Next week (2-6-09) the Bidwell Training
Center in Pittsburgh is hosting a workshop:
Job Search Strategies for Chemical
It will be exciting to be with the enthusiastic
students and staff.and a team offering
the workshop. Since the workshop intends
to practice skills some material will be
better to provide as reference will be
included in this blog entry.
Interview Attire: 1 2 3
ACS ChemTech Division
Q&A: AS = College grad?
Pay Listings of Chemical Jobs
Job Search Ideas
Elizabeth Garone authored a timely article
about what to do if your firm is showing
signs of tough times.
Each of her points are strong.
a. Trust your gut and don’t delay. It’s
never too early to start sending out
b. Prepare, have reviewed your public
relations documents. It is preferred to
look for a while you have a job.
Interestingly, Ms. Garone suggest not using
an objective. To this, I propose using
a qualification statement.
c. Hire a professional to review the
Consider broadening a review. (1)
Learn about the company’s lay-off
history concerning outplacement services.
Do they provide outplacement services.
(2) Seek the services of professional
societies. ACS offers career
consultants with an incredible
range and depth of backgrounds
who can offer insight and strategies.
(3) Finally, it is a often worth to contact
recruiters who have a finger on the
pulse in your field. Have a conversation
specifying that you wish this to remain
d. Network, research.
e. Actions to do if you don’t leave.
A member recently asked about helping
him with finding and preparing public
relations documents for academic positions.
He seeks a position in physical or
In our initial interactions he sent me his
first draft CV and cover letter. He promised
to send me the current draft of a teaching
He also sent me an ad for a fine college
that has a religious affiliation. So, please
view the following emails…
DAN TO J =========================
Thanks a lot for the help! Thanks for the
corrections and directions. I really appreciate
your help! I checked the webpage of the school
and I will revise my cover letter…
Some of the schools on my application list
are this kind of school. I have no idea about
This entry gives three suggestions.
1. Social Security estimates may be
high for some people based on the
way estimates are made. Awareness
of this and what one can do to get
more accurate information is provided.
2. Flexible spending accounts should
be used up. Things to check and do.
3. Losing a job can take its toll on
families. Often not talked about, this
is a real problem that needs some
mention. Thoughtful ideas offered.
1. SS Estimates can be high
Source: WSJ 1-24,2009; K. Greene
An online tool developed in 2008 is
available that provides better estimates.
Improved application tools are also
Know your next steps.
2. Rules about FSA and left-over money
Source: WSJ 1-21-2009; V. Knight
A significant fraction of people have money
unspent remaining in their FSA, whether
they work there or not. Check with your
employer if they conform to the IRS rule
that allows using money through 3-15-09.
Examples of what it can be used on are
provided in the excellent article.
3. Out of work stress
Source: WSJ 1-21-2009 second question;
Stress when one partner is out of work
leads to loss of harmony. This Q&A
article brings out the problem and offers
some coaching that could help some members.
In the Patent and trade secrets workshops, offered
at national meetings and PfLAGS programs it is
common to mention that there are specific courses
offered to prepare for the patent bar. A flyer came
across my desk which seems to offer training for
different learning styles and in seven live locations.
For those interested in pursuing this non-traditional
career path, a link to the Practicing Law Institute
Two reasons. This blogger has been away for a while
and recently returned. Please accept my thanks, readers,
for coming back to the site for information and offering
Second reason: Inadvertently, several posts were
deleted in the process of reviewing comments. Hopefully,
we can recover the major concepts for the readership.
A week ago this post contained three major reminders.
Whenever we travel, whether to an interview, to a
meeting, on our jobs, or on holiday all sorts of things
happen. Some of the things that happen can be
anticipated and we know exactly what to do. Then,
on the other hand…
1. Have critical back-up plans ready and have the
necessary resources on hand (or in hand). We traveled
to South America for a wonderful vacation. We had
arranged for a driver to have a sign with our name in
hand, ready to take us to our hotel, where informal
plans were set for our first day.
After passing through customs with more than the usual
number of bags, we found no driver. We did have
enough foreign cash to request a ‘radio taxi’ and did
know how to obtain the taxi (there are many reported
problems of rip-offs) and our address where we were
We reported the mis-communication to our agent
and were satisfactorily compensated. This is an
important detail, let no important things go unreported.
2. Insist that the place where you stay have all
the essentials for travelers.
Our third destination was a wonderful location in
Andes with mountains and wonderful Calafate
berry bushes along the road. When we arrived at
the inn, we found it had no soap, shampoo, or
hair dryer. Light bulbs were missing. Worst of
all no internet. We immediately warned the
management of the missing items. Despite protests,
we reported these and immediately developed a
back-up plan for our stay in the location.
There are basic needs which you will observe in
all hotels and should expect.
3. Wherever you go in a location, have good stories
to tell cab drivers, other visitors, local residents,
shopkeepers, and other people you meet.
So often we find ’sour people’ who exclaim
seemingly endlessly the problems and
discomforts they experienced.
We treat them like the “plague.”
We rather find great stories to tell, of the wonderful
weaver shopkeeper in Iguazu, of the delightful
vanilla ice cream, of the great experience taking
private lessons in a teacher’s home. It is more
We relate these as things for simple consideration.
While I am pleased to be blogging again, it was
a superb and memorable new years for us and
we extend our warm greetings to all readers.
Everyone who is in transition finds these times
trying, even frustrating. Despite this it is
important to temper requests, follow-ups
and submissions with calmness and
A recent email reveals a recent grad’s persistence
and effort at developing networking skills during
the holiday season.
…[One recruiter]… took me on as a candidate
and has called my references. I’ve set a goal
of checking in with my recruiter once a week.
I applied on-line to a couple of positions
through [a second firm] and am going to
call them tomorrow to try to set up a general
I applied to …positions at [four places]
…I found out how “cool” networking is when
it works. At Thanksgiving, in holiday
greetings, using LinkedIn, and through
Despite all these efforts results can often be
meager at best. So while keeping your eye
on your target, also consider having a
financial plan which points out trigger points
when you should switch to back up plans.