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  • As a valued member of our BioSpace community, we are eager to hear more from you and other readers. Name one influencer in the life sciences industry that produced a significant impact in 2018.
  • Acute or chronic sleep deprivation affects more than just your personal life (or the number of coffees you need the next morning to get going). Lack of sleep can have significant consequences to your professional life and, over time, can hold you back from achieving your goals.
  • If you’re applying for multiple jobs at the same time, perhaps over several weeks or months, things can quickly spiral out of control. You can easily find yourself with 10 or 20 different versions of your resume or cover letter floating around on your desktop, requests for materials coming at you...
  • We’re all called on at some point to give feedback to our bosses or employees, colleagues or direct reports, regardless of whether or not you hold a leadership position. And often that feedback is given in response to a negative situation or action that has taken place and needs to be addressed.
  • Do you need a new job, like, yesterday? Whatever your reasons for needing (or wanting) a new employer as quickly as possible, if you’re looking to kick your job search into overdrive there are a number of things you can do to speed things along.
  • “Internal networking” is much the same as regular professional networking, except that the connections or ‘network’ you’re building come from your current employer.
  • Your employment or work history section of your resume is likely the single most important category in the entire document and, when done well, can make a powerful case to your potential employer about how and why you’re well qualified for their open position.
  • Sometimes you don’t have days or weeks to prepare for a job interview. Sometimes, you may only have a few hours… If you’re called in for a last-minute job interview, don’t assume that there’s nothing meaningful you can do to prepare in the hours and minutes leading up to the meeting.
  • With any luck, each job will have great bosses, as unlikely as that seems. But even if your bosses aren’t necessarily great, you can probably learn something from each of them. Here are a dozen lessons you can learn from the best bosses.
  • Going into a job interview, especially when you really want the job or don’t have much experience on the job market, can be a nerve-wracking few hours for many candidates.
  • Biotech companies need more than just researchers to ensure success. The most recent 2018 Talent Report issued by Biocom shows that 88 percent of California life science companies are planning on hiring over the next 12 months.
  • Considering the important role vacation days play in supporting a healthy work/life balance and even promoting improved performance on the job, why are so many professionals choosing to neglect their vacation time and leave so many unused PTO days on the table at the end of each year?
  • If you’re considering a future in life science, there’s a good chance a lucrative salary isn’t the biggest draw. For many who choose science careers, the opportunity to satisfy an innate curiosity is more important than a stellar income.
  • Unlike the professional skills and experiences you gain through formal training or education, soft skills are those elusive interpersonal skills, personality traits, character attributes, or communication styles that will determine how you interact with your colleagues and the success or failure ...
  • Some life science professionals might not think it’s a big deal if a co-worker constantly interrupts them. However, if you are not effectively communicating your thoughts, ideas, and solutions to problems it's harder for you to be noticed as a key contributor on your team. 
  • If you have a boss or manager with a poker face who in addition doesn’t communicate well, you might find yourself in a position where it’s difficult to reach performance goals and get feedback for improvement.
  • Fall is in full swing, but not falling short of jobs. Check out the top companies who are looking for candidates like you right now!
  • If you’re a seasoned employee and had the ability reach across the expanse of time and provide a fresh-out-of-college with some career advice, what would it be?
  • There are many reasons employees elect to remain at a given job: good salary and benefits, a strong sense of mission or duty, convenience, and so on. There are also many reasons that employees decide to leave a job – and one very common reason is management.
  • It's important to understand that as someone in the meeting, there are things you can do personally to become a more effective contributor. Here are four tips for being more productive in meetings.