Online professional networking -for scientists 3 1 2013


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Online professional networking -for scientists 3 1 2013

  2. 2. Setting today’s agendaHow to use online networking to find a job How to connect with people online to advance my career How to build a profile What types of networking sites are there 0 20 40 60 80 100
  3. 3. Agenda History and overview of professional networking sites for scientists Deep Dive: LinkedIn  Member demographics  Establishing a network  Leveraging LinkedIn for a job search Q&A
  4. 4. The Social Media Landscape in2012
  5. 5. A Brief History of Online Science Networks 433K 2.5M + 20K 2.25M + 2.19M +200M + 25K 2003 2005 2007 2008
  6. 6. Survey Results: What are you using? None 17.9 5.1 Academia.eduNature Networks 5.1 38.5 ResearchGate LinkedIn 74.4 Percent… 0 20 40 60 80
  7. 7. Survey Results:What are you using it for? Boost my online presence Connect with former colleagues As an online Rolodex Build community with researchers… Answers to research questions Career adviceLooking for a job outside of academia Looking for a job in academia 0 20 40 60 80 100
  8. 8. MembershipBreakdown• 427, 500+ inMedicine• 356, 000+ inBiology• 157,000+ inChemistry• 92,000+ inEducation
  9. 9. Job Postings:14506 international listings in science and researchPublications: MillionsGroups can be a forum for crowdsourcing problems and solutionsReasons to join from the Founder, Dr. Ijad Madisch:1. It lets you build your own profile within your field by posting your publications and research and if you publish, it gives you the opportunity to share datasets that weren’t in the final journal version.2. It allows you to engage in discussion with other scientists if you’re looking for advice or suggestions on a particular topic.3. It allows you to keep up with the work in your field by following current publications in a more focused way.
  10. 10. What is your experience with ResearchGate? What do you like? What don’t you like? How are you able to engage, interact, connect with others? If you use LinkedIn and ResearchGate, what do you think distinguishes ResearchGate?
  11. 11. 50M + EMEA 37M+ Asia & the Pacific
  12. 12. Source: Blue Rise Media, June
  13. 13. Source: Blue Rise Media, June
  14. 14. Deep Dive: LinkedIn
  15. 15. 8 Tips for Building a SolidProfile Brand yourself Treat your skills as keywords Get endorsements and recommendations but don’t get them all at once Update your profile regularly but don’t do a massive overhaul in one day Be honest Add a tasteful photo Humanize your profile Be descriptive and clear Sources: Forbes, 2012;
  16. 16. Growing Your Network:Groups and Connections
  17. 17. Groups Source: Infographic Labs, Feb 2012
  18. 18. Group Usage: Survey Results 50 40 30 20 10 0 Join Groups Dont Join Groups Dont Use Online Networking Source: Lab42, 2011
  19. 19. LinkedIn Groups 12,657 groups with “Science” in the title  Ex. Science Jobs, PharmaIQ, Life Science Professionals  Subgroups for specific fields 120 “Post doc” and “Post-doctoral” groups  Post Doc Forum  PhD Careers Outside of Academia  Universityof Chicago Postdoctoral Association Alumni groups Professional societies  Association for Women in Science, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science
  20. 20. Why join Groups? Connect to others with shared interests or common goals that you may never meet in- person Optimize your profile for searching Learn about offline events Crowdsourcing and idea sharing Recruiters and HR join tooDon’t join Groups that are not relevant to you.If a Group you want to join doesn’t exist, make it.
  21. 21. Connections Goal: Turn a weak connection into a strong one and keep your strong connections strong  Connect with co-workers Connect with friends—you never know who is in their extended network!  Stay in touch: Take the in-person connections online  Leverage Groups to connect to people with similar interests and/or career
  22. 22. Tips on Connecting Contacting people in Groups is easier than you think Personalize requests to connect Only invite people you are fairly certain will connect Let the other do the work by including a link to your profile in other places, such as your email signature, blog, etc.
  23. 23. Cautions “When stalking other people on LinkedIn, make yourself anonymous” Don’t invite too many people you don’t know
  24. 24. The Job Search:Evolution of the Resume Source: The Undercover
  25. 25. The Job Search Source: Infographic Labs, Feb
  26. 26. The Job Search:What do Employers Think? Source: The Undercover
  27. 27. Tips for the Job Search1. Finish your profile and cultivate your network2. If your job search is public, consider updating your status3. Use the advanced search feature to learn about career paths for others with similar skills4. Search the jobs section (duh!)5. Track where people in various positions came from (Companies: Insights) and related companies6. “Follow” companies you’re interested in working for up-to- date job postings7. Check out the “Similar jobs” section when looking at position details8. If you can, connect to HR/hiring managers—if they’re second-level connections but no further away9. Let recruiters come to you
  28. 28. Using LinkedIn “RecommendedSkills” Endorsements are tricky and have received mixed reviews from the LinkedIn community Consensus is that Recommendations are better  Request from current and former colleagues and bosses to flesh out your profile  Don’t ask for them all at once  It is helpful to provide a draft for the recommender to revise
  29. 29. Is a premium account worth it? The Answer: It depends… Source: Lab42, 2011
  30. 30. Enhancing your onlinepresence Keep your brand consistent Link your online identities  LinkedIn  Blog  Twitter handle (if content is professional) Participate and engage Use key words that are “searchable”— optimize your profile for search engines (SEO)
  31. 31. Q&A and Discussion
  32. 32. Resources 14 Terrible LinkedIn Mistakes You’re Making. Business Insider. Sept. 4, 2012 The Undercover Recruiter: Avoiding LinkedIns Top 10 Pitfalls (While Kicking The Competitions Butt). Forbes. Your LinkedIn Intervention: 5 Changes You Must Make. Forbes. 2012.How to Build Your Personal Brand on LinkedIn. 2009. LinkedIn SEO: How to Increase the Visibility of Your Business Profile. Entrepreneur.Guy Kowasaki—10 ways to use LinkedIn to find a job. 2009.LinkedIn Invitations: Everything You Need to Know (and Then Some!)
  33. 33. Thank You For Your Attention!