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Strategies and best practices to catalyze your career.


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It’s Not You, It’s Me: USAJobs – A Broken System

USAJobs Blog Series

Is USAJobs a “black hole” for resumes? Learn how to format your federal résumé so that it passes through the infamous USAJobs algorithm.

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Policy Careers for PhDs

As more and more PhD’s pursue careers outside of academia, science policy has emerged as a viable and popular career path for those with doctoral degrees. Many people think of science policy as working on Capitol Hill with Congress; however, science policy is a multi-faceted field with many entry points.

Tips for Finding Employment in Biotechnology

Toby Beth Freedman, biotechnology recruiter, and esteemed author recently came to Georgetown to speak about the biotechnology field, and how to get your foot in the door. The entire process of looking for a job to accepting a position was covered in a jam-packed hour of detailed insider-information. Read about his tips to finding a job in biotechnology.

Transitioning from Scientific Research to Policy

Policy means taking a step back from the nitty gritty. Getting a policy fellowship doesn’t require any prior policy experience. Fellowships are looking for scientists who appreciate the value of science for policy and policy for science and want to branch out from just science and engage in bigger issues.

Presenting a Powerful Pitch

A powerful pitch can demonstrate how you are the right person for the career of your interest. Learn the FAB method of making a powerful pitch!

Acing the Job Interview

This workshop provided a toolkit to understand how to prepare for interview day, how to respond to common questions, and how to wow your interviewer(s)!

Grant Writing Skills

Georgetown Tumor Biology PhD candidate, Eric Berens, illuminates the process he underwent to achieve the NCI/HIH Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00 Grant).

Negotiating Your Salary

Negotiating your salary can be daunting. Learn tips and strategies on how to approach your employer that may help increase your pay!

You Got Two Offers! Now What?

When you start your job search, you may go on several interviews in a short period of time. If one gets back to you early on with an offer and you accept it, how do you respond when you later get another offer?

Tell Me about Yourself

Learn a simple framework to answer one of the most daunting interview questions “Tell Me about Yourself.”

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I Think I'm Qualified… Why Am I Not Getting Interviews?

The job-hunting process can be a very grueling and frustrating experience; especially when it seems like your application and resume are not getting seriously considered. There might be a multitude of reasons and factors that you are not even getting interviews. Here are just a few:

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Six Important Tips for Getting a Postdoc

This is a longer post, but it deserves the space it’ll take up! Last week, my office hosted the first ever “How to get a post-doc position.” Here are my takeaway points from the event.