Date: Thu, 10 May 2007 16:23:01 -0400
Reply-To: Kevin Roland Viel <kviel@EMORY.EDU>
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From: Kevin Roland Viel <kviel@EMORY.EDU>
Subject: Re: Need Tips on looking for a SAS Programming job
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On Thu, 10 May 2007, Job Seeker wrote:
> Tried Creg list.. same situation. How can I get the list for NGO's and non
> profit research organizations?
I think *most* people that contribute on this list are far from your
I suggest a different approach. Contact recruiters. I distrust most, if
not all, jobs advertisements. I just know too few managers that actually
have to search for talent at this level, at least to a point that it
concerns them. My impression, which is hopefully incorrect, is that
advertised jobs actually already have candidates, but fairness in
opportunity is a legal requirement.
Recruiters, however, only earn *if* they place you. Honestly, I cannot
recall even receiving a rejection from any job to which I directly
applied, not counting large corporations, such as SAIC or NG. Recently, I
suggested that I could be part-time help and the person was at least kind
enough to respond, though.
I would also be cautious about which recruiters to contact. Some people
advertise "jobs" just to collect resumes. That may suit you, but it also
makes one too optimistic.
If I had to search for a job, which sadly may be a reality in July if I
cannot push my disseration through my department, I would consider going
down, not up. As you have observed experience matters and subject
knowledge outside programming is paramount. I would try to position
myself in a position that places me in contact with the area in which I
would like to work.
For the pharma industry, I might consider the FDA as a potential. If my
scientific approach is offputting to the business models of pharma, my
lack of knowledge of regulations is a killer....
Consider asking for references to recruiters from the list and give
yourself 6-8 months to reach the interview process....
Good luck and much sympathy,
Department of Epidemiology
Rollins School of Public Health
Atlanta, GA 30322