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Finding Jobs- Specific Industries
Filed under: Position Searching, Recruiters
Posted by: site admin @ 8:24 am

Hi Dan,

Thank you for checking in.

The resume documents coupled with T’s example were very helpful.
I’ve reworked the accomplishment statements to make the impacts more transparent.  I sent out a resume yesterday to a catalyst development company and got positive response, an indication to me that the resume is progressing in the right direction.

With respect to targeting, on the electrochemical front, I have been looking at the abstract books and conference programs of the big fuel cell conferences to get a sense of the issues and some of the major players.  I am also corresponding with a school alum who works in the industry.

Do you have ideas for other research strategies either for the electrochemistry industry or for other types of fuel/emissions catalyst companies?

Thank you once again.



One Response to “Finding Jobs- Specific Industries”

  1. site admin Says:

    Hi J,

    RE:   Resume;
    Please consider the research summary kind of document if you are applying for a pharma or biotech firm.
    Similarly, if you are applying at a more senior level or leadership level in certain places it can be useful to create an industry overview or statement of research opportunity (length of a page) to establish your credentials and ideas to a decision-maker.

    Glad you were able to benefit from T’s example.

    Why does it not surprise me that your resume received rapid response…?

    RE: Electrochemistry and Fuel cell/catalysis sources
    J, there are several methods for exploring where the jobs are.

    1. One method presumes to look for a firm ‘generally in the field’ and thus will be inferential rather than explicit. (That is: what companies are involved in this kind of work?)  It uses the Dept. of Labor SIC codes of firms involved in specific feilds. This should reveal all sizes in all areas if you can precisely define the category.  (Google: SIC codes)

    In some cases this could be a challenge.  The challenge would be made easier by asking your network which codes might the specific fields be. Once you have this code then you can search various databases for who might be involved and cross-search for grant awards or products for example..

    2.  The next general method is recognizing that several large companies will have strong r&d efforts in these areas, including automobile, petroleum, power generation and large power generation equipment companies. Places like GM, Ford, Daimler Benz, ExxonMobil, BP, ConocoPhilips, GE, United Technologies, TRW, Hughes, SRI, and Battelle might be mentioned .

    Can’t believe a nice company listing I found yesterday that would be good to look at:

    3.  The third area is catalyst manufacturers which can be found in societies or centers of catalyst research (Catalyst Society of N. E., No. Am. Catalyst Society and Green Chemistry Centers) . Related to this general area is the concept quite popular at leading firms of green chemistry. I might propose Dupont and Proctor and Gamble would be pushing the envelope in specific areas but I can’t say that I am familiar with specifics.

    4.  Finally, the back page of each J. Electrochem Soc. has a listing of corporate members of the ECS. They include the usual leading firms and a number of international names, like Degussa, DeNora, Dow, IBM., GE, Duracell, and a number of sustaining members, with both large and small staff sizes.

    J, I hope this general approach information is of help. Please recognize good networking will also give you specific contacts in a firm, tel. number, email, and permission to use their name to make contact and share your resume.


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