From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development

October 2014
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Resumes. First step suggestions
Filed under: Public Relations docs, Post-docs, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 2:55 pm

So often career consultants get requests to review resumes
by nearly-ready-for-thesis-and-defense PhD or MS student or
a post doc.  When career consultants ask, for good reason,
what position are they applying for, they say

“As far as industries go, I am actually pretty interested in
defense, aerospace, and the like [or medicinal chemistry
or pharmaceutical chemistry and toxicology or chemical
biology or engineering modeling of complex processes] . 
I also wouldn’t mind teaching at a
small college somewhere
with tenure.”

The resume they send me will not land them an interview.
The reason is: the document is an incomplete mixture of a
CV and a resume that does not answer the questions each
kind attempts to offer to the reviewer.

The resume writer, not knowing what career path to aim for first,
might best begin by completing a “master resumeor complete
CV with all personal date.  Jessica Holbrook Hernandez nicely
described the Master Resume as a resource document containing
every skill, valid dates, all positions and accomplishments,
no matter whether in school, as a volunteer or for employment.

All of the information does not necessarily end up in a
targeted resume
which would be sent to land an interview for an
industrial position nor in a CV for academic positions.

In all cases, though, we need to include Keywords used in
the field or industry.  If a person applies to different organizations
for example, one might use NMR for another you might use MRI.

I am always surprised that people use some standard Office
format, when they should realize not everyone uploads
preserving the formatting.  (Read the instructions link for
uploading) Or, that your name should be on
each page with its page number, except page 1.

Another surprise is presuming that the resume reviewer
will be able to figure out the formatting or will understand the
unique meanings of things
like:  ‘pristene graphene,’ phi
lambda upsilon, and ccd (not charge coupled device).

In 2014 the resume document alone is insufficient.  So
much transpires on the Internet, you need to also have
a strong, attractive and complete profile on the web.  One
of the most common is a Linkedin Profile.  A solid
commentary on areas to emphasize is given by Interns over
40 blog
.  It is not a bad idea to list this information in the
resume heading.

The Business of Scientifically Based Products and Innovations. DuPont 2014
Filed under: Position Searching, First Year on Job, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:07 am

We see a real world case in front of our eyes, if you
want to learn about realities of commercial based
.  DuPont’s CEO Kullman is making her case
to the investment and ownership communities
(These are different, as you will learn.) that DuPont
should remain a R&D giant that harnesses skills,
ideas, trial & learning, from thousands of experienced
technical people.

She contends that useful developments need to be
incubated and encouraged and cannot be PERT
charted so easily.  Her direct adversaries, Trian
Fund Management LLC, in the investment
community say split this chemical enterprise up
into smaller, focused businesses that can be
“managed” to obtain shorter term profits.  The
business investment community cite eBay and
HP which are in different technology sectors
with different development timelines and strategies.

Reading deeper into the scientific management
of DuPont, you can see their documented mission
and objectives.  Learning from the results of other
splits, we find that some investors benefit in the
short run.

I urge you to watch what happens over the next
half year about a possible split and 2-3 years the
patenting and profitability outcomes, if it does
or does not split.  This is a good “case study” for
the chemical enterprise community.

Watch-Outs. 72. Spear Phishing attack. Beware.
Filed under: Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 4:52 pm

It came from a trusted friend’s email and I got caught
and my email senders and receivers [address book]
will also be hounded.

It did not occur to me that signing into a document sent
this way would set me up in the scam.  “Spear phishing” is a
targeted version of phishing .  Learn from my mistake.
No matter how realistic, question the message that asks you
to sign into a link from an email attachment.

Think before you click

Pay close attention to sign-in screens.

Cyber criminals can use links in emails, tweets, posts and
online advertisements to direct you to fake sign-in screens,
where they can steal your password. Only sign in to
your account when you are certain you visited the
real site directly.

You should always be wary of any message that asks for
your own personal information or messages that refer
you to a we page asking for personal information.

