/ Asked by Veronica
I graduated in 2015 with a Master's Degree in Chemistry. I believe that assessment centers tend to force me to be someone I'm not for a role that isn't what I applied for. I have decided to try to apply for smaller roles in smaller companies to avoid the unnecessary pressure of an assessment center and the ridiculously long application processes. Is the chance of me getting a job higher following this approach? Any advice?
Answered by Charlene, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, January 12, 2016
If the assessment centers are slotting you into a position you are not interested, perhaps stating very clearly on the cover letter, introduction or the application;  although you have extensive experience in this area, you are looking at specific positions that give you...and then state a few examples of experiences you are looking to obtain.  It is definitely an innate trait that we all have to help guide candidates into positions or areas where we see their strengths, however if you are looking to make a career change or have a specific position in mind the more detailed you can be as to what you are looking for and what you can bring to that role via your experience or skill set the better chance you have of being considered for that position.  Good Luck.
Answered by Sylvia, Hiring Expert at HP Inc., on Monday, February 8, 2016
You don’t necessarily need to target smaller companies to find your role. You would be surprised by the amount of larger companies (across many industries) that hire Chemists. Just because you use an agency doesn’t mean you can’t look on your own. You should continue to apply for positions you are interested in, network with people in the field or hold the position you wish to have.  If the assignment center isn’t providing the right resource for you, discuss your reservations with them. If they continue to ignore your interests don’t use them, but you first need to clearly indicate the roles you are seeking within the industry you are targeting. Also mention to them the locations you prefer or if you are open to any locations, this will also help them focus their search (narrow it or broaden it). Best of luck! 
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