September 22, 2017

You may have missed that last week was Peer Review Week, but don’t worry: the publication process last year-round. AGU is committed to bringing you the resources you need to perfect your craft.  Today, I’d like to share with you some of the resources at your disposal from AGU Webinars to recent Eos articles. AGU Webinars We have three webinars in the coming weeks to help you prepare your own publications and …


September 19, 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: How to Have Difficult Conversations in the Workplace

Perhaps, at one time or another, you have found yourself  in the uncomfortable position of having to discuss a delicate subject with an employee (or even a family member). At work, the issue could be a dress code violation, poor performance, conflict with a coworker, or even rude behavior. At home, the issue could be about money, a child’s grades or behavior, or trying to get out of a dinner …


September 15, 2017

Converting a short-term position into a long-term career

As organizations try to remain flexible, they are more and more reluctant to hire permanent employees.  Many organizations are using contract or temporary staff, then hiring a select few into fulltime positions.  Sometimes, a temporary position is the only way to get into a company, but if you use the opportunity, you can turn a temporary position into a permanent job. To begin, make sure you understand the contract terms.  …


September 12, 2017

Your Tuesday Top 5: Practice Respect by Being Positive and Avoiding Negativity in the Workplace

Every Tuesday, Patricia Yaya, AGU Vice President of Human Resources & Administrative Services, sends a message to the entire AGU staff featuring five short tips for getting by in the workplace.  Starting this week, On the Job will be publishing these tips in a new weekly segment, Tuesday Top 5. AGU is a forward-thinking organization. With the net zero building renovation project, we are navigating a lot of change all …


September 8, 2017

Thinking of going back to Grad School? Here’s how to start

As fall approaches, many people considering applying to graduate school should take the beginning steps of the application process. Depending on what your career/academic status is (employed, recently graduated, interning, etc.), you can forgo some of the following 7 steps to apply to graduate school. Although this seems like a lot of work (and it is), you should be excited! You’ve made the decision to pursue further academic endeavors; let …


September 6, 2017

The Gateway to Your Research: Tips for writing abstracts

Note: An earlier version of this post ran in March, during the Spring Virtual Poster Showcase.  With the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting abstract deadline arriving tonight, 6 September 2017, at 11:59 ET, I am reposting the article in hopes that those making the finishing touches on the OSM abstracts may find it useful as well as prospective Fall Virtual Poster Showcase participants.  Enjoy! Writing a compelling abstract that engages your …


September 1, 2017

AGU Career Center News: September Webinar, Paths Through Science, and VPS deadline

Hello, everyone!  The September AGU Career Center Newsletter, which normally goes out on the first Tuesday of the month, is getting pushed back to 12 September due to high traffic from the Ocean Sciences Meeting abstract deadline next Wednesday, 6 September (hint! hint!).  Since the newsletter will go out later, I wanted to share with you some latest happenings related to the AGU Career Center.  Enjoy and have a great …


August 31, 2017

Planning for Serendipity: Successfully networking at Fall Meeting (or other conferences)

Conferences are a great place to grow your professional network, and with some careful planning and flexibility, you can maximize your chances of making valuable connections.  Though the abstract deadline for Fall Meeting has come and gone, it’s not too late (or too early) to start developing your networking action plan. Summer (4-6 months): Submit Your Abstract and Book  Accommodations Submit Your Abstract Start your networking well before the meeting.  Distribute …


August 30, 2017

Verbal Jujutsu: A Conversation Catalyst

Drawing introverts into conversations can be difficult.  As an introvert, I will admit to curmudgeonly behavior in social situations.  Frankly, I’d rather eat chopped liver than go to a reception of people I don’t know, so networking and small talk can be awkward.  Put me in a room with other introverts and we might as well decorate the room like a middle school dance because everyone is going to be clutching a …


August 24, 2017

“Everyone works in fundraising”: Expecting the unexpected

While there’s something to be said about proactively creating your own career opportunities, perhaps more important is being prepared for opportunities when they do arrive.  At a fundraising gala for a previous employer, one of the guests began asking me about specific details related to a project’s fundraising plan.  I apologized and embarrassingly explained that I didn’t work in the development department* and therefore didn’t know the particulars.  The gentleman …