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What does my cover letter do for me?

What does my cover letter do for me? Your cover letter can get you in the door, and maybe land you an interview for that dream job. If it’s written well. The cover letter is your opportunity to say to a prospective employer, “Look at how perfect I am for this position.” 


Robert Cory

When it Comes to Your Research Career, Pursue Your Passion

We all know scientific research is tough and can be extremely frustrating at times…well, most of the time. Due to all of the inherent adversity, it can be difficult to remain passionate about your work. But it’s important to keep your passion alive to be successful, especially if you are a young...

Aníbal Valentín-Acevedo


The path to our professional goals

Finish degree —> find perfect job —> live happily ever afterGenerally speaking this is how most of us think our professional life will go after we graduate (I know I did). Although this idea could be true, finding the path that can lead us to our dream job or to a professional goal can be ...

Bio Careers


Jobs Boards for Industry Jobs

American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS). Career networking and job listings in the pharmaceutical industry.   BIO, membership directory. Begin the career search by reviewing open professional and support positions listed on their career page. If you do not see an availabl...



Listening to your inner-self to find your professional calling

Have you ever wondered what you would’ve done if you hadn’t gone into science and gotten a PhD? When I was a teenager, I wanted to be a vet or an interior designer. More recently, I wondered if I’d have made a good urban planner or human resources manager! Over the past year, I’ve been ponde...



Job Security

Job security is a common concern among academic scientists who are considering transitioning to professional careers outside academia. Presumably, these concerns are based on the horror stories of employees being “pink slipped” for no apparent reason, and the lack of any kind of an “all-protec...


Shu Chin

How to make sure you will never get any help again

Okay, I will admit it, I am writing this with a tight jaw and clenched teeth, and possibly a weird tick with one of my eyelids. As the title stated, I will explain how you can make sure that people will avoid you like the plague, and pretend they are deaf, mute and blind when you obliviously sk...



Should you sign a non-compete?

Absolutely, you can! But make sure you get all the facts so you can decide if it is acceptable to you before you accept an offer! When I accepted a job as a scientific recruiter, I had no idea that I would have to sign a non-compete form. This was not mentioned in any of my interviews or conver...



US Diversity Visa Lottery – An Easy Green Card, But One That Requires Careful Reading and a Bit of Luck

Even foreign nationals with hard science or advanced degrees can vouch that obtaining a US nonimmigrant working visa and legal permanent residence, also known as the green card, is getting harder and harder. Most foreign nationals who wish to live and work in the US must have either an employer who ...



How to Take Control of Your Time and Write a Lot More

Letting data linger in our labs is very common in academia. Most, if not all, Principle Investigators have data that may never see the light of the day. Do you wish you have more time to write scientific papers? In this present post, I'll share some tips on how to get control of your time, and ...