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New Webinars on Transitioning from Academia and others, Coming Soon!

We would like to let you know about the next free webinars coming soon on Bio Careers: 1. Presenter: Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus, PhD Topic: Career Path: "Science Policy: Making the Switch" Wed, 7/25/12, 1-2PM EST  Register to this webinar:

Lauren Celano


Tips on cover letters – how to separate yourself from the pack.

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...



Learning New Things: “The Administration”

I have been a postdoctoral fellow for approaching seven years.  Over the past few years, I have been instinctively drawn to expand my horizons by joining various associations.  I enjoyed leading the Postdoctoral Association (PDA) at my institution; being a member of the Board of Directors ...


Thomas Patrick

You have to stay engaged.

Hi everyone!When I’m asked, “what’s the hardest part of a job search”? I always say the same thing – “making sure that the jobseeker doesn’t mentally and emotionally ‘check out’ of the process” Here is an example of “checking out”… let’s say you find a pertinent (or ...



5 key takeaways from my experience as a Management Consulting job applicant

To start, let me tell you a little about my profile back in 2005 when I started my MBA. I had a BA in Psychology, a 640 GMAT, and 5 years of experience running a small high-performance auto parts business. Hardly the ideal profile for a Consulting job.



Do you dread giving presentations?

I know that I do.  Unfortunately, as scientists the medium through which we often present our findings is through either a poster or seminar presentation.  Either way, it involves standing in front of a group of people and telling them the story of your research.  Easy, right?  W...


Thomas Patrick

The Humble Assessment Exercise – Further Thoughts

In “coach speak,” an assessment exercise is a term we use to describe having the job seeker think about themselves, and then write about themselves, and then analyze what they have thought and written, for the purposes of illumination and guidance. The reason they are called “exercises”...



Science Fairs

I was recently given the opportunity to judge a few middle school science fairs, and I jumped at the chance.  Not only because I have never been to one (as I am English I have never participated in one before, either as a contestant or a judge) so I was curious to see what it was like, but also...



Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side

“Ah, the rocket scientist from the Upper West Side!” That was the greeting I got when I was called in for the voir dire with the attorneys. They knew this from the questionnaire all jurors had to complete on arrival at the courthouse. I had jury duty last week – the infamous jury duty of New Y...



Let's talk about patents

For a lot of scientists and engineers, although not everyone, at a certain stage of their careers patents become an important element of success. However, there are things to talk about.