Wednesday, August 29, 2012

May 2012 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals     
May 2012

Landing the job!

The focus for May is landing the job.

If you are in the middle of a job search, there will be times when you are at your wits end. Despite submitting countless applications, your phone might not ring. You may interview for a job and never hear back from the company. On the other hand, you could be offered the position you sought, only to learn the compensation is much lower than you expected. The following are tips for enhancing your search and coping with the frustration and the heartache.
 
 Set Measurable Goals
Give yourself firm deadlines and stick to them. Write notes to keep you on task and make the tasks very specific. Decide how many companies you will approach through ResearchNetwork.com each day and then stick to the plane. Meeting specific goals will boost your morale and add momentum to your search.

Be in Work
It is often said that getting a job is a job in itself. Take a workday approach to your job search.

Stay Positive
A long job search can test your pride, patience and self-confidence. Don’t beat yourself up; you are certainly not alone in today’s high unemployment economy.
It’s common for hundreds of resumes to flood a company for just one position. It’s an employer’s market and you’ll need to bring your A-Game to stand out from the crowd. 

Top 15 Tips for Preparing for the Job Interview:

1. Do Your Homework
2. Have a Focused Plan
3. Schedule Networking
4. Arrive 10 Minutes before the Interview
5. Use a Professional Email
6. Get Business Cards
7. Stay Updated
8. Practice Your Writing Skills
9. Customize Your Resume
10. Proofread Your CV
11. Bring Copies of Your Resume: 12. Streamline Your List of Pertinent Work Experiences
13. Use Active Verbs
14. Be Careful with Acronyms and Jargon
15. Send Your Resume in the Right File Format

Creating the contemporary curriculum vitae

The focus for May is landing the job


You’ve filled out hundreds of online job applications, and have never heard from an employer. You are beginning to feel rejected, unloved and unappreciated.

Why doesn’t anyone call back? The reason may be in your resume and you haven’t noticed it.

Start by assessing the basics. Your resume is neat, truthful, printed in a simple font, no smaller than 11 points, no more than two pages covering the last 10 years, and that it is spell-checked and proofread.

The objective of a good resume is to get you hired. Create a resume rich in nouns (titles, duties, responsibilities), not verbs (action words). You’ve probably been taught to create a “results oriented” resume. They do not work anymore. Everyone “generated top results,” “managed profitability” and “won industry-wide awards,” and the scanner is not interested.

The second minefield is the wording you use to describe your job responsibilities, especially if you are changing fields or job levels.

Keep your resume up to date and remember that today employers have easy ways to find you before you find them. Keep a current resume posted online on a credible job site such as ResearchNetwork.com

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Clinical, legal, academic, marketing, quantitative, consulting, scientific, 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.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

March 2012 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals     
March 2012

cancer research

Far Reaching Potential

There is a tremendous amount of research being conducted on all frontiers of oncology, ranging from cancer cell biology to chemotherapy treatment regimens and optimal palliative care and pain relief. This makes oncology a continuously changing field.  A Duke oncologist is warning that the emphasis on comparative effectiveness studies may present obstacles for the field of cancer research, Scientific American’s Observations blog reports.  At the recent American Association for Cancer Research confab, Duke’s Amy Abernethy outlined several obstacles, starting with the obvious notion that while oncology is increasingly moving towards personalized treatment, comparative effectiveness research is based on large populations. Therefore, patients whose tumors’ molecular abnormalities are not as common might fall through the research cracks.

There is also a dearth of evidence to actually direct physicians to the most “medically effective and cost-effective treatment for individual patients.” In addition, drugs being used off-label present their own dilemma. Observations notes, quoting Abernethy as saying between 50% and 70% of cancer drug prescriptions fall into that category. There is very little quality research focusing on those uses.
Suggestions for tackling the problem, in addition to randomized clinical trials: better data gathering from physicians and patients on the ground, and an “e-ecosystem” to encourage the electronic flow of information between all the parties involved in cancer research and treatment. Information in this article from The Wall Street Journal blog online.


Just as the largest library, badly arranged, is not so useful as a very moderate one that is well arranged, so the greatest amount of knowledge, if not elaborated by our own thoughts, is worth much less than a far smaller volume that has been abundantly and repeatedly thought over.



-Arthur Schopenhauer

Dedicated researchers seek better treatments and cures for diabetes, kidney disease, Alzheimer's and every form of cancer. But these scientists face an array of disincentives. We can do better.
Michael Milken

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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.

Monday, August 6, 2012

January 2012 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals      January 2012

military research

Surprisingly Diverse 


The range of opportunity in military research will come as a startling surprise to the uninitiated. While we usually think only of chemical engineering, weaponry and biochemical warfare in reference to military research the reality is that military research encompasses everything from history to DNA to stem cell research. Sometimes government funded or military research will begin with a particular goal in mind only to become research in other, sometimes completely unexpected areas.

An often cited example of scientific innovation developed unexpectedly and unintentionally was NASA's goal to put a man on the moon which inspired them to develop better sound recording and reading technologies. NASA's research was furthered by the music industry which used it to develop audio cassettes. Audio cassettes, being smaller and able to store more music, quickly dominated the music industry and increased the availability of music.

Consequently NASA’s space research surprisingly changed the music industry and there are many examples of this happening across a range of areas including microwave ovens, sonography and even some food additives and flavorings.

