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Debojyoti Dhar

05.13.2016 |    3,325 |   reply |
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What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual?  There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes pretty apparent. Though if it doesn’t show in the CV, then surely during the interview!  But many a times, when one approaches a new job, the one thing that is commonly asked is about the person’s last drawn salary. And unfortunately, on this basis, an individual’s pay is decided in the...


Lamar Blackwell

05.09.2016 |    3,944 |   reply |
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This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year.   The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful. As the title describes, it is...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.06.2016 |    4,567 |   reply |
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Hello everyone! Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search.  Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

05.04.2016 |    3,682 |   reply |
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Congratulations, you have landed an interview with one of your dream employers!  You have a few days to prepare, so how should you best spend this time? Review the company. Review the job description. Review your key selling points. Now you have a good foundation of information on which to build...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.29.2016 |    3,683 |   reply |
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On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it.  In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

04.27.2016 |    3,347 |   reply |
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In a previous post, I shared five strategies for preparing for a job interview.  These techniques still apply if you get called back for additional interviews. However, the callback stage is different from the first round. If you don’t prepare for the nuances of callback interviews specifically, your interview performance will...


Charlene Milliken

04.25.2016 |    3,017 |   reply |
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No, you should not.  And when I say that, I mean friends, not friendly.   Okay, I know there are people out there who are friends with their bosses, but I think, for the most part, it’s best to have a friendly relationship with your boss but not a true friendship. Why?...


Judy Lytle

04.22.2016 |    5,014 |   reply |
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In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people. In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.20.2016 |    3,434 |   reply |
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Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview.  First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to...


Michael Salgaller

04.18.2016 |    3,355 |   reply |
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Funding is essential to maintain and grow one’s career.  Since few of us are independently wealthy, and since medical research is expensive, most of us pursue funding by asking outside entities for support. But what if I were to ask you to give me some money for work-related expenses? Chances are...


Judy Lytle

04.15.2016 |    3,399 |   reply |
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Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia…  Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes...


Hamilton Lenox

04.13.2016 |    3,155 |   reply |
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While my background is as a chemist, and my first role in industry was as a bench chemist, for the past 13 years, I’ve been handling business development, sales and marketing for a number of different organizations.   I am often asked what I think the most difficult part of the...


Suzane Ramos da Silva

04.11.2016 |    2,893 |   reply |
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My challenge began around a ago, when my PI invited me to manage the lab, while at the same time, I was developing my post-doc projects.  At first, I said no, but after considerable thought, I decided to accept the new task. Apart from the new routine, it also came with...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.08.2016 |    3,430 |   reply |
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One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.  In most cases, they are preparing to go to either a professional school or to a graduate school. Occasionally, some of them are also job hunting and preparing for a job interview. What...


Lamar Blackwell

04.06.2016 |    3,689 |   reply |
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Congratulations!  You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company.   It means that the company has a genuine interest in you.  Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult.  It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking get their first job...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.04.2016 |    4,387 |   reply |
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This month, I wanted to tackle a subject I get asked about constantly, and that is the subject of resumes.  Normally the question comes in two forms:1) What's the best resume format?2) Is my resume any good? I make the distinction because while they concern the same subject, they are in fact different questions...


Holly Brevig

04.01.2016 |    2,905 |   reply |
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There are a number of fellowships and internships out there for PhDs to explore career options.   There are teaching fellowships (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship), science policy fellowships (e.g., Research American Science Policy), regulatory and medical writing (e.g., Cato Research Fellows), science writing (e.g., Richard Casement Internship at the Economist)...


Clement Weinberger

03.30.2016 |    2,908 |   reply |
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A blank computer screen might be one of the scariest things on your bench or desk(top).  You sit in front of one when you have to describe a research project that has become as “my problem”. Maybe the most difficult page is the one where you transform a “good idea at...


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