Many scientists cringe at the suggestion of having to network. Some are uncomfortable with the idea of networking because they feel that they have to be fake or sleazy. Networking can certainly induce anxiety among introverts and extroverts alike because they must engage complete strangers in forced...
Mergers and acquisitions are rampant in the pharmaceutical industry. As companies consolidate and reorganize, downsizing is the norm and many talented people lose their jobs. Some will take early retirements. Some may take a break if they get severance. But...
Today’s blog is inspired (as usual) by a conversation I recently had... the actual quote that got my wheels turning was this:“Gosh Tom, everything you ask me to do really takes up a lot of my time” This was after my third email asking for his finished assessment exercises. Yes, I said THI...
LinkedIn is ubiquitous among professionals and people aspiring to be in the workforce. This is an amazingly useful tool to build connections, keep track of people, and brand yourself. The following are a few tips on how to use LinkedIn effectively based upon my experiences. Your Picture
One of the best ways to land a new job is through personal contacts. As a scientist in academia, you have many opportunities to forge relationships within academia through seminars, conferences and more. However, if you are interested in learning more about career opportunities outside o...
As I have previously mentioned, I am an individual member of the National Postdoctoral Association ( http://www.nationalpostdoc.org/ ), and I recently attended my third annual NPA meeting in San Francisco. This year marked the 10th annual meeting and was wonderful due to the attention to detai...
Many people have heard of the traditional method of obtaining permanent residence in the United States. From a somewhat simplistic standpoint, this is viewed as being ‘sponsored for a Green Card.’ During that process, a sponsoring employer files paperwork with the Department of Labor and, ...
Think about the last publication manuscript that you submitted on a journal website. You entered the type of article, title, author information, abstract and the manuscript files. Then there’s the other stuff that took longer than it should to figure out. I’m talking about the “names of four p...
I recently attended one of the largest conferences in my field, the Keystone meeting on NR in Whistler, British Columbia. The venue was gorgeous, there was even snowfall on the last night. In our group, the rule for conference attendance is that you can go if you have interesting data to present. Th...
In a prior post, I promised to relate my research findings on getting either a certificate or a degree in regulatory affairs. Here is what I have learned. Regulatory affairs (RA) personnel function in pharma and device companies to insure compliance with all of the regulations...