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Networking through AIChE

  • 1.  Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-20-2018 16:31
    Hello Chemical Engineers!

    I am a recent graduate in Chemical Engineering from the UK and I am looking to get my first permanent job in the US.

    I have signed up for the virtual careers fair and I was just wondering if there are any other good opportunities to speak and network with employers and managers through AIChE? Or anything else I can do with AIChE to make myself more attractive to US employers?

    Thank you!

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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 2.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-21-2018 04:35

    Hello Scott,

      I am also a recent graduate of chemical engineering. It is a good subject you have raised and I am also interested. But i think you search your job through linkedin.com or other website oriented to finding you a job, since it will give all the info on the requirement for a permanent Job.

      Let me know what new thing you have found.

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    Samuel Mobae
    Recent Grad
    Asmara
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  • 3.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-21-2018 08:36
    Hi Samuel,

    Thanks for your reply, I am also applying to jobs and speaking to people through LinkedIn, its a great website for networking and discovering jobs and companies!

    I was mostly just looking to see if there were any more ways for me to build relationships, and get more specific information from key decision makers in Chemical Engineering, through the more specialized(to Chemical Engineers) organisation of AIChE.

    Good Luck in your search!

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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 4.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 10-18-2018 14:53
    Hi all,

    I am a recent Chemical Engineering graduate who is looking for a new job. My career path is somewhat different from most college students. I worked at Schlumberger for 8 years in an engineering role as a non-degreed engineer in unit operations prior to enrolling in college. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to market my experience and my skills in a way that makes me seem more attractive to recruiters. Also, I would love to network with Chemical Engineers in my region.

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    Jason Lemoine
    Amarillo, TX
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  • 5.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 10-19-2018 08:59
    Edited by Monica Mellinger 10-21-2018 17:09

    My kids have used something called Indeed to find their most recent jobs. One, posted a resume and had over 30 contacts within 24 hours.






  • 6.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 10-22-2018 16:32
    Hi James,

    I have tried Indeed and Zip Recruiter as well as Linkedin. I am currently re-working my Linkedin profile so that it is more appealing for recruiters. I have come to the conclusion that the best way to optimize my value is through networking. I have had some success with networking with other recruiters and ChemE's. I have also reached out to local companies in my area so as to make some connection with them in regards to future opportunities. I'm in the process of making a business card that contains desired positions I'm seeking. Is this a good idea and is there something else I should be doing as well?

    Jason

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    Jason Lemoine
    Amarillo TX
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  • 7.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 10-23-2018 17:29
    You might consider doing a search on LinkedIn for "Recruiter".  These people may be a good resource for making recommendations on your LinkedIn page and on your resume even if they don't have an opportunity immediately available.

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    Dave Barlow
    ES2 Engineering
    Idaho Falls ID
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  • 8.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 11-02-2018 13:50
    Dave,

    I appreciate the information. I am now working with a recruiter about different ways to market myself to companies. She recommended business cards made out by vista print. I will share any new information I get it.

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    Jason Lemoine
    Amarillo TX
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  • 9.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 08-21-2018 08:07
    Question: are you currently in the US or looking from the UK.

    If you are in the US, try career fairs associated with nearby universities and colleges (some are open to non students).

    Within AIChE, join a local chapter and attend their events, quite a few have YP (young professional) sections and you can network with both established professionals and entry level. Attend conferences, the AIChE Annual conference is coming up at the end of October.

    Another place that I have found useful are the engineering focused career fairs. Use LinkedIn, update your profile, and connect with fellow engineers and recruiters.

    FYI: Don't forget to Americanize your resume, for example, something like an MEng if you have one should be broken down to a Bachelors and Masters so that people understand what it is.

    Best of luck.

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    Kiekie Sankey CEng
    Project Engineer
    Wacker Chemical Corporation
    Calvert City KY
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  • 10.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-21-2018 09:12
    Hi Okiemute,

    Thanks very much for your reply!

    To answer your question, I'm currently in the UK but I'm travelling to the US in less than 2 weeks so I can attend a couple of careers fairs then, I may have to extend my stay to make it to the conference at the end of October, it sounds like a great opportunity!

    Do you have any organization(s) in mind that organizes good engineering focused career fairs?

    That is a great point, I'll definitely take that on board

    Thank you for your advice!


