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Interview Techniques and Tips: The Thank You Note

By Travis Medley | March 13, 2013

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…

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Interviews: Stop Talking, Start Asking

By Travis Medley | August 10, 2011

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…

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If Its Not On Your Resume, It Never Happened

By Travis Medley | June 9, 2011

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…

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References – The Final Frontier

By Travis Medley | June 24, 2010

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…

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Take Charge of Your Job Hunt

By Travis Medley | April 16, 2010

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…

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18 Things You Need to Know for Job Hunting Success

By Travis Medley | March 15, 2010

We recently attended a meeting for job seekers in the biotech industry during which a panel of senior Human Resources professionals answered questions and provided insight for people looking to find work within biotech. The points that they shared were not all that different from what we have discussed in previous blogs, but I think…

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Protecting Your Professional Image in the 21st Century

By Travis Medley | February 26, 2010

We all know how important image is to a job search. It’s crucial. This is why we wear a nice suit and print our resumes on thick paper. It’s all about image. And yet, sometimes job seekers fail to remember the image that they are presenting on the internet. Be careful about what you Tweet!…

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How NOT to Receive Phone Calls in Your Job Hunt

By Travis Medley | February 8, 2010

Being in the recruiting business, we make a lot of calls to candidates each day. And you would be surprised how many job seekers have put a lot of thought into their resume, but fail to follow through by ensuring a professional phone experience. Remember that when a hiring manager calls you, it is your…

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How To Get An Industry Job In A New Location

By Travis Medley | January 22, 2010

A major hurdle to getting an industry job in a new country is that many companies will only interview local candidates. Many job seekers think that if they are willing to pay to move themselves, this ceases to be a hurdle but, unfortunately, this is not true. Even if you are willing to pay their…

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Is Job Hunting Getting You Down?

By Travis Medley | November 30, 2009

Not a day goes by (and we’re now at about day 400 of “these” days) that we do not hear from candidates about how frustrated they are with their job search. It doesn’t matter if you have just graduated or have 20 years of industry experience; it’s a rough market out there. What is absolutely…

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Holy Cow! How to Negotiate Your Salary

By Travis Medley | October 20, 2009

Now that you’ve aced your phone interview and your in-person interview, it’s time to negotiate your salary! Don’t know where to start? Don’t worry. Here’s my advice. First things first. Be sure you remember what you have already communicated about your salary; consistency is key. If you are working with a recruiter, be sure they…

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How To Shine in a Job Interview

By Travis Medley | September 30, 2009

If you mastered my ‘Nailing Your Phone Interview” tips, you will, of course, now be preparing for your face-to-face interview. So you will be glad to know that I have some killer tips for that too! Often, it’s the subtle nuances and attention to detail will make the choice clear for a hiring manager. So…

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How To Nail Your Telephone Interview

By Travis Medley | September 16, 2009

The past five years has seen the “phone screen”, where employers interview a large number of candidates over the phone then choose who they’d like to invite for a face-to-face, become an often-used tool. This is unfortunate because it only allows the candidate a short period of time to convey their skills and strengths and,…

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Job Hunting: How to Make a Good First Impression

By Travis Medley | August 31, 2009

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. There is a lot of truth in this old adage and it is especially true for job hunting. Previously, we discussed the importance of the impression your resume leaves on the reader but when you are selected to meet with a company in person,…

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Job Hunting: Wake Up Your Village

By Travis Medley | August 14, 2009

When you are searching for a job, sitting at home mailing out resume after resume might work. But if you get everyone in your village out on the hunt for you your chances of success are greatly increased. Your village is everyone you are connected to in your industry. People love to help others in…

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Job Hunting: How to Use Your Network

By Travis Medley | July 14, 2009

If you are frustrated with applying to job after job with no response, you probably wonder where your resume ends up after you click “submit” on a job board or a company’s web site. You know it lands in a pile with everyone else’s pile, and you have to make your resume impress the right…

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Career Clinic #1: Advice for Eclectically Trained Scientists

By Travis Medley | June 26, 2009

Vijay, a Bitesize Bio reader with an eclectic array of degrees and diplomas contacted us for advice on his career options: I have 3 diplomas in Fashion Designing, an undergraduate degree in Medicine and a Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. I need some career advice. This situation will be familiar to…

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Should You Use a Recruiter?

By Travis Medley | June 18, 2009

Q: Is there a place for a recruiter in your job search strategy? A: A huge, underscored, emphatic YES Recruiters should have a prominent place in anyone’s career decisions. They are, after all, professional networkers whose job it is to make the “match” between company and candidate. They know the lay of the land and…

4 Steps to Harness The Power of LinkedIn

By Travis Medley | June 11, 2009

So,you’re already on Bitesize Bio AND you’re reading an article about finding a job. That says to me that you are net savvy enough to know about professional networking sites! There are a lot of networking sites on the web now, from Twitter to Facebook and MySpace and LinkedIn. But although each of these sites…

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How to Make Your Resume Impress

By Travis Medley | June 2, 2009

Now that you know who you are trying to impress with your resume, it’s time to focus on how it looks and reads. Remember,.this is NOT the venue to display your creativity. They key is to keep it simple and clear. Follow a simple format that is easy to read – remember that your audience…

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Job Hunting: Who Do You Need To Impress?

By Travis Medley | May 25, 2009

Everyone knows that today’s job market is challenging. While there are fewer jobs, and stiff competition from other job-seekers, opportunity is still out there. My name is Travis Medley, President of Simply Biotech, a San Diego County-based recruitment and staffing company specializing in the biotech industry. Over the coming weeks I will be providing you…

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