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04/23/11
Searching for positions and contacts.
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 8:53 am

A common question many recent grads ask came in an
Email recently: 

“I’ve been trying to make as many connections as I can. 
Although, I’m finding that most of my references have
connections in academia and since I would prefer working
in a government research lab or in industry compared to
academia, they have not been able to help so much in
that area. 
Do you have any suggestions as to how I can make
connections in these areas of employment?”

 - Join and participate in professional organizations
 - Attend meetings and engage in conversation and information
   interviews with attendees and speakers
 - Determine where graduates from your group, department and
   school have ended up.  Contact them.
 - Expand your personal network, include ‘consequential
   strangers,’ and people who know people ‘go to the second
   tier in your network’
 - Search in Blog,nesacs.org may also provide ideas for you
   Social media searching
   Consequential strangers and being prepared
   Go outside field of concentration
   Relocation factors in tight economy
 - Use LinkedIn.com to explore particular people.

One Response to “Searching for positions and contacts.”

  1. site admin Says:


    Details on “consequential strangers” see blog item
    on Blau and Fingerman’s book, Consequential
    Strangers….

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