Networking At Scientific Meetings

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Networking At Scientific Meetings

  1. 1. Why Network at a Scientific Conference? • To share your knowledge and get noticed • To learn new ideas or techniques for your own research Advertised openings are only • To meet potential the tip of the iceberg. postdoc advisors Most jobs and postdocs are and employers found through networking.
  2. 2. The Work Before the Networking • Think now about potential postdoc mentors • Register to present a poster or platform talk – then people will come to you! • Look at the online meeting information and make a plan • Read up on the people you want to meet • Consider contacting people before the meeting • Plan to meet people at all career stages
  3. 3. Practice Your Personal Pitch Prepare a 30 second, 3 minute and 5 minute introduction of yourself – Include who you are in terms of education, research area, and interests – Highlight your strengths – Smile and be positive
  4. 4. 10 Conference Networking Tips 1. Ask your mentor to introduce you to people (s)he knows 2. Make a point to sit next to people you don’t know during talks and at meals 3. Be aware of your body language 4. Get some business cards and offer them when people ask for your contact information 5. Keep a positive attitude. Don’t regard networking as schmoozing
  5. 5. 10 Conference Networking Tips 6. Ask if the person is on LinkedIn and if they mind if you send an invitation to connect 7. Don’t stop after one good (or one bad) contact 8. Remember effective connections are mutually beneficial 9. Introduce your new contacts to other people you know 10.Ask the people you meet open ended questions
  6. 6. Alternatives to the question “What do you work on?” • What did you think of the last session? • What's the best thing you've learned at this conference so far? • What is it like to be a graduate student/postdoc/faculty at your institution? • How did you get involved in …? • What do you think the new trend will be in this field?
  7. 7. Keeping up with Your New Contacts After the Meeting • Send an email to the people you met to thank them for their advice and friendship (see handout for email tips) • Send invitations to connect on LinkedIn as appropriate
  8. 8. Keeping up with Your New Contacts After the Meeting • If you agreed to provide a reprint, a reagent, or a CV be sure to follow up in a timely manner • Introduce your new contacts to others • Periodically email a paper to your contacts, tell them what you think, and ask their opinion
  9. 9. One Final Thought Your adviser's mantra--publish, publish, publish--still holds true. But when you have an opportunity at a scientific gathering, network as if your career counted on it ... because it does. -- Paul Recchia, PhD writer for Science Magazine

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