MCW is pleased to offer you a free training system that features a new and innovative way to help you more effectively for a job interview. Big Interview is an online system that combines training and practice to help improve your interview technique and build your confidence. To access Big Interview, please visit BigInterview.com.
You need to register for an account with you MCW email address. After registration, you will be sent a confirmation email.
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 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: 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
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
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
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
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
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: 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: 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: 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?: 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?: 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
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.
Career Opportunities in Biotechnology and Drug Development
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.
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: 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.
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
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
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
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: 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.
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
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
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
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
At the Bench: A Laboratory Navigator
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
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
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
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
Highly Effective Networking: Meet the Right People and Get a Great Job
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
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: A Field Guide for Introverts, the Overwhelmed, and the Underconnected
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