At a well planned session at the Bidwell Training
Center in Pittsburgh (Feb. 1, 2008), we explored
several areas of employment awareness and job
searching for chemical technicians.
It was most revealing.
Particularly striking was learning that most do not
have an exposure that gives people whether recent
graduate or mid-career to all the potential roles
and duties available to chemical technicians.
A second revealing experience for them was
looking at another person’s resume that needed
improvements and seeing for themselves what
it is like for resume reviewers to decide if the
resume deserves further attention. It was revealing
to the audience to learn the three levels of review–
- 7 second screen,
- in-depth skills review and
- is there anything else noteworthy,
and how specific things they do in their resumes
allow them to address the position sought.
The focus should be on accomplishments,
Finally what stood out was how rapidly they picked
up “professional behaviors” in expressing their
ideas and artfully offering criticisms of people
involved in mock interviews.
Folded into the technicians’ session was a special
presentation on locating jobs in the Pittsburgh