Job hunters fall into two categories – those who have a job interview lined up, and those who will. It’s natural to be keyed up or nervous before meeting new people to discuss important things...more so if that important thing happens to be your future and livelihood. If you haven’t interviewed for awhile, or if you have experienced some rejection, the stress can be overwhelming. In fact, I know people who have deliberately cancelled an interview, just from stress and nerves alone.
Do you know about Resume Search Optimization? It sounds complicated, but it’s really a simple concept: write your resume using the words that will attract the attention you want. It’s simple, but if you overlook it, you might as well throw your resume in the trash, because that’s all the good it’s going to do you.
This posting delves a little more into the focus of my research: the cognition of music. In particular, we will look at an article recently published in Scientific American called “Brain Scans Predict Pop Hits.” It is a summary article of a paper by Gregory Berns and Sara Moore from Emory University. This study looks at how well brain response via fMRI can predict pop music hits.
This time around, we are going to discuss objective statements on your CV. Depending on who you listen to, you either need them, or you don’t need them, and everyone has a differing opinion with facts and figures to validate their opinions. I happen to like objective statements, and I see their value… let me clarify, I like GOOD objective statements. I like objective statements that tell me: 1) Who you are
The current economic downturn and high unemployment rate have, no doubt, created the common mind-set of “If you have a job offer, don’t be picky. Just take it.” These are the words of a friend of mine when she got an offer at a well-known biotech company recently. She felt that she was not in the position to negotiate or be picky in this economy or she will lose the offer, which is her first job after graduate school.
In this blog entry, I decided to provide everyone with a list of the most common terms that come up in U.S. immigration lingo. After talking to clients, I found that many of them are confusing like Visa and Status. Some are always being discussed in their short, abbreviated form like EB1 or NIW and EAD. And, there are different government agencies working independently, at different stages, on individual aspects of a person's immigration journey, but ultimately we reach one resolution. This is a handy reference to keep and get a quick overview.
A few months ago I participated in the Webinar given by Randall Ribaudo here at Bio Careers. It was jam packed with information and ideas which I found very interesting. One of my fellow participants was one of the career development coordinators also from my research institute and was so impressed she asked him to come across the country to speak to us. When I discovered this I was overjoyed, even more so when I was asked to provide him potential jobs I would be interested in, and my resume so I could be used as an example.
Closing in the interview is asking for the job. The most common reaction to that idea is “Do I have to?” It seems too forward, or even outright pushy. But if you want to give yourself the very best chance possible at getting the job, you really, really have to do it.
The Jerk GapRecently, I heard on KQED’s Forum about the finding that aggressive men (and women) earn almost $10,000 more a year than nice guys (listen to the story). It brought back so many memories that I have to share my journey from being a nice-yet-often-ignored girl in my first-year graduate school to a respected, even advisory role by my third year.