I wanted to spend some time today telling you about an excellent resource being made available to you here at Bio Careers…I am speaking of the Bio Careers “Virtual Job Summit”, which kicks off February 1st, 2012.
Here is the link to register: http://www.biocareers.com/virtual-job-summit/index.html?1
Attending this job summit will help your exposure as a job seeker, and also help you learn about prospective institutions and companies who could hire you.
I would also urge you to attend as many of the webinars as you have time for…I will be presenting one, and there will be others as well. You will have valuable information given to you by thought leaders in the life sciences pertaining to job search, and the state of the industry itself.
I wouldn’t be worthy of calling myself “Coach Tom,” if I didn’t say a few words about how to prepare for, and get the most out of an event like this, so here goes:
1. Make sure you have thought through and developed a cogent way of explaining who you are and what you can do for an employer…write it out and internalize it so it “flows.”
2. Really research and think about the KINDS of organizations and institutions that can hire you.
3. Take this self – knowledge, and keep it in mind as you research the organizations who will have virtual booths at the job summit.
4. When the Job Summit kicks off, you now have an organized plan to reach out to the pertinent exhibitors at the summit.
5. Be brave, reach out and follow up with people. Bio Careers can put a gazillion organizations in front of you, but if you don’t put forth that effort, it doesn’t matter.
6. Take copious notes…Notes aren’t just for webinar attendees…write down everyone you talk to, and what you talked about…take note of the companies that interest you and why they interest you…these are the things you study that will illuminate and guide your search.
Keep this in mind – if an organization you have targeted to explore at the job summit isn’t advertising an opening tailored just for you, or if you are unable to meet at that moment with someone in a hiring capacity, fear not…the important thing here is gathering pertinent information that you can act on later, as part of an organized job search campaign.
I am often asked if it’s OK to submit a CV to the HR reps at “live and in person” job fairs, and the same advice holds for those attending “virtual” job fairs…as long as it’s pertinent to the company, it’s fine to do so…just be aware that doing so is only a first initial step, and that the next move is always yours.
In my view, pertinent research and data gathering are the foundational pillars of a good job search. As such, this event is a great investment of your time and effort.
It’s not often that you find the opportunity to research, network, and learn all in one spot, so I HIGHLY recommend you attend the Bio Careers “ Virtual Job Summit”
Good luck, and stay tuned for “what to do next, after the job fair”
All the best, “Coach Tom”
Thomas Patrick Chuna is a certified Five O’Clock Club job search coach.
The Five O’Clock Club is a nationally recognized outplacement firm with a proven job search methodology that helps job seekers get better jobs faster.
The Five O’Clock Club also provides affordable, humane outplacement services to companies who care about the well being of their employees.
Tom is also an experienced independent recruiter specializing in molecular oncology research scientists & MD’s.
Learn more: http://www.fiveoclockclub.com http://www.patrick-international.net