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Michael Salgaller

08.26.2015 |    115 |   reply |
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Being part of a group that enjoys similar interests and shared experiences is not a recent phenomenon.  When we were younger and in school, we’d gather with those who liked playing the same sports or volunteering for the same cause. It was a chance not just to form bonds, but to expand our awareness of a small part of the world. What used to be called “clubs” are now termed “meet-ups.” Are you involved? If not, why not? If so, are you using it both for career as well as social development and opportunities? The larger the metropolitan area you live in/near,...
Tags: why networking is important


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    182 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  Our topic this time is how to avoid making the hiring authority think you are an unreliable flake.  If you give that impression, all the latest fads in job search won't help you. Job search is difficult enough, without putting roadblocks in your own way. You have to remember that...
Tags: job hunting etiquette


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.19.2015 |    272 |   reply |
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We all know that we have many more job responsibilities than the ones originally stated on the job description.  It is more and more common to see “other responsibilities” listed as a responsibility in many advertised jobs, and these can be anything that your supervisors can think of that might be...
Tags: job responsibilities


Shu Chin Ma

08.17.2015 |    518 |   reply |
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I will be the first one to admit that I am mighty talented when it comes to finding ways to procrastinate or frivolously waste time on a daily basis. You’d think it was an Olympic sport.  So, past the half way mark of 2015, I am finally getting around to my...


Sandlin Seguin

08.12.2015 |    685 |   reply |
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The truth is out there: The number of tenure track faculty positions is shrinking relative to the number of eligible candidates.  Adjuncting may be viewed as a stop gap for departments who need instructors and candidates who are timing the job market, but these positions aren’t meant to be long term....
Tags: alternative careers to academia, teaching alternatives


Andrea Habura

08.10.2015 |    649 |   reply |
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Nature recently published an opinion piece about the things budding 21st century scientists need in their training (http://www.nature.com/naturejobs/science/articles/10.1038/nj7560-371a).  Of the seven people who contributed to the article, four emphasized the need for scientists to learn non-scientific professional and leadership skills, the sort that are not often seen in a traditional academic-research...
Tags: internships for life science


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.05.2015 |    1,344 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time we're going to take a look at three foundational principles that will keep you organized and focused on your job search.  Anyone who has read my blogs for a long time knows that I am a firm believer in not spinning your wheels. Spinning your wheels causes anxiety,...
Tags: how to do proper job search, job search process


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.03.2015 |    950 |   reply |
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Is it appropriate to say no to your boss when he or she asks you to do something, or to take on a new project?  First, let me tell you that it is indeed ok to say no to your boss. However, you have to say it in a specific way...
Tags: how to say no, is it ok to say no, tips on saying no


Renda Hawwa

07.31.2015 |    953 |   reply |
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Two words that can evoke either feelings of pure excitement or pure fear: Startup Company.  Startups are common in the biotechnology world, as there are many brilliant scientists and business savvy people with innovative ideas and plans of how to implement them. After finishing my PhD in medicinal chemistry/structural biology, I was...
Tags: is start up a good option, working for startup companies


Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.28.2015 |    1,030 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time perusing what is hot, new and happening as far as job search trends, and what the new school “thought leaders” are putting out there.  One thing I keep seeing is how print resumes and CV's are going (or should go)...
Tags: are resumes important, should I make a resume


Ron Hunter

06.29.2015 |    1,112 |   reply |
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The Little League in Georgia selected my six-year-old godson to play in the All-Star team, and I was excited to attend the final game.  Not only did the coach ensure each child had a turn to bat, but he also allowed each child to man a different position on the field...
Tags: how to be a better employee


Lamar Blackwell

06.24.2015 |    1,863 |   reply |
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When transition from academia to pharma industry, you will be hired to solve problems.   There is a reason that they are looking to hire someone.  The company has a problem of some type.  Maybe it’s because that they have more work than can be completed by the staff at hand....
Tags: tips on getting into pharma


Sandlin Seguin

06.22.2015 |    2,204 |   reply |
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Once you decide that you are going to make a career transition, you are going to have to answer the question Why, “why make the transition?” And sometimes that will be worded as a skeptical “Why not stay?”  Having an answer to this question matters because it helps others understand where...


Robert Cory Bernhards

06.17.2015 |    2,722 |   reply |
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The major question almost all graduating PhDs face is whether to pursue a career in academia, industry, or government.  I’ll discuss pros and cons of each along with some common misconceptions. Many graduate students are under the false impression that most PhDs go into academia.  This is because our mentors are...
Tags: alternative careers to academia, how to get to industry as a fresh grad


Ron Hunter

06.08.2015 |    1,824 |   reply |
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At my desk, I have a sign that reads, “The most dangerous phrase in the language is ‘we’ve always done it this way’ by Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.”  Growing up as a child of a military serviceman can be seen as the ultimate training in becoming comfortable with change. We moved...
Tags: how to grasp change, is change good


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.05.2015 |    2,090 |   reply |
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Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value.  In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do...
Tags: maintaining your professional value


Lamar Blackwell

06.03.2015 |    2,250 |   reply |
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There is something very attractive about a listening to a person excited about what they are saying.   Many times, the conversation is more interesting and enjoyable because there is an energy that is associated with the person talking.  You want to leave this type of impression with pharma professionals when...
Tags: how to maintain energy during job application, positive outlook


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.01.2015 |    2,146 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This time, we're going to take a look at how to use that most basic of tools, the telephone.  Seems like these days, we use them to send text messages, as calendars, as cameras, as music players, as social media portals, and seldom for talking to people, which was their...


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