Launch Your Non-Faculty Job Search . . . Tomorrow!

Did you know that your PhD comes with more perks than you think? Often, graduates are told that their PhDs don’t matter outside of academia. Jen and Maren, co-founders of Beyond the Professoriate, are here to change your mind. In their recent webinar, “Launch Your Non-Faculty Job Search . . . Tomorrow!” Jen and Maren open up a world of possibilities for PhD students who are looking to jump-start non-faculty careers. Jen and Maren explore these 5 DIY strategies to help you land the career you want – sooner than you may have thought possible.

1. Know Yourself

Knowing what you want and having a plan to get it are essential to any job search. Prioritizing your professional identity helps you find out where you want to begin. Jen and Maren offer strategies and useful resources you can use to re-discover what really matters to you as a professional. Have you ever stopped to think about what you want, or what you’re passionate about?

2. Make an Inventory of Your Skills

While PhD training provides specialized critical thinking and researching skills that seem unrelated to the non-faculty job, Jen and Maren will be the first to tell you that this is not the case. “You might take for granted the things that you do, the small things that you do every single day and you might miss it.” These small things are usually those that make you most appealing to employers who are interested in your skills.

3. Learn about employers of interest

Getting the job you want is a process that takes time. Knowing where to look for the job you want is another key to success. Jen and Maren provide effective strategies for navigating non-academic and academic job searches.

4. Get Online

Once you have self-reflected and mapped your skills, you will be ready to build your brand online. Facebook or Twitter can be excellent marketing tools, but so can LinkedIn. This professional site connects you to employers of interest and helps you build a community of like-minded people. Jen and Maren provide tips on how to use LinkedIn to better serve your career interests.

5. Build a New Community

“Every organization is looking for talent . . . and they want to meet good people,” says Maren. Knowing the right steps to take to make your resume work for you is a skill, too. Setting up informational interviews through LinkedIn, Facebook, or even Twitter are more appealing to employers than reviewing the resume of a potential candidate. Jen and Maren provide key pointers about how to request information about the job you want and follow through with the connections you make.

These 5 DIY strategies successfully help you build, promote, and market yourself as a professional. Learn how to harness the power of your PhD with Jen and Maren to make your transition from academia to a non-faculty position a success.

Beyond the Professoriate Community Members attend events like this for free each month and access replays free for two weeks. Ready to launch your next great career? Join the Online Career Hub for PhDs.

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