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Specialty Chemistry Forums => Chemical Education and Careers => Topic started by: King01 on April 07, 2018, 08:02:12 AM

Title: Career help
Post by: King01 on April 07, 2018, 08:02:12 AM

I've worked as a QC chemist in the pharmaceutical industry for several years now and I'd like a change. Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong forum.

I would like to find a job/get training as a field service engineer for HPLC/GC/MS instruments. The problems are:

1) I only have a bachelors degree in Chemistry.
2) I have no professional background in electronics although I play with Arduino as a hobby.
3) Most of the jobs advertised require previous experience in servicing analytical equipment or equivalent applications specialist experience and I'm not sure how to go about getting this.

FTR I'm based in the UK.


Many thanks,
Title: Re: Career help
Post by: Arkcon on April 07, 2018, 09:34:18 AM
You're definitely qualified.   Its just a matter of finding an open position.  Using the instruments that you're proficient with as a guide, go to the manufacturers websites and see if there are openings.  Apply.  Apply.  Apply.  And best of luck.
Title: Re: Career help
Post by: Corribus on April 07, 2018, 01:02:17 PM
The trick is, in your application materials, to make it sound like your experience is equivalent to (or superior to) the experience they are asking for in the job posting. You need to get at the root of why they want that experience. E.g.: you may not have experience as a true field technician for HPLC/GC/MS, but if you are an expert in using this equipment over a period of seven years, and you have been in charge of troubleshooting problems with the equipment during that time as part of your position, this is what you'd want to highlight in your application(s). Don't apologize for not having field technician experience! Instead, state with confidence how your background is equivalent to what they want, and emphasize other intangibles (say, skill using your hands, a good problem solver, experience dealing with customers or interacting with other people, team player, etc.) that are also relevant - and point out why they would be relevant. This is where you want your cover letter to shine. Most recruiters recognize they won't find exactly what they are looking for. So they will take the closest thing to it that they can get. 

PS - A headhunter can also help.