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Career resources for chemists and chemical engineers

Last Updated: 20-Oct-2014

Resources for starting your career, with an emphasis on Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

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Networking

The social networking site LinkedIn has become an increasingly popular job search tool in today’s market. View the presentation (pdf) by Stanford’s Career Development Center to learn the most effective ways to use LinkedIn to market yourself, find a job, and build and maintain a lasting professional network. See the Stanford Resources section below to learn about networking opportunities for Stanford students and alumni.

From the ACS Careers Blog, 9 Steps to Improve Your Networking To Find a New Job:

Don’t wait until after you graduate to join a professional society! Giving a talk or presenting a poster at a national or regional meeting is a wonderful way to meet people. Career services staff and interviews by employers are common at national meetings. For the American Chemical Society, the Younger Chemists Committee and the Women Chemists Committee are both great for networking. For the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, networking opportunities include the Young Professionals group or the Stanford Student Chapter. The Stanford Alchemy Society and the list of student organizations compiled by the School of Engineering provide more networking opportunities with colleagues. A wide range of professional Chemistry and Chemical Engineering organizations are available to meet your professional needs.

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1st ed. Amsterdam ; Boston : Elsevier, 2012.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
1st ed. London : Burlington, MA : Academic Press, c2008.
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)

Latest Books in Swain on Vocational Guidance

  1. Sara Frueh, rapporteur ; Committee on Career Outcomes of Female Engineering Bachelor's Degree Recipients, Committee on Women in Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Policy and Global Affairs, National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council of the National Academies. 2014

  2. Frank F. Furstenberg. 2013

  3. editor, Donald R. Franceschetti, The University of Memphis. 2013

  4. Ritsert C. Jansen, University of Groningen. 2013

  5. Committee on Challenges in Chemistry Graduate Education, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council of the National Academies. 2012

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Research Potential Employer

Learning more about an organization and the people working there provides vital background information to help you determine if a job matches your needs. Doing research about an organization before going to an interview also demonstrates you are interested in what they are doing and helps you to ask more thoughtful questions during an interview. Below are some resources to help you become more familiar with a potential employer.

Directories

Biographical information resources are a tool you can use to get an overview of people of interest. Stanford's Business Library Research Guides are also an excellent resource for finding information about a company or a financial sector.

Washington.
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » Z5521 .A52 2011
New York, Bowker.
Green Library » InfoCenter (non-circulating) » Q141 .A48 ED.32:V.8 2014
Farmington Hills, MI : Gale Group, 1999-
Stanford University Libraries » Online resource » (no call number)
New York : American Institute of Chemical Engineers, c1999-
SAL3 (off-campus storage) » Stacks » TP165 .C45 V.56 2009/2010