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Lauren Celano

06.22.2017 |    118 |   reply |
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The topic of career planning is something that I discuss with almost everyone I speak with, regardless of whether they are a graduate student or industry professional.  I emphasize that regardless of where someone is in their career, steps can be taken to develop the hard (e.g. techniques) and soft (e.g. management) skills necessary for career advancement. Since successful careers develop over years, even decades, the earlier someone starts to plan, the better.  Even as a graduate student or postdoctoral fellow, ample opportunities exist to develop skills. Below are two examples of proactive career development. By sharing these, I hope...


Judy Lytle

06.21.2017 |    96 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues...


Sandlin Seguin

06.16.2017 |    48 |   reply |
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My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.15.2017 |    50 |   reply |
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Today we’re continuing on the topic of networking…last time, we talked about how to say hello...now, we’re going to talk about what to say AFTER you say hello.  Like always, there is a right way and a wrong way to start off a conversation…the wrong way is to launch into...


Lauren Celano

06.13.2017 |    53 |   reply |
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When you apply to a job, the details listed on your resume provide your “future employer” with information about the type of job you are looking for.  The key words you include, the way you phrase your accomplishments and experiences, how you order your bullet points, all of this matters....


Alicia Jones

06.09.2017 |    81 |   reply |
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Interviewing is often thought to be an interaction between candidate and potential employer where the employer is in control asking many questions to assess the candidate for their needs.  4However, it is important that the candidate do as much interviewing of the employer as well.  Here are a few things...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

06.06.2017 |    82 |   reply |
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Information overload carries a negative connotation but sometimes it comes from a happy place. This past weekend, I was in Seattle leading a career change workshop for the Lean In Seattle and Lean In Women’s Veterans chapters. This all-day event featured speakers from around the country, and with the quantity...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.31.2017 |    85 |   reply |
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A job interview is a person-to-person communication, and some people are difficult, so you will likely encounter a difficult job interviewer at some point. The difficult job interviewer pushes back on what you say, picks apart your claims, focuses on your weaknesses and mistakes, or tries to get you to...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.26.2017 |    529 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  Over the last few months, we have talked about how to utilize headhunters, and what impact they have and don't have on your job search.. This time around, we are going to talk about another “tried and true” method to get jobs, NETWORKING.  The word networking means different things to...


Ian Street

05.24.2017 |    319 |   reply |
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There are many paths out of academia, and finding one can be surprisingly difficult. There are a few things I might suggest can do to speed the process, things I wish I’d done earlier.   Academia has a way of keeping people in a holding pattern, especially at the postdoc level. By...


Donna Kridelbaugh

05.19.2017 |    882 |   reply |
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You see it all the time—in a popular news article about a groundbreaking research study to even the primary literature—that so-and-so researcher is the “first” to make some brand new discovery. This claim makes me cringe every time I see it. Why? Well to be honest, it’s highly unlikely to be...


Debojyoti Dhar

05.17.2017 |    647 |   reply |
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Getting a PhD is always a very big achievement, more so if one has received that degree from a prestigious institution.  Many who are interested in pursuing a PhD do so mainly because of love for “science”. There is no better happiness but to see or find something novel during the...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.15.2017 |    831 |   reply |
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In a recent Forbes Leadership post, I covered a Payscale/ Millennial Branding survey which looked at workplace trends for Generation Y, including a finding that Generation Y favors leaving a job early. One of the survey results showed that Generation Y do not think they should stay at an employer...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.10.2017 |    737 |   reply |
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If you’re attempting a career change — from one industry to another, from one functional role to another, from a sabbatical or family leave to getting back to work – you will be telling employers, recruiters, and others in your network your STORY. You are often asked for a general...


Lamar Blackwell

05.08.2017 |    991 |   reply |
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One of the most difficult things to do for ourselves is change.  There is a comfort level in what we already know and do.  We understand the current problems in our jobs and are used to them.  We know the aspects we like and what we don’t like.  And while...


Michael Salgaller

05.03.2017 |    1,198 |   reply |
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Recently, Genetic Engineering News published a list of what they believe will be the top 10 biotech jobs most in demand over the next decade. Now we’re down to the Big 3! For those looking for moving beyond the bench, starting their science career, or just looking for a change, the...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.25.2017 |    1,356 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This month we are continuing the discussion about headhunters, and what they mean to you as a job seeker.  In previous blogs, I made the following points about headhunters:  1) Headhunters really aren't the best place to focus most of your efforts as a job seeker2) The best strategy is to manage your...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

04.12.2017 |    1,117 |   reply |
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I thought about writing about growth, since it’s spring, and growth is something that happens when you stretch outside your comfort zone. (I did write about growth for the 4/16 issue of the newsletter in case you missed that one!) But the flip side of the positive growth that comes...


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