Value Inventory

Question: How do I position or represent myself to a potential employer?

I was recently asked this question by someone who did her graduate work in molecular biology at MIT. She realized she didn’t want to pursue an academic career, and was interested in technology transfer. She decided to approach law firms that specialized in Intellectual Property, since  her background was a clear fit for the role, however, she was unsure of how to position or represent herself.

My advice to her was to take inventory of what you already have. In other words; create a Value Inventory. Here’s how you can do the same.

Make a list of your expertise: titles you’ve held, your education, industries you’ve worked in, scientific research, technical skills, publications, data analysis and reporting,  as well as  technical and scientific writing, and include grants that were awarded.

Next, think about the soft skills you need to function on a team in this type of professional environment. Clearly describe your interpersonal skills, as well as your ability to communicate, collaborate and manage projects.

Finally, include any volunteer work, clubs, organizations, awards and achievements. Use this information as a basis from which you present yourself so that anyone you speak with has a clear picture of who you are.

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