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           of U.S. 1 online.                                Reprinted from the August 22, 2012, issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper
                                                                         A Job Fair For the Downsized
           Search our Archives
                                                                                    by Scott Morgan
           Compelling reading from
           nearly a quarter century of
           U.S. 1.                           Once upon a time, experience won out in a job search. If you
                                             had a good resume with lots of titles that showed loyalty,
           Interchange                       seniority, and experience, the odds were in your favor that
           Letters, opinions, and            you would be offered a job.
           arguments from our readers.
                                             Times, of course, have changed, and those changes have hit
           Survival Guide                    senior-level executives hardest of all. As companies and
           News you can use for your         whole industries are getting back to hiring it often is the
           business or your career.
                                             senior executive who gets left out.

           Preview of the Arts
                                             “I hear people say it all the time — ‘They can’t afford me,’”
           The discerning guide to
                                             says Rich Carlson, a former senior manager at Kodak. “‘But
           what’s happening in
           Princeton and central NJ.         they never even offered me anything, how do they know what
                                             I’d be willing to work for?’”
           Fast Lane
           Companies on the move,            Carlson is relaying a common woe among out-of-work senior
                                                                                                            Rich Carlson
           expanding, new in town, or        executives. He has not personally been told that he would be
           just in the news.                 too expensive for a company to hire, but many people in his orbit have made this complaint.

           Check the Classifieds
                                             He believes the excuse to be a cleverly couched form of age discrimination, but he also
           The onllne version of U.S. 1’s
                                             acknowledges that there is a certain kernel of truth to saying “We can’t afford you.”
           classifieds. Click here to post
           your own.
                                             Odds are, the company could afford a candidate, but when the job market is flooded with
           Murder at the Mall                just-out-of-college candidates willing to work for less and make names for themselves,
           Click here for the latest         companies can afford to go cheaper than some people’s experience deserves.
           installment in the ‘Education
           of Richard K. Rein.’              Carlson is a member of ChemPharma Professional Association, a national group of high-level
                                             professionals in the chemical, biotech, pharma, and life sciences industries, for which he has
           Submit Your Event
                                             helped put together the association’s first career fair. On Friday, August 24, from 8:30 a.m.
           Tell us about your upcoming
                                             to 5 p.m., ChemPharma will host its career fair at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village.
           event.
                                             The event is free, but registration is highly recommended. Call 609-443-1233 or E-mail
           Voice Your Opinion
                                             rcarlson@aol.com.
           Click here to register your
           point of view, concern, or        Carlson says ChemPharma already has registered more than 600 attendees and at least 18
           correction.                       companies covering everything from pharma and agrichemical companies to flavorings and
                                             specialty chemical companies. His own professional experience with Kodak, he said, was in
           Need Help Navigating?             specialty chemicals, mostly for motion picture production.
           Click here for a user’s guide,
           or just call us at                Carlson was born in Wisconsin but grew up and went to college in South Dakota. He says he
           609-452-7000.
                                             learned his work ethic from his father, who owned a grocery store, but was drawn to the
                                             sciences. He earned his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from South Dakota School of
                                             Mines and Technology in 1973 and went to work for Kodak, where he spent his entire 37-year
                                             career.

                                             Carlson started in Kodak’s photofinishing group before moving into the motion picture film
                                             department. He worked his first 17 years in Hollywood and the rest in New York City, where
                                             he oversaw film sales to studios, producers, and film schools. His largest client for 16mm film
                                             was NFL Films, which Carlson says has finally had to admit that video is the future and is
                                             expected to move into digital video as film production is phased out.

                                             Carlson says he saw the handwriting on Kodak’s film wall for years, but it wasn’t until 2010
                                             that the end presented itself. “Selling print film was a big part of Kodak’s business,” he says.
                                             “But film sales were in decline, and 2010 was the tipping point.”

                                             At the time, he says, digital video projection installations were being driven by the boom in
                                             3D movies in theaters. Then there was the introduction of a major new digital motion picture
                                             camera from Arriflex, one of the biggest names in the game. Kodak, he says, decided to start
                                             getting out of the film production business, and part of its gradual downsizing was Rich
                                             Carlson.




