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Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.22.2017 |    1,617 |   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...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

09.14.2016 |    3,669 |   reply |
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Contrary to what many people think, preparing for an interview entails much more than just knowing what you are going to say or even rehearsing ways of selling yourself as a candidate. If you have read the last three blog entries on this series you have probably noticed that most...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.29.2016 |    3,402 |   reply |
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On the first two parts of this series, I wrote about what to expect from the interview process, and also the things we should consider when preparing for it.  In this third entry, I will be focusing on how to sell yourself during the interview process, a topic that is as...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.20.2016 |    3,126 |   reply |
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Let’s start with the basics or the minimal things we should do when preparing for an interview.  First, it is important to practice and be prepared for as many general interview questions as you can possibly think. Although we might have a general idea of the questions we are going to...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

04.08.2016 |    3,149 |   reply |
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One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.  In most cases, they are preparing to go to either a professional school or to a graduate school. Occasionally, some of them are also job hunting and preparing for a job interview. What...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.17.2016 |    2,867 |   reply |
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For most of us, finding a job after we graduate is our main goal.  We want a salary that is nothing close to what we were making during graduate school, to be financially and professionally stable, and to work for 30+ years until we are ready to retire. We want a...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.08.2016 |    3,112 |   reply |
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If I ask you what is the single most important thing you can do to find a job or advance your career, what would be your answer?  Some people might say get a college degree, others could say stay current within your field or maybe get trained in something that can...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

01.11.2016 |    3,900 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk to a group of undergraduate students about how to identify their goals and the importance of passion during that process.  Although most of them agreed with me on the importance of being passionate, the reality is that most people have a hard time identifying what they...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

12.30.2015 |    3,639 |   reply |
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Finding that first job after we finish our academic training is not as easy as it sounds.  These days, we all know that the amount of individuals qualified for a job is very high while the amount of available jobs is very low. To make things worse, when we do find...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

11.25.2015 |    3,815 |   reply |
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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...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

10.15.2015 |    3,917 |   reply |
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Finish degree —> find perfect job —> live happily ever after Generally speaking this is how most of us think our professional life will go after we graduate (I know I did). Although this idea could be true, finding the path that can lead us to our dream job or to...


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.19.2015 |    5,220 |   reply |
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We all know that we have many more job responsibilities than the ones originally stated on the job description.  It is more and more common to see “other responsibilities” listed as a responsibility in many advertised jobs, and these can be anything that your supervisors can think of that might be...
Tags: job responsibilities


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

08.03.2015 |    5,925 |   reply |
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Is it appropriate to say no to your boss when he or she asks you to do something, or to take on a new project?  First, let me tell you that it is indeed ok to say no to your boss. However, you have to say it in a specific way...
Tags: how to say no, is it ok to say no, tips on saying no


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

06.05.2015 |    6,679 |   reply |
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Whether we are starting on a new job or have been in the same job for years, it is always essential to know what I like to call our professional value.  In other words, professional value is defined by how competitive we are or how much people are willing to do...
Tags: maintaining your professional value


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

05.15.2015 |    5,753 |   reply |
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During my undergraduate studies I took more than 18 credits in the Social Sciences from Theories of Personality, to Sociology and Social Problems.  At the time, I wasn't completely clear as to how taking these courses would influence my future, both at the personal and professional level, but that became evident...
Tags: how to develop social skills, socialization with peers


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

03.30.2015 |    6,393 |   reply |
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For every job available out there, no matter the discipline, we can find hundreds of applicants equally qualified who can fill that position.  A colleague of mine, who worked as Dean of Administration at an academic institution, once told me that no matter how good we are at our job, there...
Tags: better work environment, social skills at work


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

03.09.2015 |    6,907 |   reply |
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Having a job is an essential part of our adult life, and it is definitely something we need in order to survive. It is something we depend on.  If we think about it, most of us will spend most of our productive life working, so looking for a job or staying...
Tags: changing careers in life science, transferable skills


Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo

02.23.2015 |    7,371 |   reply |
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Finishing a PhD has been one of the most exciting and fulfilling goals I have achieved so far. However, the path was far from easy.  I believe most of my peers will agree with me when I say that towards the end of our training, the path becomes not only highly...
Tags: life after phd, what to after phd


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