Career Advice & Resources for Beginning Biologists
Putting Your Application Together
There is a lot of advice on campus to help you put together an effective package for that job or grad school.
Be sure to visit the Career Center on campus. However I have provided a few downloadable files that I hope that you will find useful...
Use this Recommendation Request Form to help your recommender and you create the best application possible.
You will also need a CV. Science applications require a curriculum vitae, NOT a resume. The cv is allowed to be >1 page long, but is still concise and without ANY fluff (e.g., no hobbies). Look at Prof. Carlin's cv or, probably more useful, download sample student cv's for students interested in molecular or field/organismal biology.
Resources for the Vocationally-Challenged
Should I go to Graduate School?
If you are hunting for a grad school, I recommend you read Some Modest (cynical) Advice for Graduate Students, then Acynical Advice for Graduate Students, and then Advice to undergraduates considering graduate school.
If you happen to be female and are considering science research as a career, you may also want to check out the WIB website
Once you have a grad student position, take a summer and read some of these.
Are There Any Jobs or Internships Out There for Me?
Are you hunting for a more serious opportunity? (as in a job). Here are a few links that you may find useful. Some of these are more geared towards marine biology and aquatic science, but that is my bias and therefore my resource.
Note that the Biology Department also maintains a job page.
This is your brain on unemployment.