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           Since leaving Kodak in late 2010 Carlson has done consulting work. Ideally, he says, he is
           seeking employment opportunities in the photographic or chemical industry, but he is not
           hopeful about his chances for a new career in the photochemical realm. “I’ve pretty much
           written off photography,” he says.

           Still, he is hopeful, and he is not just the guy promoting the ChemPharma career fair, he also
           will be an attendee. The fair itself targets senior level executives like him (he left Kodak as a
           regional technical manager), but Carlson says it is open to anyone with a science degree who
           is looking for work.

           ChemPharma, he says, was launched in 2007 as a pharma-only networking group designed to
           introduce industry higher-ups to each other. Over the past five years, he says, the association
           realized its symbiosis with the other arms of the life sciences and chemical technologies
           industries and expanded its reach to everyone from consumer products to materials science
           companies.

           The career fair will feature speakers, such as Alex Freund, a resume and job skills
           professional who operates Landing Expert Career Coaching in Hopewell, and career
           counselors. So far, he says, FMC, a chemical manufacturing company whose Research and
           Technology Center is based in the Princeton South business park in Ewing, and BioTest
           Pharmaceuticals of Boca Raton, Florida, have stated that their companies have reserved
           space for on-the-spot interviews.

           As for tips to making a successful appearance at the career fair, Carlson says there is nothing
           complicated about it — wear proper business attire, have copies of your resume and business
           cards handy at all times, and be ready to answer questions from prospective employers.

           His biggest tip is to make sure you are registered for the event, he says, because space is
           filling up fast.

           As for his hopes to return to the familiar ground of photochemicals, Carlson says “it’s
           interesting work but not very profitable these days.” So he is willing to go elsewhere. Like the
           candidate who hears “We can’t afford you” without even knowing what the employer’s salary
           range would be, Carlson would not want to hear a chemical company tell him, “Sorry we don’t
           do photochemicals.” He is, after all, a chemical engineer, he reminds. He is willing to work in
           whatever capacity he can. Even if it doesn’t lead him back to Hollywood.

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A Job Fair For The Downsized

