Posts in "Path to Career" Resources

2014 AAAS/Science Careers Handbook

Kate Stuart
June 24, 2014

Science Careers has teamed up with some great organizations to bring you information about the latest career opportunities in many different fields. The profiles included in this booklet give you a sense of the types of organizations that are accepting resumes and the kinds of positions they offer. We've also included some articles to help you improve your resume as well as some general tips and advice on job searching. Download your copy today

Polite Persistence

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

At a recent CV/Resume Drop-In Clinic, a postdoc asked us about the correct procedure for following up with an alumnus who had agreed to look at his resume. The postdoc felt the in-person interaction was worthwhile, but the alumnus had not responded to the email. Should he email again if he doesn’t hear anything? 

How to Get the Most out of a Scientific Conference

Rachel Howell
June 24, 2014

During your scientific conference or the BRET Career Symposium you wrote a bunch of notes in the program, heard some interesting advice, and maybe even made some connections. But now what? This is a great time to make some plans! Write out four different goals that you hope to achieve and when you hope to achieve them. Then, put them in your calendar for future referral so you don’t forget about your ideas. Some ideas include:

Two Part Series on Government Jobs from the NIH

Rachel Howell
June 23, 2014

The NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education has a careers blog that recently featured an excellent two-part series on Government Jobs. The first post features how to find and read job ads, including how to interpret what the salary range means, what an “open period” means, and understanding “series and grade.” The second post highlights federal agencies that hire science-specific jobs.

Time Management Skills

Rachel Howell
June 23, 2014

It seems, especially in the fall semester of the academic year, there are numerous new seminars, classes, and opportunities that are just too good to pass up. The programs usually have a lot to offer in terms of learning, self-assessment, and – let’s be honest – free snacks! While taking advantage of all the awesome opportunities Vanderbilt has to offer, it can sometimes be hard to balance time management.

"Essential Steps to Conducting an Informational Interview"

Rachel Howell
June 20, 2014

Our career development colleagues at the Georgia Tech Center for Career Discovery and Development have a great online resource on the " essential steps to conducting an informational interview." Their list is very informative, including how to locate contacts, the steps to make an appointment, examples of what to say during an initial contact, the actual questions in an informational interview, and tips on follow-up and assessing the experience. 

"Conference Commando," 15 Tips from Keith Ferrazzi

Kate Stuart
June 18, 2014

A conference is a huge opportunity to build a relationship with extraordinary people, people who might have significant impact on your professional or personal success. To make sure that you maximize the return on your (and your organization's) investment of time and money to attend, you can't afford to be a conference commoner. You have to be a Conference Commando.  - "15 Tip from Keith Ferrazzi: Conference Commando"

Illegal Interview Questions – What They Are and How to Handle Them

Kate Stuart
June 12, 2014

"Illegal Interview Questions – What They Are and How to Handle Them," NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education, OITE Careers Blog "In the United States, federal and state laws prohibit prospective employers from asking certain questions that are not related to the job for which they are hiring; however, most interviewers are not deliberately trying to discriminate against job applicants..."

Master list of federally funded R&D centers

Kim Petrie
June 4, 2014

One of the speaker's at the 2014 Annual Career Symposium, Dr. Morell-Falvey, is a scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In her Symposium presentation and the break-out sessions, Dr. Morell-Falvey highlighted the many ways that her career is similar to scientific careers in academia. She manages research projects and research facilities. Through an affiliation with nearby University of Tennessee, Dr. Morell-Falvey stays engaged in training and mentoring of doctoral students. Her job provides similar flexibility as academia.

LinkedIn introduction requests: what NOT to do

Kim Petrie
May 6, 2014

LinkedIn is a very powerful tool in your professional toolbox. One of LinkedIn's most valuable features is that it helps you visualize who you know that knows someone you want to know. (Got that?) Let's say you applied for a job with XYZ company, and LinkedIn shows you that one of your 1st degree connections knows a manager at XYZ company (your 2nd degree connection). With this knowledge in hand, LinkedIn allows you to ask your 1st degree connection to introduce you to the XYZ manager.

Email templates for your job search and networking

Kim Petrie
May 5, 2014

Job hunting and networking can feel like a full-time job. Make your search and networking easier with these email templates from The Muse. Muse founder Alex Cavoulacos has penned these email templates for you to adapt to ask for a recommendation, follow up on a job application, thank someone for a job interview, or ask a contact for an introduction. 

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