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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 11.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    SENIOR MEMBER
    Posted 08-22-2018 08:39
    ​Do you have any links to any US universities? For example did you do a year abroad, if so, contact their career department, they will be willing to give you contacts that you can reach out to. Also, are you mobile? if you are willing to relocate anywhere, your chances are higher.

    Career fairs really depend on the State you are in and the opportunities around. I attended a Diversity Career Fair in Houston and there were quite a few Engineering Firms there. Whereas, when I was in NJ, they only had the one associated with NJIT. When you do a search for career fairs, you need to research the companies that have signed up and see if there are any in the field that you want.

    With AIChE, I would recommend you join the young professionals community and get involved by volunteering for one of the opportunities listed in Engage.

    One resource that can often be overlooked is the local job center. They are called different things in each state but they are a government job board that lists a lot of opportunities with companies you may never have heard of, outside the international names that you are familiar with. The US has a lot of small manufacturing and chemical businesses that may not necessarily have a full web presence. Another resource are temp agencies, they occasionally have temp to perm opportunities.

    As most people will tell you a very small fraction of jobs are found through putting in numerous applications online. So, the more face to face you have with people, the better it is.

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    Kiekie Sankey CEng
    Project Engineer
    Wacker Chemical Corporation
    Calvert City KY
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  • 12.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-23-2018 07:34
    I don't have any links to US universities, the only work I have done in the US so far was at a summer camp. I am completely mobile to move anywhere in the US that I'm offered work in.

    That is a great point, there have been a few career fairs in the US that I've turned down due to the lack of companies with engineering opportunities.

    Ill definitely look into volunteering through engage, I didn't actually think about local job centers either, Ill have a look around while I'm in the states, thanks very much for your suggestions.

    That's exactly what I've heard from most recruitment experts, which is why I'm trying to find new ways to network with people, which can be difficult from across the Atlantic! haha


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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 13.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-22-2018 12:06
    Simple question: do you already have a working visa status or are you looking for sponsors?

    Rafael E Camargo


    Sent from my iPad




  • 14.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-23-2018 08:26
    Hi Rafael,

    I don't currently have the right to work in the US so I am looking for sponsors at the moment.

    My girlfriend is American so I would be looking to  become a Lawful permanent resident via her eventually, but I'm looking for work visa sponsorship first of all.

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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 15.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-24-2018 09:34
    Hello Scott,

    First of all, I am not an expert on immigration and I cannot give you any advice but I have had a lot of experience hiring technical people, many chemical engineers like yourself and I can tell you that this is not easy and even less if you have a basic degree. Unlike Europe or even Canada and Australia, to get the right work documents in the US is complicated, a lengthy and expensive process. The company I worked for, for instance would only consider the process for people with advanced degree, i.e. PhD because in the US many graduates come from abroad and there are not enough qualified candidates and it is possible to build a strong case. Basic degrees, on the other hand, have lots of candidates and justification is very complicated. I do not want to discourage your plans but please be aware of what you will be facing via this route. Networking and career fairs may be useful but will be of limited help. I advise you to seek legal advice on the matter. Best of luck.

    Rafael Camargo
    Sent from my iPhone




  • 16.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-24-2018 10:04
    Hi Rafael,

    I appreciate your response and your advice. I am seeking advice from a US immigration lawyer when I get to the states on my next visit so I will be looking to get a better idea of the likelihood of getting sponsorship for a work visa and a better picture of the processes/chances of me getting other types of visas as well.

    From what I have read about the H-1B visa process, a Master's Degree (which I have) is considered an advanced enough degree to obtain visa sponsorship. Do you know if the Phd requirement is a standard across the industry? Or was it just a policy of the company that you were at? I have other routes that I could take to obtain work authorization so, regardless of whether I can get work visa sponsorship through it, I think networking in the US will be beneficial to me.

    Thank you!

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    Scott Clarke AMIChemE
    Glasgow
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  • 17.  RE: Networking through AIChE

    Posted 08-25-2018 11:56
    Hi Scott,

    An H1-B visa has a limited validity and it’s not indefinite. I was thinking of permanent residency. You are right that it may be possible to get this visa with an MS but the justification for permanent residency is still more difficult. The advantage of PhD holders is that it may be possible to argue outstanding researcher and make the arguments more compelling, let alone that there are less qualified competence.

    Regards,

    Rafael Camargo
    Sent from my iPhone