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Judy Lytle

06.20.2016 |    181 |   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 that could happen if you do? It’s pretty likely that if you managed to survive graduate school, you are not a delicate flower. You can handle rejection, or even worse, silence.  But time comes at a premium. And if you’re doing it right, and spending time to craft your cover letter...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.17.2016 |    163 |   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 |    218 |   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 |    205 |   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 |    698 |   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 |    521 |   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 |    667 |   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 |    733 |   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 |    791 |   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 |    798 |   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 |    893 |   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 |    881 |   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 |    1,272 |   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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.06.2016 |    1,651 |   reply |
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Hello everyone! Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search.  Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.04.2016 |    1,166 |   reply |
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Congratulations, you have landed an interview with one of your dream employers!  You have a few days to prepare, so how should you best spend this time? Review the company. Review the job description. Review your key selling points. Now you have a good foundation of information on which to build...


Debojyoti Dhar

05.02.2016 |    1,227 |   reply |
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Getting a PhD is always a very big achievement, more so if one has received that degree from a prestigious institution.  Many who are interested in pursuing a PhD do so mainly because of love for “science”. There is no better happiness but to see or find something novel during the...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.29.2016 |    1,173 |   reply |
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On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it.  In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

04.27.2016 |    954 |   reply |
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In a previous post, I shared five strategies for preparing for a job interview.  These techniques still apply if you get called back for additional interviews. However, the callback stage is different from the first round. If you don’t prepare for the nuances of callback interviews specifically, your interview performance will...


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