Tag: career

An experiment with Online Reputation Trackers

You may know that in my regular life, when I’m not Bug G. Membracid, I have a job advising students, among other things.  In the spirit of “do as I say, not as I do” […]

Anonymous Entomological Punditry on the Internet

[This is part of a series of posts about writing, entomology, and career development that are linked to my upcoming Entomological Society of America talk in November.] I get a surprising number of emails from reporters asking […]

Advice for successful career decisions

One of the things I do more or less full time now is give students unsolicited advice.  I talk to both graduate students and undergraduates, and they are mostly worried about the same things: Did […]

How Undergraduate and Graduate School are different

Since I got so many questions, I thought I would pontificate a bit longer on the graduate school question, and turn it into a series of posts.  Let’s start with the decision to go to […]

Oh, the Irony….

The day after I posted how much I loved living on site at my job, I found out I’ll be cut to 50% next June; that’s effectively a layoff. It was probably inevitable that the […]

Where should I look for a job?

One of the most common questions I get from students around this time of year is “Where should I look for a job?” The question they actually are asking is “where ONLINE should I look […]

Career Tip #7: First impressions

I can’t tell you how much first impressions count when I have a posted position open, and I get calls from candidates.  Many of them seem to have missed learning some of the basic rules […]

Career Tip # 6: REU Applications

Do not print your cover letter for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates on Hello Kitty paper. Seriously. Had it not also come with transcripts attached, I’d think some of you were just messing with […]

Dear Parent….

When you email me about an internship I’ve posted, and tell me YOU are looking for an internship for your son/daughter, that pretty much puts the kibosh on me ever hiring your kid right there.  […]