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Good Job Hunting

If only the professional job search was akin to an experiment in freshman-level general chemistry. Remember general chemistry lab? Just follow these 10 clearly-written steps for success! At least in theory –  for the lucky few. I was not one of them; I was a math major, and struggled in general chemistry. And yet, somehow, after taking a very circuitous path (1), I ended up with a PhD in analytical chemistry, then a postdoc, and now a tenure track position in forensic chemistry.

When I was looking for my first job after graduate school, I would ask faculty members, “How did you get your job?” One told me he applied to 150 different positions and got a handful of interviews. Many of the others simply said, “I don’t really remember.” A question I often ask people in management is, “How do you decide which candidates to interview for a job?” A common answer is, “It’s a black box that I don’t understand.”

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Anthony Stender

Anthony received a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 2013 and spent two years working as a postdoc at Rice University. He is currently an assistant professor of Forensic Analytical Chemistry at Ohio University. His current research revolves around the use of microscopy as a platform for collecting images and spectroscopy of nanomaterials and forensic trace materials. Anthony also mentors students on how to communicate science to non-scientists.

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