Job Search


Thomas Patrick

Networking – Scary and Misunderstood, pt 2 - “but I don’t know anyone”

The word “networking” terrifies a lot of people..jobseekers “know” they need to do it, but the prospect can be very overwhelming, especially if you think you don’t know anyone..if that’s you, here’s how to get started. You might think my premise is silly, but I assure you, the num...

Donna Kridelbaugh


What is National Mentoring Month?

January is National Mentoring Month, which was founded by the Harvard School of Public Health. The National Mentoring Partnership was conceived to raise awareness about mentoring programs, and to recruit people to serve as role models for youth in their communities. Mentors make a positive impact on...



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!-Manage

An important thing that we learned to do in academia is manage how we use our time.  We are able to manage the amount of time that we allocate to any one activity.  It was probably something that we learned to do during graduate school or during our postdoctoral work.  It was what all...



Dealing with recruiters when you are not looking for a job (right now)...

People are generally very happy to work with recruiters during their job search, but less happy to take a recruiter call when they are not looking for a job. While it can be very annoying and awkward to be solicited at work for another job, many times, this is the only phone number a recruiter ...



Six lessons learned while I quit grad school to become an entrepreneur

Life changing decisions do not happen often. They are difficult and will require you to dig deeper into your brain, gut, and soul to find the best path towards your happiness. I was 28 years old in 2008 when I decided that a PhD and a life as a scientist, wasn’t a good fit for Tom Ruginis.It ...



When transitioning from academia to pharma, academic scientists need their C.R.E.A.M!

Together, we have learned that there are transferable skills that we can take from our academic space to work in pharma.  I hope that we have learned about the importance of our ability to communicate, be resourceful, have energy, analyze work, and manage the work and expectations.  Unders...


Thomas Patrick

It's always time to make things happen

One of the problems of conventional wisdom is that it's not always wise. In fact, it can put unnecessary obstacles in your way.This time of year, the conventional wisdom is: 1) Nobody does any hiring over the holidays…2) …So it's pointless to job hunt…3) Until after the first of the year,...



Searching for our career north: The Process

An introduction to the processA common challenge for professionals is the situation where you having a good sense of the field you want to work in, but lacking clarity in what exactly we want to do in this field or how to get there. 

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


Using Our Social Skills to Advance Our Career

If someone ask me what would be the best piece of advice I can give to a recent graduate who is about to start his/her first job, I would have to say: “make sure your social skills are impeccable”. I have blogged about this topic in the past but this time I want to look at it from a different...



You got the job. Now, how do you negotiate your package?

You’re sitting in your third and final interview, and your prospective employer says, “We would like to work up an offer. What is your salary requirement?” A little bead of perspiration streams down your back. What am I worth? If I ask for too much will they withdraw the offer? If I don...