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06/02/10
Networking in Job Search. Making connections.
Filed under: Recent Posts, Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 4:29 pm

PG and I met at a couple of meetings this year. 
She has
completed her Ph.D. and defense and
seeks a position in
environmental or green
chemistry in industry.  From our
conversations and
some correspondence, she seems to have
the
behaviors and personable skills that will fit in a
number
of organizations.

Recently she reached out to me for a connection
to one
of the firms looking for environmental
chemists at the
SF national meeting.

Although we have met, we are not closely linked
in each
other’s networks.  Some refer to people
outside your network
span as “weak links“.  Some
refer to people who you don’t
necessarily think of
first when you seek information or
contacts to a
person or a reference, yet these
consequential
strangers
” will willingly share information or
contacts in their network to work for you. 

So, I explored linkedin and identified a dozen
jobs and
twenty people.  To me, there was at least
one of each of
interest for PG.  I pointed out what
I did in an email.  She
then explored linkedin and
came up with several “hits”.


Also, I reached out to a cluster and found that,
while they would
not link and interact with me,
they would choose to interact
with PG, given the
right information.


In recent versions of networking theory weak links
show
up as critical elements.  They are outside
our normal every
day network.  1  2 

The lessons are:
  1.  use consequential strangers or weak links
  2.  understand some network elements prefer to
be selective
and choose to be one-way.  It is your
job to find a way to
get the information to
choose you.

One Response to “Networking in Job Search. Making connections.”

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