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Lauren Celano

06.22.2017 |    1,043 |   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...


Lauren Celano

06.13.2017 |    850 |   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....


Lauren Celano

05.27.2014 |    12,084 |   reply |
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I often advise PhD students on career planning and the many options available to them in and out of academia.  When I ask about specific skills, a lot of them focus only on their research/technical skills, i.e. “hard skills” such as genetics, cell biology, computer science, chemistry or pharmacology.  When...
Tags: how important are soft skills, how to have soft skills


Lauren Celano

04.16.2014 |    47,521 |   reply |
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A mentor is someone who shares both wisdom and knowledge. Most often a person that is more senior in a role or specific area of expertise. A mentor can be extremely valuable for advice, insight, and professional and personal development. The importance of having a good mentor cannot be overstated;...
Tags: how to find mentors, mentors for life science


Lauren Celano

03.21.2014 |    8,772 |   reply |
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At the recent “How do you know if you are a CEO” Google Plus webinar on January 7th as part of The Capital Network and Founders Workbench series, a question was raised regarding whether a technical founder is a good candidate for the CEO role. Specifically, the audience member asked...
Tags: how to be a CEO, how to know if you are made to be a CEO


Lauren Celano

01.24.2014 |    11,061 |   reply |
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Recruiters that specialize in your specific area of interest can be a tremendous asset to a job search. These individuals are experts on companies hiring in your field, company hiring preferences, company cultures, growth trajectories, relevant roles and titles for your experience level, industry trends, and hiring cycles. Their experience...
Tags: how to team up with recruiters, working with recruiters


Lauren Celano

12.17.2013 |    10,953 |   reply |
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A well developed network is one of your most important assets.  The quality and strength of your network significantly impacts career opportunities, your career trajectory, and overall success.  It can take years, sometimes decades, to develop a robust professional network, and it often does not occur by chance.  Rather, this...
Tags: how to network, how to network in life science


Lauren Celano

09.30.2013 |    9,841 |   reply |
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Just like the ocean waves, hiring is a process with peaks (fall and spring) and troughs (summer and winter). Certainly, some hiring occur during the troughs, but fewer than the peaks.  During the slower periods, I advise people to actively set aside time to self-reflect. Consider what you want, need,...
Tags: Hiring process, when do companies hire


Lauren Celano

09.17.2013 |    12,531 |   reply |
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Finding a good recruiter who works in your area of interest can be extremely beneficial for your job search. With thousands of recruitment firms, ranging from one person companies that focus on specific roles, i.e. director level clinical affairs roles, to multinational organizations that focus on many functional areas and...
Tags: searching for recruiters, where to get life science recruiters


Lauren Celano

08.21.2013 |    17,045 |   reply |
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For many, starting a conversation with someone new at a networking event causes much anxiety. People worry about what to say, how the person will respond, and/or what to do if the person is not interested in talking. Below are a few suggestions to remove the anxiety and enable seamless...
Tags: how to approach someone, using nametags


Lauren Celano

07.19.2013 |    74,743 |   reply |
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Numerous options exist to identify potential companies to work for, especially those companies that are innovative, but not (yet) well-known. Below is a top ten list of ways to uncover exciting and innovative companies relevant to your area(s) of interest. The advice provided below is applicable to all industry sectors,...
Tags: employer, hiring, job search, LinkedIn


Lauren Celano

06.21.2013 |    15,135 |   reply |
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Following up with individuals who you meet at scientific conferences, networking, and other activities is important to develop relationships with your connections.  Over time, these relationships can provide insight into industry, various career paths, and job opportunities. These should be actively fostered. Below are tips on how to follow up...
Tags: Connections, contacts, follow-up, Groups


Lauren Celano

10.29.2012 |    21,346 |   3 reply |
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Consulting firms provide Ph.D. and post-doctoral fellows with a wonderful opportunity to apply their scientific, analytical, and problem solving skills to solve real world problems.  Individuals hired as consultants obtain exposure to many different aspects of business which can greatly accelerate one’s career growth.  Jobs in consulting are highly sought...
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Lauren Celano

09.24.2012 |    8,583 |   1 reply |
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The Bio Careers® Virtual Summit scheduled on October 3rd and 4th provides graduate students, postdocs, and alumni an opportunity to learn about companies that are hiring and also gain insight from the presenters about job search tips and career strategy.  The summit provides an opportunity for jobseekers to interact with...
Tags: virtual job summit


Lauren Celano

08.07.2012 |    18,300 |   3 reply |
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This blog provides insight into what human resources professionals are looking for in a resume.   Hopefully this information will be useful as you craft your resume and tailor it for specific jobs.  First and foremost, your resume is a marketing and branding tool that shows your experience, expertise, and other...
Tags: job search, resume


Lauren Celano

08.01.2012 |    18,084 |   2 reply |
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This blog provides insight into what human resources professionals are looking for in a resume.   Hopefully this information will be useful as you craft your resume and tailor it for specific jobs.  First and foremost, your resume is a marketing and branding tool that shows your experience, expertise, and other...
Tags: job search, resume


Lauren Celano

07.30.2012 |    17,553 |   1 reply |
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I usually write pieces that are valuable for the talent in our network, but for this article, I decided to write one that pertains more to my own interests.  This topic has come up repeatedly in the thousands of emails, resumes, cover letters, and phone messages that I have received throughout the last few...
Tags: contact details, cover letter, resume


Lauren Celano

07.13.2012 |    50,973 |   2 reply |
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In the last few months, I have received so many questions about cover letters.  People have asked me, are they important? Do people read them? Are they worthwhile? Who sees them?  Should they be customized?  etc,    Due to all of the questions, I thought I would write a blog...
Tags: cover letters, job advice


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