Advice for Scientists



Make Yourself Invaluable

I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar in January, you’ll remember that I spoke a bit about it. ...



On the Market

Three and a half years ago, I walked into the office of my government client, and said, “I’m done.

Donna Kridelbaugh


Resources for Scientists: Manuscript Editing Services

In today’s “publish-or-perish” environment, scientists are often judged and hiring decisions based primarily on a lengthy publication record in high-quality journals. While there is a growing movement toward alternative metrics (i.e., measures of research impact in the mainstream), the reality...



First year on the job: Making a good impression

It has been said that the first 90 days are particularly important in making a good impression on your manager.  The closer your skill set matches the job tasks, the easier this will be.  However, there are other things that you can do to get your new job off to a good start.



In Start-Up Mode

So a month or two back, I attended a seminar on winning government contracts. I work for a non-profit research institute, and even though I spent seven years working in the Department of Defense, I thought maybe I could use a refresher. Being in Business Development, it pays to keep abreast of new d...



The Argument for Work Life Balance

When I was a graduate student I worked hard, but not quite as hard as I felt like I should work. I often brought home manuscripts I thought I might read before bed, only to take them back to work to read over lunch, and then back home again. I would schedule myself time to do things on the weekend, ...

Donna Kridelbaugh


Tips for Designing a Contact or Business Card

I often get asked for tips on designing a business or contact card. My response is to keep it simple. The goals are for the recipient of the card: 1) to be able to easily contact you; and 2) even more importantly, remember who you are.



“Outwrite” rejection?

In fact, that’s not as likely as you might think it is. When the editor surfaces, emerges from the shadows, and sends you the decision email, it’s most likely to say that your article can be “accepted with (minor or major) revisions”. You’ll have to reply to each of the peer review co...



Should You Become Friends With Your Boss?

No, you should not.  And when I say that, I mean friends, not friendly.  Okay, I know there are people out there who are friends with their bosses, but I think, for the most part, it’s best to have a friendly relationship with your boss but not a true friendship.


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...