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The Career Center has compiled a list of helpful books about career development, planning and management. All these books can be found in the Todd Wehr Library.

 Academic Careers 

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Academic Environment

Academic Environment: A Handbook for Evaluating Employment Opportunities in Science

Karl W. Lanks
Washington, DC: Taylor and Francis 1996

Provides the results of a survey of faculty at U.S. medical schools and major universities which evaluated the institutions on their academic environment, personal and family life and productivity. The pooled results from the 50 top small colleges (page 51) provide an interesting comparison to the results from larger universities.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 148 L289a 1996 / ISBN: 156032436

Academic Scientists at Work

Academic Scientists at Work: Navigating the Biomedical Research Career

Jeremy M. Boss and Susan H. Eckert
New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2003

This book provides advice on landing a position in academic research and how to get organized once you've started. The most valuable part of the book may be the Job Comparison Worksheets found in the appendices. These provide a great starting point to stimulate your thoughts about issues that should be the basis of comparison of different positions. Once you find a position, the chapter entitled "Gettin' Money" has some very helpful information on grantsmanship.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: W 88 B745a 2003 / ISBN: 030647493X

Getting Tenure

Getting Tenure

Marcia Lynn Whicker, Jennie Jacobs Kronenfeld, Ruth Ann Strickland
Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications 1993

For those pursuing academic careers, finding a job is the first step in a challenging process leading to tenure. This book explains the tenure process in detail and makes the case for the importance of planning ahead for gaining tenure. The chapter on the "Ten Commandments of Tenure Success" would be worthwhile reading for every new faculty member.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: LB 2335.7 W571g 1993 / ISBN:0-809-5302

How to Succeed in Academics

How to Succeed in Academics

Linda L. McCabe and Edward R.B. McCabe
San Diego: Academic Press 2000

Blueprint for how to build an academic career. Tips are provided on successfully accomplishing common academic functions such as writing abstracts, papers, grant applications and making effective oral and poster presentations.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: LB 1778 M122h 2000 / ISBN: 0124818331

Tomorrows Professor

Tomorrow's Professor: Preparing for Academic Careers in Science and Engineering

Richard M. Reis
New York: Wiley Interscience 1997

This is a well-written book on how to prepare, compete, and succeed in an academic career. It provides some perspective with an overview of the modern academic enterprise. The author walks systematically through the stages of a scientific career including preparation, applying for positions, first years on the job, and achieving tenure.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 149 R375t 1997 / ISBN: 0780311361

Winning the Games Scientists Play

Winning the Games Scientists Play

Carl J. Sindermann
Cambridge Massachusetts: Perseus Publishing 2001

Sindermann breaks down the scientist's work into its component tasks of writing, presenting, attending conferences, chairing sessions, participating in meetings, etc. Each of these tasks are considered games in which the rules are not always clear. The author provides suggestions for how to play the game which can be summed up in the dictum (p 154) "Whatever the game is, play it as a professional."

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 175 S616w 1982 / ISBN: 0306410753

 Career Planning

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A PhD Is Not Enough

A PhD Is Not Enough: A Guide to Survival in Science

Peter J. Feibelman
Cambridge, MA: Perseus Books 1993

Brief book with good, realistic advice for young scientists, such as getting mentors besides your PhD advisor.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 147 F297p 1993 / ISBN-13: 9780201626636

Career Renewal

Career Renewal: Tools for Scientists and Technical Professionals

Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul
San Diego: Academic Press 1998

This book is directed toward scientists making a midcareer transition. Nevertheless, the information provides a much needed perspective for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows on actively planning one's career.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 149 R813c 1998 / ISBN-13: 9780125970600

Put Your Science to Work

Put Your Science to Work: The Take-Charge Career Guide for Scientists

Peter S. Fiske, PhD
Washington, D.C.: American Geophysical Union 2001

Roughly the equivalent of What Color is Your Parachute? for scientists. This is also a very practical guide on career planning starting with the process of self-assessment. The chapters on CVs and resumes are thorough and helpful.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: Q 147 F542p 2001 / ISBN-13: 9780875902952

Outside the Ivory Tower

Outside the Ivory Tower: A Guide for Academics Considering Alternative Careers

Margaret Newhouse, PhD
Cambridge, MA: Harvard University 1993

Deciding on a career path requires understanding yourself and the characteristics of a job that are most important to you. The author of this book provides some valuable and creative exercises for self-assessment. Other useful sections are guidelines for informational interviewing and how to organize your job search.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5382 N548o 1993 / ISBN: 0943747082

What Color is Your Parachute?

