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Peggy
McKee

To Relocate or Not To Relocate? That Is the Job Search Question!

Whether or not to relocate is a question that’s very likely to come up in your job search—especially given our current economic shakeup.  The job just may not be where you are.  But for many people, it seems like a huge risk to pick your life up and move.  It’s a fact that reloc...


xiaolidu

Xiaoli
Du

Keep Curiosity in Science

Most of us who work in biology related fields are engaged in natural science. What is Science? The word “Science” comes from Latin scientia, which means knowledge. “It is an enterprise that builds and organizes knowledge in the form of testable explanations and predictions about the world” (...


peggy

Peggy
McKee

Advice for New Graduates (and Others) During a Tough Job Market

What do you suppose the biggest obstacle for new graduates in a tough job market (or any job market) is?  Experience—or, rather, the lack of experience.  That’s a significant question for employers.  They take a risk when they hire anyone, but it feels like a huge risk if the cand...


sarahpick648

Sarah
Pick

Leveraging “LinkedIn” for Life Scientists (Part 1)

There is a dynamic online community in life sciences that includes US federal labs (NIH, FDA, etc), grant agencies, and potential collaborators around the globe. Whether you are happily employed or actively job searching, your online networking is becoming as important as face-to-face meetings, and,...


rdparmar.esq

Reshma
Parmar

Focus on the National Interest Waiver - Part II

This entry is a follow up to the last one on National Interest Waiver (NIW) cases.  I want to focus on the troublesome NYSDOT (NY State Dep't of Transportation - landmark case that re-defined how we file NIW cases) Third Prong that is an issue for all clients.  It is the hardest one to pro...


peggy

Peggy
McKee

What To Say When the Interview Question Is “Tell Me About Yourself”

Job candidates often dread this typical opening gambit of interviewers:  “Tell me about yourself.”  It’s so open-ended that candidates sometimes mistake it for a getting-to-know-you icebreaker, and start chatting.  But that’s not what you need to be focusing on when you are as...


nick

Nick
Folger

NPA Meeting 2011

I recently attended the National Postdoc Association (NPA) meeting.  This is a terrific networking event, and I highly recommend any Postdoc getting involved with your local Postdoc Association to get a chance to attend it next year.  A lot of the meeting is about training participants in ...


jason.sherwin

Jason
Sherwin

Cursing and Creativity

The theme of this posting is ‘cursing and creativity.’  As you know, there is a tremendous amount of creativity needed in the sciences. Of course, professional practitioners can (and have gotten by for years) with minimal displays of creativity. This is true in any profession. But the real ...


katesleeth

Kate
Sleeth

The National Postdoctoral Association Meeting 2011

I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) (http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/),which holds annual meetings in order to foster innovation, networking, and collaboration.  This year was the 9th annual meeting and was hosted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Of...


johnsonwl

William
Johnson

Understand what Employers look for

Recently I was contacted by a job recruiter about a position.  They were looking for someone with an environmental catalysis background Masters or Ph.D. but they wanted someone with industrial experience that was not heavy on research and development.  That struck me as somewhat odd becaus...