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Sandlin Seguin

02.15.2016 |    3,703 |   reply |
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My team is hiring a bunch of open positions right now, so I am finally getting a sense for what it's like on the other side of the table.  We are fortunate to work with a great recruiting team, so we only look at candidates that are reasonably strong. While I don't have any funny stories about off-the-wall applicants, I have some gained some perspective on what the applications look like for someone reading them. And because technical writing is an area that many people transition into, rather than train for specifically, I want to articulate some ideas I have about...


Judy Lytle

02.12.2016 |    3,095 |   reply |
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In the third and final interview for my current position, my soon-to-be-boss (who happens to be the CEO and President of the Institute) asked me what my aspirations were.  I told him that I didn’t have any. You read it right. I told my potential boss that I didn’t have professional...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

02.10.2016 |    4,029 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This month I wanted to address the barrage of articles out there that have to do with “the top trends for job seekers in 2016”, or “things every job seeker should know” and the like.  While you may find some useful nuggets amongst the clutter, the articles all seem to...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.08.2016 |    3,375 |   reply |
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If I ask you what is the single most important thing you can do to find a job or advance your career, what would be your answer?  Some people might say get a college degree, others could say stay current within your field or maybe get trained in something that can...


Michael Salgaller

02.05.2016 |    3,308 |   reply |
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Looking for a position – even voluntarily – is stressful.  If the job-hunt is discretionary, if you can stay where you are long-term and perhaps are simply bored, it’s comparatively less stressful. But even then, there’s something unsatisfying about where you are that’s making you look elsewhere.  It’s just like a relationship...


Robert Cory Bernhards

02.03.2016 |    2,742 |   reply |
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Research presentations are a vital part of science.   Your preparation process for an oral presentation will depend on how experienced you are and how well you understand your research, however, here is a tried and true method that can work for you at any level. Begin your preparation process as early...


Andrea Habura

02.01.2016 |    3,257 |   reply |
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If you’re trying to make your products better, it’s nice when your customers almost have to fill out a user feedback form. “Publish or perish” is nothing but upside if you want to figure out what scientists are doing in the lab. One of the things we do here at my...


Lamar Blackwell

01.29.2016 |    3,874 |   reply |
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After we have made an honest assessment of what our values are and how our choices aligns with our values, we can think about how we should go about this change.   It is important that this is personalized because this is your path.  Then we can take inventory of where...


Clement Weinberger

01.27.2016 |    3,121 |   reply |
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How many times has someone asked you “what do you do all day?” or “what’s your day like?” or “tell me about your day?”.  Most PhD students, postdocs, and academic faculty spend hours at the bench doing research, recording, and analyzing results that will either confirm or reject a hypothesis. Additional...


Shu Chin Ma

01.25.2016 |    3,260 |   reply |
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As follow up to my previous post about work flow at the Division of Bioequivalence, Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) at the FDA, you might ask, what does it really feel like to work at the OGD?  When you first join the office, you are assigned a team leader, who will...


Charlene Milliken

01.22.2016 |    3,750 |   reply |
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I travel a lot for work.   When I interviewed for my current job, I was informed that there would be a lot of travel.  “How much?”  I asked.  “A couple times a month or so.  It depends,” they said.  I love travelling!  Awesome!   But what’s the reality?  If you get...


Clement Weinberger

01.20.2016 |    3,756 |   reply |
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Well, this time, it’s about “information flow” and more about publications.  Actually, good, readable, interesting, quickly published, frequently cited articles begin long before the writing. They start with “a good idea at the time,” which then becomes “your problem,” i.e., an idea that you take ownership of – as opposed to...


Holly Brevig

01.18.2016 |    3,401 |   reply |
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When I was nearing the end of my graduate degree, I visited the career center on campus.   Yes, the career center, which many PhD students don’t use.  I heard that there was a particular individual at the career center who had experience improving the resumes of PhD students.   I wasn’t sure...


Charlene Milliken

01.15.2016 |    3,781 |   reply |
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I’ve asked myself this question a lot over the past couple of years.   I spent years in graduate school, focused on becoming an expert in a subject matter that I was passionate about…only to leave it behind as soon as my Ph.D. was in hand.  Did I just waste 8-1/2...


Judy Lytle

01.13.2016 |    3,491 |   reply |
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I’ve been really fortunate my entire professional career.  I’ve had mentors at every stage. The interesting thing is, my mentors weren’t actively sought. Each time, the relationship was organic, and only in retrospect have I realized that these people served the role of mentor, and that their impacts on my career...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

01.11.2016 |    4,223 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk to a group of undergraduate students about how to identify their goals and the importance of passion during that process.  Although most of them agreed with me on the importance of being passionate, the reality is that most people have a hard time identifying what they...


Melanie Smith

01.06.2016 |    3,413 |   reply |
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Back in the 80’s and early 90’s, many hiring managers, recruiters/Human Resources staff, CEO’s and other management folks relied on their “gut feeling” when it came to interviewing prospective new hires.  Some people even decided in the first 5 minutes of the interview, based on their gut feeling, if they would...


Judy Lytle

01.04.2016 |    3,486 |   reply |
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Once I was conferred my doctorate, you could have clocked my departure from academia with a stopwatch.  That’s not to say that there’s anything wrong with academia; it’s just not my cup of joe. In considering the “why” of the career decisions I’ve made, I’ve come to the conclusion that culture...


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