FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Mon Sep 27 16:42:03 EDT 2010

American Chemical Society to offer virtual career fair Nov. 2-3

WASHINGTON, Sept. 27, 2010 — The American Chemical Society (ACS) will host a Virtual Career Fair, Nov. 2-3, allowing chemical scientists to interact online with potential employers and participate in six career-oriented workshops. Job seekers and employers can register at www.acs.org/vcf.

ACS membership is not required to participate in this free event, which is cosponsored by Informex, the leading meeting place for buyers and sellers of high-value chemistry, and Chemical & Engineering News, the Society’s weekly newsmagazine. The event coincides with the publication of C&EN’s annual employment outlook edition.

“ACS offers more career assistance services than any other scientific association, and now we are adding more opportunities for job seekers and employers worldwide to connect,” ACS Executive Director & CEO Madeleine Jacobs said. “No matter where a person may be, or when they have time in their very busy schedules, they can participate in interviews, webinars, live chats, and gather information about employers and job candidates through the ACS Virtual Career Fair.”

The Virtual Career Fair will replicate many features someone would expect to find at a similar face-to-face gathering, but without an entry fee or travel expenses. These features include an exposition hall with booths for recruiters and companies looking for job candidates and a lounge where chemical scientists, employers and others can network and chat informally. ACS career consultants also will be available in the virtual lounge at selected times to answer questions and to offer career assistance.

In the virtual auditorium, career fair attendees can participate in a series of interactive workshops and Webinars focusing on employment trends and career development. Scheduled speakers include:

  • Rudy Baum, Editor-in-Chief, Chemical & Engineering News
  • Richard N. Bolles, author of “What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers” and “The Job Hunter’s Survival Guide”
  • Paul Hodges, chairman of International eChem
  • Sheila Rosenfield, senior scientific recruiter at Kelley Scientific Resources
  • Patrick Ropella, chairman & CEO of an executive search and consulting firm specializing in the chemical and allied industries

In addition, ACS members will have access to InterviewStream®, which allows them to try out their interview skills at any time through use of a computer and webcam. This free members-only service accurately simulates the online interview process. For more information about the ACS Virtual Career Fair, visit www.acs.org/vcf.

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