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Navigating the Path to Industry: A Hiring Manager's Advice for Academics Looking for a Job in Industry Paperback – October 8, 2014
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About the Author
M.R. Nelson is a manager of people and projects in the biotechnology industry, specializing in the intersection of science and information technology. She has more than ten years of experience as a hiring manager, and a Ph.D. in the biosciences. She is also the author of Taming the Work Week: Work Smarter Not Longer, a short ebook about improving personal productivity. You can find her online at BeyondManaging.com.
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This book is a really concise guide for navigating the job hunting process, particularly in transitioning from academia into industry and some of what to expect. From finding out what opportunities are available and exploring them to formatting your resume and what to expect in the interview process. Nelson writes clearly, and is aware of a lot of the fears, doubts, and uncertainties that academics exploring industry careers can have and fully acknowledges that everyone involved is human. Some career things I've seen expect any applicant to be a perfect superstar and that's not the presumption here, which is pretty refreshing to see.
If you need a primer to help you with a job search, this is a great resource (and you can never start too soon with planning for the future of your career.
This short guide is a very useful tool for PhDs applying for non academic jobs. The section on writing and formatting a resume is incredibly helpful, for anyone applying for a job, not just academics. I am currently in a job-search and I have already implemented some of the steps outlined in the book and I will refer to it in the future, particularly as I format my resume and cover letter.
The book is divided into 4 sections and is a quick read. I really enjoyed the author's conversational writing style.The advice in the book isn't easy or necessarily quick. The author actually advises in several places that the process may take a year or more. Still, I found the advice, particularly about networking, to be very relevant and feasible for someone looking to move into the private sector.
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of the book.