Hi! My name is Peggy McKee and I am a business owner, recruiter, career coach, and a former sales rep and national-level sales manager. My mission is to help candidates from all industries navigate their way through the job search and interview process in order to stand out from other candidates to land the job. Even if you’re not in sales, your job interview is the most important sales call of your life. You are selling yourself and your skills to the employer. There are principals, tools, and proven techniques that get job offers, no matter where you are.
Welcome to my BioCareers blog on Resumes, Search Action Plans and Cover Letters. My name is Diane Johnson Whitmore. Although I am now happily employed as a Career Strategist, I know from personal experience what it is like to transition between careers. After first being attracted to finance, I soon realized that my heart belonged in helping others through coaching to achieve success.
Many times people have sent in their resumes for a job they believe is a perfect fit. Yet weeks have gone by and still they heard nothing back from the company. First you need to ask: How does your resume look? Writing a good scientific resume is crucial to getting a job interview.
With my long-term career goals oscillating to-and-fro regarding academic research, an interesting opportunity presented itself – an administrative/teaching, non-tenure-track faculty position. Led by my curiosity with this alternate academic route, I decided to throw my name into the hat of candidates.
One of my favorite children’s books is “Seven Blind Mice.” This book retells the ancient Indian tale of seven blind men who try to decide what an elephant is like based on examining one part of it. In this book, it is seven blind mice that examine the elephant; six of them draw incorrect conclusions based on one feel, whereas the seventh mouse takes his time, and learns the truth about the elephant.
When I'm out talking to grad students and postdocs about the ins and outs of making the jump to the business world, one of the discussions that always gets going is about networking. Networking is clearly one of those topics that generates a lot of interest, misinformation, and fear. So let’s talk a bit about what is, and is not, a good network.
The 11th annual fellows and young investigators colloquium of National Cancer Institute (NCI) has been held in Williamsburg, VA from February 23-25th. The purpose of this retreat is to foster networking among young investigators, to facilitate career-development opportunities and to moderate the communication of research to peers. More than 100 abstracts were presented either in the form of poster or oral presentation.
I am a little behind in my blog posts because I became overwhelmed with my thesis defense. The big day finally came, and I was able to present the work I’ve done over the last several years since arriving at Scripps Florida. I was very fortunate that my family lives fairly close, so my mom, sister, and best friend were able to attend the seminar and go out to dinner with me after the small reception hosted by my department. The big question is now: What next?
We are now a few weeks into the “NCAA March Madness” of the college basketball championships. In my past experience outside of the government, filling in the tournament brackets and following the events served to build community among co-workers, encouraging friendly competition and camaraderie.Prior to its start this year, I received an interesting email addressed to all Health and Human Services staff in regard to March Madness.