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Debojyoti Dhar

05.13.2016 |    3,073 |   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...


Charlene Milliken

02.26.2016 |    2,629 |   reply |
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A career in the federal government can be rewarding and interesting.  However, if you’re considering a career in the federal government, here are a few tips to keep in mind.   They’re broad generalizations, but you’ll most likely run into at least one of them.  Knowing these things in advance can...


Sandlin Seguin

02.15.2016 |    3,425 |   reply |
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My team is hiring a bunch of open positions right now, so I am finally getting a sense for what it's like on the other side of the table.  We are fortunate to work with a great recruiting team, so we only look at candidates that are reasonably strong. While I...


Shu Chin Ma

01.25.2016 |    2,922 |   reply |
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As follow up to my previous post about work flow at the Division of Bioequivalence, Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) at the FDA, you might ask, what does it really feel like to work at the OGD?  When you first join the office, you are assigned a team leader, who will...


Charlene Milliken

01.22.2016 |    3,477 |   reply |
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I travel a lot for work.   When I interviewed for my current job, I was informed that there would be a lot of travel.  “How much?”  I asked.  “A couple times a month or so.  It depends,” they said.  I love travelling!  Awesome!   But what’s the reality?  If you get...


Sandlin Seguin

02.27.2015 |    8,330 |   reply |
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Last week, I accepted a new job that I am very excited about.  Of course, anytime you can wrap up a job hunt is deeply gratifying, but this time in particular, I am thrilled with the outcome. I am taking a role as an eLearning Specialist at Tableau Software.  That’s a...
Tags: job coach works, tips for job search


Shu Chin Ma

09.12.2014 |    11,058 |   reply |
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Thinking of where to start?  If you think joining a start-up company is your Willy Wonka’s golden ticket to lucrative stock options, mega cash-ins later, and early retirement before you hit the legal drinking age, then you might be interested in the Brooklyn Bridge, which I can sell to you at...
Tags: is joining a startup company good, startup company


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

10.28.2013 |    11,754 |   reply |
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I’m a government contractor and I often say that my job is the best of both worlds: being a government employee, and being part of the private sector. Here are the ten reasons why I think being a government contractor is so great: Implementing the mission of the government agencies is...
Tags: benefits of private and government, working in the government


Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.23.2013 |    14,823 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This can be a hot topic, so understand that the opinions I am about to lay out are mine and mine alone. I don’t speak for the Five O’Clock Club on this, nor do I speak for Bio Careers.  At a recent conference for career professionals where I was teaching...
Tags: Facebook, Privacy Issues, social media


Alicia Jones

02.03.2013 |    7,699 |   2 reply |
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Interviewing is often thought to be an interaction between candidate and potential employer where the employer is in control asking many questions to assess the candidate for their needs.  However, it is important that the candidate do as much interviewing of the employer as well.  Here are a few things...
Tags: culture, interview, job, payment, psychological contract, working hours


Nick Folger

10.01.2012 |    13,655 |   reply |
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The third Virtual Job Summit is coming this Wednesday and Thursday, October 3rd and 4th.  It’s not too late to register!!  This is an opportunity to speak directly to recruiters from top employers. Make sure you update your resume, and develop a good introductory pitch that relates what you want to...
Tags: cover letter, phone interview, resume, virtual job summit


Liang Zhang

09.30.2012 |    8,718 |   reply |
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Back in school I've noticed how there are many career fairs aimed at Engineering and Business School students, but there aren't many aimed at Biology students. While many engineers and MBAs have a good idea of what career opportunities are out there for them, Biology students often feels stuck between...
Tags: Bio Careers, career fair, industry, virtual job summit


Nick Folger

09.09.2012 |    17,240 |   1 reply |
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Our third Virtual Job Summit opened on August 1st for research of employer booths.  Through October 2nd, you can go to the Employers Hall, research the employers and their open positions, and sign up for Video Chat.  On October 3rd and 4th, you’ll need to be logged into the event during...
Tags: Bio Careers, job summit


Marina Enachi

08.16.2012 |    12,428 |   1 reply |
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Following the success of the first two Virtual Job Summits, Bio Careers is excited to present our third edition, the Bio Careers Virtual Job Summit Fall 2012. Several employers' virtual booths already opened for jobseeker review on August 1st with more coming in future weeks. You can learn more about...
Tags: employers, job search, job summit


Lauren Celano

07.12.2012 |    50,614 |   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


Peggy McKee

06.30.2011 |    18,931 |   reply |
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If you haven’t heard by now, Bio Careers is holding the world’s first Virtual Job Summit for life science Master’s and PhD graduates starting in August.  Job seekers will be able to meet with employers from a significant number of top training institutions in the U.S.  It will be set...
Tags: employers, job fair, job summit, Ph.D.


Peggy McKee

02.28.2011 |    20,359 |   4 reply |
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It’s almost always going to be to your advantage to use a recruiter from the beginning in your job search—especially if you are making a significant career transition. Why? Because the right recruiter is going to be a valuable part of your network, a vital resource for insider...
Tags: advice, Changing careers, job search, networking


Tony Fox

10.07.2010 |    12,960 |   reply |
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Nike did indeed precede me in establishing the title phrase of this blog.  However, it is a statement that we should remind ourselves to obey.  Several ideas and goals have been known to come and go simply because they are not pursued.  What exactly does a person have to lose when attempting to achieve...
Tags: Advice for Scientists, job search, Science writing


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