Why Not Recruiters?

Why Not Recruiters?

If you are an academic scientist wanting to transition into industry, you may have felt overwhelmed and unsure about how to take that step. You may have already applied to many positions that seemed perfect for you, but never even heard back from the companies […]

VERBIAGE – How You Say Things Matters

VERBIAGE – How You Say Things Matters

As scientists, it’s hard to think about bragging on our accomplishments or extolling our results. But being able to communicate our contributions is key to advancing our careers. In scientific writing, we are taught to use a passive, third person style. We talk about things […]

Letters of Recommendation vs. References

Letters of Recommendation vs. References

Likely, you have had a faculty member write a letter of recommendation for you. We use letters of recommendation to get into academic programs, apply for grants and scholarships, or apply for stipends and awards. The letter writer assesses your qualities, characteristics, and capabilities to […]

MY RESUME: What to write?

MY RESUME: What to write?

You may read that resumes should only be one page, or a maximum of two. You might read that that one page per ten years experience is the rule. Scientific resumes occupy a rather unique niche–especially if you are a graduate student or postdoctoral scientist. […]

The Industry-Friendly Resume

The Industry-Friendly Resume

Resumes and C.V.s differ in important ways, though the terms are often used interchangeably. Don’t be fooled, though. If you want to move into, or advance in, industry, you will need an industry friendly resume. While the scientific approach to discovery may not be much […]

Career Choice Looming

Career Choice Looming

Year’s end prompts us to re-examine where we are and where we are headed. For scientists, the question of future career development usually means choosing between two environments – the focused application of science to the R&D of products, or the fundamental discovery of scientific […]

Transitioning into Industry

Transitioning into Industry

Making the step into industry from academia, private research institutions, or government can be problematic, and the process is often discouraging. That is why I routinely publish links to jobs that do not require prior industry experience. But, industrial work experience is not the biggest […]

Skip the Cover Letter

Skip the Cover Letter

Most everyone will tell you that a cover letter is important. I disagree. There are very few instances I can think of where a cover letter is more beneficial than harmful.  More often than not, they end up disqualifying you from consideration rather than advancing […]