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Andrew Bennie

10.30.2010 |    19,423 |   reply |
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Tags: BIO, Cambridge, Career news, Health Diagnostic, jobs, New York, NinePoint, Novartis, Philadelphia, Plastikon, Teva

Christie Canaria

10.29.2010 |    13,267 |   reply |
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Over the next few weeks, I’ll be taking on another little “project” at work. This one won’t involve pipettes, chemicals, or the lab bench. Instead, it’ll be me, my reading glasses, a few labmates, and piles of resumes (and CVs). A great co-worker recently left the lab for greener pastures across the country, and those...
Tags: Government research, Resumes/CVs

Wenny Lin

10.29.2010 |    10,579 |   reply |
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With the November elections coming up, I began thinking about how “political” you can get while doing a post-doc in the government. In grad school, I was surrounded by classmates who carpooled to New Hampshire on the weekends to do door-to-door campaigning for Obama. I have many friends who work for advocacy (ahem, lobbyist)...
Tags: bureaucracy, federal regulations, Government research

Tony Fox

10.29.2010 |    11,441 |   reply |
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Companies develop mission statements to clearly state the goals and intentions of the organization. An individual can greatly benefit from a professional mission statement by defining particular career aspirations. Many people may simply transfer from one position to another as opportunities arise, but direction and passion are becoming...
Tags: defining success, Goal setting, mission statements

Randall Ribaudo

10.29.2010 |    14,253 |   reply |
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What is the Human Workflow?  It is my passion. It is the process by which actual users-- real humans want or need to function in order to get certain tasks done.  And it is one of the most ignored concepts in the business world-- whether in product development, sales, customer...

Larry Petcovic

10.28.2010 |    11,383 |   reply |
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Link: Are some speakers born with more starpower than others? Is being an effective speaker all luck or good fortune? Join behavioral scientist Larry Petcovic for a webinar to learn more about the science behind effective communication. Larry will walk us through his method of scoring speakers and talk about how...
Tags: communications, creating advocacy, credibility, emotional intelligence, influence, likeability, personal influence, persuasion, selling skills, social acceptance, social attunement, trust

Todd Pihl

10.28.2010 |    9,884 |   reply |
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As a number of the bloggers here have noticed, one of the biggest obstacles that postdocs face in moving into the commercial world is the dreaded “3-5 years of business experience” requirement seen in so many ads.  Many times, it seems as if there are no entry-level positions at all!  Just like the Great Wall...
Tags: Changing careers, networking, Resumes

Ex Lab Junkie

10.28.2010 |    36,935 |   reply |
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After two-and-a-half years in my current government position, I have been offered and accepted higher-level acting positions, filled in temporary departmental gaps, and received the accompanying higher-level pay. Others at work, with similar or more job experience, have not been given the same opportunities. Being the scientist that I am, I have compiled a list...
Tags: career development, Government research, job success

Clement Weinberger

10.28.2010 |    11,317 |   reply |
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Well, it is a gamble, sort of, isn't it? You've read their ad or posting, or listened to the head hunter and said “yes, I can do that,” or “I'd like that.” They've read your reply to their ad or posting, or listened to the head hunter and said, “maybe...
Tags: Interview Preparation, Science writing

Peggy McKee

10.28.2010 |    14,662 |   reply |
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If you haven’t joined LinkedIn by now, you should. There are over 70 million professionals involved in LinkedIn, making it the most significant online business network. Don’t make the mistake of thinking of it in the same terms as Facebook or Twitter (although they have their own unique...
Tags: LinkedIn, networking

Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

10.27.2010 |    12,306 |   reply |
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At the end of September 2010, the House of Representatives officially acknowledged their appreciation of postdocs by establishing the National Postdoc Appreciation Week to occur every year on the week beginning with the third Monday of September. The actual text of the resolution (HR 1545) states that the House of Representatives: (1)  Supports the designation of “National Postdoc...
Tags: career development, government support, Postdocs

Tony Fox

10.27.2010 |    9,347 |   reply |
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As we all progress further into our careers, it is understandable that we often seek new opportunities and professional challenges along the way.  One can be perfectly content within their occupation, yet still seek other avenues in order to enrich their lives.  Some of these activities may simply be hobbies or they may be...
Tags: Career paths, professional growth

Randall Ribaudo

10.27.2010 |    18,256 |   reply |
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I'm really excited to be part of the Bio Careers blogosphere and am looking forward to interacting with you all.  I'm a molecular immunologist by training and came up through the well-worn academic path-- Biochemistry/Physiology undergrad program (McGill University) followed by PhD program in immunology at University of Connecticut that...

Jared Young

10.27.2010 |    25,462 |   reply |
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When contemplating a PUI career, take note that the nature of your job can vary considerably depending on the institution. This is part of a series of blogs that list some salient features of an institution that can affect your work.   Today’s focus – Institution size and reputation   There are many factors that influence...
Tags: Career Planning, PUIs, Research

Paul McDonald

10.26.2010 |    11,438 |   1 reply |
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Greetings Bio Careers groupies.  This month has been crazy.  If you aren’t in the business world, then September 30th probably doesn’t mean much except maybe Oktoberfest is just around the corner.  This month has been busy, busy, busy at AxHill, trying to get “year end” contracts signed and everything ready for another exciting fiscal year.  I’ve...
Tags: Interviewing, job advice, job search

Clement Weinberger

10.26.2010 |    14,028 |   1 reply |
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We've all been there. It's Sunday afternoon and the feeling of dread hits. Tomorrow is Monday and it's the start of another work week. I'd been working at a medical communications agency for about 3 years doing medical writing and publication planning. I was their one and only in-house PhD. It started out as...
Tags: job interview, medical communication, Science writing

Ex Lab Junkie

10.26.2010 |    11,607 |   reply |
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I was fortunate that I was not prodded, pushed, or propelled into science, but was allowed to discover it on my own. I uncovered it in bits and pieces, strewn about our house, like buried treasure. First, I found the books. I grew up in a small bungalow, in a blue collar neighborhood,...
Tags: Choosing careers

Peggy McKee

10.26.2010 |    17,839 |   reply |
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OK—you’ve written a killer resume, prepared to within an inch of your life for the interview, practiced your answers to interview questions, and maybe even have a 30/60/90-day plan.  Now you're in the big interview, and it comes down to the end.  What are you going to do?  You have to ask for...
Tags: communication, Interviewing, job search

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