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09/30/15
Business Resumes for Technical Professionals
Filed under: Mature professionals, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 10:12 am

Although not defined as an ACS Career Path, Lisa Balbes
has plowed new career ground in her “NonTraditional
Careers” talks and book.  It should seriously be considered
as Marinda Wu’s Vision 2025 Task Force identified these
paths as Science and Engineering Management and
Inspired Government and Industrial Roles where Chemistry
training can have strong impact and lead to fruitful careers.

How do you apply for such positions?  A colleague
recently shared useful links to an online service
and firm
, that has roots to one of the “big three” business
consulting organizations,– Oystir.

Among its web offerings is a set of two articles aimed
at creating your business focused resume, especially for
business consulting.  So this could be of interest to mid-
career and later career individuals who have developed
significant track records.

Several take aways from Writing Tips:
 - Be specific and crisp using keywords to deal with ATS
Applicant Tracking Systems
 - Target your resume and cover letter, showing you know
your value-added skills, in sections recruiters focus
(the Profile or Summary section)
 - Prioritize and select most significant items of
experience, development, affiliation, and accomplishment

Often times your background may not be an exact match
to the business position.  So, you need to state your skills
and strengths that will lead you to be successful in an
“elevator pitch”- like Summary
rather than an Objective
statement.  Then, Belani and Mark work through an
exercise to help construct the Summary.
(Slides)

 

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09/25/15
Trends in Technical Careers.
Filed under: Position Searching, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 7:10 am

Years ago, I attended a futuristic talk about the hydrogen
economy before it was “in fashion.”  This post links to
an important environmental article discussing safe handling
of hydrogen

New material science and surprising properties of
light are reported in a recent issue in the photonics
fields.

Open Science publication from the ACS comes with
Central Science.
 
SAFE HANDLING: HYDROGEN
SOURCE   L. Gallagher, American Laboratory September,
2015, P. 14, “Safe Handling of Hydrogen in the Laboratory
In addition to materials of construction, design and
specific procedures, inert gas handling facilities
are essential to purge and dilute and gas monitoring
protections and alarms must be installed and tested
regularly.  See also safe handling procedures.

Hydrogen based micro-economies will emerge just as
Tesla charging stations are proliferating.

PHOTONICS WAVES
SOURCE: Photonics Spectra, Sept. 2015
Graphene can be functionalized into a light emitter
by strategic incorporation of boron.  Nano-optics and
Spin properties of light are also highlighted in recent
issue photonics Spectra.

CENTRAL SCIENCE
SOURCES:  Interview with C. Bertozzi
                      Table of Contents
Carolyn Bertozzi is a visible leader who heads
organizations and publications and presents her
case of pursuing careers in chemistry.  Here also
is a notable effort in an open access journal.  Wish
to see more of this as it is the wave of the future
and a way that society publications can compete
with commercial publications.

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09/16/15
Trends in Technical Careers. CRISPR, The Economist ‘Briefs’, Negotiations
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Job Offer (Situations), Mature professionals, Legal matters, Observ. Trends, Alternate Career Paths
Posted by: site admin @ 8:24 am

Let me tell you about a recent exchange with a job seeker.
He asked, ‘hey what do you think of hirelifesciences?’   To
which my response was, ‘Sorry, that is not one I have worked
with.  When I visited it I noticed it lists companies and
locations, but I did not see how people are compensated,
how recent the listings are and the business relationship
to client companies (is it part of a society, for example).’

I went on to describe websites listed in the blog left column
and indicated that most jobs are not advertised.  They are
found through networking and direct contact with people.

EMERGING FIELD
I recently heard about a field that may have large impact–CRISPR.
Take a look at a short video worth our learning about.  Related
information for job seekers is a business article on firms
involved in this business
.  Did you notice how the idea connections
were made– not through a google search or a screening of lists
of positions, but through making business-technology-career
connections.

STORYTELLING
Have you seen the series of unsolved scientific mysteries in
The Economist?  Each of the six reveal factoids connected to
a lead story in fascinating stories.  Here are the first four
http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2015/08/economist-explains-10
BEGINNING OF LIFE
http://www.economist.com/news/science-brief/21660968-our-second-brief-scientific-mysteries-we-ask-whether-world-might-make-more-sense
MORE THAN ONE UNIVERSE?
http://www.economist.com/news/science-brief/21661575-third-our-briefs-scientific-mysteries-we-ask-just-what-it-makes-up-95
DARK MATTER/ COMPOSITION OF UNIVERSE
http://www.economist.com/news/science-brief/21662484-fourth-our-series-articles-scientific-mysteries-we-ask-why-mere-542m
CAUSE OF “LIFE EMERGENCE”

Their challenge is to paint an interesting landscape to a
broad readership.  One, these should be interesting topics to us.
Two, there is something to learn in how the stories are told and
illustrated.  Third, if there is some way to connect our work to
these articles it provides a nice context to our work.

