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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.
"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."
Very few of the factors that will make you successful are out of your hands.
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.
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.
If they can't influence others positively, they will be relegated to running assays for the next 10 years.
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"?
"Our best people foster a killer instinct."
"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
The trick is to meet conflict head on with the goal of managing it, not winning.
The single most important evidence of productive research in industry is the development of research applications that can return value on shareholders' investments.
There's no substitute for in-person networking, but LinkedIn, the professional networking Web site, can advance your job search.
Even for experienced interviewers, some basic rules of courtesy and etiquette are worth reviewing.
"Activator," "behavior," and "consequence" are key concepts in this simple management theory.
Job seekers need to be able to interpret the jargon used in job ads and interviews.
Finding a job in 2009 will take a perfect plan, perseverance, and a positive attitude.
Landing an informational interview starts with good networking. Succeeding at it takes preparation and practice.
Ph.D. scientists working in business development scout for new technologies, plan new initiatives, negotiate licensing agreements, and often work directly with customers.
Some of the things you hear during the job search are about as silly as a bad pickup line.
If you're not a natural-born communicator, you can still communicate effectively by learning a few key points.
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