College Football is in high gear, along with my job search. I am wrapping 2013 in this fashion because I promised myself and certain others I would take a year off and then continue my career. While I can shout "Boomer" within a 100 mile radius and receive a quick reply of "Sooner!" --my resume is not receiving the same passionate response. Ironically, no response means the opposite of sooner, which is later, much much later.
However, I have come across very very few chemistry jobs in a 50 mile radius, and some have been un-impressive and down-right confusing. I am on the brink of an identity crisis because my skills land on a spectrum of job titles that make no sense to me.
According to Bureau of Labor Statistics & Office of Occupational Statistics and Employment Projections, my education/experience classify me as a Chemist in their Occupational Outlook Handbook. Funny, I thought I earned that title too until recent employment opportunities told me otherwise. When I felt downgraded by someone less qualified than me and insulted at their employment recruiting skills (yes I can say that, given my experience in contract labor staffing)-- I wanted to address key problems for local hiring companies and job applicants. I will also break down a job recruitment post because I can't take this anymore.
Be specific. Technician is a common term used in the medical field requiring special certifications unrelated to chemical research. Make this clarification in title. Technicians can describe entry level or general labor depending on your company structuring of hiring and promotion. It is best to have this information outlined on your company website or in the actual job ad. Chemical technician, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, would be someone with chemistry knowledge from education, but no direct hands on experience.
I have learned to accept this title as if the chemistry related drudgery and toil implies I actively will perform work that requires my unique intellectual nature. I get it. It's the recession. I also have very unique skills that allows me to judge you in this vicious cycle of rejections.
|Lab Technician. Not so happy face.|
When is comes to candidate/company choices, the phrase "you get what you pay for" will never die for the personnel management sector.
Let me present to you----The Craigslist Chemist. I almost need a to consult with the FLSA handbook and get OSHA approval before I consider even applying for this job.