  • 1. US1 Home http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Ite... PrincetonInfo Home U.S. 1 Print Archives Events Companies Health Classifieds Dining Current Issue of U.S. 1 What's New in Princeton & Central New Jersey? Check out the current issue of U.S. 1 online. Reprinted from the August 22, 2012, issue of U.S. 1 Newspaper A Job Fair For the Downsized Search our Archives by Scott Morgan Compelling reading from nearly a quarter century of U.S. 1. Once upon a time, experience won out in a job search. If you had a good resume with lots of titles that showed loyalty, Interchange seniority, and experience, the odds were in your favor that Letters, opinions, and you would be offered a job. arguments from our readers. Times, of course, have changed, and those changes have hit Survival Guide senior-level executives hardest of all. As companies and News you can use for your whole industries are getting back to hiring it often is the business or your career. senior executive who gets left out. Preview of the Arts “I hear people say it all the time — ‘They can’t afford me,’” The discerning guide to says Rich Carlson, a former senior manager at Kodak. “‘But what’s happening in Princeton and central NJ. they never even offered me anything, how do they know what I’d be willing to work for?’” Fast Lane Companies on the move, Carlson is relaying a common woe among out-of-work senior Rich Carlson expanding, new in town, or executives. He has not personally been told that he would be just in the news. too expensive for a company to hire, but many people in his orbit have made this complaint. Check the Classifieds He believes the excuse to be a cleverly couched form of age discrimination, but he also The onllne version of U.S. 1’s acknowledges that there is a certain kernel of truth to saying “We can’t afford you.” classifieds. Click here to post your own. Odds are, the company could afford a candidate, but when the job market is flooded with Murder at the Mall just-out-of-college candidates willing to work for less and make names for themselves, Click here for the latest companies can afford to go cheaper than some people’s experience deserves. installment in the ‘Education of Richard K. Rein.’ Carlson is a member of ChemPharma Professional Association, a national group of high-level professionals in the chemical, biotech, pharma, and life sciences industries, for which he has Submit Your Event helped put together the association’s first career fair. On Friday, August 24, from 8:30 a.m. Tell us about your upcoming to 5 p.m., ChemPharma will host its career fair at the Princeton Marriott at Forrestal Village. event. The event is free, but registration is highly recommended. Call 609-443-1233 or E-mail Voice Your Opinion rcarlson@aol.com. Click here to register your point of view, concern, or Carlson says ChemPharma already has registered more than 600 attendees and at least 18 correction. companies covering everything from pharma and agrichemical companies to flavorings and specialty chemical companies. His own professional experience with Kodak, he said, was in Need Help Navigating? specialty chemicals, mostly for motion picture production. Click here for a user’s guide, or just call us at Carlson was born in Wisconsin but grew up and went to college in South Dakota. He says he 609-452-7000. learned his work ethic from his father, who owned a grocery store, but was drawn to the sciences. He earned his bachelor’s in chemical engineering from South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in 1973 and went to work for Kodak, where he spent his entire 37-year career. Carlson started in Kodak’s photofinishing group before moving into the motion picture film department. He worked his first 17 years in Hollywood and the rest in New York City, where he oversaw film sales to studios, producers, and film schools. His largest client for 16mm film was NFL Films, which Carlson says has finally had to admit that video is the future and is expected to move into digital video as film production is phased out. Carlson says he saw the handwriting on Kodak’s film wall for years, but it wasn’t until 2010 that the end presented itself. “Selling print film was a big part of Kodak’s business,” he says. “But film sales were in decline, and 2010 was the tipping point.” At the time, he says, digital video projection installations were being driven by the boom in 3D movies in theaters. Then there was the introduction of a major new digital motion picture camera from Arriflex, one of the biggest names in the game. Kodak, he says, decided to start getting out of the film production business, and part of its gradual downsizing was Rich Carlson. 1 of 2 8/28/12 4:21 PM
  • 2. US1 Home http://princetoninfo.com/index.php?option=com_us1more&Ite... Since leaving Kodak in late 2010 Carlson has done consulting work. Ideally, he says, he is seeking employment opportunities in the photographic or chemical industry, but he is not hopeful about his chances for a new career in the photochemical realm. “I’ve pretty much written off photography,” he says. Still, he is hopeful, and he is not just the guy promoting the ChemPharma career fair, he also will be an attendee. The fair itself targets senior level executives like him (he left Kodak as a regional technical manager), but Carlson says it is open to anyone with a science degree who is looking for work. ChemPharma, he says, was launched in 2007 as a pharma-only networking group designed to introduce industry higher-ups to each other. Over the past five years, he says, the association realized its symbiosis with the other arms of the life sciences and chemical technologies industries and expanded its reach to everyone from consumer products to materials science companies. The career fair will feature speakers, such as Alex Freund, a resume and job skills professional who operates Landing Expert Career Coaching in Hopewell, and career counselors. So far, he says, FMC, a chemical manufacturing company whose Research and Technology Center is based in the Princeton South business park in Ewing, and BioTest Pharmaceuticals of Boca Raton, Florida, have stated that their companies have reserved space for on-the-spot interviews. As for tips to making a successful appearance at the career fair, Carlson says there is nothing complicated about it — wear proper business attire, have copies of your resume and business cards handy at all times, and be ready to answer questions from prospective employers. His biggest tip is to make sure you are registered for the event, he says, because space is filling up fast. As for his hopes to return to the familiar ground of photochemicals, Carlson says “it’s interesting work but not very profitable these days.” So he is willing to go elsewhere. Like the candidate who hears “We can’t afford you” without even knowing what the employer’s salary range would be, Carlson would not want to hear a chemical company tell him, “Sorry we don’t do photochemicals.” He is, after all, a chemical engineer, he reminds. He is willing to work in whatever capacity he can. Even if it doesn’t lead him back to Hollywood. Add new comment Become a sponsor! Reach the viewers of PrincetonInfo.com and the readers of U.S. 1. 2 of 2 8/28/12 4:21 PM