Monday, May 21, 2007

10 tips on getting promoted at work

You work hard in that laboratory everyday, putting together formulas, taking viscosities, and measuring pHs. But soon you'll tire of that and will want to make a much more significant impact on your company. You may even want to become the most famous cosmetic chemist in the world.

I saw this article which has 10 tips for getting a promotion. Here is the list. See the entire article for more detail.

How to get a promotion at work

1. Work for a company that has potential to grow. This might require you to get a new job.

2. Do a great job.

3. Make sure people know you're doing a great job. (If you don't toot your horn, no one will).

4. Become popular. Sad but true, you'll do better in life if you are popular and people like you. A great book for this is "How to Win Friends and Influence People"

5. Make sure the right people know you want a promotion.

6. Apply for other jobs within your company. Sick of the lab, try for a spot in your Marketing or Regulatory department.

7. Develop new skills. This could mean college but could also be skills you develop in your spare time.

8. Get a mentor. Find someone you want to be like and ask them to lunch to find out their secrets of success.

9. Groom a successor. You can't leave your job if no one else is around to do it. Make sure there is someone who can take your place.

10. Make your own job. Figure out what you want to accomplish and then start doing it. This could turn into a whole new job for you.

Tuesday, May 1, 2007

Have you signed up for the Twin Cities Golf Outing?

Start practicing your golf swing now because the Twin Cities Chapter of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists is hosting their annual golf outing on June 25, 2007.

Spaces are still available but the deadline for registering is June 15, 2007. Reserve those spaces now!!

To register, contact Phil Leith via email at pleith(at)glenncorp(dot)com.

The key course and event information is as follows...

Highway 242and Foley Blvd. Coon Rapids, MN
(763) 755-4141
Date: June 25, 2007
Tee off: 12:00 noon SHARP (Shotgun Start)
Format: 4 Person Scramble
Registration: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Dinner: 6:00 PM
Prizes and Awards to follow dinner

You can make your own foursome or get teamed up

$110.00 per Person Includes: Golf, Cart, Dinner and Prizes
$40.00 per Person for Dinner Only

Hole Sponsorship Available

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact event organizer Steven R. Beauchaine via email at steveb(at)chemserv(dot)com

Sunday, April 15, 2007

An introduction to Society of Cosmetic Chemists Area 2

When I first joined the Midwest chapter of the SCC and started attending monthly meetings, it didn't occur to me that we were part of a larger group called Area II. Even after taking on chapter committee and officer positions, I'm sure if someone had asked what area I was from, I would've answered with a resounding "I dunno." The fact that we were in Area II didn't seem to have much effect at all. We could've easily been switched to Area I, III or IV with no noticeable impact to our chapter. I often wondered why we needed to have "Areas" at all.

Now, as the freshman Director of Area II, I've at least figured out a few good reasons.

First, being part of an Area helps in coordinating events. Many members attend events in their own chapter but also in those of nearby chapters. Being part of an Area that considers the schedules of other Area chapters is good for everyone.

Second, being part of an Area can help make our big events even bigger. Since most of our chapters are small compared to the behmoths like New York or California, we need each other to get scale in our Technical Symposiums, Trade Show & Educational events. As part of an Area, chapters can pool their resources and create top notch events that provide benfits to members from multiple chapters.

Finally, we need to be part of an Area to get ideas from other chapters about what's working and not. Wouldn't it be nice to know how Lake Erie and St. Louis manage to lead the whole Society in retaining members year to year? Having a director that can go to the different chapter events, learn what's working, and share that with all the other chapters in the Area can only help make us all better.

For this first column, I thought it would be a good first step to introduce you to the chapters in our fine Area II. There are 6 chapters with nearly 800 members. Here's a little introduction in random order. In future articles we'll take a more in depth look at each chapter.

1. Twin Cities: Centered in the two great midwest cities it's named for, Twin Cities is a medium sized chapter with 92 members. You can keep tabs on their latest events by checking on the web.

2. Lake Erie: One of the smaller chapters in the Area with 68 members, but also the one with the most loyal members. Lake Erie was second only to Long Island in the National Chapter Member Retention contest.

3. Ontario: With 158 card carrying members, the Ontario chapter is the second largest in the Area. They also have a significant number of student members and have done an excellent job of reaching out to the next generation of cosmetic chemists.

4. St. Louis: Another of our smaller member chapters with right around 40 members. But St. Louis has produced many recent leaders who've gone on to make a signifcant impact on the National scene. Currently, the national Treasurer is from this chapter.

5. Ohio Valley: One of the larger chapters in our Area with about 120 members. In 2006 they launched a great new website that you can find at to find out the latest happenings in their chapter.

6. Midwest: The oldest and largest chapter in our Area with 344 dues paying members. This group has one of the deepest pools of volunteers and continues to set a great example for the rest of the SCC. To find out what's going on in this chapter, be sure to see the website at

So, there you have it, a brief look at all the members of Area II. As director for this area it will be my goal to make it matter to every member in our Area that they are part of this larger group. It would be my hope that in the coming months or years when one of our members is asked what area they belong to, they quickly respond "Area Two and Damn proud about it."

For more about what's going on in Area II check out the new blog And for the curious see more information on the soon to be most famous cosmetic chemist. LOL