Career Advice

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  • One of the biggest mistakes a qualified, competitive job candidate can make in the interview is failing to ask any questions to the interviewer. Typically at the end of most interviews, the interviewer will inevitable get around to asking “Do you have any questions for me?” If you’re answer is so...
  • The Biocom Institute and California Life Sciences Institute (CLSI) released their third biennial life science industry report. Overall, the report paints a very positive picture of the life science industry in California.
  • The job interview is a delicate kind of “dance” between job seeker and employer. From an employer’s perspective, they’re trying to get a sense not only of your skills and ability to succeed in the role but also your character and how well you would fit in or add to their company culture.
  • How serious are you about your career development? It could be a new job, promotion, or finally aligning yourself with the organization you’ve been dreaming about for years.  Most professionals will talk a lot about things they claim to want, but not actually do anything about it.
  • A bad boss can quickly sour even the best jobs. Employees are often put in the difficult situation of working for a company, on a project, or with a team that they love while simultaneously having to contend with a difficult boss.
  • Whether you’ve been on the job market for a few weeks, months, or in the case of some academic positions maybe even years, being passed over for opportunities time and time again can really do a number on your morale and confidence level.
  • While some classic professional terms and phrases will never go out of style, many keywords and common phrases from the past have actually become a liability to have on your job application materials and really should be avoided altogether if you want to come across as competitive and current.
  • Who is being hired for coveted roles and landing their dream jobs?  Research shows it’s usually people with the most personal contact to decision makers.
  • It’s common knowledge nowadays that most hiring managers or recruiters spend anywhere from 6-10 seconds scanning your resume before they decide to keep it or discard.
  • The Fourth Industrial Revolution, according to Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Geneva, “is building on the Third, the digital revolution that has been occurring since the middle of the last century. It is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is b...
  • Credibility is an attribute that is part of your being, which is why you can’t fake it or establish it very quickly.
  • Do you think it’s time to quit your job?  Prior to making this decision, it’s important to explore all angles and ensure that quitting is the best choice.  If you are certain that you want to quit, do you have an exit strategy? 
  • The typical way for a biotech to launch is for a scientist, often academia-based, to have come up with a discovery that shows commercial promise—sometimes rather far down the line. Venture capital (VC) firms are on the alert for this type of thing (and vice versa).
  • Are you fantasizing about quitting your job?  It can be difficult to stay focused and productive if you’re in a negative or toxic work environment.
  • Do you dread going in to work every morning? These thoughts and actions can be common for life science professionals if they hate their job or are in a toxic work environment.
  • The cover letter is a valuable asset in your job hunting toolkit and gives your potential employer a more well-rounded insight into your experiences, strengths, personal traits, goals, thought-process.
  • “Imposter Syndrome” in the workplace is more than just a lack of confidence. When an otherwise competent professional feels as if he or she is incompetent, a fraud, or undeserving of the job and any accolades, promotions, or positive feedback they get, then they’re probably grappling with a good ...
  • Do you have anxiety at work? New study says a little workplace anxiety or stress may help you to be more successful.
  • How do you feel after chatting with your co-workers on the job?  Are you upbeat, motivated, and inspired?  Or are you tired, drained, and feeling unbalanced? 
  • Some studies show that over half of all Americans are not happy with their jobs. While this is an improvement from years’ past, it’s still a dismal reality for over half of the working population.