What should I do when I see a phishing scam?
Never reply to a suspicious email, tweet, or post
with your personal or financial information.  Also,
do not fill out forms or sign in screens that link from
these messages.

Most email providers, including gmail, allow you
to report suspicious emails and phishing scams.  To
report in gmail, CLICK the drop-down arrow next to
“reply” and SELECT “report phishing.”

SELECT Report Phishing message option and finish the

1. Change your password immediately.

2.  Change your passwords PW for other sites;  people tend
to use the same PW for more than one site.  Change the
PW for any site where the PW is the same as the one you
used to log in to the phony gmail site.

3. If you gave them ANY OTHER information, you need to
take some action:
* credit cards: destroy, alert credit agencies
* bank:  alert bank, move funds into a new account or an
account that the con artist is unaware of
* personal details: ignore all future email from the scam

LAST AND IMPORTANT:  Wou WILL be put on a list of
‘easy marks’ that is sold to other scammers.  Be very vigilant.
Do not accept as true any notes from people who are not
you friends.  If someone writes you saying they are stuck
in some foreign location and need money to return home,
and has some lame excuse why he or you cannot call.
It is not true.  REMEMBER:  They have your address book
and know who is on the list.


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Watch-Outs. 71. Day of Photonics and Ebola virus
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 10:26 am

It is hard to believe we are not being alerted to these
things in the US, especially in ACS!  TODAY is
the inaugural “day of photonics” highlighting the
progress being made in this enabling technology.
Photonics publications highlight it.  Links below.

Second, where does one get some insight into the
ebola virus?  Not the ACS… or other biochemical
media outlets.  You know where I discovered a close
up cartoon-structure?  Amazingly, in the Economist without
certified references and ’scientific’ discussion.

BONUS:  What every job searcher needs to know.
SOURCE:  B. Sucher, Career Hub Blog

“What you do not know will not only hurt you.
It can sabotage you, derail you, and keep you from
moving on [towards your goals] with confidence,
knowledge and efficiency.”

SOURCE  Day of Photonics web-page
                  Intl year of light web-page

It is true there is a new journal Photonics, led by
editor H. Atwater who presents the journal’s current
It would be a nice collaboration to see the worldwide
demonstration of the incredible progress enabled by
photonics.  It is a critical area to educate STEM fields
in its basics which this worldwide event intends.
Worth a look.

SOURCE:  Economist, 10-18-14, p. 61

The article points out a mechanism of infection
and possible active proteins.  While CEN has
touted possible therapies it is nice to see some
descriptive images obtained with current tools
in the biochemical toolkit to describe what humans
are up against.  All politics and biases aside.

After the Interview. AAR AfterActionReview
Filed under: Interviewing, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 5:09 pm

A useful tool to use after you take an interview, after
you give a seminar or presentation or after a planned
event is an After Action Review  AAR.

AAR is a retrospective analysis of a goal oriented
action that performs an evaluation and offers improvements.
In this process “lessons learned” can be an output.  AARs
are common in military actions, emergency preparation
and actions, knowledge management, exit interviews,
and fire and police actions.
Colin Powell brought to light AARs in a Face the nation interview
several years ago.

CASE 1.  On site interview
Shou and I reviewed his recent on-site interview where he
did not feel he performed particularly well  So we captured what
he felt he did well and where he did not see how his preparation
was enough to satisfy the interviewers.  [AAR step]

He met the night before two professionals for dinner and then
first thing in the morning with the HR manager.  His technical
presentation that followed went well and his audience provided positive
He had a short conversation with a friend in the company that
confirmed this impression.  After lunch, that is where he had problems.

