking area. In life I follow no Gurus, but I am one of those who respects a lot those who've accomplished their golden seat with their own hard work, sweat and tears. These are the people that can really express how tough the walk can be, how serious the talk should get.
If you remember well, I am on the introductory part of my pilgrimage. The part where I learn first to then apply at a later stage. This time I read an article by Dora Farkas posted in the cheekyscientist.com website. The article provided a lot of good behavioral conducts that can enhance one perspectives. Most of them I have already been applying from an early stage, other parts I have only recently invested on. The good news is that I was fully aware of the importance of it all and had made it part of my system. This is a good indicator that I am hopefully going in the right direction.
In the article entitled "How to write a PhD thesis and get a job at the same time", Dr. Farkas mentions the ideas I hereby transcribe. All these ideas she also develops in her own business program that it's not my place to assess. Let's then look at what I summarised as essential for me, that she offers us and might represent a good dipping compass for job seekers.
Networking is indispensable if you want a job. The key is you have to start networking while you’re finishing your thesis, not after you finish it. Especially because You will learn what marketable skills employers are looking for.
f you are not the right candidate for their company, they might ask you if you would be willing to put them in contact with someone with the right background. Many PhD students struggle with getting interviews simply because they cannot articulate through their resumes and cover letters the value that they would bring to a company... it takes 6-12 months to find a PhD level position (even longer if you have no professional network).
you can show genuine interest in what others are doing without looking like you are desperate for a job.
here will be a few people who are easy to talk to and their backgrounds are similar to yours. Keep in touch with these.
Update your plan regularly.
If you enjoy lab work, apply for jobs where you will be working at the bench. If you like writing, apply for positions where writing will be one of your primary responsibilities.
Expand your network in any way you can.
Contributing to discussions which will improve your credibility as an “expert” in your field.
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