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Job Searching Trends
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Public Relations docs, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 1:33 pm

Mid-career professionals with accomplished
careers at well established companies, J Lubin
writes, face hurdles they need to prepare for. 

If they seek positions in a smaller firm, they
may have to show a different side of their skill
set.  For example where:
 - goals were accomplished with minimal resources,
 - willing to pitch in to solve the problem of the
day and
 - willing to accept less status and title.

Another idea for searching for positions involves
looking at last year’s ads that were not filled
because of a hiring freeze.  Pull them out again,
write your cover letter and targeted public
relations documents  and send them to the
hiring manager or network contact.  It may
be a good time to be considered if the dust
has settled at the company.

Two pieces written by S. Needleman were
noteworthy.  One was pointing out the
emerging use of “search engine job placement
using search engine marketing principles to
strategically hone in on job seekers.  While it
may not work for all fields it is beginning to be
used in several websites, so look for position
ads in this new location. 

Finally, view the “pay grade” article she
wrote on Patent Researchers  if you are open
to alternate careers using your chemistry
training.  While not specifically talking about
chemistry, chemical patents are a strong field.

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Canadian Scientists. Working in the US and Citizenship issues
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians, Legal matters
Posted by: site admin @ 7:34 am

Two items mentioned in a previous
post on Overcoming Barriers were “mobility”
and the “global reach” of chemistry-based
careers in our future.

An email from a member asked:

“…my main goal now is just to get
some industrial experience.  I do realize
the unfortunate recession that both
countries (Canada and US) seem to be
in…  Despite this, I…contacted a couple
of … former graduate students… now
work[ing] in the US…
Collectively, they told me that many
companies will not hire on a working
VISA but rather on someone with
working permission in the US.  That
is when I thought of you, because
if I search for jobs in the States, I
also need to consider several other
things, one of them being [citizenship]
…Does “working permission” imply
obtaining a Green card?  It seems that
trying to ger a job in the US results in
a conundrum.  Employers won’t hire
without someone with the right status
(green card) but always thought you
needed to have a job in the States to
apply for a Green card.  Would you be
able to make any suggestions on how
I should prepare myself legally if I
ever (and quite possibly) consider
work in the US?

Thanks again and have a great weekend.

Hi RW,
There is truly a conundrum … with

 This is what I have found out:

  1.  The TN visa is an advantage for starting out

working in the US, from Mexico and Canada. 
It has limitations.  The following links
  - detailed info on TN visas 
  - limitations of TN Visas
  2.  Obtaining a green card with TN
TN or equivalent —
H1b — Green card
  3.  An honest assessment for immigrating

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