What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers

Richard Nelson Bolles
Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 2009

This book is billed as the best selling job-hunting book in the world. Although not directed specifically toward scientists, it provides practical advice on analyzing your own strengths, interests, and goals. The author coined the phrase "informational interviewing" to describe a process for gathering information on career opportunities. Tips on interviewing should prove useful, as well.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5383 B691w 2009 / ISBN: 1580083412 

Who Moved My Cheese?

Who Moved My Cheese?: An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life 

Spencer Johnson, MD
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1998

A humorous parable which explores how we respond to unexpected changes in our lives.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: BF 335 J69w 1998 / ISBN: 0399144463

 Careers Outside Academia

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Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Career Options for Biomedical Scientists

Kaaren Janssen and Richard Severs (Editors)
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Press 2015

This is a multi-authored text, providing perspectives on 14 major career tracks outside the traditional Principal Investigator/academic research lab. Contains useful descriptions of these career possibilities, along with methods of getting in, qualities for success, and additional informational resources.

ISBN: 978-1-936113-72-9

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development

Toby Freedman
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2008

This is a valuable compendium of information regarding careers for life scientists in Pharma or biotech. Explanations of job requirements, essential skills, and day to day responsibilities were distilled from interviews with hundreds of key players in industry. Although not an easy read because of its encyclopedic detail, this book is an essential reference.

ISBN-13: 978-087969725

Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research

Career Opportunities in Clinical Drug Research

Rebecca J. Anderson
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2010

This book sets the stage for discussing clinical research careers by providing an overview of the clinical evaluation process for drugs and medical devices. It then dedicates separate chapters to a number of jobs within that framework such as study coordinator, clinical quality assurance, etc. Each chapter outlines responsibilities of the position, describes a typical day, and provides tips for how to get your foot in the door including professional organizations that you should know about.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: QV 736 A549c 2010 / ISBN-13: 978-193611305-7

Understanding Pharma

Understanding Pharma: A Primer on How Pharmaceutical Companies Really Work

John. J. Campbell
Raleigh, NC: Pharmaceutical Institute  2008

The title tells exactly what this book is about – how pharmaceutical companies work – from definition and classification of drugs to drug discovery to business development and manufacturing. This is the view from 10,000 feet which provides some insight into the complexities of the environment in which pharmaceutical scientists function.

ISBN 978-0-976309635

Careers with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Careers with the Pharmaceutical Industry

Peter D. Stonier
West Sussex, England: Wiley and Sons, 2003

Although this book has a decidedly British perspective, this book is worth perusing to examine the breadth of positions available in the pharmaceutical industry.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: QV 21 C2715 2003 / ISBN: 0470843284

From Alchemy to IPO: The Business of Biotechnology

From Alchemy to IPO: The Business of Biotechnology

Cynthia Robbins-Roth
New York, NY: Basic Books 2000

This is an important resource for scientists interested in industry careers. It provides a historical perspective on the biotechnology industry combined with an insider's view of the business model. Appendix C highlights the websites that the savvy job searcher will want to be aware of.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HD 9999 R635f 2000 / ISBN: 978-073820482

The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide

The Medical Science Liaison: An A to Z Guide

Erin Albert
Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse 2007

What is a medical science liaison (MSL) and what do they do? This book is a comprehensive guide to the function of MSLs. Perhaps the most valuable information is the list of MSL meetings contained in Table 1 which provide opportunities for trainees to get in-depth information about this career path.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: QV 736 A333m 2007 / ISBN: 978-1434337504

Job Search

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 The Academic Job Search Handbook 

The Academic Job Search Handbook

Mary Morris Heiberger and Julia Miller Vick
Philadelphia, PA: University Of Pennsylvania Press 2001

This is a comprehensive resource which starts with information on the structure of academic careers, the hiring process, and planning your job search. It deals extensively with vitae including a discerning gem of advice to tailor your vita to each position for which you apply. There are also chapters on interviewing, accepting/rejecting job offers, and additional guidance for special situations such as dual career couples, foreign nationals, etc.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: LB 2331 H465a 2001 / ISBN: 0812217780

Getting to Yes

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In (3rd Edition)

Roger Fisher, William Ury, and Bruce Patton
New York, NY: Penguin Books 2011

A straightforward strategy for negotiating personal and professional issues. Special attention should be paid to the concept of developing options which provide gain for both parties. Updated and revised.

