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1 Takeaways from ASBMB Experimental Biology 2013 Meeting Shivani Garg May 9, 2013

2 Seminars, Lectures, Professional Development Professional Development Workshops My Individual Development Plan Postdoc in industry vs. academia Jobs in industry – Advantages/Disadvantages Transforming your CV Ten tough industrial questions and how to handle those

3 myIDP Post-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

4 myIDP helps in setting goals and realizing them myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

5 Define your goals, and identify the disconnects Define your current career goal List how this career path matches your skills/interests/values Skills can be – designing/conducting experiments, writing grants, managing lab Interests can be – Plant biology, teaching science, biochemistry, networking Values can be – work-life balance, help environment List potential disconnects between your skills/interests/values and your career goal For example – Tenure track faculty position but may not have good work-life balance! Post-doc in industry but do not have industry experience! Formulate questions based on your disconnects – and do… myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

6 .. Informational interview Can you tell me about your current responsibilities? Can you describe your typical day? How did you get into this field? What kind of additional experience or training did you need to get this job? What are potential future career opportunities for someone in your position? How would you describe the culture, management style of your company/institution? Can you tell me about the typical compensation packages within this field – salary range and other benefits? Are there professional organizations that I should consider joining or websites I should be looking at to get more information? Would you recommend someone else to speak with in this field? myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

7 Then define your goals and choose mentors Three types of goals Project Goals - Urgent Examples – research milestones, attend conferences Skills Development Goals Learn specific techniques, read, network, communicate Career Advancement Goals – Less urgent Build your network Update your CV/Resume Learn about careers Identify mentors A team of mentors and utilize the strength of each myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

8 Postdoc in industry or academia? “Postdoc is never an end in itself, its always a means.” Post-doc can be To pursue current line of research Or to shift to a new area of focus Or to facilitate a move into industry or national lab For some positions, post-doc is not required Ask industry if people do post-docs before applying Some helpful websites – – Largest in life sciences Best place to start - Diversity myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

9 Postdoc in industry or academia? “Lots of post-doc positions are NOT advertised.” Strategies Identify potential labs (PIs, post-docs, journals, conferences) Check websites and recent publications Contact former and current grad students Could make an excel file of potential labs Do RESEARCH! myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

10 Postdoc in industry Non-bench roles in bio/pharma industry Project management Business development IP Technology transfer Regulatory office Not all companies are the same Publishing restrictions Conferences Isolation? Or networking options? myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

11 Post-doc in academia Look for a PI who Can support your professional career development Has a vested interest in helping you find a faculty slot Is understanding of other pressures in your life Negotiate Opportunity to teach Opportunity to attend conferences Time for side-projects Riskiness of your project Opportunity to co-author grant applications myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

12 Post-doc in industry vs academia Disadvantages of post-doc in industry Very focused training vs. academia (broader, richer educational training) Publications may not be high impact as in academia Hard deadline for post-doc position You may not be in the main projects What comes after industrial post-docs Biotech/pharma company Government Research advocacy Science writing IP (requires legal training) Academia (publication record, experience in grant writing) myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

13 Transforming your CV Resumes One page documents (internships/employment) Flexible format CV Multi-page documents Very rigid format For faculty positions We write Resume/CV combos: 2-3 pages Four steps Create message Design skeleton Write descriptive text myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

14 Steps to an effective CV 1.Create message Have a specific job in mind Tailor the CV to the job you are applying for, and communicate a. Academic training b. Professional skills Desire and motivation are conveyed through cover letters 2. Design section headings Traditionally, people start chronologically. That is presenting data, and NOT making an argument. myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

15 Steps to an effective CV Designing section headings tailored to a job. For example, some section headings 1. Qualification Summary 2. Research Experience - Protein Research Experience - NMR Research Experience 3. Teaching/mentorship Experience 4. Project Management Experience 5. Industry Experience 6. Education 7. Awards 8. Publications myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

16 Steps to an effective CV 3. Descriptive Text -Projects -Range of responsibilities -Outcomes Samples available at careers.ucsf.edu Other helpful tips Qualification Summary – Use the same language as is present in the job description! -Computers pick key-words -HR people may not be scientists myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

17 Cover letters When do employers read cover letters and What are they looking for when they do? Cover-letters are tie-breakers. Employers read CV first, then cover letters. Cover-letters are writing samples. Well organized cover letters focus on summarizing outcomes of your - Academic training - Professional skill And stating your - Desire myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

18 Format for cover letter 1. Summary – addresses ‘Why are you a good candidate for this job?” Makes an argument. 2. Academic Training 3. Professional Skills 4. Desire – Tell them about why you started this field of research, why do you welcome the change? Why do you want the job (beyond the location/salary)? What is most rewarding to you? People just give data, make no argument! Cover-letter should not focus on how the job helps you, but how you help the employer! myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

19 Ten tough industrial questions Why are you interested in industry? Purpose – To see your motivation, interest Good response – I’ve had X years in a great academic year. I’m now ready for my next challenge and know that I want to be in an industrial setting. I’ll have a chance to use my technical skills and that projects will change quickly. I’ve already made the decision to leave academics and I’d like to begin my industrial career with you. myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

20 Ten tough industrial questions Where do you see yourself in next five years? Purpose – sense of your commitment, geography. Will you stick around? Good response – I am confident that your company will grow in next five years, and I hope to be part of that growth over the years. I’m confident that if I do a good job, new and exciting opportunities will open up to me here. I’m excited about that, but also excited about the position I’m interviewing for. myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

21 Ten tough industrial questions What is your greatest strength? Purpose – to identify attributes that will qualify and distinguish you for this specific job. Prepare – by gauging what seems to be a critical non- technical component of the job. Good response – I pride myself on my ability and reputation to be a good writer, organized, great team player. For e.g. – recently, I was in a situation where I had to…. This attribute coupled with my strong technical attributes will hopefully make me a strong candidate for this position. myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

22 Ten tough industrial questions What is your greatest weakness? Purpose – can you be objective and open about yourself? Will you learn as you grow and be open to criticism? Pretty Good response – Acknowledge the weakness and steps you are taking to improve it. myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

23 Ten tough industrial questions Tell me about one conflict that you may have had with your boss and how did you resolve it? Purpose – how do you handle opposition? Pretty Good response – Haven’t had a major conflict. I did have a difference of opinion once when …. We resolved it by… myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

24 Ten tough industrial questions What is your biggest professional achievement? Purpose – how you tackled something big? Prepare – Key is to give a clear, concise example of a major project. Pretty Good response – Recount the situation - your role - challenges you faced, how you overcame those - creative steps you took - reveal the positive outcome myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

25 Ten tough industrial questions What sort of positions are you applying for? Purpose – Determine consistency in your message Pretty Good response – I’ve thought a lot about my next job, talked to a lot of people that are in the same role, and know that this is exactly what I want to do. If, for some reason, I’m unable to secure such a role, I will explore positions such as … (something related to your current position). myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

26 Ten tough industrial questions Do you have any questions for me/us? Purpose – Determine preparedness for interview, your interest in company beyond salary. Good response – Position was very clearly defined today and I’m excited about the company, the people I met and my ability to do job well. I did see something on the company website that mentioned that you may be moving into some new therapeutics area. Is that something you are at liberty to discuss? myIDPPost-doc in industry/academiaTransforming your CVTough industrial questions

27 ACKNOWLEDGEMENT WORKSHOP CONDUCTORS AT ASBMB


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