Linda Wang, a reporter for C&EN, wrote ChemBark with the following:
I’m exploring an employment feature, which will be a “frank conversation with hiring managers.” I was wondering if you would be willing to post something on your blog for me soliciting questions from job seekers? This is my query:
Got a question for a hiring manager, but afraid to ask? C&EN is exploring an employment article that seeks to answer these burning questions. Please send your questions to Linda Wang, C&EN senior editor, at email@example.com. Questions will be anonymous.
Of course, while it’s fine to e-mail Linda directly, why not drop your questions in the comments for all of us to discuss and enjoy?
One thing that I have always wondered is how much your education can hurt you on the job market. How often do managers toss out applications from people with Ph.D.s because the business wants to pay around the median M.S. level and doesn’t want to spend resources hiring someone who will just keep looking for a better position? My sense is that a lot of Ph.D.s are willing to be “underemployed” but end up getting chucked right off the bat.
The same thing goes for academic jobs. How many people with Stanford/MIT Ph.D.s get rejected right off the bat for academic jobs at small colleges in rural areas because the school does not want to waste resources interviewing a highly educated, coast-dwelling candidate that will probably get other offers? What is the most effective way for a candidate to communicate to the hiring committee that he/she is serious about looking for a job at these schools?