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03/02/09
Job Market in the face of current economic climate
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Job Offer (Situations), Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 7:48 pm

Last Friday the Northeastern section YCC held a timely
panel discussion incorporating an impressively
informed group with backgrounds in academic,
government
and industry.  Senior level, mid-career
and recent graduate
professionals were represented.

Panel:  “Overcoming Barriers in Careers in Chemistry
and
Chemistry Related Fields” (Podcast will be
available shortly.)


One of the first questions from the audience couldn’t
have been more timely:  What does the job market
look like based upon the current economic crisis?”

The panelists did not beat around the bush.  A couple
of
panelists mentioned that the job market has been
tight in
previous decades.  No two ways about it, we
have a tight,
if not frozen, job market from the print
ad point of view.


It is the “hidden job” market that is relatively
unknown and which you may be able to effect.  While
there may be no
official hiring, if there is a special
match to a need, you
can find a position and offer. 
It requires due diligence
in exploring what are the
needs and how your skills and
accomplishments
can be used to meet the needs.


 Two concepts were tendered: 
 - seek out internships and
 - seek out mentorS, “S” capitalized
meaning more than one. 

An internship allows you to become a
known,
contributing quantity.  It also
gives you insight into the
culture of
the organization. 
Internships demonstrate
how you you can come up
to speed quickly
and contribute.


Mentors help you develop the right skills
and help guide
you both by being a sounding
board for your ideas, but
also giving you
different perspectives.  The panel shared

that being known quantity involves knowing
critical
details.  They can be people
 - who have recently been
successful,
 - who are senior people who know and

understand the decision-making process and
 - who are
outside your institution, field, or
department.


The panelists did say academic hiring is
happening
in at least one institution. 
(Podcast for details.)

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