I have recently been looking at jobs in the [Mid-Atlantic] area and for the most part I seem to meet the qualifications they post - except for experience with cGMP. I'm at a loss for how I would find a job to even get my foot in the door, so to speak. Is not having experience with cGMP as big of a deal as I think it is, or do you think that companies would be somewhat lenient as long as I was willing to learn?CJ sez: cGMP is not only a weird set of amorphous regulations emanating from Q7A; it's also a bit of a mindset. It is hard to get that training anywhere than on-the-job, so I can understand why some companies wish other companies would train their people well, so that they could poach them.
Couldn't hurt to apply, but don't expect an enthusiastic response.
Also, a reader asks a very creative question about adding lines to your CV:
I've only given one presentation of my own work outside my department, but my PI has presented my work at a couple of larger conferences (Gordon conferences etc.). Is it appropriate to list those presentations in a separate section of my CV indicating that it was my work but I did not do the actual presenting? Or should it just be left off all together?CJ sez: No dice. While I think that giving data that ends up in a presentation should give you some kind of co-credit, I don't think that's standard practice in chemistry. (That said, I think that you could probably get away with it if you were apply to non-chemistry jobs.)
Readers, you're smarter than me -- what do you think?