Given the current dismal job prospects in tenure-track science academia, it’s no wonder more science PhDs are exploring alternative career options. Although we were groomed to succeed our mentors in the academy, bench life isn’t for everyone. Some of us don’t have the passion for conducting the same meticulous experiments day after day or the wherewithal to generate the endless grant writing required for PI survival.
It is not often that one is asked to reflect and share experiences from one’s career. I, like many others, spend the majority of my time examining and looking toward others who are much farther in their careers than I. In fact, it might be a bit ridiculous for me to perform this exercise and “reflect.” But, I have trouble saying “No” and, there is the off chance that I have something useful to contribute. So let’s do it.
The New York Times published a graphic, the Beveridge Curve on March 6, 2013, noting that there is “A Shift Toward Higher Job Vacancy Rates.” The New York Times Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics.The Beveridge Curve compares the job vacancy rate with the unemployment rate. In recent years, jobs stay open longer. And the interview process has become a waiting game. In another article, Catherine Rampell commented on how picky employers have become:
You might joke about your job sucking the life out of you, but there’s actually truth behind the chuckles; office life can be deadly. Sitting for hours upon hours, being exposed to fluorescent light, eating lunches out, and dealing with regular stress can take a major toll on your physical and mental health. Here, we’ll explore 25 signs that your seemingly harmless job has the potential to kill you.
Ever been contacted by a headhunter? I have. It was very flattering. . .The number one way to attract a headhunter is to have a LinkedIn profile and keep it active. The headhunter that contactedme use my LinkedIn profie, which is the method that tons of companies are using to do their recruiting. And this happened to me even before LinkedIn reinvented itself (haven't you noticed how LinkedIn has changed recently to become much more social?).
Hello Everyone!Last time, I talked about receiving a resume and cover letter from one of those “build and blast” websites you find all over the web promising to help job seekers. I gave you my take on those sites, and shared the subject line of the email as the first of many shining examples of what not to do. This time, I want to cover the “cover letter” that came with the email. Here it is: Dear Sir or Madam: