New AAAS, Science Careers Resource Provides Advice for Job Searching

Looking to supercharge your job hunt?

AAAS and Science Careers have just released a new resource chock full of career advice and tips to help you polish your job search skills and land a competitive job in academia, industry, or government.

Available online for free on the Science Careers website, Career Trends: The Informed Job Search features short articles on how scientists at all stages of education can become more attractive to potential employers. Topics include: developing a one-minute “elevator speech,” using social media like Facebook and Twitter, making the most of a career fair, and writing a cover letter and resume.

Edited by Brianna Blaser, outreach project director for Science Careers, the eight-chapter pamphlet contains some of the most popular articles that have appeared on the Science Careers website, as well as brand new content and links to additional resources.

Blaser, who leads career skills workshops throughout the United States and Europe, said that despite the tough job market, the demand for highly-talented and motivated scientists remains strong.

“There are a lot of people looking for jobs in this economy,” said Blaser. “But the most successful applicants will be those that take career and self-marketing skills as seriously as they do their advanced knowledge.”

Late last month, Science Careers organized a webinar on job searching skills for scientists, which cited advice from Career Trends. It is available free.

Science Careers’ mission is to provide scientists at every level of experience and across the full range of disciplines with the training and resources needed to achieve professional advancement. Earlier this year, Science Careers published Careers Away from the Bench, encouraging young scientists to broaden their career search outside of academia to positions in industry, government, or non-profits. In addition, they released an updated version of Career Basics., which contains essays on a wide range of career topics including networking, writing grants, and setting up an independent laboratory.

“Career Trends and the webinar are excellent examples of why Science Careers is a leading resource for aspiring scientists seeking career guidance and support,” said Ric Weibl, director of the AAAS Center for Careers in Science and Technology. “Not only do they provide expert advice to help young scientists, they also help organize the sea of resources outside AAAS that are helpful.”

Science Careers offers its resources for free. To request paper copies of the booklet or inquire about career skills workshops, contact Science Careers Outreach.