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Judy Lytle

03.15.2017 |    1,806 |   reply |
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You can make yourself marketable. Really, you have to, especially if you’re considering a career change. There are a few things I’ve done or currently do that continue to add to my resume. And yes I know – you have a family. You volunteer. You have a full-time job. You’re a part-time super-hero and spend your evenings fighting crime. Don’t we all?  My first pearl of wisdom is, if it’s important to you, you’ll find the time. Give up a Netflix night. It won’t kill you.  1. Continue your education. There’s a lot to unpack here. The obvious one is, go...


Connie Hampton

03.01.2017 |    1,928 |   reply |
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The short answer is “Neither” and here is why. The way hiring works is that a company does not hire unless they have a problem they can’t solve with the people that are already paying. Why would they hire somebody if their team can get it done?  The first person who knows...


Caroline Ceniza-Levine

01.04.2017 |    3,238 |   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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

06.17.2016 |    4,314 |   reply |
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Hello everyone!  This month, I wanted to focus on something that “SHOULD” go without saying, but I see it enough that I am moved to make it my topic this time around.  I don't know what job seekers are thinking when they do this, but I see everyone from life science gurus...


Christiana Davis

06.13.2016 |    4,786 |   reply |
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Congratulations! Your resume has landed you an interview.  But to authenticate your work history, prospective employers ask for professional references. They want to know the person behind the resume. To help them do this, they either contact the references directly, or they enlist the services of Professional Reference/Background Checking agencies. Some...


Judy Lytle

05.31.2016 |    4,374 |   reply |
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Back in November, I wrote a blog with tips for writing a cover letter. This blog will focus on the resume.  I spent a few years working for a great little start-up that hired me as one of their first 10 or so employees, which meant I wore a lot of...


Judy Lytle

05.17.2016 |    3,996 |   reply |
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When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture.  You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let’s take a few examples. Wet Lab Skills. Ok, so...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

05.06.2016 |    4,569 |   reply |
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Hello everyone! Rather than talk about the nuts and bolts of job search this month, I wanted to touch on the mental game of job search.  Let's be real, the mental aspect, or “mindset”, is really the most important part. Without the proper frame of mind, you have nothing. It's like having...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.04.2016 |    4,387 |   reply |
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This month, I wanted to tackle a subject I get asked about constantly, and that is the subject of resumes.  Normally the question comes in two forms:1) What's the best resume format?2) Is my resume any good? I make the distinction because while they concern the same subject, they are in fact different questions...


Melanie Smith

02.19.2016 |    3,089 |   reply |
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As a Recruiter reviews a resume, there are certain things that we typically look for and want to see in a resume, and certain things we just don’t want to see.  I think when we first start reading a resume or cv, one of the first things to catch our eye...


Sandlin Seguin

02.15.2016 |    3,710 |   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...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

02.10.2016 |    4,033 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  This month I wanted to address the barrage of articles out there that have to do with “the top trends for job seekers in 2016”, or “things every job seeker should know” and the like.  While you may find some useful nuggets amongst the clutter, the articles all seem to...


Holly Brevig

01.18.2016 |    3,406 |   reply |
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When I was nearing the end of my graduate degree, I visited the career center on campus.   Yes, the career center, which many PhD students don’t use.  I heard that there was a particular individual at the career center who had experience improving the resumes of PhD students.   I wasn’t sure...


Tom Ruginis

12.21.2015 |    3,878 |   reply |
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As a CEO at HappiLabs, I have to manage the growth of the company, which includes hiring.  We are only a 5-person company, but we’re growing and, currently, I receive about one resume or inquiry per day. Each resume is guaranteed about 5 seconds of my time, as I do a...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

12.04.2015 |    4,710 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  There is an old saying, that goes “He who hesitates is lost”.  This is very true in life. If you spend too much time dithering, and calculating what might or might not happen, if you do or don't do something, chances are,the opportunity will be gone before you get off...


Judy Lytle

11.20.2015 |    3,955 |   reply |
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What does my cover letter do for me?  Your cover letter can get you in the door, and maybe land you an interview for that dream job. If it’s written well. The cover letter is your opportunity to say to a prospective employer, “Look at how perfect I am for this...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

11.16.2015 |    4,476 |   reply |
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One of the problems of conventional wisdom is that it's not always wise. In fact, it can put unnecessary obstacles in your way. This time of year, the conventional wisdom is:  1) Nobody does any hiring over the holidays…2) …So it's pointless to job hunt…3) Until after the first of the year, when things pick...


Thomas Patrick Chuna

07.28.2015 |    5,164 |   reply |
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Hello Everyone!  As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time perusing what is hot, new and happening as far as job search trends, and what the new school “thought leaders” are putting out there.  One thing I keep seeing is how print resumes and CV's are going (or should go)...
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