Non-Academic Jobs Search Skills

General Advice:

The skills you will need (notes from the Harvard-Polaris event, December 8, 2015, "The Road Ahead")

        • Work effectively with people from other disciplines.
        • Communicate in writing and speaking. Learn to sell your ideas and to convince others.
        • Practice team working.
        • Flexibility--better be a generalist than a specialist.
        • Analytical skills.
        • Be willing to take risks. Get out of your shell.
        • Build professional friendships (quality) rather than network superficially (quantity). Keep in touch with your contacts. Relationships are key.
        • Learn basic business skills (using email effectively, running effective meetings, etc.)
        • Audit business-related courses (for example at HBS).
        • Be open to, and grab, opportunities to broaden your skills.
        • Build you mentorship skills.
        • Be proactive in your search.
        • Use alumni connections (especially lab alumni networks).
        • Pursue informational interviews.
        • During interviews, ask lots of questions (which shows that you're an inquisitive person).
        • Temporary jobs are a great way to get a foot in the door.
        • Seek jobs that are exciting to you. You're a Harvard postdoc: The world is your oyster.

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