For many job candidates, their first contact in the hiring process is with an internal (company-based) or external independently-contracted recruiter.  These individuals are responsible for identifying and acquiring talented researchers and initiating preliminary conversations prior to a formal interview.  As this process often begins with a very brief résumé review, many potentially skilled candidates are disqualified based on the poor organization or content of their résumé.  In this interactive panel, speakers will review common mistakes they find in résumés and critique attendee résumés to provide them with feedback and guidance on how to pass a preliminary screen when applying for industry positions.  Attendees will be encouraged to submit their resume for review during this panel. 

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Ashley R. Jones

Director of Culture & People at SQZ Biotechnologies

Ashley is a human resources professional with over 10 years of experience in recruitment, talent development, organizational design, leadership consulting, and employee relations. Currently, Ashley is the Director of Culture & People at SQZ Biotechnologies where she leads the HR department. Prior to joining SQZ Ashley held roles at Vertex as a recruiter and then HR Business Partner where she developed and implemented talent initiatives across the Research, Development, and Commercial organizations. Ashley began her career in HR working in the staffing industry recruiting for companies across a variety of industries. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology & English from Ohio Wesleyan University and is a graduate of Northeastern University’s Human Resources Management program.


Samantha luo


Samantha is a Talent Acquisition Specialist with three years of recruitment experience at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.  She currently specializes in hiring for early stage discovery, genomics, preclinical development, and process development roles.  Her background is steeped in scientific research -  after graduating with a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, she worked at Pfizer in their Antibody Drug Conjugate group and at the Broad Institute as a Research Associate in the Infectious Disease and Microbiome Program before transitioning into recruitment.  Samantha is able to leverage her experience working directly on the bench in both the biopharmaceutical industry and academia to discover and assess untapped talent. 


Erik Rocheford


With a decade of experience in drug discovery, Erik brings a unique perspective to recruiting that provides invaluable insight and can make the difference in a career. Backed by the high level expertise and experience of the team at Stratacuity a conversation with Erik can be the catalyst for your next career move. As a trained discovery scientist now hunting for key talent, Erik has the understanding of what it means to work in the field and can help match scientists with positions in some of the top Biotech and Pharmaceutical groups to advance careers and ultimately discover new drugs.
Specializing in Discovery Biology (in vitro and in vivo), Discovery Chemistry, Translational Biology, Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Preclinical Development.