The Newsletter for Research Professionals January/February 2011
A very Happy New Year from ResearchNetwork.com. For those readers who are still awaiting the Chinese New Year we wish you all the best also in this coming year of the Rabbit. This is an exciting time of year to reminisce about the old and herald in the new and for many people that means a new job or a change in career. This is great because now is the time when many institutes hiring PhD and post doctoral research positions are fervently looking to fill any remaining vacancies for those job seekers that fit the bill, there has never been a better time to logon to ResearchNetwork than right now! In fact just within the featured jobs section of ResearchNetwork.com there are no less than 10 such positions available with plenty more to be found within our regular search categories.
What is Researchnetwork?
It seems timely at the start of a new year to take the opportunity to remind our clients of what ResearchNetwork.com really is because although many of our members successfully use the site for job searches there are a raft of other services which are available free, to our membership. These services are designed to help you keep track of which jobs you have applied for, those that you might be interested in and to subscribe to regular updates about jobs that fit your desired criteria. These also include opportunities for networking and posting your resume for employers to search. The services available to members upon login include:
· Professional Network Manage s professional network.
· Job Search Search jobs from databases.
· Resume Post, update and send resumes directly to employers. Your resume will also be entered into a resume database to enable employers to find you (you can opt-out of the resume database by making your resume 'non-searchable').
· Saved Jobs Review job postings saved from previous searches.
· Job agents Create job search agents to automatically notify you, via email, of jobs matching your pre-selected search criteria.
· Jobs Applied For Review job applications.
In addition each of these menus has submenu’s which take you to more job search and networking opportunities. For example clicking on Professional Network will take you to a submenu which will allow you to update your network profile and display published work, white papers and other documents which give employers an excellent taste of what they can expect. This page really serves to pique interest in your résumé. This submenu is also the link to your personal research blog, which you manage and maintain as you see fit, and your group memberships and requests.
ResearchNetwork isn’t just a job search/résumé site, although that is a significant aspect, it is also a networking, blogging, interactive, research job forum for users to exchange ideas and information. Those in the research industry who aren’t taking advantage of the site’s free services are neglecting a potentially powerful interactive tool and missing out on some brilliant networking opportunities. If you fall into this category you might want to seriously consider joining the many members who are reaping the full benefits of the site.
“Research teaches a man to admit he is wrong and to be proud of the fact that he does so, rather than try with all his energy to defend an unsound plan because he is afraid that admission of error is a confession of weakness when rather it is a sign of strength.” Prof. H. E. Stocher
Integrating postdoctoral research with commercialism
Postdoctoral researchers do what they do for any number of reasons. For some the ongoing learning and discovery is the main driver, for others the thought of helping people or changing the world is what is most compelling and for others still, it is the earning potential that excites. For the latter a postdoctoral research position within the commercial sector may be the most appealing type of research job and there are some exciting stories coming out of the commercial post doctoral research sector.
The job of ‘Entrepreneurial Postdoctoral Fellow’ is a relatively new one in the world of research. The position is designed to bridge the gap between lab research and commercial use. In this position a postdoctoral researcher is tasked with identifying research projects with commercial potential and seeing these through to fruition. Often the research undertaken is designed to show results or achieve goals that aren’t commercially related but when viewed differently have significant commercial potential.
Not all entrepreneurial postdoctoral fellows will work for corporations seeking innovation, sometimes they are the innovators as well as the person employed to fill the gap. Usually these researchers undertake their own lab research projects and then adapt them for commercial use. It’s exciting and lucrative work if you can get it.
“Research is what I'm doing when I don't know what I'm doing.” Wernher Von Braun
tHIS month’s NUMERO UNO job interview TIP:
Check your references before prospective employers do! How many jobs have been lost in the final stages because references thought to be reliable and approving turned out to be otherwise. Avoid this embarrassing and costly scenario by regularly updating the references on a résumé or CV. Those who are listed should be called before a job search commences to ensure that contact details are still valid and that the former employer still remembers you favorably. When you call listen to what the former boss is not saying, as well as to what he or she is saying. Sometimes our personal memory of an event is quite different from someone else’s so it’s really important to ensure that what you thought was a great experience was that for your boss as well.
Statements that suggest a former employer hardly remembers you; is ambivalent to discuss your former employment; is not clearly enthusiastic about vouching for your many attributes or who refuses to answer your calls - all represent bad news. If any of these are true for your references change them. If your CV is a bit light without them no matter, it is better to have no reference than one that clearly indicates a lack of enthusiasm for your work or your personality.
If you can’t build up a sufficient list of favorable references using former employers consider others in the community. Leaders, church officials, educators and coaches all make excellent references in the absence of ex-bosses. Don’t use family and friends, it looks unprofessional and don’t take it personally if you do get the cold shoulder from an ex-employer, none of us is liked by everyone all the time.
Need a Research Professional?
Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, consumer! Every niche available to the research community is represented within our job search database. This is the most complimentary reflection we at ResearchNetwork have of our success in matching the right research candidates, with the professional organizations that need them. Our service providers are the best in the industry. Our service buyers know this and that is why we are the most trusted employer/employee match making service on the internet for research professionals.
We are proud to call some of the most dynamic companies in the world, with a focus on excellence in staff recruitment and management, our clients. If you are an employer interested in joining the ResearchNetwork network, we invite you to browse our site, become a member and join in our success.
To all of our members and guests, we welcome you and thank you for your ongoing interest. We hope you have enjoyed the information provided here. We would love to hear your thoughts on this and any other aspect of our site, please contact us anytime.
We wish you the very best for 2011!