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Judy Lytle

06.21.2017 |    28 |   reply |
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I recently gave a talk at a luncheon hosted by my research institute. In the days since, I’ve had a few experiences that have brought me to this blog. I’d like to talk about how to engage an audience, whether it’s an actual audience, or an interviewer, or new colleagues at a networking event. From my perspective, there are a few rules of engagement, in no particular order: 1. Know your audience, part 1. A friend of mine suffers from the worst case of foot-in-mouth syndrome that I have ever had the privilege of witnessing. He has very strong opinions on politics,...


Judy Lytle

03.15.2017 |    1,822 |   reply |
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You can make yourself marketable. Really, you have to, especially if you’re considering a career change. There are a few things I’ve done or currently do that continue to add to my resume. And yes I know – you have a family. You volunteer. You have a full-time job. You’re...


Judy Lytle

02.16.2017 |    2,912 |   reply |
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I can proudly say that I’ve accepted jobs even though I knew (and my new manager knew) that I didn’t have a clue how to do some or all of that job. In fact, I seem to have made a career of doing just that. If you attended my webinar...


Judy Lytle

01.18.2017 |    3,497 |   reply |
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“Business Development” can mean different things, depending on the position you find yourself in, the company or agency that hires you, the size and mission of the organization, and any number of other factors. As the Director of Business Development for a small non-profit research institute, I can tell you...


Judy Lytle

11.02.2016 |    3,876 |   reply |
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Three and a half years ago, I walked into the office of my government client, and said, “I’m done. I’m giving my two weeks’ notice.” I was pretty fed up, and had stayed in that seven-year job for two years too long. I had no plan. I went home that...


Judy Lytle

09.21.2016 |    4,237 |   reply |
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One can argue that those of us who go into neuroscience do so because we're fascinated with our own neuroses. In fact, several folks have expressed just that to me specifically. So... I guess I should figure out what my neuroses are! My mother was a passionate, fiery individual, and...


Judy Lytle

09.09.2016 |    4,804 |   reply |
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There are tons of articles out there on interview skills. I’d like to throw in my twenty-five cents (inflation). I was a hiring manager for a while, and talked to a lot of job candidates. And I’ve taken those experiences to heart. In fact, since then, I’ve landed every job...


Judy Lytle

08.29.2016 |    4,018 |   reply |
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So a month or two back, I attended a seminar on winning government contracts. I work for a non-profit research institute, and even though I spent seven years working in the Department of Defense, I thought maybe I could use a refresher. Being in Business Development, it pays to keep...


Judy Lytle

07.29.2016 |    4,452 |   reply |
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You’ve spent excessive hours in the lab, but you’ve done it.  You have a widget that will end global warming. Or a hover board that actually works like they do in the movies. Or a cure for cancer. Now what? There are a lot of questions to ask yourself before embarking on...


Judy Lytle

07.04.2016 |    4,831 |   reply |
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Ok, so the luster of the ivory tower has worn off.  But you spent at least five years getting that degree, and maybe have struggled through your 4th and 5th post-doctoral positions. Now what? Is it time to rock it like a hobo, traveling across the U.S. in search of your...


Judy Lytle

06.20.2016 |    5,032 |   reply |
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As you are going through a job search, you inevitably come across a position description for a company that you’d really like to work for.  But the position description isn’t a 100% fit. Or even a 70% fit. Maybe (gasp!) not even a 50% fit. So, should you apply?  What’s the worst...


Judy Lytle

05.31.2016 |    4,380 |   reply |
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Back in November, I wrote a blog with tips for writing a cover letter. This blog will focus on the resume.  I spent a few years working for a great little start-up that hired me as one of their first 10 or so employees, which meant I wore a lot of...


Judy Lytle

05.17.2016 |    4,004 |   reply |
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When thinking about how to translate your lab skills to skills that your next boss might find useful, look at the big picture.  You’re taking steps toward becoming a generalist, most likely. So your knowledge base is going from an-inch-wide-and-a-mile-deep, to a-mile-wide-and-an-inch-deep. Let’s take a few examples. Wet Lab Skills. Ok, so...


Judy Lytle

04.22.2016 |    5,018 |   reply |
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In my last post, I described seven types of difficult people I’ve encountered since leaving academia. Here, I’ll talk about how I deal with those people. In a previous role, I managed a staff of 15 people. While my staff was generally fantastic, I spent a lot of time addressing personnel...


Judy Lytle

04.15.2016 |    3,405 |   reply |
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Seven dwarves, seven deadly sins, seven Wonders of the World, seven consecutive post-doc positions if you stay in academia…  Since seven seems to be a magical number, I stopped my list at seven. But there are so many archetypes to choose from! I’m going to talk about some of the archetypes...


Judy Lytle

03.23.2016 |    3,199 |   reply |
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The term “imposter syndrome” was coined by a couple of clinical psychologists in the late 1970s.  This is when high-achieving people have freak-out moments, and think that they’re going to be called out as frauds. I think PhDs coming out of academia often suffer from imposter syndrome.  Think about it. These folks...


Judy Lytle

03.11.2016 |    3,315 |   reply |
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I know what you’re thinking.  Why on earth would I go back to school?! I have a Doctorate! Plenty of us go back – for an MBA, or a graduate certificate, or a Masters in this or that. Almost 10 years after earning my doctorate, I’m back to school, earning a...


Judy Lytle

02.12.2016 |    3,110 |   reply |
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In the third and final interview for my current position, my soon-to-be-boss (who happens to be the CEO and President of the Institute) asked me what my aspirations were.  I told him that I didn’t have any. You read it right. I told my potential boss that I didn’t have professional...


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