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Sandlin Seguin

06.28.2017 |    802 |   reply |
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Chances are good that if you have considered moving into a communication heavy career, someone has at some point suggested you keep a writing portfolio.  If you are like me, you nodded sagely and left confused. What is a writing portfolio? And what do I put in mine, if I am working as a scientist? Let’s start with the basics, who needs a portfolio, and why. You might need a writing portfolio if you will be hired based on your ability to write, or to write in a particular style. Science journalists, grant writers, and those of us in instructional/educational publishing might...


Sandlin Seguin

06.16.2017 |    834 |   reply |
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My contract is ending, and I need a new job. I was going to write an article about how to gracefully exit a position, particularly for those of us who are exiting into the “unknown” of the job market. Since I know that scheduled departures like mine are fairly common...


Sandlin Seguin

07.15.2016 |    4,889 |   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...


Sandlin Seguin

07.01.2016 |    5,171 |   reply |
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In the new year, my job title changed from eLearning Specialist to eLearning Developer. My boss delivered this news with some hand waving about internal alignments, and my day to day work hasn’t changed. When I applied for my job as an eLearning Specialist, I wasn’t sure that I would...


Sandlin Seguin

02.24.2016 |    4,866 |   reply |
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As I mentioned before, my team has been looking to hire a couple technical writers.  While the requirements for any specific role may vary, I find that it is a role that scientists can transition into fairly easily, because so much of what we do hinges on our ability to communicate...


Sandlin Seguin

02.15.2016 |    4,000 |   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...


Sandlin Seguin

12.23.2015 |    4,649 |   reply |
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A fun buzzword I am seeing in job descriptions is agile. You will be part of an Agile team..., or ...using Agile methodology.  It’s very common in the software industry, but certainly getting some usage in other industries that have projects where the goals or scope may change during the development...


Sandlin Seguin

12.16.2015 |    5,162 |   reply |
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When I was working with a career coach to find my current job, I was in a networking rut.  I had already been through the basics of networking: learning about the major employers, the major professional groups and the general needs of the industry in my location. I did this by...


Sandlin Seguin

08.12.2015 |    6,111 |   reply |
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The truth is out there: The number of tenure track faculty positions is shrinking relative to the number of eligible candidates.  Adjuncting may be viewed as a stop gap for departments who need instructors and candidates who are timing the job market, but these positions aren’t meant to be long term....
Tags: alternative careers to academia, teaching alternatives


Sandlin Seguin

06.22.2015 |    7,279 |   reply |
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Once you decide that you are going to make a career transition, you are going to have to answer the question Why, “why make the transition?” And sometimes that will be worded as a skeptical “Why not stay?”  Having an answer to this question matters because it helps others understand where...


Sandlin Seguin

02.27.2015 |    8,958 |   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


Sandlin Seguin

12.08.2014 |    7,436 |   reply |
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It’s that time again, my contract is ending and I am back on the job market.  I’m fairly optimistic this time, despite the fact that this is my third job hunt in as many years. I’ve developed a lot professionally, and built a stronger network. I am also able to learn...
Tags: are career coaches helpful, using career coaches


Sandlin Seguin

10.15.2014 |    9,182 |   reply |
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Chances are good that at some point in your career, you will need to teach people something in a formal environment like a classroom or lecture hall.  You might get assigned the entire first year of intro bio (with labs), or you might just give a guest lecture in some graduate...
Tags: effective teaching methods, how to effectively teach students


Sandlin Seguin

08.22.2014 |    7,696 |   reply |
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“This abstract is awful. Just start over.” “You give bad lectures. You didn’t make sense.” “This manuscript is a mess. It needs organization.” Taking criticism is hard. Giving criticism is hard. Giving criticism in ways that can be taken by the listener, is an art form. I don’t claim to be an expert,...
Tags: how to do constructive criticism, how to give criticism


Sandlin Seguin

02.11.2014 |    13,162 |   reply |
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Sometimes the science career track can feel like a track you are stuck on. If you are starting to feel like your career options are limited to being faculty or failure, or that you just want to give up and go back to school to learn a trade, you might...
Tags: how to look for jobs, what is the right job for me


Sandlin Seguin

01.13.2014 |    24,816 |   reply |
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Two weeks after my contract at Edgenuity officially ended, I have a new job offer in hand. I don’t want to be laying down platitudes about the right way to look for a job, because: -this job offer was 4 months in the making. -I never actually applied for this job. -I got...
Tags: how to ace an interview, job searching


Sandlin Seguin

09.09.2013 |    15,442 |   reply |
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To be successful in science, you have to learn how to take criticism. This is one of the reasons I left the bench. I didn't like feeling like I wasn't good enough all the time. At that time, I thought that the best coping strategy would be to ignore the...
Tags: how to take criticisms, tips on becoming a professional writer


Sandlin Seguin

08.06.2013 |    10,782 |   reply |
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“I earned my PhD in drug discovery in 2011, and now I work as a curriculum writer.”  When I introduce myself this way, especially to other trainees who are interested in transitioning away from the bench, I always get asked, “How did you do that?”  I usually say that I...
Tags: curriculum writing, Science writing


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