Thank you to the 30 plus people who input their job search data into my post last week. I've started crunching the data by first separating the data by academic versus industrial job searches, education level and by separating by time period. In my mind, I separate "modern chemistry employment" into 4 eras:
- The Golden Years: pre-2003
- The Clouds Before The Storm: 2003-2007
- The Great Recession: 1/1/08 to 7/31/2009
- These Modern Times: 8/2009 - present
If someone else has better names for these eras, I'm all ears.
I've focused my efforts on industrial positions in These Modern Times because that's the bulk of the entries. I'll be covering the other entries next week.
Industrial B.S./M.S.-level position, time period, number of full apps/on-site interviews (no phone)/offers
#10: 5/10-present, 500/15/3
#16: 10/10-12/10, 1/1/1
#13: 6/12-9/12, 50/3/1
#24: 11/12-present, 40/0/0
Industrial Ph.D.-level positions, time period, number of full apps/on-site interviews (no phone)/offers
#30: 2009-2012: "Hundreds"/5/4
#9: 3/09-2/11, 400/9/1
#15: 8/09-12/10, 100/3/1
#4: 9/09-9/10, 172/7/2
#27: 9/09-3/10, 55/2/1
#12: 9/10-3/11, 4/1/1
#23A: 12/10-5/11, 70/2/1
#6: 3/11-9/11, 50/2/2
#25: 8/11-10/12, 156/7/1
#1: 3/12-10/12, 86/2/2
#19: 4/12-present, 80/1/0
#32: Spring 2012 - Fall 2012, 46/0/1
#23B: 5/12-10/12, 70/3/3
#11: Fall 2012 - present, 40/1/0
#20: 10/12-present, 51/1/0
I haven't done a thorough statistical analysis of these different entries (coming soon), but here's what I see:
- There's no real detectable difference between the odds for a B.S./M.S. position versus a Ph.D. position (with this small data set, anyway.)
- It's not uncommon for successful job searches to take over 50+ full applications. The smallest number is 4; it makes CoulombicExplosion quite an outlier. What was your trick, CE?
- Successful job searches take between 6 months and one year, as we might have expected.
- The likelihood of any one full job application turning into an on-site interview is well below 5% and probably closer to 1%.
- However, the likelihood of an on-site interview turning into an offer is closer to even money.
As Dr. Zoidberg said, it would be great to hear from all the successful job searches as to what tips they would offer to readers. I would like to know if they feel that their searches were due to any particular factor.
Readers, what trends do you see?
Lastly, I want to make sure that no one feels thinks I'm pretending this is a scientific, statistically-valid survey of job searches in chemistry. It's not (yet.)