Hot Job for Recent Grads: Clinical Laboratory Scientist

Many of the articles I am reading about the job market point in one direction: SPECIALIZATION. The more specialized your skills are, the better your chances are of getting a job in the next 10 to 20 years. In particular, one field is growing extensively and there are not enough job seekers to fill the positions that are available: The Sciences.

If you are someone who enjoys chemistry and/or biology, but don’t want to spend the next 10 years becoming a doctor, your best bet might be to get certified as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist. An undergraduate degree in the sciences is required, from what I understand, but the benefits are definitely worth the 4-5 year investment of your time.
I had never heard of this position until just a few nights ago. I was sitting at a hotel bar and started chatting with a couple of recent college graduates who were there for a medical conference. They explained to me that they were in the process of becoming Certified Laboratory Scientists (CLS) and that they received a full scholarship for their one-year program. What I found most interesting was that the starting salary, even in Fresno, for a CLS is close to 70-80k. 
It is very hard to find a position right out of school that will pay you over 50k your first year in this market with minimal training beyond just a four year degree. If you are looking for a great way to make a difference and a lot of money relatively fast, a CLS career might be the right move for you.

Phrases and Words that can Hurt your Career

  1. “I can’t.” No employer wants to hear that you cannot do something. Rather than saying you cannot or do not have the skills they need, say something like “That is an area I have always wanted to learn more about.”
  2. “No.” Saying “no” to an employer regarding just about any matter is going to get you into trouble with your career. Employers want to hire “YES” people. Always figure out how to make something work rather than how it cannot work.
  3. “I will try my best.” There is no try in business, there is only do. You either give something your all and succeed or you give it your all and fail. There is no in between.
  4. “I hope it will work out.” People who use words like “hope” and “try” are typically people who do not go on to huge success in business. It is important that you commit to an action rather than “hoping” it turns out.
  5. “It was not my fault…” People who are unwilling to take responsibility for their actions are often seen as victims and/or martyrs and are rarely promoted. Always take responsibility, even if it was not your fault and then figure out how to make whatever the problem was right.

The Top 5 Body Language Mistakes to AVOID in an Interview

  1. Tilting your head to the right or left. Doing this can make the interviewer think that you are not taking what they are saying seriously and can come off as flirtatious.
  2. Leaning away from the interviewer and/or leaning back. This can make you seem disinterested in the conversation.
  3. Crossing your arms or your legs. Crossing any part of your body during an interview puts a barrier between you and the person you are interviewing with.
  4. Playing with or tossing your hair during the interview. This can come across as flirtatious or distracted.
  5. Overly gesticulating during the interview. It is appropriate to occasionally use your hands to illustrate a point during the interview, but too much hand movement can be a distraction to the person interviewing you.

What are the top 10 Resources for Job Seekers?

Knowing where and how to find a job is half the battle. Below are the top 10 resources for someone looking to find a new position:

1) Get out there and leverage your social network. Within the next year, Linkedin will be one of the main ways employers search for new talent and you should make sure you appear at the top of their list by creating a top notch profile with strong recommendations.
2) Resume Wizard in Word: Getting a good resume put together does not have to be hard work thanks to Resume Wizard in Word. Resume Wizard offers a variety of templates from functional to reverse chronological style resumes and all you have to do is fill in the blanks with your experience.
3) is another great website that offers a variety of free sample resumes and cover letters to assist you with your job search.
4) Indeed is a fabulous website that is powered by Google and allows you to search thousands of different job posting websites all at once. Indeed also gives you the option to post your resume for employers to see and to email yourself a list of any hot jobs that might meet your search criteria first thing every morning.
5) Find a good recruiter in your field. You can do this by Googling your specialty area such as “legal” and the word “staffing” and your city. A lot of companies are hiring through recruiters right now because they prefer to hire employees who start off as temps. We have had 6 temporary employees get hired just in the  past 3 weeks.
6) Brush up on your skills. A lot of companies are now testing you on things such as Word, Spelling, Excel, Typing & PowerPoint. It is important that your skills are up to par. You might want to start by practicing your typing at and find a local Worksource Center where you can brush up on your technical skills.
7) is a great website that lists a variety of networking events within 20 miles of your house. It is important to get out and go to a variety of networking events since 80% of jobs are found through word of mouth. You also may want to try
8) Use alumni and professional networks to find out about jobs that might not be posted on the job boards. 
9) Find good blogs with great interviewing tips. You can use Google to find top interviewing advice websites and/or find career coaches who can help you fine tune your interviewing skills.
10) Old colleagues and classmates can be a great resource for helping you find your next position. Don’t be afraid to use Facebook to reach out to people you already know and see if they can offer potential resources for you with your job search.