During the past week, I attended the Chicago ACS
meeting meeting at least 30 people for either resume
reviews or interviews. One common shortcoming
whether determining what kind of position a person
wished to interview for or what was the objective
of a resume was incomplete personal self assessment.
This is essential and it will clearly reveal itself in either
the resume or the screening interview.
Experienced professionals consider also using this site.
Another important site to have on your radar screen is
While things change in a person’s career there are some
persistent values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors. It is
important to know these as they form essentials for formulating
what one will advertise yourself as.
What are your skills, values (autonomy, security, challenge,
business acumen, prestige, customer interations, teams, salary),
interests (passions), roles, and realities?
Often, I find people do not know whether they are
better suited for a large, medium or small sized organization.
Do you wish to be focusing on being active in a lab, work
in a factory with specialized equipment, or an office environment
working with clients, data, or co-workers.
What occupational roles and industries should you explore?
It could be helpful to conduct informational interviews, explore
fields via reading, colloquia, career fairs, recruiters, and your
One should then consider narrowing down possibilities.
This can be done at ACS national meetings or at some
large university placement services.
This leads to a goal setting exercise that will be the core of
your job search strategy. One commonly composes a listing
of your accomplishments which can be translated into STAR
stories and resume entries. Indsustries are broken down
and evaluated incorporating business information.
Several people wished to pursue a post-doctoral position.
For them, they should be thinking 3 to 5 years out in time.
The post-doc, being a temporary position, is a step in the
path to an ultimate position. This should be rationally considered,