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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.
Even if you're dealing with the world's biggest jerk, he's likely to be the jerkin charge.
Leaving academia, like leaving a burning building, tends to work better with a little foresight.
Recruiters work in a Wild West atmosphere. Few laws govern their conduct and their relationships with candidates.
"Teamwork is the business-world equivalent of 'plays well with others' in kindergarten."--Judy Heyboer
A job talk is entirely different from scientific talks or presentations at management meetings.
"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."
A busy manager can't be so shortsighted as to look for only smarts.
Even for experienced interviewers, some basic rules of courtesy and etiquette are worth reviewing.
Finding a job in 2009 will take a perfect plan, perseverance, and a positive attitude.
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