Professional Profile Resources

So you’re interested in Beyond Academia’s Professional Profile Clinic? Or perhaps you’re trying to figure out where to get started with crafting a LinkedIn profile and resume tailored towards non-academic careers? We’ve put together a short list of resources we’ve found to be useful in getting started.

Applying for Jobs

During our 2017 Beyond Academia Conference, workshop leader Jo-Ellen Pozner of Santa Clara University gave a workshop on the job search, interviewing, and negotiation. She has kindly offered her slides as a reference for everyone.

Download her slides here

 Screenshot 2016-05-05 11.40.31Beeyond can help you untangle the frustrating complexities of job search. Your job search is guided by and your questions are answered by a combination of job search robots and human professionals, depending on the complexity of your questions and situation. Make your job search as easy as chatting with your friends!

Non-academic resumés are formatted substantially differently than academic CVs. They should also be tailored for each application to best highlight relevant skills and qualifications.

Vitae – Vitae is a Chronicle of Higher Education spinoff, goes one step further and provides working solutions for PhDs to build their resumes, network, and even browse non-academic jobs on their job-search engine. Most importantly, the Chronicle is available as a free resource to students across the world.





Ask a Manager is an online resource on management, hiring, interview preparation, and more.


Beyond the Professoriate 
Beyond the Professoriate is a conference and 10 week workshop aimed to help graduate students and recent PhDs find careers.


BIO Career Fair
Screenshot 2016-05-05 11.33.22The BIO Career Fair is a great way to connect with new candidates, expand your organization’s talent pool and help forecast potential hiring needs. A free benefit to the 15,000+ Convention attendees gathered from around the globe, as well as the local community, the BIO Career Fair is a must-attend for those seeking career advancement opportunities, professional development resources, and access to the industry’s top employers.



Science Alliance – Science Alliance brings students, postdocs, and faculty in regular contact with representatives from industries that rely upon scientists for innovation and growth by sponsoring classes, seminars, and workshops in a number of areas.



PhDs at Work – PhDs at Work is an online resource for networking and learning about careers beyond academia, and also hosts in-person networking events in major cities.

LinkedIn is not just a resumé storage database but a potentially powerful tool for connecting you to people and companies of interest.

The elevator pitch is a 20-second description of yourself and your goals. You may want to develop an elevator pitch both for networking and informational interviews and also for employment interviews.

Sahar Yousef , a workshop leader in the 2016 Beyond Academia Conference, provides practical tools and tips for networking. His webpage contains three blog posts tackling the topics why you should network and practical steps of networking.

General Career Planning

myIDP is a website aimed to help those with Science PhDs focus their skills towards suitable career paths.

NSF-career tools

The National Science Foundation has a new career resource portal where you can find a wide variety of career exploration and career development tools and resources.


Science Careers and MyIDP – Science Careers is an AAAS site and online publication that ” is dedicated to being the world leader in matching qualified scientists with jobs in industry, academia, and government.” Their site includes regular articles and publications, online resources, jobs listings and matches and professional development tool kits for job seekers and employers alike. One such tool, MyIDP (Individual Development Plan), is a useful tool for young scientists to evaluate and prioritize their interests and strengths, both personal and professional, and translate them into actionable items for their career planning.



Versatile PhD – Versatile PhD is an organization based in Southern California that offers resources for transitioning PhDs. UC Berkeley students have free access to all Versatile PhD resources through the VSPA. The most useful aspect of their operation is the “forum” which connects PhDs through discussion threads that treat the various aspects of the transition process, all the way from conception to career. The website also boasts a career resources section that, among other things, helps students thinking about transition narrow down their career options based upon their academic subject, skill set and desired industries. Versatile PhD also sponsors in-person meetups across the country as well as topical panel discussions on their website. Versatile PhD also provides resources for university career centers like the University of Texas.

