You’ve finally landed a job in research & development or in the clinical research division at a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company. After spending, a few years mastering your job, you might be thinking of moving into the business side of your company and ask yourself “How much business experience/background do I need to be competitive for a management position within industry?” We interviewed Dr. Alita Miller of Entasis Therapeutics and Dr. Sarah McHatton of Novozymes to get their insights on this question.
How do I prepare myself for a position in microbiology with a different focus than what I was trained in? For example, I would like to do work in industry, but my thesis work has been in very basic research.
The short answer is: talent is a currency accepted everywhere, and an educated and well-rounded microbiologist is a valuable commodity no matter what the work sector. To elaborate on this idea, the Microbe Mentor reached out to Paul Dunman, Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
I am about to graduate with a PhD, and would like to eventually find a job in industry. How to I structure a professional resume for applying to industrial, non-academic positions?
Excellent question! The fact that you understand that there even is a difference between a curriculum vitae, or CV, and an industrial/professional resume has you ahead of the game. Quick review: an academic CV catalogs a person’s academic career, thus contains the full reference for every publication and presentation given, all awards, honors, committee membership lists, etc. A CV can encompass decades’ worth of a career. The content and format are primarily tailored to highlight a person’s overall experience, and are reviewed by peers who generally understand the technical verbiage used in publication and presentation titles.
In contrast, a professional resume summarizes the most recent years of a professional life (often not going back more than 10 years, unless something is particularly relevant). The format and content of a resume are tailored to specifically highlight how closely an applicant matches a specific job posting. Resumes are often reviewed by a Human Resources Department who will likely not be fluent in technical verbiage.