A chance to find your dream job?
More and more, we conduct our lives online. From shopping to socialising, there’s nary an activity that hasn’t been supplemented or supplanted by the electronic ether, and the internet is never far from our fingers.
Shortcuts through cyberspace make the world smaller, but some lament that this comes at the expense of conventional contact and communication, and in fact pushes us further apart.
Online job searching is perhaps one of the more innocuous, indeed welcome, invasions of life lived remotely. Most job hunts are likely to begin with offering up a few key strokes to a database and end with a fingers-crossed click to dispatch a payload of personal data. Your first encounter of the third kind with an alien employer will probably be a handshake on the day of your interview, should your digital demeanour persuade them to pause upon your CV.
But for all its convenience, we should be wary that our reliance on technology doesn’t diminish the personal interactions that are still so essential. We spend so much of our lives in our workplaces, our colleagues and customers see more of us than our families. But unlike families, you actually get to choose your job. Spending some time getting to know your could-be employer helps both of you know if the relationship will work. It has costs: time, effort and possibly money, but that’s a small price to pay to give yourself the best chance of landing the job you want.
At the end of November, we’ll be running our first careers fair, at Burlington House in London. An impressive selection of chemistry employers – big and small, global and local – representing all aspects of the chemistry industry will be there, and looking to recruit. The Royal Society of Chemistry’s careers advisors will also be on hand to offer their assistance. In one day, you can meet over 20 potential employers, speak to the people that work there, and learn what they do just by turning up and saying hello. And they get to meet you – a person, not a pdf.