In light of threats to US security in recent years military research funding has enjoyed significant funding increases and the development of DARPA. DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) was established in 1958 to prevent strategic surprise from negatively impacting US national security and create strategic surprise for American adversaries by maintaining the technological superiority of the United States. military.

To fulfill its mission, DARPA relies on diverse research platforms to enhance multi-disciplinary approaches to advance knowledge through basic research and to create innovative technologies which address current practical problems through applied research.  DARPA’s scientific investigations span the gamut from laboratory efforts to the creation of full-scale technology demonstrations in the fields of biology, medicine, computer science, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, material sciences, social sciences, neurosciences and more.  As the Department of Defense primary innovation engine, DARPA undertakes projects that are finite in duration but that create lasting and often revolutionary change.
 Government & Military research
There is perhaps no better time than an election year to consider the varieties and opportunities of jobs in fields of research in government and military. These are years when promises are made and future research focus is established.
 One area of research that consistently crosses over between government and military to receive financial and ideological backing is weapons research. While ResearchNetwork do not currently have any of these jobs available we do facilitate multiple research job postings in government and military departments every month.

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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.




Thursday, August 2, 2012

December 2011 Newsletter for Research Professionals


The Newsletter for Research Professionals:     
Holiday Edition - December 2011
The holiday season is busy busy busy but that doesn’t mean the world of research stands still and so in many respects this time of the year is optimal for getting involved in serious job searching. Many businesses continue to recruit through the festive season and sending out applications during this time may lend you an air of seriousness appealing to employers.
Often when we think about research occupations marketing and medical sciences come to mind. It is interesting at this time of the year to contemplate theological research and archaeology. Those two staples of human growth and development which continue to fascinate and perplex.

Theological research

Theological research is all about looking at biblical writings or historic religious artifacts. Theological research by definition speaks of the divine and human encounter, and takes place in a community of people.  To speak of community and communication is to speak historically in terms of people, times and places.   Researchers cannot interpret religious resources apart from the shared meaning that develops in community around these resources.  Theological research calls the seminarian or the student of theology to reflect on his or her tradition, experience and faith journey, in other words, to examine his or her soul.  Theological research is in this way, often an extension of self-hood.

By definition, theological research is a critical juncture that places the researcher in relation to God and humanity, uniting the life of the mind with the life of the soul in the context of community. Research involves interaction with texts that provide new knowledge or understanding, and requires dialogical communication with people, directly and through texts.  A theological researcher will participate in a socialization process by which he or she will learn the language the theological research as well as the language of information organization.  In a seminary, this socialization process includes spiritual formation within a theological community.  

In terms of study as a spiritual work, nothing promises the researcher a higher concentration of this interrelatedness than a theological library formed by a theological community.  This community shapes the interpretive lens through which seminarians study and research theology—from the way faculty carry out instruction to the criteria librarians follow in collection development.  The community life of a seminary includes every social dimension of the institution. Theological Research rarely takes place in solitude, but builds on the efforts of community and previous discovery.  The theology library concentrates texts through its collections based on religious history and tenet and thus enhances these ideas. In the context of a library, the researcher interacts with multiple texts to discover unrealized connections in the interrelationships of these resources.  Of course, the researcher cannot simply bring together texts and expect related ideas to emerge from those resources.  The key task is the exploration of related texts and ideas through the library’s system of organization.  
Library research presumes a measure of focus, even though the researcher may only discern a visceral need for information.  No researcher could expect new knowledge to emerge from a random approach to resources.   To conduct research efficiently, the researcher must develop a clear focus on a research problem just as he or she would in any other research field.  Theological research according to the interpretive model requires the dialogical subjectivity that emerges from a hermeneutic of love. This is perhaps the primary distinction of theological research.

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“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.”
  Eden Phillpotts
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Archaeology & religious research

An extension of the philosophical research undertaken in theology archaeologists are often faced with the discovery of artifacts which carry implications for religion. It is their job to interpret the time and purpose of such artifacts and to work with theologists to understand meaning.

Religion can be defined as being concerned with the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe and from a research perspective, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, the investigation of devotional and ritual observances, religious artifacts and the moral code governing the conduct of human affairs.  Archaeologists may study the material traces of religious ritual, for example, the ritual destruction of ceramic vessels or the material religious sacrifice. Wikipedia points out that as in religious studies and the anthropology of religion, many archaeologists differentiate between “world religions,” and “traditional” or “indigenous religions.”

Here world religion is being defined as:

·         Based on written scriptures.
·         Has a notion of salvation, often from outside.
·         Universal, or potentially universal.
·         Can subsume or supplant primal religions.
·         Often forms a separate sphere of activity.

while indigenous religions are defined as:

  • Oral, or if literate, lacks written/formal scriptures and creeds.
  • ‘This worldly’.
  • Confined to a single language or ethnic group.
  • Form basis from which world religions have developed.
  • Religious and social life is inseparable.

The archaeology of religion often also incorporates related anthropological or religious concepts and terms such as magic, tradition, symbolism, and the sacred.

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“The effort to reconcile science and religion is almost always made, not by theologians, but by scientists unable to shake off altogether the piety absorbed with their mother's milk.
H.L. Mencken
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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 would like to thank you for your support throughout 2011 and wish you all the best in life for 2012. Whatever your religious denomination (or not) from the team at ResearchNetwork.com - Happy Holidays!