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Jason Tilan

09.27.2010 |    12,033 |   reply |
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In order to gauge whether or not my job search experience may be relevant to that of yours, I think it would be pertinent to characterize my basal parameters at the time of post.  I graduated in December of 2009 with a (doctoral) degree in Physiology & Biophysics.  I then started a 1 year post-doc within the same department.  I have yet to publish my thesis work.  Presently, I am doing a terrible job of balancing the completion of a few “final experiments” and writing a manuscript related to my dissertation with my responsibilities of the new short-term gig.  The scale...
Tags: Academia, communication, job search

Jared Young

09.27.2010 |    15,881 |   1 reply |
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Hi, I’m Jared Young, and welcome to my blog at BioCareers. I’ll be writing about various aspects of careers in biology education. Since 2006 I’ve been a Professor on the tenure track at Mills College, a small women’s liberal arts college in Oakland, CA. I conduct research on signaling pathways involved...

Diane Johnson Whitmore

10.07.2010 |    16,992 |   1 reply |
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You are ready to start your job search and you know that you need a sharp marketing tool to send to potential employers. Good for you for knowing the importance of a well-written summary of your education, professional accomplishments, and abilities. You might even have an old resume from the...
Tags: CV, job search, resume

Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

11.20.2010 |    26,494 |   reply |
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In my last post, I wrote about the NatureJobs salary survey, and how North American women had slightly higher salaries than men at two years post degree, but lower salaries than men at all subsequent career stages.  I discussed a few reasons that could explain this data, such as taking...

Clement Weinberger

11.22.2010 |    30,191 |   reply |
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Another blog entry on pub plans? OK, It seemed like a good idea when I first thought of it because pub plans are important and many medical writers get involved in writing them. They are important because phase 2 through phase 4 industry-sponsored, academic and publicly funded drug and medical-device...

Larry Petcovic

11.19.2010 |    14,081 |   reply |
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       I have always been more casual than formal.  I do not wear ties unless it is a personal request. I do wear a jacket and I would put those "college patches" on the elbows if I worked on a campus. And, yes, I wear loafers but jog in Asics...
Tags: blogs, picture, social

Larry Petcovic

09.21.2010 |    19,923 |   reply |
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HINT #1:  All science activity is linked to a scaling of scientific purpose that ranges from a simple lab task to the meaning of science in society.  Think of it as an inverted pyramid!                                                       1. Your individual tasks are activities.  Most competent scientists could list at least 100 activities.  This...
Tags: job search, resume

Paul McDonald

09.23.2010 |    14,018 |   3 reply |
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I feel like this is my first day at some strange group counseling session.  As everyone looks around nervously, I stand up and finally say, “My name is Paul, and I left academics to become a consultant.”  Phew, that feels better.   More and more academics are deciding that the “traditional” path...
Tags: consulting

David Keleti

09.24.2010 |    10,557 |   reply |
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So what can the individual medical student do to improve his or her writing? What can teaching institutions do to encourage more sophisticated writing among their students? 1)    Join a research laboratory for the summer. Many, if not most, medical schools offer students the opportunity to perform research for a summer....
Tags: medical writing, Self improvement

Ex Lab Junkie

09.29.2010 |    17,814 |   reply |
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(I am interrupting my "how did I get here" posts, to discuss something that happened at work this week.) We have all heard the term "constructive criticism" and most of us have been on the receiving end of it, thinking unprintable thoughts about the person offering their assessment. But if you...
Tags: communication skills, giving feedback

Marielena Mata

10.06.2010 |    10,883 |   reply |
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This blog is dedicated to that most influential person in the life of any professional; one’s direct supervisor.   Let me start by saying that my boss, who I will call the “Big Boss,” is absolutely the most wonderful boss EVER! (Hey, you never know when Big Boss will decide to Google your name and read...
Tags: communication, planning, Supervising

Paul McDonald

10.26.2010 |    11,436 |   1 reply |
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Greetings Bio Careers groupies.  This month has been crazy.  If you aren’t in the business world, then September 30th probably doesn’t mean much except maybe Oktoberfest is just around the corner.  This month has been busy, busy, busy at AxHill, trying to get “year end” contracts signed and everything ready for another exciting fiscal year.  I’ve...
Tags: Interviewing, job advice, job search

Larry Petcovic

10.28.2010 |    11,380 |   reply |
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Link: Are some speakers born with more starpower than others? Is being an effective speaker all luck or good fortune? Join behavioral scientist Larry Petcovic for a webinar to learn more about the science behind effective communication. Larry will walk us through his method of scoring speakers and talk about how...
Tags: communications, creating advocacy, credibility, emotional intelligence, influence, likeability, personal influence, persuasion, selling skills, social acceptance, social attunement, trust

Ex Lab Junkie

10.28.2010 |    36,931 |   reply |
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After two-and-a-half years in my current government position, I have been offered and accepted higher-level acting positions, filled in temporary departmental gaps, and received the accompanying higher-level pay. Others at work, with similar or more job experience, have not been given the same opportunities. Being the scientist that I am, I have compiled a list...
Tags: career development, Government research, job success

Reshma Parmar

11.01.2010 |    9,295 |   reply |
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When I started to consider writing for this blog, I suddenly found myself with a case of writer's block.  I said to myself, ”How could someone who drafts, consults and writes daily for a living not simply write?”  I realized it was because there is so much to say on...
Tags: immigration, law, visas

Wenny Lin

11.05.2010 |    16,074 |   reply |
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I once heard from a professor that post-docs at the NIH have no opportunities to write grants, and therefore, they don’t have a competitive edge in the academic market. However, as a current post-doc at the NIH, not only have I just written a grant to compete for research funding, I even took an...
Tags: Government research, grant writing, NIH

Peggy McKee

11.12.2010 |    45,301 |   4 reply |
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Are you aware of how critical it is that you ask questions of your own during your interview?  Whether it’s for a position in academia, a research laboratory, or a sales/technical support position in a private company, the questions you ask can uncover vital information that can be used to refine the answers you give...
Tags: job interview

Tony Fox

11.17.2010 |    9,116 |   reply |
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              We have all envisioned the scene in which cash simply flows into our checking accounts while we leisurely work from home.  The occupation is, of course, one that would flourish from an individual passion, which would ensure that the lucrative endeavor would also provide a meaningful and enjoyable life. As time passes, it may start to become...
Tags: Goal setting, professional growth

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