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05/29/07
Job Search Strategies: Strategic redundancies
Filed under: Position Searching
Posted by: site admin @ 10:18 am

Almost thought about skipping “strategic” in the title.
But it is essential in the context of career planning
and career management.

The following is a consulting interaction with V.
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V,

How are things progressing for you?

Have you considered a “back-up plan” for your career?  
If it involved a post-doc, think seriously of looking
out five years to where you wish to be in your career.  
The post-doc is a path to help you get there.

This is similar for temporary employement.  In
some cases, if you are restricted to limited
locations, ‘temping’ is appropriate to get your
foot in the door.

Let me know how I might be able to help.

Regards,
Dan

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Hi Dan,

 It is very nice to see your email.
Thanks for inquiring about my job situation.
I am now seriously working on getting a
postdoctoral position. There is a very well
know Professor in the Analytical Chemistry …
And he is known for his work in Mass
Spectrometry. I came to know that he has
an opening for a Physical Chemist.

So I have sent my Curriculum Vitae to him.
I want to work in instrument development and
this is what ……….. is good at. I am also
planning to go to Purdue and meet him
personally.

…There are two other Professors whom I
will be sending my CV soon for a postdoc. 

 I hope things are fine at your end and that
you are in the best of your health. 

Sincerely,
 V

One Response to “Job Search Strategies: Strategic redundancies”

  1. site admin Says:

    Hi V,

    Thank you for your reply.
    …. is a well-known scientist.
    Could I ask:  what would your ‘ideal
    position’ look like?   Not for post-doc,
    but for after your post-doc.

    This is not an idle question, but one
    that you should explore with people
    in the field. … The post-doc is an
    interim role that prepares you for
    your next position.

    It should help
      - fill gaps in your skills or
      - background or
      - provide connections for you.

    Several questions one might ask:

    1. Speak to people who are in post-docs
    or who have post-docced with THE
    PEOPLE WITH WHOM YOU ARE
    SEEKING. Do they publish a lot?

    2. Does (s)he help people find positions
    as they finish?

    3. Are there many of his(er) students in
    the work place?

    Is the area of work that your post-doc
    might involve open up new areas for you?

    Think of how you can … develop
    more as a professional in the post-doc
    role.
    - Will you be active in some associations?
    - Will you be ready to advise students
    productively?
    - Will you be ready to look for your next
    positions in about a year? It requires much
    more networking. You can do that from day
    1 in the post-doc role..

    Please keep me posted on your progress.

    Regards,
    Dan

    PS Have you checked Chemjobs for
    advertized positions there. There are a
    couple that seem to be close to what
    you are seeking….

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