Tuesday, 23 October 2018 13:45

4 Tips for Getting an Industry Postdoc

Two Scientists Plates LPHave you considered doing a postdoc in industry and currently applying? Are you applications be turned away? Try to network well before applying & tailor your application materials. Read more tips to help you get an industry postdoc. Happy applying!

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Wednesday, 17 October 2018 11:15

Factors to Consider for Industry Postdocs

Test Tubes Final2Are you in between academia and industry, and need help deciding which path to go down? We describe the opportunities and challenges of joining industry with a microbiology background - some of which include plenty resources and opportunities for growth, while the downsides are restrictions on what and when to share.

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 10:27

How to Prioritize Projects in a Corporate Company

now Career HPPrioritization is something we all do daily, yet most of us never take time to formally develop the skill. We choose to go with our gut feeling, or what “makes sense” at the time. In the corporate world, your work impacts the effectiveness of the business as a whole and resources can be limited. It’s imperative to align your work with the broader goals of the organization and to learn how to strategically prioritize projects so that you achieve the best results and tackle the most important projects first. We give you tips on how to start prioritizing your projects in a corporate company.

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Business Management Crop 2You’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.

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Friday, 15 April 2016 09:19

How to Market Yourself for Industry

restriction enzymes Career PlanningHow 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.

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Friday, 15 April 2016 09:16

Preparing a Resume for Industry

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.

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