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Debojyoti Dhar

05.13.2016 |    3,580 |   reply |
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What is talent? How do you judge it? Shouldn’t qualification, experience, useful contribution in the past etc. be the yardstick to measure potential in an individual?  There is something called as an ‘inherent’ potential which might not come across directly in the CVs, but to a trained talent hunter, it becomes pretty apparent. Though if it doesn’t show in the CV, then surely during the interview!  But many a times, when one approaches a new job, the one thing that is commonly asked is about the person’s last drawn salary. And unfortunately, on this basis, an individual’s pay is decided in the...


Judy Lytle

12.02.2015 |    4,008 |   reply |
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You’re sitting in your third and final interview, and your prospective employer says, “We would like to work up an offer. What is your salary requirement?”  A little bead of perspiration streams down your back. What am I worth? If I ask for too much will they withdraw the offer? If...


Randy Ribaudo

01.13.2015 |    5,776 |   reply |
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Job security is a common concern among academic scientists who are considering transitioning to professional careers outside academia. Presumably, these concerns are based on the horror stories of employees being “pink slipped” for no apparent reason, and the lack of any kind of an “all-protective” tenure system found in academia....
Tags: job security


Charlotte Mitchell

11.26.2014 |    7,938 |   reply |
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Absolutely, you can! But make sure you get all the facts so you can decide if it is acceptable to you before you accept an offer!  When I accepted a job as a scientific recruiter, I had no idea that I would have to sign a non-compete form. This was not...
Tags: problem with non-compete form, what is a non-compete form


Dr 27

11.27.2013 |    21,065 |   reply |
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In my previous instalment, I talked about the process of getting an interview for my position as a lab manager, my interactions with prospective bosses, and the offer I got. Today, I'll talk about when the offer was made, how and when I told my former lab, and how I...
Tags: interview, negotiate with employer


Thomas Patrick Chuna

04.11.2012 |    32,082 |   2 reply |
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As you can guess, this installment is about “the money question”... We’re not talking about salary negotiations.  Rather, I have some strategies to help you answer the recruiters when they ask you the following:  “How much money are you making, anyway”? Most folks answer with something along these lines:  “I’d rather not...
Tags: recruiter, salary, salary negotiation


Stephanie Yeung

10.04.2011 |    34,253 |   reply |
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The current economic downturn and high unemployment rate have, no doubt, created the common mind-set of “If you have a job offer, don’t be picky. Just take it.” These are the words of a friend of mine when she got an offer at a well-known biotech company recently. She felt...
Tags: biotech, graduate, job offer


Kate Sleeth

06.15.2011 |    17,979 |   reply |
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At the Women in Science and Technology conference, the final workshop I attended was given by Linda Baracs, a professor of law, ethics and negotiation at the University of San Diego.  Her workshop was entitled, He Said, She Said: The Art of Negotiation.  Linda gave an exceptional workshop, which many...
Tags: advice, self-improvement, Skill Building


Wenny Lin

05.24.2011 |    37,891 |   2 reply |
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I was recently contacted by a recruiter about a job opening.  He caught me off-guard (mistake on my part) with the question, “What are your salary expectations?” Like any excellent scientist would do, rather than giving him an answer, I turned his question into another question, “Well, what salary should I...
Tags: Career Planning, Government, jobs


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

11.20.2010 |    26,411 |   reply |
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In my last post, I wrote about the NatureJobs salary survey, and how North American women had slightly higher salaries than men at two years post degree, but lower salaries than men at all subsequent career stages.  I discussed a few reasons that could explain this data, such as taking...


Peggy McKee

11.18.2010 |    26,031 |   reply |
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Salary negotiations can be the most stressful part of the entire interview process for candidates.  Ask for too much and they may reconsider their offer; ask too little and you damage your own pocketbook.  And once you’ve given up a number, you can’t go back.  It’s important to remember that...


Jennifer Reineke Pohlhaus

11.16.2010 |    19,086 |   reply |
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According to NatureJobs first ever salary and career stage survey, the average male salary is about $82,000 and the average female salary is about $70,000.  What’s even more interesting, though, is the gender difference in salary by years after degree.  Inspecting the graph closely, the salaries of North American women are...


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