NEGOTIATIONS
Negotiation Process was the topic of last week’s seminar.
Interesting possible items that might be considered were:
school loan repayment (Federal positions offer this) and “fair and
reasonable compensation” when a new position has higher deductible
insurances or rates.  See Barb Safani.  It is critical to consider the
“overall” compensation package and implications of bonuses and
incentives on taxes.

If you are asked to sign documents, you could inquire if they
will compensate you for having your lawyer review it for you.

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09/11/15
Negotiations. 5. Tools, Preparation
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Job Offer (Situations), Mentoring, First Year on Job
Posted by: site admin @ 8:07 am

Many seminars on negotiations will either emphasize the Harvard
Process
or provide examples not directly focused on the
audience’s near term perceived needs.

Talking about negotiating a roof repair after a chimney pointing
process does not strike students who are graduating and looking
for a job.  They don’t pick up the relevance.

Yesterday’s seminar audience felt that negotiations begin
when they are presented an offer of interest.  Surprising.
Work and research must be done well in advance of the
position offer to define priorities, leverage points,
cultural influences and even words to indicate “no”.

The seminar also provided tools and how-to-express
things in three practical-to-their-needs stories.

TOOLS
1.  AfterActionReview and T-Chart
2.  Checklist

3.  Negotiations can happen at different times than a job offer.
Most people realize they will have 5-20 jobs in their career
and some they will need to change when their job is eliminated.
Being able to express and use use Appreciation to influence
the tenor of negotiations  can make a difference.

HOW TO EXPRESS “NO”
-  “I am flattered that you thought of me, but I am afraid I
do not have the bandwidth…”
-  “I would very much like to, but I am over-committed…”
-  “no, but”.. another time or situation.
-  “let me check my calendar and get back to you…”
-  focus on the trade-off:  what are we sacrificing if we…
-  to seniors or leaders:  “I would be glad to, but which of the
other projects should I lower in priority…”
-  “you are welcome to….;  I am willing to….”
-  “I am not able to do it, but so and so can…”

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09/06/15
Watch-Outs. 87. Asking for referrals,Detective mindset, Salaries, Patent Reform
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:52 pm

Recently several requests for connections to people have come.
It is interesting that some seek referrals far afield from STEM
in areas, like Medical Science Liaison and Patents and law. 
The relationship the requester has and the shared feeling
of reciprocity, of willingness to give back generously, must be
communicated both in the request and in the following reply.
Comments on one’s wording are shared.

A strong post from B. Sucher is linked offering that we
be a “detective” when seeking career opportunities.  This goes
for people fully in the job market as well as for professionals
in their current position who sense some uncertainty in
future directions.

One common thread in our capitalist society is wondering
how much salary compensation different positions offer. 
A web resource guide is linked to assist you.

Since federal legislators have missed opportunities to deal with
inequities and huge increases in patent infringement claims,
many states are creating measures to limit “patent trolling”
and other legal bottlenecks.  It is worth keeping a finger on
the pulse of these to be able to understand some questions to
ask should you be involved in a related case.

BONUS LINK:  Giving good presentations

REFERRALS
SOURCE:  R. Roberge, The best way to ask for referrals;
A. Doyle, How do you ask for a referral ;
Getsidekick, How to ask for a referral
For people I know and have a recent or long term connection,
it is usually a pleasure to share names who could be excellent
resources or have valuable information or connections.  The
problem comes with requests with scant connections.  They,
honestly, have to do more to have me work for them.  Their
letter of request, if in an email, might only be an email reply
with links, if they don’t take the time to build a relationship and
enhance the connection.

Then, after the reply, a prompt ‘thank you’ is in order.  If it is
not done or done in an appreciatively timely manner,
the next request will either be slowly responded or
less detailed and thought-inspired.

DETECTIVE BEHAVIORS
SOURCE:  B. Sucher, Do you cry wolf?
Billie offers that in our environment we need to ascribe to
the habits of the best detectives to be successful and offers
over 30 behaviors.  The ones that jump out for me are:
communication and listening,  observational skills and
putting pieces together.

PATENT REFORM
SOURCE S. Malanga, WSJ 9-4-15 “States move to do-it-
yourself patent reform

There are wiser people battling over this issue and like in
wars the victors will write the final story.  It is worth
looking into this if you live in VT, MN, NC and
skimming Law360 blog.

SALARY RESOURCE
Be aware that it appears several sources are cutting back and
using the same output/survey result.

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