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  • Alan Kotok ,

    To Ink or Not to Ink

    The Jobacle blog today discusses the career implications of getting a tattoo. Sporting a colorful design somewhere on one’s body has become much more common than it used to be, but what kind of message does that send to a potential employer when you walk into an interview? If your tattoo is visible, as opposed… Read More
  • Beryl Lieff Benderly

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    Wanted: Personal Perspectives

    This morning I received a query from a reader — a postdoc — who was interested in submitting an article to Science Careers. I invited her to contribute to our “In Person” personal essay series. I decided to post my response here, lightly edited, as an invitation to others who might be interested in contributing… Read More
  • Alan Kotok , ,

    Raytheon Plans to Hire 4,500 Engineers This Year

    Raytheon Corporation, a defense and security contractor with $25 billion in sales in 2009, is looking for engineers — a lot of them. William Swanson, Raytheon’s CEO, told the Boston Chamber of Commerce this week that the company plans to hire 4,500 engineers this year, and it’s having a tough time finding them. Why? Swanson… Read More
  • Alan Kotok ,

    Working While Sick is Common

    Since we’re between flu seasons, concerns about encountering ill colleagues in the workplace have abated for now. But there’s reason to be concerned, even without an epidemic in the headlines: A large percentage of American workers apparently go to work while sick, including more than half of those without paid sick leave, according to… Read More
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    Seeking the Alternative

    Yesterday, I posted a short summary of the Academic Careers panel discussion at a mini-symposium called ‘Careers in Science: Life After a Ph.D.‘, organized by the Graduate Students Group at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) in Porto, Portugal. The event also featured sessions on other career options, including ind… Read More
  • Academic Careers ,

    Tips for a Career in Academia

    Last week, I attended a mini-symposium called ‘Careers in Science: Life After a Ph.D.‘ that was organized by the Graduate Students Group at the Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology (IBMC) in Porto, Portugal. During the day I heard some excellent advice on how to be successful in academia that I’d like to pass along… Read More
  • Academic Careers

    Postdoc Union Charges Unfair Labor Practices by University of California

    This reporter regrets that a vacation to Alaska prevented her from bringing readers timely news of the latest episode in the continuing drama of postdoc unionization at the University of California (UC).  (Not that she regrets the wonderful trip, just the delay in reporting). On June 9, while she was marveling at the pristine majesty… Read More
  • Alan Kotok

    More Action Words for Your Résumé

    In his February 2008 Tooling Up column, Dave Jensen offers tips for adding muscle to your marketing materials, particularly your résumé and cover letter. One of those tips is to describe your accomplishments and contributions with “action words” — terms that convey action and results. Action words may help your materials stand o… Read More
  • Alan Kotok

    Finding a Whale of a Mentor

    The importance of a good mentor for early-career scientists has been well documented on the pages of Science Careers and even by the National Academies. But finding a mentor who can open doors for you, and not just offer advice, takes special effort. In an entry posted yesterday on the Wall Street Journal’s Hire Education… Read More