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Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV

Do you know how to create a successful resume? What are the things you should emphasize in this document versus your CV? In this presentation, Dr. Andrew Green provides very relevant information on how to use your research skills to elaborate an effective resume and become a competitive candidate for a particular job in Academia or Industry.

 

Translating your CV into an effective resume in the life sciences

Andrew Green, University of California, Berkeley

This presentation was part of the 2016 Career Symposium, “Leadership and Management Skills: What You Might Not See in Your CV.”

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
March 2019 Social Media Collection: TAC Symposium Topic: “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career”

Having a successful career in both academic and non-academic environment requires constant and deliberate marketing of one’s self in order to get the desired job and to keep it. In a world that is highly competitive, it is extremely important that trainees begin early in their career to cultivate the skills needed to stand out as a competitive job applicant or a competitive candidate for promotion in the future. Aside from having excellent communication skills in scientific writing, there are other numerous career development abilities that are vital for continued success. These include taking on leadership positions within and outside of the laboratory environment, project and time management skills, building scientific network locally and nationally, and engaging in service and mentoring opportunities.

This blog post will cover the topics that experienced speakers will address in the TAC Symposium, “Marketing Yourself for a Successful Career” at the 2019 Experimental Biology Meeting in Orlando, Florida.

 

Post #1: Tools trainees need to be successful in Grad School:

https://www.collegexpress.com/articles-and-advice/grad-school/articles/life-grad-student/how-be-successful-grad-student-insider-tips/

 

Post #2:  7 important facts regarding industry jobs in Biotech or Pharma companies:

https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21428692-800-break-into-the-biotech-industry/

 

Post #3: Learn about Informational Interviews and their importance in building and expanding your professional network.

https://cheekyscientist.com/tips-how-to-prepare-informational-interview-with-industry-professional/

 

Post #4: When and how to start academic networking.

https://academicpositions.com/career-advice/how-to-start-academic-networking

 

Post #5: How to keep your professional network stronger and more successful.

https://www.businessnewsdaily.com/4363-tips-build-professional-network.html

 

Post #6: What are the skills you need as an early investigator? What lies ahead after your Ph.D.?

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2017/10/27/surviving-academia-as-an-ecr-an-unreliable-guide/

 

Post #7: Switching smoothly from Academia to Industry.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-03306-1

 

Post #8: How to use social media to promote your research and develop your career.

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/10-ways-use-social-media-get-your-research-noticed#survey-answer

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.
Get a Job You Love: How to Network for Your Dream Career

They say it isn’t about what you know, but WHO you know. Whether you’re pursuing a career in academia or in a non-academic setting, creating a network is crucial for professional development and job hunting. What if you only know professors in academia but want a job in industry? How do you get in contact with the right people? It may feel overwhelming to not know where to start, especially for individuals who find introductions intimidating. APS has speakers that have talked about techniques for networking, how to get started, and how to come up with a game plan for networking for your dream job. Here are just a few of previous presentations that can help you love networking!

 

The W’s of Networking in Physiology

Keisa W. Mathis, University of North Texas Health Science Center

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Professional-Networking/Identifying-Networking-Opportunities/Ws-of-Networking

 

New and old techniques to build your network, effectively tell your story, and obtain grant funding

John Raymond, Medical College of Wisconsin

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=8736 

 

The Long and Winding Road of Career Development

Lois Lehman-McKeeman, Bristol-Myers Squibb

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Career-Choices-and-Planning/Graduate-Student/Types-of-Careers/Non-academic-Careers/Industry/Developing-Critical-Leadership-Skills

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
February 2019 Social Media Collection: Networking for Your Dream Career

Networking is a way to share ideas, to bring people with similar interests together, but most importantly, for people to share opportunities. Whether you’re a doctoral candidate or a junior faculty, networking is important if you’re still looking for your dream job. However, you can spell network without work. It takes work to get started, to maintain connections, and build your network. Here are some resources to help you get started with building your network, keeping it strong, and how to properly use it once you have it.

 

Post #1: Tips For Success: Networking is Not a Bad Word

https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1002/dvdy.22740

 

Post #2: Opportunities Come Through People

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2013/07/opportunities-come-through-people

 

Post #3: Tooling Up: More than Just a Job-Seeking Skill

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2005/02/tooling-more-just-job-seeking-skill

 

Post #4: Expanding Your Career Networks

https://videocast.nih.gov/Summary.asp?File=16609&bhcp=1

 

Post #5: 13 networking tips that can help you land your dream job

https://www.thisisinsider.com/how-to-network-for-a-job-2018-8

 

Post #6: Networking: How to Get a Good Connection

https://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/networking-how-get-good-connection

 

Post #7: Build Your Professional Network

https://career.ucsf.edu/phds/non-academic-careers/career-exploration/build-your-professional-network

 

 

Liz Cambron is a doctoral candidate at North Dakota State University. Her research focuses on the genetic and physiological mechanisms during non-feeding periods in insect development.
Navigating the Grant Writing Process: Insight into NIH-style Grants for Trainees

One of the most important skills for a trainee to develop is the ability to write a clear and effective research grant proposal. With the current funding climate, writing a competitive grant is all the more crucial in transitioning to the next step in your career. APS member Dr. Ann Schreihofer from the Medical College of Georgia discussed not only the key components of a NIH-style grant but also provides valuable insight into the grant writing process.