OCS-bannerHarvard University Office of Career Services “Non-Academic Career Resources” – This Harvard University site takes the visitor through a number of steps in the transition process, from getting started and defining a career field to networking, applying, interviewing and more. At each step, the site links the visitor to content generated by the Harvard OCS or connects the visitor to third party sites offering tools and resources.

DougsguidesDougsguides  – Dougsguides are a set of online guides, ebooks and workshops to help you start out in the real world. Topics include “Finding your first job,” “Working with other people,” and “Managing your boss and your career.”

Every Other Thursday: Stories and Strategies from Successful Women Scientists
This book comes highly recommended as a resource for women scientists who are trying to create a community in their careers, within or outside academia.


Outside the Ivory Tower
Another must read for those who are considering careers outside academia.


Success Built to Last: Creating a Life that Matters
This book analyzes the lives of successful people and what traits they have in common.


The Fifth Discipline: The Art & Practice of The Learning Organization
The Fifth Discipline examines the competitive advantage of being highly organized and learning fast to boost your career

Focused Reading Topics


MySciCareer There have been many conversations in recent years about how science career paths don’t all follow the trajectory of: degree –> PhD –> postdoc(s) —> lab head. Instead, scientists may find themselves moving into science communication, publishing, technical or other roles where they still consider themselves to be using their scientific training, while not necessarily doing research. Unfortunately, information about the wealth of different options now available isn’t always on hand at careers crossroads – such as when deciding whether to start a PhD or what to do after completing one.

MySciCareer is a regularly updated resource of first-person stories about science careers that intends to flag up some of the diverse opportunities now available.

Berkeley Specific Resources

Berkeley PhD Consulting Club – Please email Gabriel Dunn at UC Berkeley for more information



Berkeley Postdoctoral Entrepreneur Program (BPEP) – BPEP aims to foster entrepreneurship in the UC Berkeley postdoctoral and graduate community. They provide tools for fostering entrepreneurship and host frequent seminars on a variety of topics related to moving research innovations into the marketplace.


CDIPSCareer Development Initiative for the Physical Sciences (CDIPS) – CDIPS is a community of scientists that shares advice and provides mentorship for all careers of interest to Berkeley physical scientists. They are seeking to connect young Berkeley PhDs with the large, dynamic community of Physical Scientists who work outside of the university system. CDIPS also offers a number of services through the Ph.D. Consulting Club.  They offer weekly Case Practices, yearly Consulting Projects, company infosessions, and connect all our members via a Listserv.  For more information, please email

Careers for Life Science PhDs (MCB 295) – Each Spring semester there is a weekly 2 hour evening seminar on a variety of careers for PhDs in the Life Sciences organized by graduate students in the MCB department.


The Postdoc Industry Exploration Program (PIEP) – PIEP arranges visits to companies to showcase their organization, atmosphere and employees. PIEP also hold workshops and seminars to provide more information on career opportunities across different industries.


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QB3 – California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences – QB3 is a program, created by the University of California system, and dedicated allowing scientists to take on an array of challenges in a laboratory setting. The program has spawned several spin-offs and companies, and has proved successful at helping PhDs and postdocs transition from academia to industry.




Science Leadership and Management (SLAM) – SLAM is a seminar series focused on understanding the many interpersonal interactions critical for success in a scientific lab, as well as some practical aspects of lab management. While not specifically focused on careers outside of academia, the skills that are discussed in SLAM seminars will be applicable to a variety of career paths.



UC Berkeley Visiting Scholars and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) – The UC Berkeley Visiting Scholar and Postdoc Affairs (VSPA) was created to bring PhDs and Postdocs to the UC Berkeley campus to pursue their research and professional interests.


The University of California, Berkeley Career Center – UC Berkeley’s Career Center, and their web resources, aim to help assist “students and alumni with career exploration, internship and job searching, and the professional school application process.” Their categorized resources and online career tools aim to help affiliates of the UC Berkeley succeed in a wide range of careers.

D-Lab The D-lab offers various resources for honing programming and data analysis skills.