Some Thoughts on Preparation for Changing Jobs
As the job market window of opportunity opens in the Bay Area, questions from some of you in my network have turned to how do I prepare for a new position and/or write a new resume to move, reenter the market or develop a “change resume” for shifting between functions or organization types. Many had stayed in positions that became undesirable with the layoffs and resultant piling on of additional assignments on those still in place but couldn’t entertain leaving until alternatives became available.
When there’s an opportunity to change jobs, many find themselves asking “do I want to just jump back onto this same horse and keep doing the same work” or do I want to change what I do for a living. When I was laid off after 20 years of employment at Syntex, a very insightful counselor at an outplacement center suggested that I’d just been let out of prison and had a wonderful chance to reinvent myself and find a more satisfying job. At the time I didn’t find his comment very helpful but now understand his wisdom.
But I did find the advice of Elizabeth Kubler-Ross on dealing with the five stages of grief as applied to facing a layoff—denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance—far more constructive at the time. I recognized if I didn’t get through the anger I wouldn’t make a very good candidate in front of a hiring manager. In a blog on the “The Five Stages of Grief Related to Unemployment” published in 2011, a certified career management coach Dumont Gerken Owen, Ph.D. explains this in terms of today’s marketplace.
Several of you have approached me with renewed hope to find a more satisfying position now that industry jobs are more available in California once again. These queries led me to revise a section at the end of Jobs That Crossed My Desk on writing resumes. I found UC Davis Internship and Career Center’s Guide to Resumes (2011) relevant to workers in our industry.
The NOVA workboard report Tech Resumes 2.0 focuses more on Silicon Valley tech positions but is still useful to those of us living in the Valley. The study includes resume advice from 27 Valley recruiters and hiring decision makers as well as practical employment search and resume tips, key messages for job seekers, employers, economic development leaders, educators, and workforce boards.
I continue to include Susan Caldwell’s nicely written article “10 Tips for Creating a Door-Opening Resume” in this section. Even if you’re not a medical writer, you can find useful tips in this piece.
I googled several questions about writing a resume and was astounded at the number of different sites with free advice, templates, etc. Of course, some service providers who specialize in career counseling were also listed. I also searched Amazon’s top books for job hunters and writing resumes and found a list including one of my favorites What Color Is Your Parachute? 2013: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers by Richard N. Bolles. I found this book especially useful in helping me determine what types of job functions I liked best when they was ready to recommit to a new job.
Highlights for Upcoming Week
- BioCentury TV Today, See new program Webcast Starting Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013 http://www.biocenturytv.com, Available anytime starting at 9:00 a.m. EDT; Topic: “The VC Ecosystem: Behind The Cash Flow;” Speakers: Kurt von Emster of the $200 million VenBio fund, which combines traditional limited partners with strategic investors like Amgen and Abbott and Carole Nuechterlein, head of the $500 million Roche Venture Fund.
- Bio2Device Group, Tuesday Morning, Feb. 19, 2013; Topic: “Bay Area Biomedical Industry: Current Trends and Future Outlook;” Speaker: Audrey Erbes, Ph.D., Principal, Erbes & Associates and http://www.AudreysNetwork.com, part-time instructor UC Berkeley Extension
- Prescience International, Tuesday Midday, Feb. 19, 2013; Topic: “How to… Workshop: Perfecting your Pitch” @ Prescience Bay Area (note the speaker’s background is not life sciences but he promises to make talk relevant to all life science sectors); Speaker: Bharat Gupte, Cleantech Mentor (speaker will cover relevance to all life science startups)
- NCC ACRP, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 20, 2013; Topic: “Trouble Shooting Enrollment and Retention – Prevention or Rescue?” Speaker: Beth Harper, President, Clinical Performance Partners, Inc.
- EMBS, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 20, 2013; Topic: “The Use of High-Resolution Infrared Thermography to Analyze Thermal Profiles of RF Cardiac Ablation Catheter Technologies;” Speaker: Leslie Oley, Consultant
- HBA Series, Wednesday Evening, Feb. 20, 2013; Topic: “Parkinson’s Disease: Genetic Mystery Unravelled;” Speaker: Emily Drabant, PhD, Research and Alliance Manager at 23andMe
- CACO Luncheon, Friday Mid Day, Feb. 22, 2013; Topic: “Applications of Mass Spectrometry to the Clinical Laboratory of the Future;” Speaker: Dave Herold, Ph.D. (Professor, UC-San Diego)
- CABS, Saturday Afternoon, Feb. 23, 2013; Topic: “CABS Science and Technology Workshop: Large Molecule Drug Discovery and Development Overview and Case Study;” Speakers: Kevin W. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director Research, Biologics – Protein Technologies, Amgen SSF; Jie Liu, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine, Stanford University
You can find the details for these above events and others through April 2013 in my listing Audreys Picks Feb. 16, 2013
As with the Audrey’s Picks you only need to right click on the highlighted Jobs That Crossed MyDesk Through Feb. 16, 2013. Note this report includes the section discussed in my comments above at the end of the listing.