I have a New Job!

rlrobertsonrlrobertson Member
edited May 2014 in General
Hello everyone,
I recently got a new job as a cosmetic chemist, and I'm so excited since this is my first position in the industry. Do you guys have any pointers on what I can do to prepare for my first day?

Thanks I'm advance,


  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist

    Just be open to learning everything you can.  Also, while it is important to learn to be a good cosmetic scientist it's also extremely helpful in business to learn people skills.  That is learn how to get along with people and make them like you.  Some people have a natural talent for this but everyone can continue to work on it.  In truth, I found the book 'How to Win Friends and Influence People' incredibly helpful in business.

    But from the chemistry point of view, learn how to make every formula you can at the company.  Try to understand what the ingredients do and even think of ways that you can make things less expensive.  

    Most of all, have fun!
  • BobzchemistBobzchemist Member, PCF student
    Yaay Rachel! Congratulations on your new job!

    The best advice I can give you is to take lots and lots of notes. Most places don't realize how overwhelming the volume of introductory information can be - plus, it makes you look studious and prepared, always a good thing.
    Robert Zonis, Sr. Formulation Chemist, Beaumont Products "All opinions and comments expressed are my own, have no relation to Beaumont Products, are fully copyrighted, and may not be used without written permission."
  • DavidWDavidW Member, PCF student
    Congrats but I don't understand how you can get a job as a chemist and seemingly not know anything about cosmetic chemistry.
  • PerryPerry Administrator, Professional Chemist
    @DavidW - my first job out of college was as a formulator and I didn't even know that personal care products were considered cosmetics.  I thought cosmetic chemist meant that I made lipstick, eyeshadow and nail polish.
  • @DavidW I'm so grateful that this company saw potential in me due to my extensive resume, and are willing to teach me everything I need to know so I can be a asset to their R&D department.
  • Thank you @perry and @bobzchemist I will be sure to use your advice! I'm so excited to start my career as a cosmetic chemist!
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