PhD Job Search Resources by Industry

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Job searching is typically more of an industry-focused search, and every industry has it’s own language, hiring rhythm, culture and expectations. For example, consulting firms tend to recruit PhDs in the early spring semester, and have start dates anywhere from 3 months to 1.5 years out.

By far, the most effective strategy for learning about an industry and finding a job is by expanding your professional network, and meeting with people who work in the fields you are interested in pursuing  Below you will find networking resources, industry-specific job boards, interviewing questions by industry and negotiation resources.

GradFutures Forum: Data Transparency, the PhD Labor Market and Diverse Career Pathways: A quantitative analysis from Burning Glass CEO on real time data and analytics in the current job market, skills employers seek and how doctoral training maps to the labor market. While long, this video is full of exciting, dynamic content that you will find extremely helpful.

Job Search the Smart Way - Beyond the Professoriate Podcast: A job search strategy podcast specifically for PhDs hosted by Maren Wood, founder of Beyond the Professoriate


Building Your Professional Network

Networking & Informational Interviewing

Informational interviews are short, information gathering conversations with professionals and colleagues who are working in a career you are interested in.  These meetings are not job interviews, in that the focus of the conversation is on the other person sharing their insight, advice and guidance on their own work and career.  View the informational interviewing guide for strategies on how to identify, outreach and interview alumni and professionals to learn more about different career paths.

General Platforms

  • Handshake: Ohio State’s job and internship platform, with more than 2,000 experienced hire positions posted regularly
  • Indeed: Worldwide employment-related search engine for job listings. Use keywords and transferable skills list to search for jobs
  • ImaginePhD: Job boards are located in the “apply” section of each job family.  Job families include: Consulting, Advocacy, Communication, Research, Writing and Editing and more
  • Versatile PhD: Curated Job boards for humanities, social science, and STEM PhDs. Log in and visit the SmartJobs Board

Government Platforms

National Labs

  • U.S. Department of Energy (DOE): Job board for DOE, for positions that aim to advance national economic, energy, and security goals through scientific and technological innovation.
  • U.S. Department of Defense (DOD): Civilian employment job board with opportunities spanning from ship building, to aircraft maintenance, to researching microorganisms and expanding missions in space.

Non-Profit

  • Idealist: Platform to assist people in finding jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities within nonprofit organizations.
  • The Bridgespan Group: Job board focused on non-profit positions.
  • Philanthropy News Digest: Daily news service of philanthropy-related articles featuring a job board with listings of current full-time job openings at tax-exempt organizations.
  • Work for Good: Job board focused exclusively on mission-driven careers.

Academic and Higher Education

  • Chronicle of Higher Education: Newspaper and website that presents news, information, and jobs for college and university faculty and student affairs professionals.
  • Higher Ed 360: Comprehensive collection of resources, including a job board, specifically for higher education professionals.
  • HigherEdJobs: Job board for faculty and administrative positions at colleges and universities.
  • Inside Higher Ed: Online source for higher education news, thought leadership, careers, and resources.
  • University Jobs: University and college job board for faculty and staff positions in the United States and abroad.
  • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium: Job board for positions within higher education and related fields.
  • National Postdoc Association: Job board for postdoctoral positions.
  • Postdoc Jobs: Job board for postdoctoral positions.
  • Find a Postdoc: Directory of postdoctoral and PhD jobs.

Biotechnology and Life Sciences

Technology

  • Dice: Database of insights and career opportunities for technology professionals.
  • Tech Careers: Job board specific for computer science and engineering positions.
  • iCrunchData: Job board for technology, analytics, and data-related jobs and professional advancement worldwide.

Negotiation and Interviewing Worksheets

Interviewing Overview 

Interviewing for a job is a skill that is developed through practice.  Successfully preparing relies on how much you know about the job, organization and people interviewing you - and your ability to tell your story effectively by relating your experiences to their needs. Use the following resources to learn build your story

Negotiation & Evaluating Job Offers

Negotiating a job offer is something that many avoid, especially women.  Before negotiating a job offer, it’s important to know what you need in a job and how well the employment offer meets those needs.  Salary is only one aspect of employment, and knowing what is important to you in terms of benefits, flexibility, research funding and salary can help you think creatively about how to set yourself up for success.  Use the following resources to evaluate your needs, and create strategy to effectively negotiate. 

Gain Experience using Crowdsourcing and Challenge Platforms

Crowdsourcing provides a way for organizations to work on an issue or project, utilizing a large group of people to contribute to a solution with limited overhead. This model supports a large array of skills and expertise from freelance workers in a quick, efficient, and typically virtual manner.  Engage in this type of project-based work to gather industry experience, expand your network, and contribute to your professional development.

If you choose to participate in challenges, pay particular attention to intellectual property, compensation, privacy, and ethical guidelines for each site.

  • InnoCentive: Complex science, technology, business and social impact challenges that have global impact
  • MindSumo: The leading platform for millennial problem solvers to work on projects from top companies globally. Employers post challenges and hire solvers based on the creativity and innovation of their solutions.  
  • Parker Dewey: Micro-Internships with Parker Dewey are short-term, paid, professional projects open to all college students and recent graduates of U.S.-based institutions. From working directly with an entrepreneur to supporting a large enterprise, you’ll have the opportunity to explore different roles and company cultures as you gain valuable experience.
  • Challenge.gov: Members of the public compete to solve challenges big and small, posed by the U.S. government.