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08/24/09
Watch-outs 12. Random lasers, Blogs in Reviews and Lab management
Filed under: First Year on Job, Leadership
Posted by: site admin @ 4:03 pm

RANDOM LASERS - FUTURE TOOL
Source:  Yale Stone Group
An old radiation tool (laser) with unique
properties
has been demonstrated recently. 
The “random
laser” one with single-
wavelength, multiply-scattered
emission
await technical experiments and

applications (biomedical and micro-
identification)

USING BLOGS FOR BROADER REVIEW
OF PUBLICATIONS
Source:  C&EN 8-17-09, Communication
dot com
  1  2 
“Blogs haven’t replaced peer review.  But
they
are a supplement that is growing
in importance…”

“Becoming part of the process of science…”

WOLFRAM ALPHA BLOG
Source: BLOG
Calculation tool for chemical phenomena.

LABORATORY MANAGEMENT
Source:  HHMI
Human Interactions with scientific personnel
is beyond the general scope of science course
work, but not the business of science.  Most
miss out on this, one of the most important
parts of productive careers.  The learning comes
harder and sometimes more slowly, as a
result.

Academia prides itself in getting credit for
doing things first.
Teamwork-focused companies force conflict
that can be under the surface and avoid
dealing
with it.  Carl Cohen ushers in good
discussion
in his book.

Several insights about science trained
include:

Get:
Solid data and supporting evidence before
making a claim (preference),
Get as much information as possible before
making decisions (preference),
But these are not always possible….

Advise to
Listen to concerns, reason and persuade
rather than being authoritative

Models to motivate based on performance
outcomes
are common but do not always
apply to such
“knowledge workers.”

 

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Job Search Strategies. Outplacement firm observations in Washington
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Recruiters, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 11:33 am

Wow!  The Washington ACS meeting
showed me
some things about how
outplacement firms “help”
people
who are let go in the 21st century. 
While
these comments might not be
general for the
whole industry and
they may be individual case
observations,
they lead me to suggest:  know
what you
want and ask for it with
outplacement firms to
get any value
from the service.


P. Dvorak and J Lubin authored a front
page WSJ article whose title expresses the
Outplacement firms’ perspective. (WSJ, 8-20-09
p. A1)

This activity, now standard for mid-sized
and
large firms to protect firms’ reputation
and
limit the impact of employee lawsuits
and
unemployment costs, is strong these
days.
  Previously this blog has mentioned
that
we can tell an outplacement firm’s “stamp”
on resumes, a mile away.  In addition, the
“stamp”, while a suitable representation for
some, more business-focused candidates
does not provide the key “match-ables”
in the middle third of the first page that
technical professionals need.

Down-sized workers have non-standard
needs and desires, yet the outplacement
firms have been challenged to provide
a competitive, cost effective set of services.
This translates to output that I observed
in resumes, cover letters and interview
preparation that doesn’t put all members
in the best possible light for fewer, ever
more competitive position s.

Know what you want and need from an
outplacement firm. 
-Is it interview practice?

-secretarial service and assistance in public
relations documents?
-professional coaching
for presentations,
phone interviews, or
networking connections? 

Be aware:
1. very common resume format that may be
less approprate
2. documents not containing key terms in your
field (need field specific background)
[specific, recommended recruiters can be
helpful.]

3. resume files missing significant parts (
some fields want to see research summaries
or technical digests)
4. leading firms appreciate tech savvy
scientists who can provide information
in relevant formats not involving paper
(Internet based)
5. just providing job-posting sites, group
overview workshops, Internet based
material may not meet your needs.

Know your needs.  Check with mentors.
Talk to people who have been satisfied
with their outplacement experience.
Don’t let your documents be sent without
your specific approval on each item.
Ask a lot of specific questions.

Talk with recruiters in your specific fields.
Contact the career consultants program
of the ACS.  

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