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Mission Statements

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by Jennifer Dever on 27 August 2013

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Transcript of Mission Statements

while you focus on the "bigger picture" of writing a mission statement or career objectives, your short-term goals on how to get there will become clearer
Mission Statements
What is a mission statement, and why do I need one?
Start off with a sentence about yourself: include something on your education and your career goals.
Explain some of the important skills you have picked up in your career up to this point. Try to give examples of where you picked up these skills.
Make sure that the skills that you mention are the ones that the employer is looking for (HINT: look at the job advertisement)!

keep it short, be concise!
Have a consistent ‘voice’. Decide whether to write about yourself in the first or third person, and stick to it.
Tailor your statement.
Use keywords.
What do I include in my mission statement?
the mission statement is like an ultra mini-cover letter that summarizes who you are, where you are going and what you can do for the specific company.
A successful resume today replaces the "this is what I want" objective statement with a "this is the value that I offer" branding statement
Creating your brand
Mission statements are mostly used for jobs in the private sector. Academic CVs rarely include a mission statement.
Instead, CV’s often include a Summary of Qualifications.
Tips for writing mission statements:

Avoid overused clichés such as ‘good team player’.
BE AUTHENTIC!
So, how do I get started?
1. Take an Inventory
what are your values?
past successes/accomplishments?
how are you unique?

2. List your priorities
where do you want to direct your time, resources and energy?
focus on your short-term career goals.
Sample Mission Statements from Biotech-related resumes:
Research Associate position with a biotechnology firm / basic research lab focusing on immunology and product development.

With advanced training and hands on experience on mammalian cell culture, recombinant protein and vaccine production, purification and characterization from bacterial, yeast and mammalian expression systems, experienced, enthusiastic and adaptive process development scientist offers superior bioprocess development, scale up and optimization skills, combined with commitment to conducting research on biotechnology and biopharmaceuticals.
To gain a position as a biotech assistant and to gain further experience in this field.

To obtain a Ph.D. level position in the biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries, with a focus towards expression, purification, biophysical characterization, and/or formulation aspects of product development; to work in a challenging, team-oriented R&D environment leveraging my expertise in biochemistry, molecular biology, materials science, and biochemical engineering.

Accomplish sales professional a background managing the territory sales of biotech device products. Knowledgeable with a proven ability to provide technical assistance and information on market breakthroughs to scientists. Maintain a professional presence and articulate communications skills used to build relationships, conduct lunch & learn, and present at sales training workshops.
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