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Here is another of the stellar webinars from ACS:
http://acswebinars.org/borchardt

How to Find Jobs in Small Companies
By admin – Last updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010
ACS Careers Job Club Webinar Series

Are small companies hiring more scientists? Is it better to be the big fish in a small pond or a small fish in the big pond? In today’s highly competitive job market, job hunters may need to explore options with both small and large companies. However, differences abounds in looking for jobs for small companies! Join our speaker, John Borchardt, to learn how to evaluate your fit and to tailor your job hunting techniques to secure that job offer with small companies.

While this may be more chemistry-job oriented, I am sure that the tips will be applicable to finding a non-lab job too!

And one thing I love about the webinars is that they are all archived so you can watch them later if you can’t make the live presentation.

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More ACS webinars!

Upcoming Events by Months – May 2010:

* May 13, 2010 – “Chemistry and Communications – a Closer Look at Scientific Careers in Publishing” with Darla Henderson, Assistant Director of Editorial Development, ACS Publications.
* May 20, 2010 – “Green Chemistry: Innovation and Application for the New Decade” with Anne Wallin, Dow Chemical
* May 27, 2010 – “Knowing Your Worth: Strategies to Negotiate for a Higher Salary or Pay for Chemical Professionals (including negotiating for fractional ownership and stock options)” with Meredith Dow, Partner at Proven Inc.

and they record them so you can listen to them anytime!

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Just read an article on the ACS Careers Blog about creating your “own story”

Lynne Waymon, co-author of MAKE YOUR CONTACTS COUNT: Networking Know-How for Business and Career Success (2nd Ed., 2007, American Management Association), describes a good networking strategy:

The key to initiating a connection is to be ready to answer these questions in a meaningful way. “A good story gives your contact a vivid picture of what you do,” said Waymon. “It doesn’t have to be long, but it should give insight to your character and your competency.”

To compose your story, think back to your childhood. Children’s stories have four basic parts:

* The beginning: Once upon a time…
* The set-up: suddenly…
* The turn-around: luckily…
* The ending: …happily ever after.

For your story, think of a key moment in your life when you saved the day, served a customer, demonstrated commitment, or solved a tricky problem. These are the kinds of stories that will demonstrate your character and competence, and that is what will make you interesting to others.

But following on my last post about “career pathing” this might work too for a career change – put your daydreaming to good use and make up the story of your life so far WITH the happily ever after part included.

The END

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