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l_bellero
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Are you a chemistry student unsure of the right career move to make after graduation? Do you find yourself uncertain about the typical chemistry career path that includes long hours in a lab or research environment?

Don’t worry, ACS has all the information

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r_boyers
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Visit the newly revamped ACS Career Fair, held inside the Expo hall at the 254th National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. and meet with top employers such as KAUST for your next career or study opportunity.

Who is KAUST?

King Abdullah University of

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r_boyers
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Visit the newly revamped ACS Career Fair, held inside the Expo hall at the 254th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, DC and meet with top employers such as BASF for your next career or study opportunity.

About BASF

At BASF, we create chemistry

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lexi_roro
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Writing the Research Plan for your Academic Job Application

Want to get that academic faculty job you've been dreaming of? Are you stressed about writing that long research plan? Do not fear. ACS is here! We will give you guidance on writing a well-written research plan needed for your academic job application so

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lexi_roro
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How to Prepare for a Job Interview

Getting ready for the big day that could potentially change your career for the better? ACS wants to help you out and give some valuable tips on how to do well in your next interview!

You know what they say? “First impressions are the most lasting.” Let’s

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EShamberger
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Fun Facts: American Chemist Dudley R. Herschbach

What better way to prepare for your future than by studying successful chemists who came before you. This will not only show you a career path that someone else has taken, but it will also introduce you to new awards, undiscovered university/college progr

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EShamberger
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4 Benefits of Delivering an Interview Presentation

It is becoming more common for recruiters to require candidates to prepare a presentation to prove that they’re the right person for the job. Not only will this allow the candidate to showcase their passion and skill set, but it will also allow recruiters

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EShamberger
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3 Tips to Help You Get an Academic Faculty Job

Every year, numerous graduate students and postdocs apply for academic faculty jobs in hopes of securing an on-campus panel interview. After being selected as a candidate, you must convince a panel of established professors that you have what it takes to

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r_boyers
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Visit the newly revamped ACS Career Fair, held inside the Expo hall at the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA and meet with top employers such as Brewer Science for your next career opportunity.

About Brewer Science

Brewer Science

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EShamberger
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Visit the newly revamped ACS Career Fair, held inside the Expo hall at the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA and meet with top employers such as KAUST for your next career or study opportunity.

Who is KAUST?

King Abdullah Universi

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EShamberger
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Are you a planner or a reactor?

How you feel during crunch time is a real way to determine if you are an efficient reactor or if you’re better off planning tasks. Think about the last time your professor or boss allowed you to pick the deadline for an assignment. Now, think of the time

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EShamberger
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5 Qualities of a Great Leader

Are you a leader at your company or trying to improve your leadership skills? It’s important to know the behaviors and habits that will make your goal a success. According to Ladders, here are five ways you can set yourself apart as a workplace leader.

  1. Kno
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EShamberger
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5 Steps to Dictating Your Own Career Path

As a leader, it is important to maintain your identity and momentum in order to live out your vision and lead a pack that believes in you.

According to Entrepreneur.com, “here are five steps to make sure you don’t allow the marketplace, and what others wan

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EShamberger
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Plan to take a 2017 continuing education course

2017 is right around the corner, which means you will have a fresh start to getting the continued education you desire.

ACS Professional Education (ProEd) offers a wealth of courses throughout the year to accommodate the learning and exploratory needs of c

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EShamberger
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Chemists Share Their Passion For ACS Technical Divisions

There are many areas of focus that a chemist can pursue throughout their professional career. The world of chemistry includes everything from analytical chemistry to small business chemistry – and beyond!

For this very reason, the American Chemical Society

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EShamberger
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Gain a Support System for Your Job Search

Are you recently unemployed or looking to change careers and looking for support in your job search? Then you should consider fostering a social network.

The great thing about networking with peers during your job search is that you have greater resources

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EShamberger
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Job Search Strategies for Chemical Professionals

(Click the picture or here to watch the "Job Search Strategies for Chemical Professionals" video)

If you are looking to advance your career, it is important that you strengthen your job search strategies and polish your resume. In this short video, a grou

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EShamberger
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3 Employment and Wage Facts for Chemists

1. The top paying industry for chemists is Pharmaceutical and Medicine Manufacturing with an annual mean wage of $76,610

2. The top state with the highest employment level for chemists is California with an annual mean wage of $84,600

3. The top paying stat

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EShamberger
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Chemical Engineering Salaries Continue to Rise

"CEP’s biennial salary survey is presented in the June 2015 issue and includes a quantitative analysis of chemical engineering salaries relative to variables such as age, experience, functional area, state, industry, etc." [Source: AIChE]

Learn more about

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EShamberger
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How networking helped an industrial chemist land his dream job

[Pictured: Eric Breitung, a senior research scientist for the Metropolitan Museum of Art / Credit: LeighAnne Olsen]

As the saying goes: It’s not what you know, it’s who you know.

Being a skilled chemist is key to excelling in your career; however, the abili

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EShamberger
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3 reasons chemists should take continued education courses

1. Your employer may provide tuition assistance

If you are currently working for a chemical-related company, you may be able to get tuition assistance to advance your education. The number one reason companies provide assistance is to foster a smarter wor

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EShamberger
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6 Leadership Behaviors that Drive Continuous Innovation

Innovation is the key to thriving in the competitive business world. However, oftentimes, innovation is driven by crisis rather than proactive creativity. Martin Zwilling writes in Forbes about six leadership behaviors that drive continuous innovation.

Her

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EShamberger
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New Graduate Survey shows slight decline in unemployment and rise in salaries

The 2015 Starting Salaries of Chemists and Chemical Engineers Survey (also known as the New Graduates Survey) is officially out. Conducted by the American Chemical Society, the survey reports on the median salary, employment status and degree advancement

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EShamberger
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Tips to effectively participate in a virtual networking event

Online networking enables you to network no matter where you are in the world. You can sign in from your home, office, local library, on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. The chats are text-based allowing you to make connections, exchange contact info

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EShamberger
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How to Communicate with Five Common Personality Types

Collaboration is such a necessity in today’s workforce. It’s important to recognize how to communicate with different personalities to make sure that projects run effectively. Not every person communicates the same and Fast Company explored how the five m

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EShamberger
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4 Résumé Mistakes to Avoid

When you are applying for new positions your résumé is your introduction to the hiring manager. Are you putting your best foot forward? Business Insider outlined “30 things you should remove from your résumé immediately.”

Here's four things not to include

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EShamberger
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3 tips to boost your graduate and postdoctoral experience

As a part of our regular engagement with members, the ACS Insight Lab, an online panel for ACS members, hosted a discussion board to allow students to get advice from chemical professionals. The focus of the conversation was how to prepare for graduate sc

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carzu
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Top Paid Work Specialties

Who were the biggest earners in 2015? Data from the latest 2015 ChemCensus has revealed the best compensated work specialties for chemists. Among full-time workers the highest earners were in the field of medicinal and pharmaceutical chemistry, which nar

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carzu
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The M.I. Factor- Challenge Yourself!

“If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Work shouldn’t just be a means of paying the bills.  For

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carzu
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Keep Your Career from Stagnating by Continuing Your Education

Generally, when we graduate we are filled with a sense of relief. We feel like the classroom portion of our learning is done and we move on to gaining practical experience in our field. Sometimes it doesn’t occur to us just how important it is to continue

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