How to write an awesome cover letter (or not)

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I take a lot of pride in writing awesome cover letters. And you should too! If you have to struggle to write a compelling cover letter, I’m going to bet that you’re not super excited about the position that you’re applying for. At my first computer science co-op, my manager told me straight up that one of the main reasons I got the interview was my strong cover letter. A good cover...

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Discarding toxic people from your life

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Every year around Christmas, I marvel at how quickly time had passed by. Is it really another year already? As morbid as it is, I can’t help but want to make sure my time is well spent. Earlier this month, I started receiving emails, tweets,  LinkedIn messages, and even Facebook messages from my former lab coworkers. Every day they bombarded me with requests to sign off on some forms to authorize...

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Posted in: Philosophy

Giving up the 2nd job

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Some people debate whether or not they should get a 2nd job to supplement their income.  (The answer is generally yes!)  Now that I’ve finished my second degree program and have a good job, I find myself wondering if I should give up my second job. It’s a casual position at an institution where I used to work as a research assistant.  The job involves taking care of laboratory animals...

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So you want to get a job in science? Part 2

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Last time, I talked about some of the pitfalls of going into science, including a lack of entry level jobs and the dangers of endless grad school. It’s tough navigating a job market that wants experience when there is such an emphasis on theory and grades during post-secondary. It’s also unfortunate that so many bright and engaged young minds get roped into a thankless field like science....

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