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    March 10, 2006

    Writing a Winning Cover Letter (2006)

    “If the cover letter is to be effective, it must definitely be tailored to the particular institution.” --Kenton Whitmire

    September 20, 2002

    The Cover Letter: Door Opener Par Excellence

    "Writing something that is powerful and yet short is the single most difficult kind of business writing."

    August 06, 2014

    Writing a winning cover letter

    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.

    August 07, 2014

    Ph.D.s, come out of the closet!

    Data show that only a small percentage of Ph.D. scientists will receive tenure-track positions, so where does that leave the rest?

    August 07, 2014

    Waltz to excellence

    A new study suggests that there is no single way to achieve success in science.

    August 11, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 8 August 2014

    Change of plans for Russia-bound scientists … Story Landis retires … STAP-cell suicide … astronauts and sleep … Working Life … bumblebees and discovery

    March 17, 2006

    The Dreaded Phone Interview

    The goal of a telephone interview is to reduce the size of the applicant pool. Don't let them screen you out.

     

    January 16, 2009

    The Job Seeker's Lexicon

    Job seekers need to be able to interpret the jargon used in job ads and interviews.

    December 15, 2000

    How to Prepare for and Succeed at Panel Interviews

    PREVIOUS COLUMNS A red flag went up for Sherri as she scanned the e-mail from a human resources manager who had...
    August 11, 2014

    To get noticed, boost your CV

    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.

    August 13, 2014

    Telephone technique, part two

    To make it past first contact with a potential employer, you need to employ top-tier telephone skills.

    August 14, 2014

    Outside my comfort zone

    A research chemist who is accustomed to well-equipped laboratories encounters new challenges while working in the field.

    August 20, 2014

    Playing a new tune

    Igor Lovchinsky, who has already had a notable career as a professional pianist, is now directing his energy toward physics.

    August 21, 2014

    Science and childbirth, the second time around

    In which our columnist attempts to replicate his earlier experiment in procreation.

    August 14, 2014

    New initiatives offer child-care solutions to traveling scientists

    Some professional societies, funders, and institutions are seeking solutions to the conference child-care problem.

    May 19, 2014

    Career Q&As

    A collection of interviews with interesting scientists, focusing on their careers.

    August 22, 2014

    The Transferrable Postdoc

    Now more than ever, postdocs need a broad range of beyond-the-bench skills to stay competitive.

    August 18, 2014

    International scholars: Suffering in silence

    Visa anxieties and communication barriers can keep international researchers from speaking up about workplace conflicts and other problems.

    August 15, 2014

    Elsewhere in Science, 15 August 2014

    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.

    August 15, 2014

    Nearly 40 percent of women leave engineering

    Among the reasons women cite for leaving engineering are an uncivil workplace and poor opportunities for advancement.

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