Career Navigator Spotlight: Lisa Balbes, Career Consultant

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Membership in the American Chemical Society grants you access to a number of great programs and services to help you advance your career. One of these programs is the ACS Career Consultant program. This personalized program gives you access to a consultant to help guide you through job searching, career transitions, resume writing, and more.

Below is a story by ACS Career Consultant Lisa Balbes about a recent interaction with an ACS member:

I am a volunteer career consultant for ACS. That means I help other ACS members with their career issues by reviewing resumes, practicing interviews, and helping them talk through issues and figure out what they want to do, and how to do it.  Over the years, I have worked with hundreds of people, some on multiple job searches over many years. 

Recently, I was working with a career chemist.  On a Friday, he was offered a great position, at a salary close to what he was currently making.  He told the hiring manager that while he was very excited about the job, he had been hoping to get an increase in salary.  The hiring manager told him to think about the offer over the weekend, and that they would talk again on Monday.  The candidate decided to do some research, so used the ACS Salary Calculator to find the salary range for similar positions – which turned out to start about $30K higher than what he was being offered. He shared that data with the company, who came back and offered him the higher salary almost immediately and asked when he could start.  He is thrilled with his new job, and both sides feel like they were treated fairly.

Check out our Career Navigator Spotlight video to learn more about the ACS Career Consultant Program!

For more information on the ACS Salary Calculator™ and all of the other great resources we have to offer head to the ACS Career Navigator™ page!