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09/16/09
Watch-outs 13. Contract work, online patent applications, IRA conversions
Filed under: Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 9:00 am

Let’s point out three topics: IRA
conversions, an online patent drafting
tool and considerations for contract
positions.

CONSIDERATIONS FOR IRA CONVERSION
Source:  K. Greene Ask Encore WSJ 9-12-09
The devil is in the details in the IRA
conversion process.  K. Greene offers
elements of strategy about when to
make the transition from tradtitional
to Roth and some pros and cons, considering
current regulations and likely increases
in tax rates.

CAREER TURNING POINTS
Source:  J. Porter, 90 Days Contract work
9-15-09
While it is important to establish your
technical credentials and go through
background checks and interviews in
chemistry, several fields have niches for
contract work.  Porter’s article points out
four essentials–
Have a strong online presence in desired
areas (technical/managerial expertise),
Show that you know and can deliver on
unmet special needs of organizations,
Focus on activities that value and build
relationships (consider volunteering)
Understand your value and the limits
on what you can charge

PATENT APPLICATION RESOURCE
Source:  Photonics Spectra 9-09, 84
TeamPatent
: tool for patent applications
While I strongly value and encourage
patent agent and/or attorney involvement,
there could be some circumstances where
you benefit from drafting your own patent
application.  The TeamPatent website
and associated online tools might meet
your needs.

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