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09/02/09
Mid-career and entrepreneurial networking
Filed under: Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 6:30 am

There is a sub-set of chemists who are
mid-career
or mature scientists.  Another
set who are entrepreneurs.

As a WSJ article highlights, with people
losing their
jobs and small businesses
losing some of their
clients, many are
opting to do pro bono work.


There are several advantages for doing
work for
charities, good causes, and specific
benefits.  It is
a substitute for advertisement. 
It is a positive form
of networking.  In one
case I have learned that the
work has
provided health insurance for an employee’s

cost while doing five hours of work a week.

The benefits may suggest this as an evolving
direction for future tactics meeting interim positions
rather than just hanging in with t
han more
traditional strategies of aiming for full-time,
long-term positions.

One Response to “Mid-career and entrepreneurial networking”

  1. site admin Says:


    A friend sent this article about LinkedIn from the
    Boston Globe. It outlines a few considerations.
    http://www.boston.com/business/
    articles/2009/09/06/make_better_introductions/


     Often Misspelled name
    If someone tries to find you on LinkedIn but misspells
    your name, they’re likely out of luck. O’Malley
    suggests adding common misspellings in the
    “Summary’’ field of your profile.

     LinkedIn can replace business cards
    If you meet someone at a conference or networking event and
    make a connection with them on LinkedIn, you may not
    want to hold onto their paper business card.
    LinkedIn automatically gives you access to their current
    e-mail address, but you can also add other contact
    information such as their mailing address, phone
    number, or birthday. On the person’s profile page,
    just click “View/edit contact info’’ in the right-hand
    column, underneath where the person’s e-mail
    address appears. I hope you find this useful!

    D Lipp

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