Typical day on the job:
When I am visiting customers, I meet with purchasing and R&D departments to review sales, introduce new products, assist in formulation work, and negotiate for new business. When I am in my office, I attend training meetings, send and receive emails from customers, suppliers and co-workers on technical and sales related issues.
When I’m not visiting customers, I spend time between my home office with my computer, phone, internet, printer and my company office. I am in a shared cubicle with access to company equipment, phone and mail services.
I travel more than 15 days each month. On travel weeks, my work time can extend to 50-60 hours each week. When I’m not travelling, my work week is closer to 40 hours each week. The environment is fast paced since cell phones with email allow continuous access to work.
Tools you can’t live without:
Laptop, cell phone, Microsoft office programs, internet access.
Best productivity trick:
Answer emails at set times during the day. Otherwise, answering email is all I would do all day. You need to set time aside for long term projects or you will keep putting them off.
Best career advice you’ve received:
Don't be afraid to ask for a raise or more vacation time. The boss can only say no and won't hold it against you.
Skills or talents that make you a good fit for your job:
I am outgoing and not afraid to talk to strangers. I am very curious about what makes other people tick so can easily find something to talk to anyone about.
Essential habit you wish you’d started earlier:
Start each day with a list of tasks to complete and finish them.
Favorite ACS resource:
CE&N for news on the industry and new technology, good fodder for conversation both for work and personal life. I also enjoy the Thursday ACS webinars on diverse topics such a wine and Hollywood chemistry.