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08/22/11
Mid-career professionals. Get on the Internet where “positions are finding us”
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Observ. Trends
Posted by: site admin @ 4:54 pm

The rain shower stopped, the grilling at the Weber
was done for the time being and I decided to sit at
a table on the lawn at this bar-be-cue we attended
yesterday.

Not knowing people there, I introduced myself and
one person blurted that she is a clinical chemist and
….  She did not feel comfortable saying she was
looking for a new job.

It hits most everyone, but clearly she has not gotten
through this shock.  So I joined the table and when
she felt comfortable she told her story. 

What did we learn?  She is a mid-level manager in
Big Pharma and has a family to support, no mentor,
no internet presence, and only an internal company
network.
Sound familiar.  It is not uncommon.  Companies do
not generally support external networking and
professional society participation, unless it is part
of their business model.

This setting is a good one for opening up like this
and developing friendships to help advance your
career.  Take every opportunity to attend, meet
new people, tell your story and listen intently.

Earlier in the day, I read an artful piece in the WSJ
weekend issue by Marc Andreessen about the
radical changes SOFTWARE is bringing about in
the world.  He opined…”software is poised to take
over large swathes of the economy.” and offered
examples:
rise of Amazon….suicide of Borders
largest video service- Netflix…cable companies
                      adapting to offer software to allow
                      beaming content to wireless devices
fastest growing entertainment- videogames
[think:  Zynga]
largest direct marketing company- Google
fastest growing telecom- Skype
our cars:
  software runs the engines, controls the safety
features, guides drivers to destinations and
manages power supplies in hybrids and electrics

Read the COMMENTS attachment and many
more parallel ideas are revealed.

While I did not talk about this in the lawn
conversation it was in my mind as I encouraged
her to develop a stronger Internet presence,
for this is where many of us are finding our
next positions, or “positions are finding us!”
[There was a line about LinkedIn, too.]

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