Typical day on the job:
My typical work day includes production tasks (using chemical structure drawing software to record organic substance information found in chemical literature for input to the CAS Registry database), training tasks (teaching new employees how to use internal database building tools and how to apply CAS policies that determine what information from the chemical literature is to be recorded in the Registry and CAPlus databases), problem solving tasks (research and consultation with coworkers to reconcile conflicting or incomplete information reported in chemical literature to ensure quality data within the Registry and CAPlus databases), and customer relations tasks (answering questions from customers and correcting errors or omissions in the Registry and CAPlus databases). The percentage of time I spend on each aspect of my work varies widely, but averages 50% production, 25% training, 15% problem solving and 10% customer relations.
I have my own office and work at a computer with dual monitors. All my work is accessed and completed electronically.
I typically work 40 hours each week, but do need to work extended hours to complete larger or more complicated assignments within the required time-frame. The environment is most often fast paced.
Tools you can’t live without:
Most of the software that I routinely use was internally developed to meet the unique database building needs of the Editorial staff of CAS. I also use commercially available spreadsheet and PDF editing software.
Best productivity trick:
I like to set personal challenges to exceed previously attained productivity "bests".
Best career advice you’ve received:
Take personal responsibility for the quality of work that leaves my office. If sub-standard work comes into my office, that work should meet or exceed standards when it leaves my office.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
I am very detail oriented and can hone-in on necessary information very quickly.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
I keep a spreadsheet log of important activities that I've completed.
Favorite ACS resource:
I would have to say that I enjoy C&EN, particularly since I can access it electronically on my tablet.