ISBN: 978-0-14-311875-6

The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide

The Job-Hunter’s Survival Guide: How to Find Hope and Rewarding Work, Even When “There Are No Jobs”

Richard N. Bolles (Author of What Color is Your Parachute)
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press 2010

Just the bare-bones essentials of what you need to know for successful job-hunting, especially in a challenging economy.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: / ISBN-13:

Resumes that Knock 'em Dead

Resumes that Knock 'em Dead

Martin Yate
Avon, Massachusetts: Adams Media Corporation 1993

Everything you need to know to create an effective resume.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5383 Y31r 2003 / ISBN: 1580627943

Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed

Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed

H. Anthony Medley
Berkeley, CA: Ten Speed Press

In addition to standard advice on preparation (page 17), table manners (page 90), and appropriate dress (page 132), Appendix A contains three lists of commonly asked interview questions. Using these in mock interviews should help you prepare and reduce the likelihood that you'll be caught off-guard in an actual interview.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HF 5549.5 M491s 2005 / ISBN: 0898154030

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search

The Unwritten Rules of the Highly Effective Job Search

Orville Pierson
New York, NY: McGraw-Hill 2006

A systematic, step-by-step, project management approach to the job search process that has been developed and used by professional job search consultants. It includes comprehensive help in all phases of the search beginning with preparation and planning, getting moving, tracking progress and adjusting the plan, through interviewing and starting the new job.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: / ISBN-13: 9780071464048

Lab Management

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 At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator

At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator

Kathy Barker
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 1998

The first third of this book contains practical suggestions that are geared to the neophyte in the laboratory, but can also serve as valuable reminders to those who are planning their own laboratories. One chapter is devoted to oral and written presentations. The final two thirds of the book describes in detail how to carry out specific laboratory procedures.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: QY 25 B255a 1998 / ISBN: 0879695234

 At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator

At the Helm: A Laboratory Navigator

Kathy Barker
Cold Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2002

Running a laboratory requires the use of skills which are not often emphasized in graduate or postdoctoral training. Time management, hiring and retaining lab personnel, development of lab policies, communication, and group dynamics are among the issues confronting new principal investigators. Although "perfect" solutions to these issues are not identified, the approaches used in a variety of laboratories are described.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: W 23 B255a 2002 / ISBN: 0879695838

 Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists

Lab Dynamics: Management Skills for Scientists

Carl M. Cohen and Suzanne L. Cohen Cold
Spring Harbor, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press 2005

This is a useful book on a topic that needs more attention during graduate school and postdoctoral training. Its strong suit is personnel management, including advice on managing scientists, dealing with your boss, and working with peers. The book begins with the premise that effectively managing research teams requires an understanding of personality types including your own.

Todd Wehr Library Call No #: W 87 C678L 2005 / ISBN: 0879697415

 Making the Right Moves

Making the Right Moves

Research Triangle Park, NC: Burroughs Wellcome Fund 2004
Chevy Chase, MD: Howard Hughes Medical Institute 2004

A practical guide to scientific management for Postdocs and new faculty.

Available for free online / Todd Wehr Library Call #: LB 2331.7 M235 2004

Professional Networking

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Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job 

Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job

Orville Pierson
Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press 2009

Systematic, planful, graceful, job search networking (NOT sales or schmoozing). Includes detailed, practical examples and approaches that help you to be authentic and effective.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: TBD / ISBN-13: 9781601630506

Self-promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead 

Self-promotion for Introverts: The Quiet Guide to Getting Ahead

Nancy Ancowitz
New York, NY: McGraw Hill 2010

You don’t have to change your personality. Filled with practical tips on how to use your natural strengths and dispositions to advance your job search and continuing professional development in genuine and effective ways. Increasing quality, not just quantity.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: TBD / ISBN-13: 9780071591294

Networking for People Who Hate Networking

Networking for People Who Hate Networking: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected

Devorah Zack
San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, 2010

Shattering stereotypes about people who hate networking (most of us), and myths about networking (just a lot of small talk, big numbers, and constant contact), the book shows how the very traits that make people networking-averse can be used very effectively in a full range of career and professional development situations. Introversion and shyness can be strengths, if you know how to use them.

Todd Wehr Library Call #: HD 69 Z16n 2010 / ISBN-13: 9781605095226

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