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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."

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.

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.

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.

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."

December 18, 2009

Tooling Up: Presenting Your Technology

Budding entrepreneurs must be able to present their company skillfully to potential investors and partners.

January 15, 2010

Tooling Up: What's Your Mission?

Your unique life philosophy is the cornerstone of your success and job satisfaction.

March 19, 2010

Tooling Up: I'm Special, Aren't You?

Your parents may have told you that you're special, but the job market requires some humility.

June 18, 2010

Tooling Up: Be the Candidate

Your chances of finding a job are immeasurably better if you are considered a candidate and not a mere applicant.

October 15, 2010

Tooling Up: Choosing the Best Fit

If there isn't good personal chemistry between you and the company, a job offer can be an offer of entrapment.


May 20, 2011

Tooling Up: I've Got a Great Idea

Two recent entrepreneurs offer advice on starting a new company.

June 17, 2011

Tooling Up: Find an Outlet for Stress or Move On

Workplace stress is intensifying in the sciences. Here are some ways of dealing with it.

September 16, 2011

Tooling Up: Are You Likable?

Maybe it's wrong, but your success in the job search depends partly on how much people like you. Fortunately, the best way to be likable is to be yourself.

November 18, 2011

Tooling Up: Views on an Interview, Part 2

Ups and downs continue during Scott Jackson's interview at ABC Technologies.

December 16, 2011

Tooling Up: Inflection Points

From dramatic changes arise new opportunities.

February 17, 2012

Tooling Up: The Big Disconnect

In today's pharmaceutical and biotech job market, pinpoint hiring is the rule.