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05/26/08
Mid-Career Re-focus
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring
Posted by: site admin @ 11:04 am

Based on a LinkedIn Invitation

>>


>> Daniel
Eustace wrote:


>>
——————————————-


>> * RE: Join my network on
LinkedIn


>>


>> Hi HS,


>>


>> Trust you
are well!


>>


>> Glad to collaborate.


>> Let me know
how I might be able to


>>
help you.

>> Regards,


>>
Dan


>>


>> PS:  Polaroid—is no more!  But


>>
there are plenty
of
ex-Polaroids out
>> there willing to network



>Dan, I have overstayed at my current
> position. Despite myproduct
line now

> being 40% of sales per year… in the
> downturn I am being [affected in] pay and
> benefits equal to coworkers who
contribute

> [much less]. I do not want to
relocate. 

>
[Good companies] post many jobs
> but I cannot find an “in”… for example.
> Appreciate your advice.
> HS
==================
Hi HS,

From what I have seen, a possible strategy is
to do three
things–
1) network into the top firms you really want
to get into

2)
volunteer in professional organizations
showing your skills, 
ability to
work with
others, your top notch communications

skills and your knack to
get things done.

3) if there is a new skill or a refresher on
an existing skill in
demand, go out and get
trained and educated


NETWORKING ASPECTS
Certainly, creating information
files about
each leading firm.
getting all the financial
information and
sourcing them for information

on the internet will happen as part of the

networking.   Know their business
inside and out.

ANNUAL REPORT TO
FIND OUT WHAT
IS VALUED

If one cannot find an “in” one is just not trying

hard enough, I am
sorry to say.  What do they
value the most?  Product
management,
innovation,
use of new science…it will be in their annual
report.

You need to read between the lines.

INFORMATION
INTERVIEW

Then, consider doing an information interview
with someone you
get
connected to or request
based on your investigations.   Google
“information

interviews” or look at blog.nesacs.org for information interview
tips.


VOLUNTEER
Chemistry week, speak at local schools, or
contribute
in some way where
you are making a
difference in your professional
community.  
When someone
‘googles’ your name they
will see several facets of a
unique individual.


Hope this helps.

Regards,
Dan

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