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October 15, 2004

Tooling Up: The Career Contrarian

It's tempting to hang with the tried and true, but sometimes going against the crowd can pay off.

February 20, 2009

Tooling Up: The Cold, Hard Truth About Finding a Job in 2009

Finding a job in 2009 will take a perfect plan, perseverance, and a positive attitude.

April 21, 2006

Tooling Up: Guerrilla Marketing Yourself

"Personal branding is not about presenting a false image. It is about understanding what is unique about you--your accomplishments, experience, attitude--and then using that to differentiate yourself from other job hunters. Your brand is your edge in the job market." --Levinson and Perry

September 16, 2005

Tooling Up: The Real Deal vs. Well-Oiled: Who Gets the Offer?

The preparation may be facilitated by a book, magazine article, or online career advice column, but the response itself isn't programmed. It is the result of a serious self-assessment and the advance knowledge of what typically happens in an interview.

February 18, 2005

Tooling Up: More than Just a Job-Seeking Skill

Think about what it was like when you were 16 or 17 years old, and you were learning to drive your parents' car.

July 18, 2003

Style Over Substance?

Good science and likability combine to land you the offer.

November 01, 2013

Making Sense of Our Senses

Sensory neuroscientists often focus their research careers around repairing or enhancing how we experience the world around us.

September 07, 2012

You Need a Game Plan

Introducing myIDP, the first comprehensive, online tool to help you choose and pursue a science career.

September 30, 2013

The Latest Shutdown Information for NIH- and NSF-Funded Researchers (UPDATE)

Government-funded researchers may continue with their work, but won't be able to communicate with the agencies that fund them.

September 27, 2013

What Will Happen if the Government Shuts Down?

How would a government shutdown affect federally funded scientists?

July 15, 2011

Tooling Up: Words With Punch

In a variety of job-seeking contexts, the right choice of words can make a big difference.

March 18, 2011

Tooling Up: Making the Cut in 2011

In a job market where even entry-level jobs are going to people with industry experience, how can you compete?

April 15, 2011

Tooling Up: Two Choke Points

When moving away from the bench and into the business side of industry, it's important for scientists to realize that there's not just one gaping chasm to cross, but two.

January 21, 2011

The Why's and What For's of Employment References

In industry these days, verbal recommendations mean a lot more than those written on paper.

August 28, 1998

A Resume Makeover

PREVIOUS COLUMNS A few weeks back my friend Bob approached me for help with his resume. ("Bob" is a real person, even...
April 10, 2014

How to Present Yourself During an Interview

In deciding about clothing, piercings, and so on, job-seekers must balance the desire to fit in with the need to seem and feel authentic.

April 07, 2014

Scrutinizing Your Personality

An awareness of the range of interview situations you may encounter can help turn a daunting part of the selection procedure into something more manageable.

April 09, 2014

When an Interview (Seemingly) Goes All Wrong

How quickly you regain composure after an embarrassing moment or unexpected personal question could determine whether or not you get the job.

April 03, 2014

Scarcity Breeds Opportunity

Science done with serious resource constraints can be more varied, open, and passionate than ordinary science.

April 01, 2014

Research on a Shoestring in India

At mid-level institutions in India, researchers learn to thrive with limited funding and other resources.