Travis is the President of Simply Biotech, a specialized recruiting and staffing firm dedicated exclusively to the biotech industry in San Diego County. More information may be found at www.simplybiotech.com

Articles by travismedley:

Why you shouldn’t be slow in your response to prospective employers in science

We live in an age if instant gratification. Instant streaming, instant Facebook updates, instant Tweets. When do I want it? Right now, of course. In this age of “instantness”, it is crucial as the job seeker that you respond early and often to inquiries from companies or recruiters. To fail to do so only risks…

12 Aug 2013 Career Development & Networking

How to stop a bad reference from hurting your job prospects in science

In my recruitment agency, we have seen many instances where a candidate was fired from his last job and knows that his manager is not going to say nice things during a reference. Often he had a great experience at that company until this manager took over his department and the two never saw eye-to-eye. Has this happened to…

22 Jul 2013 Career Development & Networking

Be a Science STAR at Your Next Interview!

Have you ever been to an interview where you felt like you didn’t answer a question specifically, or kicked yourself afterward for not sharing a great example with the interviewer? If you have, you are not alone. Fortunately, an interview is something you can prepare and train for ahead of time by utilizing the STAR…

17 Apr 2013 Career Development & Networking

Interview Techniques and Tips: The Thank You Note

We have discussed the importance of thank you emails and thank you cards ad nauseum. If you have read this blog more than three or four times, you have undoubtedly heard each of us espouse the importance of the follow-up thank you. As a result, we have received inquiries directly from our readers asking for…

13 Mar 2013 Career Development & Networking

Successfully Navigated an Interview: That’s Great, but Now What?

Interviews are great – sometimes it feels good to have been invited in to compete for a position. Interviews are also a crucial time to ask, “What’s next?” This critical question will help you understand the hiring process. Hiring managers often end every interview with the same line, such as, “We are conducting other interviews and we’ll follow-up…

06 Mar 2013 Career Development & Networking

Did Your Parents Teach You Good Manners?

Please. Thank you. Don’t talk with food in your mouth. Parents all over the world work every day to instill the right types of manners in their children. We all know we should say “please” and “thank you” when ordering at a restaurant, but do you use these some core values when interviewing? Were you…

07 Jan 2013 Career Development & Networking

My Mommy’s In The Shower (or How to Lose a Job Opportunity)

We all know that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. This begs the question, why do so many job seekers allow other people to make a poor first impression for them? People spend countless hours and often hundreds of dollars on their resumes. They draft, review, re-write, and re-review until…

02 Nov 2011 Career Development & Networking

Interviews: Stop Talking, Start Asking

Often, when we interview, our primary concern is explaining the variety of ways that we can benefit the organization. Unfortunately this often results in the interviewer talking incessantly about themselves and it can be perceived poorly. Additionally, if you keep talking about yourself, you may make yourself out to be a generalist (someone who is…

10 Aug 2011 Career Development & Networking

How To Kill Your Interview Chances Stone Dead

You know the old adage; it’s not what you say, but how you say it. This does not apply to interviews! What you say is extremely important; every word choice and every sentence choice can have an impact on whether or not you are selected for a job. We get feedback about why people are passed over for…

14 Jul 2011 Career Development & Networking

If Its Not On Your Resume, It Never Happened

Over the past decade, resumes have played a increasingly important role in the hiring process, even though companies insist they hire people, not resumes). The problem has only been exacerbated by the current economic condition, though it is improving. The new role of the resume has caused job seekers to have to make significant changes to…

09 Jun 2011 Career Development & Networking

Holiday Rush

Happy Holidays! ‘Tis the season to shop and prepare for time with our family.  Might as well put the job search on hold until the New Year, right?  WRONG!  Although conventional wisdom states that people do not hire in December, this is false.  Many staffing firms have their strongest months in the fourth quarter and this…

13 Dec 2010 Career Development & Networking

Let EVERYONE Know When You Are Looking for a Job

When job-hunting, leads can come from unexpected places, so be ready.

25 Oct 2010 Career Development & Networking

Don’t Answer The Phone!

We love our cell phones. They are equipped with SMS, email, access to Facebook and Twitter – basically, we can connect with the world in an instant. So what I am going to say right now may blow your mind. It will be the opposite of what we’ve been trained to do when we hear…

27 Sep 2010 Career Development & Networking

Focus Your Job Hunting Efforts in the Right Places

It has been a struggle over the past couple of years to find a job in the biotech arena – we all know that. The great news is that it is getting better. The frustrating news is that hiring managers aren’t getting less stringent on finding the perfect candidate. Several years ago, candidates received offers…

24 Aug 2010 Career Development & Networking

Can’t Remember Which Position You Applied For?

IF you are looking for a job, do you blast our resumes out indiscriminately to positions, regardless of whether they are in line, below, or above your skill level? Do you send out so many resumes that you do not know where or when you have applied? If so, stop now! This can lead to some…

02 Aug 2010 Career Development & Networking

Study Up Before Your Interview

Candidates today are looking for any edge to help them secure a job offer. One crucial area that you can prepare for is being able to discuss the organization you are interviewing at. It is crucial that you are prepared and can demonstrate why you are interested in a company. You want to show your interviewer…

09 Jul 2010 Career Development & Networking

References – The Final Frontier

You applied to a position and have run the interview gamut – you’ve had an initial phone screen, a follow-up phone screen, an initial in-person interview, a follow-up in-person interview, and a final interview – Phew! You’ve talked about your career, your ambitions, your salary requirements and your future. You love them and they love…

24 Jun 2010 Career Development & Networking

Want a Job? Be Patient.

Today’s subject is instant gratification – or the thought process, “I have to have it now, or I am not happy!”.  For our times, which are filled with streaming video, text messages, and on-demand movies, we are used to having what we want, immediately. In today’s job market, it is more important than ever that…

27 May 2010 Career Development & Networking

Beware of Overusing Technology in Your Job Hunt

Technology is bigger, faster and better than it ever has been before. It saves us time, and energy by doing our work for us, right? You can Google job prospects, develop sophisticated spiders to seek out hidden opportunities, “e-blast” your resume to hundreds of people with a single click – heck, you can even have…

29 Apr 2010 Career Development & Networking

Take Charge of Your Job Hunt

If you are looking for a new job, it probably feels like full-time work right now. The number of positions is low and the number of calls and emails you are receiving regarding your resume are probably less than you would like. So it is more important than ever to take control and maximize every…

16 Apr 2010 Career Development & Networking