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The trouble with J’s…

So, I reside in Washington DC. Recently, my blogging career here with Biocareers has been as productive as the representatives sent by other parts of the country to work in my hometown. To reacquaint myself with the readers of the blog, our law firm works extensively with postdocs, scientists, and r...


Reineke Pohlhaus

What is government contracting and why should I care?

What is government contracting and why should I care? If you have only a vague idea of what is means to “be a contractor” then this blog post is for you.Being a contractor means making my living by providing services (my skills, abilities, and knowledge) to the government and nonprofit sectors. ...



New Study Highlights the Utility of Being a Multi-skilled Employee

Data from a study released recently by Northeastern University aligns with common trends emerging about the perception of the role and responsibility of higher education and its primary clients i.e., students, in regard to preparing future employees. Among other important conclusions, the results hi...


Reineke Pohlhaus

The Best of Both Worlds

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:



Fake it Until You Make It!

I would like to share with you some key advice which really helped me before.  The first time I heard this phrase, or at least actually took note of it, was a few hours before I gave a presentation.  I was (as those of you who follow my blog will be familiar with) a little nervous, to say ...


Thomas Patrick

Why overly specific CVs are also bad

My regular readers know how much I preach against generic CV’s,the kind with a vague, cliché ridden objective statement, followed by the laundry list of STUFF designed to appeal to as many hiring authorities as possible. Today, I want to discuss the generic CV’s evil twin, the “Dense, ov...

Lauren Celano


Life takes time – Part 1: Hiring Seasons

Just like the ocean waves, hiring is a process with peaks (fall and spring) and troughs (summer and winter). Certainly, some hiring occur during the troughs, but fewer than the peaks.  During the slower periods, I advise people to actively set aside time to self-reflect. Consider what you want,...



What Are PhDs?

Couple of weeks ago I came across Google Poems. Apparently, it’s a Reddit page with some quite hilarious poems about the phrases generated by Google Instant, the official name for the “auto-suggest/complete” feature of Google, which I’m sure you’re all familiar with when you start typing a...

Lauren Celano


How to identify “relevant” recruiters

Finding a good recruiter who works in your area of interest can be extremely beneficial for your job search. With thousands of recruitment firms, ranging from one person companies that focus on specific roles, i.e. director level clinical affairs roles, to multinational organizations that focus on m...



Gay Scientists in Love: Same-sex Marriages, US Immigration Law, and Work Visas

The US immigration system has become more and more difficult in recent years, even for well-educated and experienced scientists who wish to come to the US, or to remain in the US after completing their studies.  However, a recent US Supreme Court decision has just made things easier for some!