Friday, February 22, 2013

Job search stats: The Golden Years

It's time to revisit the job search stats that the blog has collected so far. As you might remember, I've divided up the modern era of chemistry employment as follows:
  • 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
Today, we're covering The Golden Years:

Industrial B.S./M.S.-level position, time period, number of full apps/on-site interviews (no phone)/offers:

#22A (biologist): 1996: 10/3/1
#31: 4/1997-9/1997: 190/5/2
#17: 9/1999: 2/2/2
#22B (biologist): 1999: 10/2/1

Industrial Ph.D.-level position, time period, number of full apps/on-site interviews (no phone)/offers:

#9D: 9/1990-2/1991: 50/3/2
#9C: 4/1992: 2/1/1
#9B: 11/2000: 3/2/1
#30A: "late '90s": 15/10/8

So, not a whole bunch of data points, but what do I notice?:
  • I think what I notice is that applications bear interview fruit a lot easier. 
  • The number of applications (with the exception of #31) is a lot lower than These Modern Times (50+). 
I wonder -- if there are more jobs per candidate, does that mean that there will be lower numbers of applications per candidate? I would think yes, but I'm no statistician. I'll be crunching the numbers for 2003-2009 next week. 

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