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
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