It’s a little early for me to be looking for a job – I’m still working on my thesis and clearly won’t be done before the fall, but hey, it doesn’t hurt to be prepared, right?
So, last night I came across a job posting on Linked in, posted by a “Staffing Consultant”, looking for a scientist for a big company in the states. They want 6 years of next-gen sequencing experience (despite the fact the field is only 4 years old), and someone with previous experience in a management role. I thought 4 years of next gen sequencing experience might be close enough and I do have management experience from before returning to school – so hey, why not apply, right?
Unfortunately, my ego might disagree after getting a quick reply. (By quick, I mean less than 12 hours, which is a pretty impressive turnaround time for any job application.) The reply, however, was somewhat harsh. I’ve paraphrased it, but this is the gist:
“Thanks for applying for this position. We’re only looking at candidates with a PhD, work experience and management experience. We have a bunch of Post-doc positions on our web page – you should check them out and apply for something that fits your current level of expertise/education.”
On that note, perhaps I was a bit ambitious, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. (-: