How to Utilize social networking skills to grab Research Jobs
Todays Bio Research Market is saturated with more Job Seekers and lesser. But the best part is not all the job seekers are equally competent. However its very difficult for HR Managers to pick out your resume from a pile of 10000's of Resume.
Its just like picking out a small gold pellet from a pile of sand. So what startegy you should adopt as a Job Seeker.
You can surely leverage your social networking skills to get a personal referral or introduction to the HR via any scientist of that particular company.
A good way to start is to determine how others have succeeded — and to reflect on whether you can follow their approach. You might be tempted to dismiss that idea, attributing your predecessors' good fortune to the legendary 'old boy' network, to which you do not belong. This is not an unreasonable thought; connections to established scientists are often helpful. Whether spontaneous or requested, a timely, enthusiastic call from your successful colleague's prominent supervisor or mentor to a prospective employer may well have led to an interview invitation.
You can begin at your own home right away without going out. Have you read aany recent research paper related to your work? Has it raised enthusiastic questions in your brain? Could interacting with the scientist help you to make progress in your career? If the answer to any of these is yes, try initiating an e-mail exchange with him or her. Not only could you learn something that has a bearing on your current research, but when you start looking for a job, your correspondent might recall your inquiry or critique, and be willing to work on your behalf.
Try connecting to people who are from your field but that may not translate into success immediately. Do not get disheartened. Afterall you didn't get a/ Ph.D Degree in a day. same thumb rule applies here. It will take time. But surely will give you an extra added advantage over others while seeking Job or research Projects
Bottomline: Market Yourself as a researcher....will follow!!