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12/19/07
Networking. Nodes, Feedback, Keeping in touch
Filed under: Networking
Posted by: site admin @ 5:11 pm

This is an entry based on four phone
calls in the last three days.

Call #1 was from VC who is finishing
his work and in the middle of his job
search.  He could have done it in an
email offering that he has had some
interest in his resume but none were
in his desired location of the Bay Area
in California.  It was nice to have him
speak, for it revealed his patience and
dedication to his search.

Call #2 was from RK who reported
that he accepted a position in R&D
with Lincoln Labs and was looking
forward to starting his position in
nanotechnology.  He had been looking
since July and found his networking
through his grad school contacts gave
the strongest leads.

Call #3 was from LJ who happily shared
that he accepted his hoped for position
offer from one firm in pharma.  He wanted
to get back to another firm that had also
given him a respectable offer.  Both were
in the location he wanted.  He opined
that his big learning was to work much
harder on relationships with his supervisors
in the future.  And when any relationship
looks like it is weakening, not let it happen.
Certainly, not end a relationship without
a positive relationship with everyone.
You never know when you will need a
reference….

Call #4 was from a headhunter looking
for a person with 0-3 years experience
in electrochemistry in the Bay Area….
She has VC’s contact information (call #1).

It is important for people to understand
the concept of nodes in information theory.
In networking it is important to have contacts
who act as nodes for many forms of contacts
and information exchanges… recruiters,
lawyers, universities, industries, and attends
many meetings…..

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