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Michael Salgaller

05.26.2016 |    102 |   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 interest in learning more, as well as being introduced to others who share those interests. Conferences are chances to interact with others having similar interests.  Instead of Star Trek, it may be genetics. Instead of zombies, it may be regulatory affairs. Still, the aisles are full of folks with different backgrounds...


Clement Weinberger

05.24.2016 |    102 |   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 |    148 |   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 |    159 |   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 |    244 |   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 |    494 |   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 |    555 |   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 |    501 |   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 |    502 |   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 |    564 |   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 |    539 |   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...


Charlene Milliken

04.25.2016 |    782 |   reply |
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No, you should not.  And when I say that, I mean friends, not friendly.   Okay, I know there are people out there who are friends with their bosses, but I think, for the most part, it’s best to have a friendly relationship with your boss but not a true friendship. Why?...


Judy Lytle

04.22.2016 |    748 |   reply |
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In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people. In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.20.2016 |    837 |   reply |
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Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview.  First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to...


Michael Salgaller

04.18.2016 |    882 |   reply |
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Funding is essential to maintain and grow one’s career.  Since few of us are independently wealthy, and since medical research is expensive, most of us pursue funding by asking outside entities for support. But what if I were to ask you to give me some money for work-related expenses? Chances are...


Judy Lytle

04.15.2016 |    823 |   reply |
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Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia…  Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes...


Hamilton Lenox

04.13.2016 |    824 |   reply |
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While my background is as a chemist, and my first role in industry was as a bench chemist, for the past 13 years, I’ve been handling business development, sales and marketing for a number of different organizations.   I am often asked what I think the most difficult part of the...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

04.11.2016 |    841 |   reply |
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My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects.  At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with...


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