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Careers

Tips For The Job Hunt

by Linda Wang
November 9, 2015 | APPEARED IN VOLUME 93, ISSUE 44

“What’s the best piece of advice someone has ever given you about job hunting?” That’s what C&EN asked career fair attendees this past August during the American Chemical Society national meeting in Boston. We collected their answers as they were posing for a C&EN headshot—a professional photo to be used on LinkedIn and other career networking sites. Here are their headshots paired with what some of them had to say.

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“Keep networking, and maintain those relationships throughout the process.”

Melissa Cichowicz, chair, department of chemistry, West Chester University of Pennsylvania


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“Consider every presentation you give to be a job interview. You never know who is listening.”

Sonja Francis, postdoc, Caltech


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“Be creative with the job hunt, and be yourself when you network.”

Sathish Munusamy, biologist, RNA Institute, University at Albany, SUNY


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“Ask many questions! They’re interviewing you, but you are also interviewing them to see if the company is a right fit for you.”

Lisa Han, master’s candidate, Tufts University


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“Never stop looking, even when you have a job.”

Lukas Swanson, HPLC product specialist, Shimadzu Scientific Instruments


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"Connect with recruiters on LinkedIn.”

Rebecca Weiner, Ph.D. candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington


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“Stay true to your values, and look for a company that matches them.”

Marianna Trujillo, master’s candidate, University of Calgary


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“Always speak to everyone you meet with a positive attitude.”

Elissa Grzincic, graduate research assistant, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign


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“Never turn away an opportunity because you aren’t sure you qualify.”

Daniel Robbins, senior scientist, AstraZeneca


 
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