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09/06/15
Watch-Outs. 87. Asking for referrals,Detective mindset, Salaries, Patent Reform
Filed under: Interviewing, Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 12:52 pm

Recently several requests for connections to people have come.
It is interesting that some seek referrals far afield from STEM
in areas, like Medical Science Liaison and Patents and law. 
The relationship the requester has and the shared feeling
of reciprocity, of willingness to give back generously, must be
communicated both in the request and in the following reply.
Comments on one’s wording are shared.

A strong post from B. Sucher is linked offering that we
be a “detective” when seeking career opportunities.  This goes
for people fully in the job market as well as for professionals
in their current position who sense some uncertainty in
future directions.

One common thread in our capitalist society is wondering
how much salary compensation different positions offer. 
A web resource guide is linked to assist you.

Since federal legislators have missed opportunities to deal with
inequities and huge increases in patent infringement claims,
many states are creating measures to limit “patent trolling”
and other legal bottlenecks.  It is worth keeping a finger on
the pulse of these to be able to understand some questions to
ask should you be involved in a related case.

BONUS LINK:  Giving good presentations

REFERRALS
SOURCE:  R. Roberge, The best way to ask for referrals;
A. Doyle, How do you ask for a referral ;
Getsidekick, How to ask for a referral
For people I know and have a recent or long term connection,
it is usually a pleasure to share names who could be excellent
resources or have valuable information or connections.  The
problem comes with requests with scant connections.  They,
honestly, have to do more to have me work for them.  Their
letter of request, if in an email, might only be an email reply
with links, if they don’t take the time to build a relationship and
enhance the connection.

Then, after the reply, a prompt ‘thank you’ is in order.  If it is
not done or done in an appreciatively timely manner,
the next request will either be slowly responded or
less detailed and thought-inspired.

DETECTIVE BEHAVIORS
SOURCE:  B. Sucher, Do you cry wolf?
Billie offers that in our environment we need to ascribe to
the habits of the best detectives to be successful and offers
over 30 behaviors.  The ones that jump out for me are:
communication and listening,  observational skills and
putting pieces together.

PATENT REFORM
SOURCE S. Malanga, WSJ 9-4-15 “States move to do-it-
yourself patent reform

There are wiser people battling over this issue and like in
wars the victors will write the final story.  It is worth
looking into this if you live in VT, MN, NC and
skimming Law360 blog.

SALARY RESOURCE
Be aware that it appears several sources are cutting back and
using the same output/survey result.

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