“I need a job, who has time to think and write?” I hear this every time I am talking with a client for the first time. I get it, you’re frustrated, angry, teetering on the edge financially. Still, you aren’t excused from doing the heavy lifting that a job search requires... l...
As I write this blog entry, I reflect on all the things that have happened over the last year. I got approval to defend my thesis, then successfully defended said thesis in March. I started looking for potential postdoc positions last year, then went on interviews in April. The interviews were...
Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced...
Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry. As companies consolidate and reorganize, downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs. Some will take early retirements. Some may take a break if they get severance. But...
Today’s blog is inspired (as usual) by a conversation I recently had... the actual quote that got my wheels turning was this:“Gosh Tom, everything you ask me to do really takes up a lot of my time” This was after my third email asking for his finished assessment exercises. Yes, I said THI...
LinkedIn is ubiquitous among professionals and people aspiring to be in the workforce. This is an amazingly useful tool to build connections, keep track of people, and brand yourself. The following are a few tips on how to use LinkedIn effectively based upon my experiences. Your Picture
One of the best ways to land a new job is through personal contacts. As a scientist in academia, you have many opportunities to forge relationships within academia through seminars, conferences and more. However, if you are interested in learning more about career opportunities outside o...
As I have previously mentioned, I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association ( http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), and I recently attended my third annual NPA meeting in San Francisco. This year marked the 10th annual meeting and was wonderful due to the attention to detai...
Many people have heard of the traditional method of obtaining permanent residence in the United States. From a somewhat simplistic standpoint, this is viewed as being ‘sponsored for a Green Card.’ During that process, a sponsoring employer files paperwork with the Department of Labor and, ...
Think about the last publication manuscript that you submitted on a journal website. You entered the type of article, title, author information, abstract and the manuscript files. Then there’s the other stuff that took longer than it should to figure out. I’m talking about the “names of four p...