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Sandlin Seguin

06.16.2017 |    791 |   reply |
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My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common in both academic and industry roles, I wanted to record my thoughts on the process. The last time I “lost my job” was when I graduated. This was another scheduled departure, although I probably didn’t handle it as well at that time. I’d like to blame the delirium of defending and...


Connie Hampton

03.01.2017 |    2,212 |   reply |
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The short answer is “Neither” and here is why. The way hiring works is that a company does not hire unless they have a problem they can’t solve with the people that are already paying. Why would they hire somebody if their team can get it done?  The first person who knows...


Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    3,873 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

02.01.2017 |    3,424 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  I wanted to take the time to circle back and continue the discussion about headhunters, and what they mean to you as a job seeker.  In previous blogs, I made the following points about headhunters:  1) Headhunters really aren't the best place to focus the bulk of your efforts as a job...


Isaiah Hankel

10.04.2016 |    5,672 |   reply |
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The idea that getting a PhD is going to hurt your chances of getting a non-academic job is a misconception. In fact, most PhDs go on to get non-academic jobs and most get paid more than non-PhDs in the same position.  The only way a PhD will hold you back from...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.17.2016 |    3,484 |   reply |
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For most of us, finding a job after we graduate is our main goal.  We want a salary that is nothing close to what we were making during graduate school, to be financially and professionally stable, and to work for 30+ years until we are ready to retire. We want a...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

01.01.2016 |    3,775 |   reply |
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The dreamer believes the road will someday get easier. The doubter wonders what disasters are waiting down the road. The doer never takes their foot off the gas pedal.  Hello Everyone!  This is that magical time of year when everyone focuses on the idea of new things, and fresh starts.  The holidays are done, and...


Lamar Blackwell

12.25.2015 |    4,306 |   reply |
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In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals.   We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses.  We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us....


Lamar Blackwell

11.18.2015 |    4,409 |   reply |
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An introduction to the process A common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there.  It is difficult for a number of...
Tags: reaching your goals


Charlotte Mitchell

09.28.2015 |    4,594 |   reply |
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People are generally very happy to work with recruiters during their job search, but less happy to take a recruiter call when they are not looking for a job.  While it can be very annoying and awkward to be solicited at work for another job, many times, this is the only...
Tags: how to deal with recruiters, recruiter calling


Donna Kridelbaugh

09.23.2015 |    5,563 |   reply |
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January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on youth’s lives, and...
Tags: how to become a mentor, resources for mentoring, why is mentoring important


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.24.2015 |    5,677 |   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


Thomas Patrick Chuna

08.05.2015 |    9,097 |   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


Ron Hunter

06.29.2015 |    4,506 |   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


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.05.2015 |    7,317 |   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 |    6,140 |   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


Fabian Zanella

04.15.2015 |    6,733 |   reply |
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I read this very interesting article in Forbes, and saw many take always and good advice.  So I decided to share it, combined with my own experience. Your postdoc period should be the most intense and productive time of your scientific career. I have heard this phrase many times in the past,...
Tags: work life balance, working in stem cell research


Sandlin Seguin

02.27.2015 |    8,943 |   reply |
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Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about.  Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software.  That’s a...
Tags: job coach works, tips for job search


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