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  1. toberead
    Jul 07 - 2:01 pm

    A few years ago, C&E News published an article about someone who moved from industry to government. It was just a small article, but I found it particularly interesting because it described the opportunities in government for people with MS degrees. I clipped it out, and although I didn’t act on it for a while, I kept it in the back of my mind, and about two years ago, I started applying for government jobs. I’ve been working at the FDA for about a year now, and I love it. It’s very different from my jobs in the pharmaceutical industry, but I feel like I’m using more of my skills (particularly my writing skills) than I did when I was a chemist in the lab.

  2. Leigh Krietsch Boerner
    Jul 07 - 3:36 pm

    @toberead–thanks for the comment! Is one of these the article you were talking about?

    Overlooked Opportunities in Government: http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/85/i11/html/8511employment.html

    Federal Job Search Resources: http://pubs.acs.org/isubscribe/journals/cen/85/i11/html/8511employmentbox.html

    Both of those articles are useful, but the second has some more places to look for government jobs besides USAjobs.gov.

  3. fentonh
    Jul 14 - 5:44 pm

    This article suggested that chemistry jobs could be located on the USAJobs website by searching for “chemist”. I did so, and e.g. found advertisements listed with e.g., the Navy, the Air Force and the DEA.

    HOWEVER, as was confirmed after speaking with representatives with civilian HR for the Navy and the Air Force, there are NO actual jobs on offer: they are simply collecting resumes, or as a representative of the Air Force put it “they’re on a fishing expedition”. This was also the case last year.

    I suggest that the author of the article on this blog more carefully research their information before they post it to the general public.

  4. fentonh
    Jul 23 - 11:56 am

    Dear Leigh,

    I’m glad that we agree that you are not responsible for one of your readers tripping and falling on their way to work (??).

    You are still in graduate school, and from your comments on “Chemjobber”, seem to be at a school where there are good connections to major industrial players. For those of us who are both past that stage in our careers and do not have an institutional connection to the likes of 3M, Saibic or BASF (etc), looking for a position that is commensurate with our training and intellectual expectations is a different story.
    When one is worrying about how to pay the rent each month, the time that it takes to fill out a resume and cover letter on a HR website becomes precious. Preferably, that time should be invested in applying for _real_ jobs, as opposed to resume collection exercises.

    You would be doing many job hunters a big favor by distinguishing between the two different types of job advertisements in your writings.

    By the way my resume is on file with 3M.

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