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How to Create the Best Undergraduate CV

The undergraduate CV is not a tremendous make-or-break piece of the application.  The bar is set pretty low- you’ve probably never made a CV before, and evaluators understand that.  However, if you do make a great-looking CV, it may get slightly more notice. That slight notice may be enough to bump your application into the

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Please Use Commas

I was reading some residency application letters and my head was almost exploding. Everyone has their “thing,” and maybe I have more than most, but I am passionate about appropriate comma placement. I wouldn’t sink an application for poor comma use, but it just grates on me, and why would you want to irritate the

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Successfully Navigating the Spousal Hire

So you want to go into academia, and your spouse also wants to work at the same institution. There is a position open for you, you interview, you get an offer. How do you handle negotiating a hire for your spouse? I have been successful and unsuccessful in this pursuit, so I will share my

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Six Steps to Win the Scramble

You applied through the match for an internship or residency- great job!  Now, 8am on match day has come and gone, and you are without a matched position.  You still want to do an internship or residency, and there are programs which did not fill all their positions.  What do you do now? Now you

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How to Choose a Veterinary School

It’s the culmination of your lifelong dream- you are finally applying to vet school!  Congratulations! It is an exciting and scary time. You are starting to make substantial decisions which will affect your life and career.  Some people may fret over where to apply to vet school. Fortunately, it’s a surprisingly simple decision-making matrix. Is

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How to be Successful: Smile

I have no intention of smile-shaming anyone.  I know people- women especially- get told all the time, “You should smile more.”  I don’t want to make those with Resting Bitch/Asshole Face feel worse. All that being said, I am going to give you a piece of golden advice: during interviews, smile more. This came into

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Should I Send a Thank You Note?

Interviews are tiring events for everyone.  The interviewee has to be “on” all the time.  But the interviewers are taking time out of their busy schedule to meet with you.  Academics always feel overwhelmed and time-stressed. Staff are often underappreciated.  Thank you notes acknowledge the time and energy dedicated to your interview. Should I Send

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The Key to Successful Negotiations

Imagine someone you think is a great negotiator. Do you imagine a tough-as-nails, take-no-shit hardballer? Do you imagine a sleazy salesman who wheedles their way into your mind and gets you to agree to something you don’t want? A free-wheeler chatty type who “only wants your best interests”? None of these are helpful to you.

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Words of Caution for the Aspiring Vet Student

Being a veterinarian is a lifelong dream for many.  Animals are such an emotional part of so many lives when growing up, it’s natural that children want to get a job where they can help animals.  For many, that seed is planted deep and grows, consuming their life’s direction and passion. For others, being a

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How to Not Mess Up When Addressing Future Colleagues

You would think that rules of formality as laid down by Society would be well-known.  Indeed, this is an assumption of social rules- they are generated in the aggregate. Nonetheless, we do have experts who weigh in on these topics, like Miss Manners and Emily Post.  Our rules in medicine for interviews and applicants are

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