Also, make sure to check out the All About Grants Podcasts hosted by the NIH to stay up to date on NIH funding

 

Down the Road to Funding: Getting That First Grant

https://www.lifescitrc.org/resource.cfm?submissionID=5722

 

All About Grants Podcast:

https://grants.nih.gov/news/virtual-learning/podcasts.htm

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
January 2019 Social Media Collection: Grant Writing

In scientific research, we strive to develop groundbreaking hypotheses that push the edges of our understanding. However, groundbreaking ideas are just the beginning. Equally important are the skills needed to effectively communicate your grant proposal, so you can secure the funding necessary to complete a thorough investigation.

Below are links that break down the components of preparing an effective proposal to make your brilliant ideas standout in a sea of others.

 

Post #1: Before putting pen to paper, it is important to know the basics of a NIH-style grant. The following link provides a general information for writing a successful proposal.

https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/write-your-application.htm

 

Post #2: First things first, you have to have a plan! Check out the six-part series titled “How Not to Kill a Grant Proposal.”

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/04/academic-scientists-toolkit

 

Post #3: Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither was your grant. Avoid procrastination and give yourself the time needed to review and edit your proposal before hitting submit.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-019-00103-2

 

Post #4: For early investigators, fellowships require a little something extra. This article focuses on the importance of a well-crafted training plan and research goals in your proposal.

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-07297-x

 

Post #5: Here are some of the best kept secrets to writing a winning grant proposal.

https://www.nature.com/news/the-best-kept-secrets-to-winning-grants-1.22038

 

 

 

Lauren Stein, PhD is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the neuroendocrine control of energy balance using rodent models of obesity.
November 2018 Social Media Collection: Peer Mentoring

Mentorship is critical for success as a scientific researcher. The traditional view of mentoring is a one-on-one professional relationship between a senior and junior investigator.  However, participating in a network or group of “near peer” or “peer” mentors can be more effective for both the mentor and mentee. The goal of this blog is to provide resources to help scientists become more educated on the benefits of peer mentoring, steps to take to be an effective peer mentor, and provide ways of creating opportunities to foster peer mentoring relationships. The first article discusses the pros and cons of traditional or hierarchical one-on-one mentoring and lays the ground work in support of mentoring networks involving peer mentors. In subsequent articles, we delve into near peer and peer mentoring and highlight some of the advantages and benefits of peer mentoring, practical methods to be an effective peer mentor, and how to start your own peer mentoring group.

 

Post #1: Should we do away with hierarchical one-on-one mentoring?

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23425990

 

Post #2: Looking beyond traditional mentoring. Why peer mentoring may be more superior.

http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6414/532.1.long

 

Post #3: Have you underestimated the value of mentoring?

https://www.labmanager.com/leadership-and-staffing/2017/07/the-value-of-mentorship-in-the-scientific-field#.W9nOe9VKi70

 

Post #4: Advantages of participating in peer mentoring. Is this the missing piece to being a successful post-doc?

https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.3631

 

Post #5: Success isn’t achieved alone. How peer mentoring can benefit yourself and others.

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/08/peer-mentoring-part-1-why-we-must-lift-we-climb

 

Post #6: Practical methods to participate in peer mentoring.

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2004/09/peer-mentoring-part-2-practical-methods-lift-we-climb

 

Post #7: Want to help other scientists be successful? Form a peer mentoring group with these 5 easy steps.

https://blog.addgene.org/form-your-own-peer-mentoring-circle-a-how-to-guide-for-scientists

 

Post #8: Do you know the advantages of peer mentoring?

https://www.ascb.org/compass/compass-points/peer-mentoring-scientific-researcher/

 

Post #9: Are you a woman in science and want more mentorship? Check out this program!

https://www.nature.com/articles/nbt.1799

 

Post #10: Unexpected benefits for mentors from underrepresented backgrounds in near-peer mentoring.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5034940/

 

 

Kristi Streeter, PhD is a research assistant scientist at the University of Florida. Her interests are in understanding the cardiorespiratory impact of diaphragm sensory afferents and utilizing electrical stimulation to restore afferent input, engage spinal networks, and induce neuroplasticity to improve breathing following spinal cord injury.
Kick Start Your Funding: Looking Beyond NIH and NSF

