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“If the cover letter is to be effective, it must definitely be tailored to the particular institution.” --Kenton Whitmire
"Writing something that is powerful and yet short is the single most difficult kind of business writing."
For a cover letter to be effective, it must avoid doing harm, show what sets you apart, and be tailored to the institution you send it to.
Data show that only a small percentage of Ph.D. scientists will receive tenure-track positions, so where does that leave the rest?
A new study suggests that there is no single way to achieve success in science.
Change of plans for Russia-bound scientists … Story Landis retires … STAP-cell suicide … astronauts and sleep … Working Life … bumblebees and discovery
The goal of a telephone interview is to reduce the size of the applicant pool. Don't let them screen you out.
Job seekers need to be able to interpret the jargon used in job ads and interviews.
There's no point in actively trying to get headhunted, but that doesn't mean you can't try to develop the qualities that people who do get recruited possess.
To make it past first contact with a potential employer, you need to employ top-tier telephone skills.
A research chemist who is accustomed to well-equipped laboratories encounters new challenges while working in the field.
Igor Lovchinsky, who has already had a notable career as a professional pianist, is now directing his energy toward physics.
In which our columnist attempts to replicate his earlier experiment in procreation.
Some professional societies, funders, and institutions are seeking solutions to the conference child-care problem.
Now more than ever, postdocs need a broad range of beyond-the-bench skills to stay competitive.
A Science/AAAS Custom Publishing Office feature.
Visa anxieties and communication barriers can keep international researchers from speaking up about workplace conflicts and other problems.
An unpopular proposal in Australia … memoir excerpts … a woman wins the Fields Medal … revolutionizing seismology … a Los Alamos political scientist is fired … field science in a war zone.
Among the reasons women cite for leaving engineering are an uncivil workplace and poor opportunities for advancement.
Overworked … a 90% success rate … from high school to Senate (maybe) … grad school applications from China down … the path of a cancer drug … two letters … remembering an HIV/AIDS researcher.
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