The interview then become a unique process of one interviewer
listening to him in a conference room where he was asked one question
for one hour.  He was asked how he goes about and has demonstrated
innovation.  [AAR step 2 identify and break down areas to improve]

It took him 5-10 minutes to offered prepared responses.  Then, he
had nothing prepared to offer.  [This apparently was the purpose
of this interview strategy:  The question asked to demonstrate
communications skills, creativity, curiosity depth of thought in
his graduate education

We discussed how he could 1) break down the initial question,
2) how he should perform an audience analysis, and 3) know
some common ground to frame the response and 4) create a dialog,
rather than a monolog.  5) Use room facilities [white board,
pens, paper, draw diagrams, flow charts, PERT charts, etc.].

The next interview was the same format asking the question:
How do you make decisions.  He faced a similar dilemma.

CASE 2.  Bullying incident in a seminar
In a mock interviewing seminar, an audience member volunteered
to be interviewed face to face with a colleague.  The planned
session was completed quite competently and the audience was
asked for positive comments and areas for improvement.  Of
the half dozen comments one person articulated a pernicious
attack on the person.
  While the interviewee saw, smiled and
said thank you, the interviewer turned the comment around
and devised an appropriate strong assertion pointing out how
the interviewee had nicely overcome problems and learned
from them. 

Everyone in the session observed the disservice and it was clear
this became a “teachable moment” how to deal with adverse

The interviewee and I privately discussed how I was very
impressed with maintenance of composure under the
circumstance.  I indicated that the interviewer and the
whole seminar room noticed it and appreciated the very
professional way in which it was dealt.

All three co-presenters shared their concern about the
bullying that we observed.  After consultation we thought
we were all surprised, dismayed and thought if we had
direct interactions with the bully we should privately confront
her and communicate this has no place in our scientific

An AAR is a critical tool in our toolkit to continually improve.

Watch-Outs. 70. IRA Scrutiny, Negotiating salary, life’s priorities
Filed under: First Year on Job, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 6:24 pm

Our long term health and financial security often follow
family as important and indeed “priorities” in our lives.
It is reason enough to keep an open eye and mind to
tips, strategies and changes to investments, IRAs
and 401K accounts that are linked to.  [Not being
an expert, more to share items of potential value to

Negotiating for various items is a second topic.
As it is a subject we do not identify as important,
but it really is something we do not only when we
are hired but throughout our life.  The context in
this post is for women professionals salaries.

Looking for answers to what is important in
our lives is the third link.  While it is done in the
context of business and economists, I dare say it
is a common area of interest for chemists and
technical professionals of all levels and disciplines.
It is sorely missed in our world view.

SOURCE:  L. Suanders, WSJ 10-11-14, p. B8
“Scrutinizing Supersize IRAs

While the comments offer considerable backlash
from those who legally took advantage of things
the lawmakers could not envision, the article
offers some advice.  It offers
1.  “if you have an IRA that holds nontraded assets,
make sure to cross every “T” and dot every “I” for
the IRS.
2.  Don’t count on your IRA surviving many decades.
3.  Consider maximizing contributions to tax
sheltered plans now.”

SOURCE:  John Bussey, WSJ 10-11-14 P. B4
Gender wage gap may reflect ask gap

The comments to this article go outside the bounds
of a plain hypothesis.  The idea is to ask for what you
identify as a priority.  If you do not ask it is rarer
that you will get it.  To ask “put your best case
forward and ask…”

While social scientist have a list of explanations
for differences between men and women– job
choice, career interruption, experience, being
in a union, hours of work, child care, [from article],
asking for a raise is a difference– men ask more often
by putting their best case forward.

SOURCE:  Schumpeter, the Economist, 10-4-14, P76
Philosopher kings

When we retire is when we often wait to figure
out what is important.  It is too late.  You have
heard stories about suicides in offices of people
who let everything go except their business or career.
This article cites several examples of people who
think about and establish their priorities as part
of the daily adult lives.  The article is worth pondering.
If interested in this, the book by Greg McKeown,
Essentialism gives you more depth.

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Trends in Technical Careers. Optogenetics, Ultrashort Laser Processing, and Better Negotiations
Filed under: Interviewing, Leadership, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 1:17 pm

In reading through items in my “in-box” I hit
upon some research on combining light to
induce dopamine release as a way to suppress
the taste for alcohol.  It is an interesting use
of combining technologies– genetics,
chemistry, pharmacolology and lasers.

