Once again, I wish I didn’t have to write this post. But I have seen these applications, so, evidently, people believe they are a good idea. So here it is: Don’t do anything weird in your application. What constitutes “weird”? This encompasses a broad range of… let’s call them “unique” decisions. Below are some examples.
Today’s post is from a mentee of mine whom I have known for almost twenty years. She has a daughter (who has now gone to college), and I thought she could provide a perspective on job searching with different family considerations to mine. Enjoy! I am a board-certified veterinary anesthesiologist who recently completed a Ph.D.
I belong to a private Facebook group for those who graduated in my class in vet school. When a discussion about grades came up, one of my classmates pointed out many internship programs select people that are easy to get along with over the ones with amazing grades. My reply was, “Oh man, personality trumps
I have two editors for this blog: my wife and one of my best friends. They have both commented on my lack of advice on how to be a +1. This is because I generally believe if you aim for zero, and are then a reasonably competent person, you will become a +1. But my
People routinely change jobs, even in a small field like academic veterinary medicine. Sometimes people go into private practice, or enter from private practice. Sometimes moves are necessary due to family circumstances. In the worst case, sometimes the institution where you are working is not a good situation for you. Whatever the reason, you need
Most people who apply to a position want to be the ideal candidate. Employers want the ideal candidate, so they get a quality employee who will stay for the long term and not cause waves. Applicants want the ideal position, to progress their career and to maximize happiness. Sadly, there is no such thing as
Regardless of the position you are applying for, here are some basic rules for a successful interview.