The NESACS Blog
From the Northeastern Section of the ACS, focusing on career management and development
Categories:

Archives:
Meta:
November 2021
S M T W T F S
« Sep    
 123456
78910111213
14151617181920
21222324252627
282930  
03/15/08
What mentors can do for you
Filed under: Mentoring, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 9:09 am

As we engage in the employment scene as technical
professionals, view your career from a long-term
and a short-term perspective.

Last year, we reported several experiences and
discussions with PW who had successfully landed
a “temporary-to-permanent position” with a creditable
firm in the Boston area.  It was a good fit for himself
and his family.

We ended our consultation on a good note.  I
invited him to keep me posted.

Well, he did.  This is a lesson for others. 

FROM PW:
“Hello Dan,

Sorry for the communication blackout on my
end but I have been
very busy having my

schedule shoved around by the group I am
working for
here at W.  I have to say I really

was suprised how much I enjoyed
working in a

manufacturing lab and doing industrial scale
cell culture.  It
may be that we have a great

group working together on a new project,
or it
may be that I just really needed to learn

something new, but I have had a
wonderful time

these past two months.  It really surprised me
how much I
wanted to work for W.


But the project has been taken away from
our …

group….and I will be
let go soon, so I am
back into
looking for a new situation but this
time I
have
more options to look at.
….I have developed some
new skills that
should
make it that much easier to find a
new job.


I
am attaching an updated copy of my
resume
for you to look over.  Once I am

officially let go
I would like to give you a
call and talk about what I
learned and how
I may apply it most effectively

(if that is okay with
you).


PW”

One Response to “What mentors can do for you”

  1. site admin Says:
    TO PW FROM Dan:

    “Hi PW,

    We are in trying times that test the best of us.

    Please do your best to get great letters
    of recommendation from your current
    supervisors. You can ask them to write a letter,
    if they will write you a very good one.

    They should give you their contact information
    and if time permits write an anonymous letter
    (”to whom it may concern”, if the job search
    is long and you cannot contact them).

    Ask them if they have contacts that you can
    reach out to.

    Pursue an outplacement firm if they provide this.

    (At this point, PW and I are not ACS
    consultee/consultant so I can provide a personal
    contact.)

    My recommendation is to not wait until the ax is
    wielded to begin inquiries, as it is easier to find a
    position when you have a position.

    Follow up on promising leads that did not come
    through from your earlier search.”

    I remarked on a couple of items in his resume,
    as well.

Leave a Reply