Ultra short pulsed lasers are moving to
microtechnology manufacturing and automotive
engines.  This results from several advances
that allow processing without heating and
other damages.

Finally, I was “invited” to view a webinar
by Steven Cohen about negotiation.  My
goodness, he offered very meaning hints,
tips and trends that we use negotiation
in our every day life and it is a professional
skill that benefits from understanding the
basics. of human communications with
different cultural audiences.  His recent book
link is shared.

SOURCE:  Optogenetic Stimulation…
Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience 2013
Intrigued by a cartoon summary of research,
this article displays relevant research in the
interdisciplinary areas pertaining to substance

Andrew May
SOURCE:  Take the Heat out of..
Photonics showcase brief on new developments
in laser technology is being tested to drill
injector nozzles in engines and to scribe  ITO
coatings of smartphone screens.

SOURCE:  Negotiating Skills Company
Most important negotiation presence is
face-to-face, since it allows communication
of nonverbal signals with less confusion.  Skyping,
telephone follow.  Mail, Email, and texting
follow after, as visual elements are so important and
there can be inadvertent mishaps that slip through.

Language in the global arena, going after major
issues but keeping in focus BATNA (best alternative
to a negotiated agreement) and ZOPA (zone of
possible agreement) are compelling concepts

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Watch-Outs. 69. Talithia Williams, Julian Treasure, Clinical Genomics Commentary
Filed under: Interviewing, Leadership, Legal matters, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:52 am

It is tempting to post a comment on the first Watch-out–
Talithia Williams TED talk.  It is about biometric
measurements on ourselves which can aid our personal
medical health.  Instead, because it is such a compelling
topic useful for all of us, I highlight it.   Recording
simple data on ourselves can be a virtue and is worth
sharing widely.

Julian Treasure’s TED talk is transformational in
offering a voice mechanics tutorial to make our
listeners want to listen to us.  In addition, he points
out things we should intentionally do– HAIL
(be Honest, Authentic, display Integrity and Love)
; and we  should avoid…read further.

While I have been reading his American Laboratory
columns for some time, the Clinical Genome
Conference review Link is another powerful piece
that teaches about the current state and short
term future of clinical genomics in the American

Bonus link to the Kazarian memo (for those
interested) in EB-1 working papers is provided.

SOURCE:  TED Talithia Williams

Dr. Williams powerfully portrays applying statistics
to ordinary temperature and blood pressure measurements
can quantum leap our health.  A dynamic presentation.

AH, BA-BA-, BR-BR-, LA-LA-, Roll-R, WE-AW
SOURCE:  TED Julian Treasure

Four terrific speaking topics are covered in a thrilling
TED talk worth viewing and learning new practices.
Voice mechanics exercises (in headline), HAIL
(introduction), voice properties and speaking
make this quite memorable.

He recommends not– gossiping, judging, being
negative, complaining, finding excuses,
exaggerating or being dogmatic.  the “ills.”

He calls out the voice properties that we can
pick up in great speakers– register, timbre,
prosody, volume, pace, and pitch.

SOURCE:  R. Stevenson, American Laboratory
September, 2014. P, 30

Bob Stevenson points out that modern medicine
is 5 P’s- predictive, preventive, personal, participatory
and philanthropic.  Yet insurance reimbursement rules
are restrictive.  If there is no treatment, why test?
This is clear in the Advanced Diagnostic Tests for
laboratory assays that are not covered (but may have
claw-back reviews).
The review delineates Exome Sequencing, Whole
Genome Sequencing, Whole Exome Sequencing,
Incidental Findings.  It also touches on database
management and keeping personal data private.

When I go for my annual physical and ask for
tests, this piece will help me speak to my physician.

SOURCE:  BIO-Careers Blog

Terrific article on EB-1 Green Card
requirements and terms.

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