This is my first blog for Biocareers.com in over a year, and it is good to be back. I wanted to cover the topic of interview preparedness today. In March I am conducting a webinar on how to interview well, and I will expand on what I write here, but I wanted this to serve as an introduction to the topic. Interviewing is one of those things that we typically don't practice, so we don't get a lot of experience doing it. The default behavior of job seekers is to “wing it”, which is actually doing more damage to your prospects in landing the position.
Finding a good job in today’s economy is a challenge, especially when it comes to specialized research. Many PhDs are forced to take jobs they don’t really want, or ones that don’t benefit their career paths. It doesn’t have to be this way. Your dream job is out there, and there are things you can do to give yourself a better chance of landing it.
Finishing a PhD has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling goals I have achieved so far. However, the path was far from easy. I believe most of my peers will agree with me when I say that towards the end of our training, the path becomes not only highly demanding, but incredibly stressful. In contrast to the beginning, when we feel excited and full of hope, towards the end the feeling is quite different.
Does your stomach do flips when you hear the word “presentation”? Does your throat get drier than the Sahara desert when you have to speak to more than one person? Do you sweat profusely when you have to “network”? Do your legs wobble if you have to resolve perceived conflicts and unequivocally state your opinion?
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 job title I’ve never heard of as a grad student, with a company I’ve never imagined would hire someone like me.
Hello everyone! Today I wanted to cover something that I have seen a lot of. Every week, I get maybe five resumes for a position I am trying to fill. Three people aren't even remotely qualified. One looks great on paper, but they never call me back after I respond, then there is THE ONE.
How to set yourself apart from the rest? The importance of your social skills and attitude in the job
For every job available out there, no matter the discipline, we can find hundreds of applicants equally qualified who can fill that position.
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.
Ever wonder why you never hear about postdoc job opportunities at military research institutes? One reason is that adequate job advertising is severely lacking or completely absent for most military research postdoc positions. As a result, most prospective postdocs have no idea where to go, or what they need to do to get one of these jobs. I’ll tell you what you need to know and how to start looking for these positions.