About Chris

I've made the transition from a PhD in Medieval Studies, into a career in business, consulting and project management. But I want to give something back to the researcher community, and help everyone who's facing the challenge of finding work outside academia. Jobs on Toast is a way for me to share my insights and experience, helping you to make a successful career change. Use my five-step plan to get started right away!

Discover the 20+ transferable skills that make PhDs totally employable

Discover the 20+ transferable skills that make PhDs totally employable

As a PhD or post-doc you get very used to thinking about yourself as a specialist within a specialism – for instance I studied within the Arts and Humanities Faculty, but focused on the Literature and Drama of Medieval England. What many doctoral graduates don’t appreciate is that they’ve also Continue reading Discover the 20+ transferable skills that make PhDs totally employable

Sorry to turn you down, but you’re overqualified

Sorry to turn you down, you're overqualified article, by Chris Humphrey

I recently answered a question over on my Facebook page, about what to do when your job application is rejected because you’re ‘overqualified’. This is a frustrating response for applicants to receive, and researchers may encounter it more than most. In my experience being ‘overqualified’ can be a lazy shorthand for a number of Continue reading Sorry to turn you down, but you’re overqualified

How to translate your skills into language employers can understand

How to translate your skills into language employers can understand

On Saturday 14th May I had the pleasure of giving a talk on ‘How to translate your skills into language employers can understand’, for the 2016 Beyond the Professoriate conference. In my talk I introduced a technique that researchers can use to prepare persuasive content for their résumés and online profiles, which I call the ‘Skill Set Matrix’. Continue reading How to translate your skills into language employers can understand