Lauren will be presenting a series of seminars for BioCareers during 2024 to provide career advice to graduate students and postdocs. This is the first talk in the series: To see details about these events: see link: https://www.biocareers.com/
Navigating the Job Search Process: Tips for Postdocs in the Life Sciences
This talk provides advice on how to prepare and conduct an effective job search tailored to postdoctoral fellows. This presentation begins with a focus on questions that every job seeker should ask themselves before they begin their search to ensure a focused search on roles and organizations aligned to the job seeker’s values, interests, and skills. The talk then provides tips on how to identify and research organizations through on-line searching, LinkedIn, conferences, press releases, new sources, networking and other methods and how to identify the title(s) relevant to your career interests. Additional details will be discussed regarding how to create a job search checklist and the value of formally tracking your progress over time to maintain focus and accelerate the search. The talk discusses the “hidden job market” as well as how organizations and recruitment firms use LinkedIn to connect with talent. Lastly, the talk covers job search timeframes including when to start looking and how long you have to make a decision on an offer once you receive one. This talk focuses mainly on the industry job market, but information can be applied to the academic market also.