Job Search Audit


Job Search Audit


Applying for a new job is a stressful task for most people most of the time.

For PhD students, graduates or you academics it can be even harder! Why?

For most things you do, there is direct, timely and detailed feedback. Thesis, grants, papers – all have peer review processes that result in feedback.

But, when it comes to applying for a job, you basically get no feedback. At best, you’ll be told you missed the cut. You won’t be getting an interview. Or maybe you’re lucky and get interviewed. But miss out at that stage because “the other candidate was a better fit”.

So, if you’re looking for feedback on your job search process – LinkedIn strategy, resumes, cover letters, interviews, follow-ups – I can help.

I’ve worked with PhD students, recent graduates and established professors to enhance their job search strategy.

How does it work?

  1. You pay here
  2. That’ll trigger a workflow and you’ll get a confirmation email including:
    • a scheduling link to book your meeting
    • request for background information such as your resume, CV, cover letters, job ad(s), LinkedIn, application history (successes and failures)
  3. You send me the relevant information
  4. I review what you send me
  5. We meet via zoom and together we review your approach, looking at ways you can make adjustments that result in more call backs and/or practice your interview.
  6. The meeting is recorded and I send you a copy for your future review/reference.
  7. You make changes you see fit and send to me (again) if you want.
  8. I send you further comments and we’re done.

Your investment with me

  • $770 AUD inc GST upfront
  • Sending through relevant files and information for me to review
  • Willingness to act on the advice
  • 1 hour for the meeting and several hours to update your strategy

My investment in you

  • Time to review your application approach
  • Provision of useful resume and cover letter templates
  • Session recording
  • email check-in to see how the the implemented changes have impacted your outcomes


  • Thanks so much for this advice Richard. It appears to have worked as they have started the appointment process. Phuong Hua, PhD student, Monash University
  • I have just had a chance to view the video and the resources that you have offered. I found them very helpful for expanding views on strategy. This video has helped reinforce the value of networking in particular which I will focus on to assist with identifying opportunities. ECR, Monash University
  • Thanks for the connection, and for the meeting – greatly appreciated! Rachel Hicks, PhD student
  • Thank you very much for the workshop yesterday, it was very insightful and I really benefited from your presentation. Tina Phiri, PhD student
  • Thanks again for your time and courses, those are amazing! Qi Zhang, ECR, Monash University
  • Just want to extend my gratitude and thanks to you! Your webinars and comments on resume revamp were extremely helpful. I finally secured a permanent role in the industry (that too in Brisbane). Its such a big relief! Thanks for spreading the good! Oishee Chatterjee, Associate QC scientist
  • You really reinforced the idea of keeping things to 2 pages, keeping answers short and snappy and including more achievements/concrete examples. Hasn’t necessarily meant interviews, but it’s less mental energy devoted to each application which means I can get more done. Julian Atchison
  • It was really kind of you to offer the opportunity to me. It was a really great and enlightening session for me and your advice was so helpful. Shruti Verma, PhD student
  • I really would like to thank you, Richard, for that 1-hour conversation I had with you – it gives me a lot of perspective on a career. I would also like to thank you for all the content you have put up. I do read it and forward it to my postgraduate friends. Dr Stephanie Cheah, Lecturer, Monash Malaysia
  • I have been reading through your book though and must say I am very impressed. You’ve put a lot of conscious thought into the things early career researchers are trying to do without any training or support, so it has opened my eyes to some of the things I have been doing without realising, and also some of the things I haven’t done but should have. I’ve recommended your workshop next week to our lab group (and to a meeting today about the internal Monash professional mentoring scheme). Dr David Hocking,
  • Thanks a lot, Richard. It was a great session. PhD Student, UNSW
  • Thank you for your advice though, I’ve broadened my net and found some interesting new companies and sectors to keep an eye on. Applying for jobs has gone a lot better since we last spoke. Julian Atchison
  • Thank you very much Oishee Chatterjee for sharing this here. I am sorry I could not attend the session due to work commitments. Richard is as engaging as ever and those are some great pointers Hope all of you enjoyed the session and learnt a lot. Sri Ranga Vanarasi
  • I am happy I could attend this Zoom session. I learned a lot about networking using LinkedIn and phone, and the expectations of hiring manage and recruiters. Thank you Dr Richard Huysmans for taking out time and helping us with your valuable insights! And thank you Oishee Chatterjee for organizing this. PS: I would be happy to have more sessions as well, a little bit later would be better though! Lokapriya Nandan Basavanna
  • Just wanted to drop in and mention that I follow your PhD related content closely. Thank you for sharing more information in this field as it is so helpful for students like me. Shruti Verma, PhD student
  • Academia: Want to know more about other industries and sectors? Talk to your family about their career pathways, and skills. Dr Gaelle Batot
  • I recently saw the recording of your ‘Leaving Academia’ webinar. It was very insightful. Thank you so much for doing it and also for personally reaching out about career coaching. Anonymous ECR, UNSW
  • I definitely got some insights into industry and learnt how to better position myself to get there. Darnel Prakoso, Research Fellow, Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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