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of a Resume or CV This article, originally appearing
in Contract Pharma, describes the path of a resume from the time
you send it off until it lands on the desk of an interested person.
Real The path of the "authentic" job seeker,
and why it is better to be yourself than just another job-search copycat.
Sometimes those great, snappy answers in interview preparation books
can actually hurt you. Originally appeared in Contract Pharma.
in the Phone Zone Originally appearing in Contract
Pharma, this piece describes how to make the telephone a power tool
for an effective job search. Also, "answering machine etiquette."
Job Offer Negotiations, Part One The first of two
columns discussing how to get around "the salary question"
in job interviews, as well as setting the stage for a good job offer
discussion. Also describes the differences in a "first offer, best
offer" type of company; from Contract Pharma.
Offer Negotiations, Part Two The conclusion of the popular
two-part series from Contract Pharma about the salary and job
offer discussion process. Includes six tips for negotiating the best
Confusion and Clarification This article, originally
appearing in Contract Pharma, describes the difference between
a resume and a CV, and how to structure a great combination document
for the industry job search.
Tight Focus and a Single-Minded Pursuit One of the most
powerful mindsets that you can bring to a job search is the ability
to focus on your goals, making them a single-minded pursuit. Dont
let yourself get dragged down by negative thoughts! Originally from
the Job Fair This article, originally distributed inside
the Annual BIO Meeting Job Fair Brochure, describes steps that
you can take to optimize your job fair experience.
Interview with Richard Nelson Bolles A private conversation
with the author of "What Color Is Your Parachute?"
the best selling job search and career book of all time. Conducted in
1995, many of the points discussed with Dick Bolles still ring true--particularly
in times of large pharmaceutical industry layoffs. Originally printed
in Genetic Engineering News.
New Ideas This article, originally from Sciences
Next Wave, provides commentary on the value of rethinking old problems.
Interviewing Originally published in Contract Pharma,
this article describes a variety of methods used by professional interviews
to learn about "the real you." This piece includes a sidebar
on the STAR Interviewing Technique, used by many H/R professionals.
Career Blunders Avoiding these missteps is easy when
you can see them coming. This article is an essay from "Managing
Your Career" in Contract Pharma about the dangers of a counter-offer,
and the inability that some technical people have to speak positively
about themselves when they need to.
Your Priorities Sometimes your day job must co-exist
with your job search, or vice-versa. This "Managing Your Career"
column offers a number of Q&As about how you manage your resources
when the truly important tasks take a backseat to the "must handle"
Telephone Interview Originally appearing in BioPharm,
this article is reprinted here by Search Masters International, the
division of Kelly Services that was founded by David G. Jensen in the
late 1980s. [Please note that the contact information in this
older article is no longer correct, and that Dave can be reached through
Developing a Fast-Track Chemistry Career Originally
appearing in American Biotechnology Laboratory, this article
interviews a number of chemists in both large and small companies about
how they put their careers on the "fast track."
Testing on Interview Day This article originally appeared
in Sciences Next Wave. It discusses a wide variety of psychometric
tests that are sometimes given by company H/R staff. The piece features
an interview with one of the world leaders in psychometric testing.
with a Cause The job search rebel doesnt sit in
front of his or her computer filling out online job applications. This
article, originally from Contract Pharma, describes the traits
of this successful job seeker.
Market Competition: The Recruiters Log Theres
a lot of competition out there for jobs. No one is confronted with this
competition the way a recruiter is, on a daily basis. Heres a
week or two in the life of a headhunter (from Contract Pharma),
which will help you understand how and why to separate yourself from
How to Sneak Around, Double Your Pay, and Have a Blast Being Headhunted
This article originally appeared in Contract Pharma. It
discusses how to approach headhunters, the types of recruiters and how
they work, and more.
Skills that Get You Hired! From the "Managing Your
Career" series in BioPharm and Contract Pharma, this
article covers some of the obvious ones (such as Job Related Skills),
along with a number of skill areas you may not have thought were important.
15 Minutes to a Better Interview Originally appearing
in BioPharm, this version is produced by Search Masters International,
a company that Dave Jensen founded in 1988. Please note that the contact
information shown for the author is outdated contact Dave through
Talking Interview Machine Dont let the "dark
side" of interviewing preparation suck you in! This article, appearing
in Sciences Next Wave, describes the best way to approach
self-analysis, a critical component of the interview prep process.
Networking Scenarios, Part One A series that first ran
on AAASs Sciences Next Wave dealing with the difficulties
in the networking process, including real life stories of networkers
making it work for them.
Networking Scenarios, Part Two This is Part 2 of the
networking series, from Dave Jensens monthly column "Tooling
Up," at the AAASs Sciences Next Wave.
the Global Roller-Coaster Biotechnology Job Market From
February, 2002, this article from Sciences Next Wave describes
the core reasons behind the ups and downs of the biotech job market.
Macro trends are identified and continued growth is forecasted.
Deliberations from Further Down the Career Path
One of the best sources of information for anyone looking for
a career in industry is the person just a few years ahead on the same
career path. Here are a number of industry people responding to the
question, "What do you wish you had known before taking a job in
industry?" The article was originally in Sciences Next
Your Network From the pages of Contract Pharmas
"Managing Your Career" column, written by David G. Jensen.
This article describes a variety of networking types and how important
it is to keep in touch with these important people.
and Optimism: The Force Multipliers The two factors behind
most successful job seekers, and behind most successful business people,
are persistence and optimism. This article is written by David G. Jensen,
and originally appeared in BioPharm.
in 60 Seconds Originally appearing in "Managing
Your Career," Contract Pharma, this article describes the
difficulties of making progress with a job search when you are so often
stuck with voicemail messages and email. In both cases, your message
has to make an impact in 60 seconds or less.
of Fish in the Sea - Written for The Scientist, this short article
describes the difficulties with being one piece of paper in the huge
stack that Human Resources gets every day.
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