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travismedley

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:

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