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Travis Medley

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 Travis Medley:

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

18 Things You Need to Know for Job Hunting Success

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…

15 Mar 2010 Career Development & Networking

Protecting Your Professional Image in the 21st Century

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!…

26 Feb 2010 Career Development & Networking

How NOT to Receive Phone Calls in Your Job Hunt

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…

08 Feb 2010 Career Development & Networking

How To Get An Industry Job In A New Location

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…

22 Jan 2010 Career Development & Networking

How Forgiveness Can Help Your Job Hunt

2009 was a tough year for job hunters. But the good news is we are starting to see a lot more “action” on the hiring front. Most of this activity is overdue. Because of recruitment freezes, teams have been stretched and they are working longer hours – often for less pay – and maintaining a larger workload.…

08 Jan 2010 Career Development & Networking

Is Job Hunting Getting You Down?

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…

30 Nov 2009 Career Development & Networking

Measure Twice, Cut Once

This old construction adage has a home within your job search. Attention to detail is crucial, especially in the “e” age. You no longer have your sense of humor, wit, charm, personality or infectious smile to fall back on. Instead, you only have the cold black and white of the written word. So why is…

11 Nov 2009 Career Development & Networking

Holy Cow! How to Negotiate Your Salary

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…

20 Oct 2009 Career Development & Networking

How To Shine in a Job Interview

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…

30 Sep 2009 Career Development & Networking

How To Nail Your Telephone Interview

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,…

16 Sep 2009 Career Development & Networking

Job Hunting: How to Make a Good First Impression

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,…

31 Aug 2009 Career Development & Networking

Job Hunting: Wake Up Your Village

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…

14 Aug 2009 Career Development & Networking

Job Hunting: How to Use Your Network

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…

14 Jul 2009 Career Development & Networking

Career Clinic #1: Advice for Eclectically Trained Scientists

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…

26 Jun 2009 Career Development & Networking

Should You Use a Recruiter?

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…

18 Jun 2009 Career Development & Networking

4 Steps to Harness The Power of LinkedIn

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…

11 Jun 2009 Career Development & Networking

How to Make Your Resume Impress

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…

02 Jun 2009 Career Development & Networking

Job Hunting: Who Do You Need To Impress?

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…

25 May 2009 Career Development & Networking
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