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Sandlin Seguin

07.15.2016 |    225 |   reply |
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When I was a graduate student I worked hard, but not quite as hard as I felt like I should work. I often brought home manuscripts I thought I might read before bed, only to take them back to work to read over lunch, and then back home again. I would schedule myself time to do things on the weekend, only to find that I struggled to follow through with my plans unless I had been very explicit: experiment and controls already designed, protocol selected, and sometimes even tubes labeled already. And this only reinforced my feeling that I was...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.11.2016 |    314 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone! This month I wanted to speak from some personal experience.  I am part of a facebook group for professional recruiters, and it encompasses all types of recruiters: Internal, third party recruiters ( TPR) and anyone else that works on acquiring talent for companies. Myself, I have been a TPR, and...


Judy Lytle

07.04.2016 |    227 |   reply |
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Ok, so the luster of the ivory tower has worn off.  But you spent at least five years getting that degree, and maybe have struggled through your 4th and 5th post-doctoral positions. Now what? Is it time to rock it like a hobo, traveling across the U.S. in search of your...


Sandlin Seguin

07.01.2016 |    632 |   reply |
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In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

06.27.2016 |    643 |   reply |
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In last week’s post, I shared Marketing Tips For Career Changers, but given that career changers will get more traction from Networking (so they can directly tell people their story, rather than hanging out a resume and hoping to get a call), this post focuses on Networking For Career Changers,...


Judy Lytle

06.20.2016 |    1,053 |   reply |
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As you are going through a job search, you inevitably come across a position description for a company that you’d really like to work for.  But the position description isn’t a 100% fit. Or even a 70% fit. Maybe (gasp!) not even a 50% fit. So, should you apply?  What’s the worst...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.17.2016 |    981 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This month, I wanted to focus on something that “SHOULD” go without saying, but I see it enough that I am moved to make it my topic this time around.  I don't know what job seekers are thinking when they do this, but I see everyone from life science gurus...


Christiana Davis

06.13.2016 |    1,284 |   reply |
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Congratulations! Your resume has landed you an interview.  But to authenticate your work history, prospective employers ask for professional references. They want to know the person behind the resume. To help them do this, they either contact the references directly, or they enlist the services of Professional Reference/Background Checking agencies. Some...


Charlene Milliken

06.10.2016 |    998 |   reply |
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Over the past several years, the federal government has been moving toward greater collaboration within and between federal programs, departments and agencies as well as with those outside of government from industry, the private sector, academia and nonprofit organizations.   Budget cuts have led to the creation of policies and practices...


Donna Kridelbaugh

06.06.2016 |    1,704 |   reply |
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I often get asked for tips on designing a business or contact card.  My response is to keep it simple. The goals are for the recipient of the card: 1) to be able to easily contact you; and 2) even more importantly, remember who you are. Here are a few tips on...


Clement Weinberger

06.02.2016 |    1,150 |   reply |
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It started with a good idea that became a testable hypothesis and a research plan.  Now all the data has been recorded and analyzed, and you’ve got a research article to write and submit for publication.  You know the structure. It’s not quite a recipe, but the ingredients are clear cut. There’s...


Judy Lytle

05.31.2016 |    1,469 |   reply |
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Back in November, I wrote a blog with tips for writing a cover letter. This blog will focus on the resume.  I spent a few years working for a great little start-up that hired me as one of their first 10 or so employees, which meant I wore a lot of...


Michael Salgaller

05.26.2016 |    1,301 |   reply |
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I’ve always enjoyed attending meetings and conferences, and not because I’m a technology nerd or need to escape my work environment.  Whatever field you’re in, here’s hoping you’re really into it, or at least find it provides more than a paycheck. If you at least like what you do, you have...


Clement Weinberger

05.24.2016 |    1,266 |   reply |
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In fact, that’s not as likely as you might think it is.  When the editor surfaces, emerges from the shadows, and sends you the decision email, it’s most likely to say that your article can be “accepted with (minor or major) revisions”. You’ll have to reply to each of the peer...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

05.19.2016 |    1,278 |   reply |
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In the last few weeks, I was following really closely the scientific research on Zika Virus.  I was writing an update review about Zika virus (ZIKV), and I have to update my review every single day. There were excellent papers that were published in the last 2 weeks, and a server...


Judy Lytle

05.17.2016 |    1,456 |   reply |
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When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture.  You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let’s take a few examples. Wet Lab Skills. Ok, so...


Debojyoti Dhar

05.13.2016 |    1,492 |   reply |
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What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual?  There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes...


Lamar Blackwell

05.09.2016 |    1,780 |   reply |
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This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year.   The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful. As the title describes, it is...


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