Dr. Isaiah Hankel is the Founder and CEO of Cheeky Scientist. His articles, podcasts and trainings are consumed annually by 3 million professionals in 152 different countries. He has helped professionals transition into top companies like Amazon, Google, Apple, Intel, Dow Chemical, BASF, Merck, Genentech, Home Depot, Nestle, Hilton, SpaceX, Tesla, Syngenta, the CDC, UN and Ford Foundation.

Dr. Hankel has published three bestselling books and his latest book, The Power of a PhD, debuted on the Barnes & Noble bestseller list. His methods for getting professionals hired have been featured in the Harvard Business Review, Nature, Forbes, The Guardian, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine and Success Magazine.

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If You Have A Degree And Do This, You’ll Never Get A Job

By: Isaiah Hankel

Getting a great job is not just about doing the right things, it’s about not doing the wrong things. I felt awkward and creepy as I walked up to a group of four other grad students and reached out to shake one of their hands. I had a big goofy smile on my face to hide how uncomfortable I was.  Someone else started talking and I relaxed a little. I kept trying to think of things to say but couldn’t come up with anything. Finally I said, “So, does anyone have a job lined up?”  Everyone was silent for a…

Top 10 Reasons Your LinkedIn Messages Are Being Ignored 

By: Isaiah Hankel

I set a goal to connect with two new people a day on LinkedIn. This was my entire job search strategy… Get on LinkedIn. Find someone who worked for Baxter, Pfizer, Amgen or similar. Click the blue connect button. Repeat once. Go back to writing my thesis. The end. It was a bad strategy. No one accepted my connection requests. Literally no one. I remember refreshing my screen at the end of every day hoping to see some new connections. I thought that something was wrong with my account. I even sent an email to LinkedIn’s customer service department. They…

6 Advantages Degree Holders Have Over Other Job Candidates

By: Isaiah Hankel

“Big companies don’t want to hire academics because they’re overqualified and too independent.” This is what a career counselor told a room full of students in my third year of graduate school. It was 7 p.m. in the evening and we all had to show up to a late-night seminar series that the university was holding for graduate students. Okay, we didn’t have to show up, but it was strongly encouraged. So I signed up. The first night was about business ethics, which basically amounted to the guy saying don’t launder money and don’t steal office supplies.  The second night…

Don’t Even Bother To Apply If You Have These 10 Things On Your Résumé

By: Isaiah Hankel

What are you supposed to do when you send hundreds of résumés out and get nothing back but a few automated responses?  This is the question I was trying to answer my last year of graduate school. I literally sent out hundreds of résumés. I posted my résumé to Indeed and waited for the tidal wave of industry job offers to roll in.  Yeah… that didn’t happen. I polished up a generic résumé and uploaded it to dozens of industry job websites. I remember getting on Pfizer and Baxter’s websites, clicking the job opportunities tab, and seeing all the industry…

12 Tips On How To Negotiate A Job Offer To Increase Your Starting Salary In Industry

By: Isaiah Hankel

“I’m sorry, that’s the salary cap for this position.” Wait, what? What’s a salary cap? I mean, I’ve heard of a salary cap before, in sports. But these were for professional athletes making millions of dollars. How could a job in industry have a salary cap? I had applied to a product manager position in industry. I went on a series of interviews and finally got a job offer. That’s when the negotiating began. I knew from past job offer negotiations that if I didn’t negotiate, I would look like an amateur. If I didn’t negotiate, the hiring manager would…