Funding for scientific research is becoming progressively harder to obtain and competition continues to grow. Despite the increased challenge to gain federal funding (i.e. NIH), many universities and other institutions require their applicants to have funding when applying for faculty positions, regardless of their career stage. As such, an enormous amount of pressure is placed on trainees to obtain funding prior to looking for a position as an independent scientist. In addition, early career investigators who have already transitioned to independent positions also experience similar pressures and difficulties obtaining funding. In recognition of the funding crisis as well as the increasingly competitive job market for trainees and early career investigators, the goal of this symposium is to provide information on funding sources outside of the NIH and NSF. We have four speakers with each representing less tradition funding mechanisms including 1) industry, 2) private foundations, 3) crowd-funding, and 4) military funding. Each speaker identifies how to find funding within their genre, provide information and tips for writing successful grant proposals, and compare and contrast their organization with how other funding mechanisms (i.e. NIH) work. The speakers have either successfully obtained funding or are representatives from companies or private foundations that have grant programs or regularly fund product research. Information is also available on crowd funding websites.

Presentations

  • Seeking funding outside the norm: unique opportunities within military research programs
    Lisa Leon, Ph.D.US Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine
  • Successfully securing funding and collaborating with industry
    Eugene W. Shek, Ph.D.Lilly China Research and Development Co., Ltd.
  • Cancer funding from a private foundation
    Charles Saxe, Ph.D.The American Cancer Society
  • Crowd funding your science
    Melissa Wilson Sayres, Ph.D.Arizona State University

 You can find links to all presentations here:

http://www.the-aps.org/mm/Careers/Mentor/Kick-Start-your-funding-Looking-beyond-NIH-and-NSF

Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.
October 2018 Social Media Collection: Borrowing Skills from Business

Leadership, management, budgeting, and marketing sound like skills for CEOs, not scientists. However, these skill sets are also essential for researchers and there are several principles that can be taken from the business world and applied to academia. Accumulating evidence suggests that mixing business with science is a path to success.

Post #1: This month we will be discussing Borrowing skills from business: application for research, stay tuned!

 

Post #2:  Business principles for basic researchers

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2016/10/business-principles-basic-researchers 

 

 

Post #3: Why scientists need to market themselves

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02747-y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #4: The Why and How of Promoting Your Science Publication Online

https://bitesizebio.com/27823/the-why-and-how-of-promoting-your-science-publication-online/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #5: Selling for scientists

http://blogs.nature.com/naturejobs/2014/03/21/selling-for-scientists/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Post #6 Develop your career label so that it works in your favor

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/develop-your-career-label-so-it-works-your-favor

 

 

 

 

Post #7: How to market yourself as a graduate student

https://www.grad.umn.edu/marketingyourself

 

Post #8: Postdoc advancement: Marketing your value

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2013/08/postdoc-advancement-marketing-your-value

 

 

Post #9: Do I make myself clear? Media training for scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/features/2018/01/do-i-make-myself-clear-media-training-scientists

 

 

 

 

 

Post #10: Improving science communication in 3 easy steps

https://www.novartis.com/stories/from-our-labs/improving-science-communication-3-easy-steps

 

Post #11: The Basics of Lab Management

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2012/05/lab-management

 

Post #12: Project Management for Scientists

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/07/project-management-scientists

 

Post #13: Project Management for Scientists, Part 1: An Overview

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/05/project-management-scientists-part-1-overview

 

Post #14: Project Management for Scientists, Part 2: Getting Experience

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/06/project-management-scientists-part-2-getting-experience

 

Post #15: Project Management for Postdocs

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2002/03/take-your-worst-estimate-and-double-it-project-management-postdocs

 

Post #16: Crowdsourcing goes academic with platforms for reviewing advisers

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/02/crowdsourcing-goes-academic-platforms-reviewing-advisers

 

Post #17: These books can offer career guidance and inspiration

http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2018/09/these-books-can-offer-career-guidance-and-inspiration

Melinda Engevik, PhD is an instructor at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interaction between intestinal microbiota and the host epithelium.
Discovering the Leader Within You: Where You’ve Been

What are the factors that will make you achieve your scientific career goals? In this presentation, Dr. Thomas Herzig uses a new perspective to discuss the importance of developing different sets of skills according to your career purposes. These skills will complement your CV (education and publications record) and will help you prepare towards the next step of your professional career.

Presentation features Captain Thomas Herzig, PhD

Link of the presentation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0yPtl3Z878

http://www.the-aps.org/leadership

 

Miguel Zarate, PhD is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. His research focuses on the interactions between the fetal immune system and nutrient metabolism in inflammatory challenge and intra-uterine growth restriction models in sheep, mice, and humans.