Posts in "Path to Career" Resources

Mentored Career Development (K) Award

Rachel Howell
July 7, 2014

(From the NIAID Funding Newsletter) To apply or not to apply for a mentored career development (K) award? If you're wavering, a new NIH report may convince you to go for it. In a nutshell, the evaluation shows that mentored K programs foster the independent research careers of early-stage clinicians and research doctorates. That means if you receive a mentored K grant, you'll likely reap benefits that go far beyond short-term funding.

Finding Your Personal Job Chemistry

Rachel Howell
July 7, 2014

As your enjoying the summer holidays, take some time to reflect on your personal wellbeing and professional life. This booklet from ScienceCareers, Career Trends: Finding Your Personal Job Chemistry, can help you identify your strengths and explore careers that suit your personality. The booklet is free to registered ScienceCareers users.

NIH Recommendations for Graduate Training

Rachel Howell
June 30, 2014

The NIH recently released the executive summary of the report from the Biomedical Research Workforce working group listing the recommendations that the group is passing on to the NIH Director. Among the recommendations for graduate training: “The working group believes that graduate programs must accommodate a greater range of anticipated careers for students.

NextGen Voices Survey

Rachel Howell
June 30, 2014

A graduate of the Vanderbilt PhD program in Cancer Biology was recently featured in Science's NexGen Voices survey. Read Ines Macias-Perez's essay response to the question, "Describe a specific experience and how it changed your science, training, or career." 

Use Spreadsheets to Keep Your Job Search Organized

Rachel Howell
June 30, 2014

Spreadsheets are great for analyzing data, making lists, and sorting large amounts of information. But spreadsheets are also a wonderful resource for your job search. Excel -- or even a Google shared spreadsheet -- offers a multi-tabbed document option where you can store all aspects of your job search. Use one tab to gather deadlines and other applications of interest. Mark another tab to track your progress and where you have applied. Brainstorm networking contacts and future informational interviews on another. Save websites and email addresses for employers.

How to Make Your Resume Look More Attractive to Employers

Rachel Howell
June 27, 2014

Your resume is a bit like your wardrobe… it is what makes your first impression! Depending on where you may be going, you change it to fit the occasion. Would you wear pajamas to a wedding? Or a tuxedo to a football game? Of course not. Nor should you submit a full academic CV to an industry job. Your resume is not a one-size-fits-all document. Make the extra effort to tailor your resume to the job and industry for which you are applying.

Teaching in Different Institutional Settings

Rachel Howell
June 27, 2014

The experience of teaching in different institutional settings is explored by Rick Reis in his Tomorrow’s Professor post on Three Faculty Communities: Academic Labor Across Institutional Types. On the path to a career in teaching, it’s not uncommon for PhDs to spend time as an adjunct faculty member to gain teaching experience or work while they wait for the next academic hiring cycle to start.

How to Think Like an NIH Reviewer

Rachel Howell
June 27, 2014

As you write and revise your NRSA fellowship application, try to think like a reviewer.  Not sure what that means? Confessions of an NIH Grant Proposal Reviewer gives a study section member’s perspective on the grant review process. The article was written in 1988 but the guidance provided to applicants holds true today.

5 Steps to Becoming a More Active Listener

Rachel Howell
June 26, 2014

Listen up! Active listening isn’t just helpful for personal relationships and learning… it’s also great for interviews. Especially important is hearing the actual interview question… not the one you think the hiring manager is asking you. This article from BioSpace elaborates ways to become a more active and better listener during a job interview.

gradLEAF

Rachel Howell
June 26, 2014

Developed by the Vanderbilt University Graduate School, gradLEAF was created by pooling together all available professional development resources for graduate students at Vanderbilt University. This project is run out of the Peabody Office of Professional and Graduate Education (POPGE) and led by Dr. Craig Anne Heflinger, Associate Dean for Graduate Students.  

Preparing for Next Year's Job Market

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

The Academic Job Search Season is here again! This recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education's Vitae, Preparing for Next Year's Job Market, offers advice for tailoring your cover letter, writing (sometimes required) faith statements or diversity statements, and preparing for interviews. 

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