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Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.26.2017 |    427 |   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 different people. For our purposes, here is what networking is not:  You: “Hey do you know who is hiring?” Colleague: “I think XYZ company is”  That is “word of mouth”, the slightly less effective version of networking. Trouble is, people do this, and think they are networking. Further, when nobody else in your...


Ian Street

05.24.2017 |    234 |   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 |    830 |   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 |    563 |   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 |    765 |   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 |    660 |   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 |    928 |   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 |    1,112 |   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 |    1,279 |   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 |    1,054 |   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...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

03.29.2017 |    1,081 |   reply |
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A reader of my recent networking post, Ten People You Need To Have In Your Professional Network, gave me a follow-up challenge: I’ve been to so many lectures or read articles and they all say the same thing. Rely on your network or use your network to accomplish this or that....


Judy Lytle

03.15.2017 |    1,790 |   reply |
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You can make yourself marketable. Really, you have to, especially if you’re considering a career change. There are a few things I’ve done or currently do that continue to add to my resume. And yes I know – you have a family. You volunteer. You have a full-time job. You’re...


Connie Hampton

03.01.2017 |    1,917 |   reply |
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The short answer is “Neither” and here is why. The way hiring works is that a company does not hire unless they have a problem they can’t solve with the people that are already paying. Why would they hire somebody if their team can get it done?  The first person who knows...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.22.2017 |    2,666 |   reply |
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If you are looking for a job, most likely you have many expectations about it. How much money you wish to get paid, how many vacation days you will get and what type of benefits will be included just to mention a few. You might also think about how related...


Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    2,875 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

02.01.2017 |    2,981 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  I wanted to take the time to circle back and continue 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 the bulk of your efforts as a job...


Brendan Delaney

01.25.2017 |    3,194 |   reply |
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On December 28th, 2016 the Administrative Appeals Office issued a decision in Matter of DHANASAR that has changed the landscape for National Interest Waiver cases.   This is of major importance as the National Interest Waiver is one of only two self-sponsored applications and many postdocs, scientists, researchers, and others use...


Judy Lytle

01.18.2017 |    3,461 |   reply |
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“Business Development” can mean different things, depending on the position you find yourself in, the company or agency that hires you, the size and mission of the organization, and any number of other factors. As the Director of Business Development for a small non-profit research institute, I can tell you...


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