At Beyond the Professoriate, we help graduate students and PhDs thrive in today’s fast-changing economy.

Job Search the Smart Way provides tips and strategies for embarking on the next great phase of your career with confidence. In each episode we’ll talk about career options for PhDs, demystify the nonacademic job search, and discuss the psychological barriers PhDs encounter in a career transition.

Your host, Dr. Maren Wood, is Founder of Beyond the Professoriate, a career coach and international keynote speaker.

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EPISODE 34: How to network when you don’t have a network

Networking is one of the most important ways to explore career options and land jobs. But it can be intimidating and overwhelming, especially if you don’t have a network. How do you build a network if you don’t have a network? In this episode, Maren shares tips and strategies you can use to help graduate students, PhDs, and alumni, build authentic networks so that they can identify career options, land opportunities, and build meaningful careers.

EPISODE 1: Why we fear we won’t be happy outside of academia

In this introductory episode, Maren talks about her journey from graduate school to leaving academia and starting her own successful business. Walking away from her dream — of becoming a professor — was not an easy decision for Maren. Like so many PhDs, she worried about being unfulfilled and unhappy in a nonacademic job. Now, 8 years later, she has a different perspective on what was truly holding her back.

EPISODE 21: Applying for jobs and not hearing back? Stop making these mistakes!

Are you one of the thousands of job candidates who are submitting job applications but not getting an interview? It’s time to take a step back and evaluate your strategy. In this episode, Maren talks about what she’s learned interviewing PhDs at Beyond the Professoriate, common mistakes people are making with their resumes and cover letters, and strategies you can take to avoid these costly mistakes.

EPISODE 33: Why your resume isn’t getting you interviews

Many job seekers spend hours stressing about perfecting their resumes. It makes sense – it’s something you can control. We often use resumes as a metric in the job search, counting the number we’ve submitted or the number we plan to send per week. It can be frustrating and demoralizing when we don’t hear back from employers. In this episode, Maren discusses 3 common myths about resumes, and how job seekers can actually land interviews for coveted positions.

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