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Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.22.2017 |    1,163 |   reply |
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If you are looking for a job, most likely you have many expectations about it. How much money you wish to get paid, how many vacation days you will get and what type of benefits will be included just to mention a few. You might also think about how related the job is to your expertise or experience. What about the culture of the company or the environment among employees, do you have expectations on those too? Most people do have expectations about jobs and more often than not those expectations play a big role on whether they apply or...


Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    1,457 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

01.04.2017 |    2,033 |   reply |
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Rutendo asks: I am a Medical Doctor, trained and currently working [outside the US]. I want to make a move into Clinical Research, and I do have related experience when I was working in one of our teaching hospitals. We’d have several studies running concurrently, so in between admitting patients...


Judy Lytle

11.02.2016 |    3,045 |   reply |
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Three and a half years ago, I walked into the office of my government client, and said, “I’m done. I’m giving my two weeks’ notice.” I was pretty fed up, and had stayed in that seven-year job for two years too long. I had no plan. I went home that...


Donna Kridelbaugh

10.12.2016 |    3,601 |   reply |
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In today’s “publish-or-perish” environment, scientists are often judged and hiring decisions based primarily on a lengthy publication record in high-quality journals. While there is a growing movement toward alternative metrics (i.e., measures of research impact in the mainstream), the reality is that publication records are still used as a primary...


Lamar Blackwell

09.05.2016 |    3,575 |   reply |
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It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.   The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to...


Judy Lytle

08.29.2016 |    3,526 |   reply |
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So a month or two back, I attended a seminar on winning government contracts. I work for a non-profit research institute, and even though I spent seven years working in the Department of Defense, I thought maybe I could use a refresher. Being in Business Development, it pays to keep...


Sandlin Seguin

07.15.2016 |    4,208 |   reply |
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When I was a graduate student I worked hard, but not quite as hard as I felt like I should work. I often brought home manuscripts I thought I might read before bed, only to take them back to work to read over lunch, and then back home again. I...


Judy Lytle

06.20.2016 |    4,430 |   reply |
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As you are going through a job search, you inevitably come across a position description for a company that you’d really like to work for.  But the position description isn’t a 100% fit. Or even a 70% fit. Maybe (gasp!) not even a 50% fit. So, should you apply?  What’s the worst...


Charlene Milliken

06.10.2016 |    3,298 |   reply |
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Over the past several years, the federal government has been moving toward greater collaboration within and between federal programs, departments and agencies as well as with those outside of government from industry, the private sector, academia and nonprofit organizations.   Budget cuts have led to the creation of policies and practices...


Donna Kridelbaugh

06.06.2016 |    4,880 |   reply |
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I often get asked for tips on designing a business or contact card.  My response is to keep it simple. The goals are for the recipient of the card: 1) to be able to easily contact you; and 2) even more importantly, remember who you are. Here are a few tips on...


Clement Weinberger

06.02.2016 |    3,168 |   reply |
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It started with a good idea that became a testable hypothesis and a research plan.  Now all the data has been recorded and analyzed, and you’ve got a research article to write and submit for publication.  You know the structure. It’s not quite a recipe, but the ingredients are clear cut. There’s...


Michael Salgaller

05.26.2016 |    3,211 |   reply |
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I’ve always enjoyed attending meetings and conferences, and not because I’m a technology nerd or need to escape my work environment.  Whatever field you’re in, here’s hoping you’re really into it, or at least find it provides more than a paycheck. If you at least like what you do, you have...


Clement Weinberger

05.24.2016 |    2,975 |   reply |
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In fact, that’s not as likely as you might think it is.  When the editor surfaces, emerges from the shadows, and sends you the decision email, it’s most likely to say that your article can be “accepted with (minor or major) revisions”. You’ll have to reply to each of the peer...


Lamar Blackwell

05.09.2016 |    3,498 |   reply |
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This post, and the next couple of posts, will describe some of the things that are important in establishing yourself as a successful scientist in pharma in your first year.   The goal is to provide you a framework to think about how to be successful. As the title describes, it is...


Charlene Milliken

04.25.2016 |    2,732 |   reply |
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No, you should not.  And when I say that, I mean friends, not friendly.   Okay, I know there are people out there who are friends with their bosses, but I think, for the most part, it’s best to have a friendly relationship with your boss but not a true friendship. Why?...


Judy Lytle

04.22.2016 |    4,709 |   reply |
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In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people. In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel...


Judy Lytle

04.15.2016 |    3,134 |   reply |
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Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia…  Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes...


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