In this article from Science Careers, Carol Milano provides guidelines and answers to questions to aid budding researchers gain an advantage in the increasingly competitive professions of postodctoral and academic research.

It also offers novel ways for reaserchers to think about their specific scientific interests so they do not limit themselves in a scientific community where a multitude of career choices are available.

From the article:

"The next step is exploring your options. Scientists have a huge asset: knowing how to investigate. "Research jobs that are actually out there," says Morris. Talk to people working in them to discover what they're really like. "Name specific companies in which you might be interested. The human resources department is not where decisions are made. Target a particular department. Who heads it? Use social networking to meet them. Sharpen your focus so it's easier to zero-in and reach that key individual. Go to places where decision-makers gather, especially their conferences. Read their journal articles."

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