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    January 19, 2007

    Résumé Rocket Science 2007

    I’ll take a good résumé or CV over a perfect one any day of the week because the good one can be done in a short time, allowing plenty of time for networking -- indisputably the single most important step in a job search -- whereas writing the perfect document could take you (and your CV or résumé) out of circulation for months.

    February 16, 2007

    Tooling Up: Employment Due Diligence

    The cost of accepting a dead-end job, or working for a bad boss or an employer that isn't going anywhere, can be enormous.

    March 16, 2007

    Tooling Up: Employment Due Diligence, Part 2

    "Companies play favorites. You're either one of the favored few, or you're an orphan stepchild, all depending upon where in the company you work."

    April 20, 2007

    Tooling Up: 'Culturing' Your Marketable Skills

    Very few of the factors that will make you successful are out of your hands.

    May 18, 2007

    Tooling Up: Getting Stuck

    If you're entrenched in something that isn't your lifelong passion--see below--you've got to get off those rails and find some way to get back on the right track.

    June 22, 2007

    Tooling Up: The Slightly Irreverent, Shake 'Em Up Job Search

    My attitude is that if you are stuck, you should do anything you can to get unstuck as long as it's not illegal, unethical, or obviously foolish.

    July 20, 2007

    Tooling Up: Adding Charisma to Your Toolbox

    If they can't influence others positively, they will be relegated to running assays for the next 10 years.

    August 24, 2007

    Tooling Up: The Wall

    I can't help wondering why, if only 15% to 20% of grad students and postdocs go on to academic careers, do we describe the career choices of the other 80% as "alternative"?

    September 28, 2007

    Tooling Up: The Killer Instinct

    "Our best people foster a killer instinct."

    October 26, 2007

    Tooling Up: Barriers to Decision Making

    "It might be okay to take a shortcut if you're trying to decide which peanut butter to buy, but in the area of career decisions, shortcuts are dangerous." –J. Edward Russo

    November 30, 2007

    Tooling Up: Overcoming Conflicts in the Lab--and Beyond

    The trick is to meet conflict head on with the goal of managing it, not winning.

    December 21, 2007

    Tooling Up: Three Categories of Rules

    The single most important evidence of productive research in industry is the development of research applications that can return value on shareholders' investments.

    January 18, 2008

    Tooling Up: Dealing With Men Who Have a Problem With Women

    Even if you're dealing with the world's biggest jerk, he's likely to be the jerk
    in charge.

    February 15, 2008

    Put Some Muscle Into Your Marketing Materials

    Here's how to get your job-search paperwork to the 'good' stage.

    March 21, 2008

    Tooling Up: Breaking Free of Academia (A Test and a Quiz)

    Leaving academia, like leaving a burning building, tends to work better with a little foresight.

    April 18, 2008

    Tooling Up: On Headhunters

    Recruiters work in a Wild West atmosphere. Few laws govern their conduct and their relationships with candidates.

    May 23, 2008

    Tooling Up: Transitioning to Teamwork

    "Teamwork is the business-world equivalent of 'plays well with others' in kindergarten."--Judy Heyboer

    June 20, 2008

    Tooling Up: The Finer Points of Giving a Job Talk

    A job talk is entirely different from scientific talks or presentations at management meetings.

    July 18, 2008

    Tooling Up: Review Your Career

    "If you feel that you have a nice, stable career in front of you, then you're the ideal candidate for a career review. That's because there is no such thing as career stability. There is only career growth or career decay."

    August 22, 2008

    Tooling Up: Defying Gravity

    A busy manager can't be so shortsighted as to look for only smarts.