Since it’s on my mind now, I’d like to talk about the job interview. It’s taken me a long time to come to a few realizations about job interviews. I’ve been on a lot of interviews over the decades, but I know there are still a lot of things I need to learn (and practice). N...
As a CEO at HappiLabs, I have to manage the growth of the company, which includes hiring. We are only a 5-person company, but we’re growing and, currently, I receive about one resume or inquiry per day. Each resume is guaranteed about 5 seconds of my time, as I do a quick glance to evaluate the...
A fun buzzword I am seeing in job descriptions is agile. You will be part of an Agile team..., or ...using Agile methodology. It’s very common in the software industry, but certainly getting some usage in other industries that have projects where the goals or scope may change during the devel...
In the introduction to this series, I mentioned that we need to understand the reality of the process of achieving our career goals. We also need to assess our strengths and weaknesses. We need to think about why we are chasing this goal and why it is important to us. When you are ...
The dreamer believes the road will someday get easier.The doubter wonders what disasters are waiting down the road.The doer never takes their foot off the gas pedal. Hello Everyone! This is that magical time of year when everyone focuses on the idea of new things, and fresh starts. Th...
I recently gave a talk to a group of undergraduate students about how to identify their goals and the importance of passion during that process. Although most of them agreed with me on the importance of being passionate, the reality is that most people have a hard time identifying what they are...
The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s. This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.&nbs...
This month, I wanted to tackle a subject I get asked about constantly, and that is the subject of resumes. Normally the question comes in two forms:1) What's the best resume format?2) Is my resume any good?I make the distinction because while they concern the same subject, they are in fact diff...
Congratulations! You applied for and received an interview for a job at a pharma company. It means that the company has a genuine interest in you. Getting ready for an interview can be very difficult. It can especially be difficult for graduate students and postdocs looking g...
One of the most common questions I get from senior students is how to prepare for an interview.