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05/03/09
Chemistry Career Fair. Internet Use and Conversations
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 9:08 am

The NSYCC sponsored Career Fair brought up
two topics that were covered and talked about
in some detail.  In the very challenging job market
that looks to last for the foreseeable future,
discriminating Internet use and the art of
conversations will play more pivotal roles as
more positions will be “hidden.”

Suggestions for wiser Internet use:
 - practice all phases with career consultants
      - determining what you wish to do and where
      - constructing and improving your PR docs
      - practicing your interviewing skills with
interviewstream (available through ACS
membership)
 - Information on businesses, industries and
trends:  benefits, contracts, products,
services
 - Social networking - LinkedIn.com;
‘google” yourself
 - Technical competencies - assess what
companies seek and match your skill set.
 - Apply online- create focused resumes
based on available job descriptions using
appropriate files that you make
 - Examine competitor companies web-
sites for information on positions
 - Up-to-date communication with your
network

Conversations are the heart of networking.
We practiced and offered tips and tricks
concerning how to open and things to do
to break the ice with the idea of getting
to know people.  Special attention was
paid to:
 - listening intently (develop habits to
remember names and common ground)
 - find ways to “elevate” your conversation
partner
 - enter into a conversation with the idea
of capturing “how nice it was…”
 - develop a win-win outlook for each
encounter
 - set, meet and exceed expectations

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