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  1. Linda Wang
    May 17 - 11:20 am

    Thank you, Glen, your experience is moving, and you gave some great advice on keeping active while in transition. For more on keeping active, see C&EN’s April 18 employment feature: http://pubs.acs.org/cen/employment/89/8916employment.html

  2. John Borchardt
    May 17 - 3:23 pm

    Survivor guilt is widely recognized in psycological circles. You sill be far from alone if you feel it after getting a job. I voluntarily left my employer two years after mass layoffs that hit all parts of the company including R&D. Some of my former coworkers were still unemployed when I changed jobs. I certainly felt guilty even though my former coworkers did not meet the requirements for my new job.

    Project management is becoming a profession itself, not just a job skill. It will be the subject of one of my upcoming ACS Career Blogs.

  3. Melody Bomgardner
    May 18 - 9:20 am

    Glen, that was a great meditation on the mixed feelings of having this time to reflect. I’ve read that layoffs are often more stressful on the employees who stay at the firm. The colleagues who have to leave the company have no choice but to move on, while the ones who stay dwell on it. But then again, if they closed the whole operation, that may not be much of a comfort. Still, it shows the value in looking forward with an open mind – as you are doing – rather than waiting for the ax to fall.

  4. Anonymous
    May 22 - 10:22 pm

    Since I was let go from my company, it has been very stressful and difficult to move forward. The relationship between your spouse, because you’re relying on their income and your siblings asking when will you get your next job is very painful mentally. It’s tough on a single income.

    I am in the process of finding the job I want to do and throwing a broad net which can use my transferable skills. To touch on the transferable skills, you can say you have this to offer, but so does the other thousands of applicants. You can only come up with a limited ways to state how your experience can help a company. Other factors include the lack of experience you have for your ‘Dream Job”. We are caught in a catch 22 situation…how can we gain the experience if no one will take you on. Networking may help in some cases, for me personally, I have hit the brick wall many times.

    For someone with my experience, I thought my skills would be very valuable to certain sectors of industry I am interested, but trying to get the foot in the door is the problem. If I was to take a a course/training, what would be the chances of getting the job…? What about the Financial burden, calling recruiters (if you can find the right ones) , searching on the job boards (perhaps a waste of time because they are unreliable). I am still trying to see the light at the end of my tunnel…

  5. Swapna Bhagwanth
    May 23 - 2:11 pm

    Great piece, Glen! Kudos to you for keeping your chin up during this process. I think, most of us chemists tend to over-work ourselves to the point where there really is no room for introspection on a regular basis. I was very inspired by this given the following that happened recently.
    I am currently a post-doc and am in the market trying to find suitable positions. Another post-doc in our lab. who started around the same time I did, was recently hired by a medium-sized pharma company. The catch: I recommended him for the position, while applying for the same job myself. Although, I haven’t heard back from the company yet, it has been such a monster of a couple of weeks. In hind-sight though (the kind of sight we all like:)), I would probably do it all over again.

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