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06/03/08
Dual Career Planning
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 2:48 pm

Today I enjoyed a wonderful discussion with
a couple seeking to begin their careers within
about a year.  Both will be granted Ph.D.s in
chemistry and have superb credentials and bright
futures.

RG and DW shared their respective PR
documents in advance and wanted help in
exploring what they have heard as a problem
in beginning their careers.  They prefer not to
have to live apart and are passionate about
their work and careers.

This blog entry is a beginning point, as they
agreed to let me share some of our joint
learning as they embark on this process.

RG desires a laboratory role in industrial or
government;  DW seeks as first priority an
academic position in a PUI. (principally
undergraduate institution).

Our first conversation covered a lot of
ground and background.  The bottom lines
were:

  - participate in their individual and joint
values, needs and behaviors assessments
(I will send them one, others are available
in the Links.)

  - develop a “straw-dog” proposal of what
they eventually aspire to do
(this recognizes that post-docs are temporary
positions helping them reach their desired
starting point.  They are highly valued in
many cases.)

  - explore using networks, mentors and
informational interviews how they individually
reach their plan

  - create a working plan

  - develop at least one back-up plan if the
least likely event does not occur or occur in
a timely manner.

We made a specific yet brief effort to review
one resume and one CV giving major
improvement suggestions.  Like

a) include education courses completed in a CV,
b) include an Education professor as a reference,
c) create a teaching philosophy, research
summary, research proposal for CV
d)define a clear objective in the resume,
e) Have a brief, keyword-filled , job-description-
matching list of Highlights,

among many others.

Several pertinent links are relevant in this
situation.  Look at
Stephanies
as a typical case studies approach that a
search might find.

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