Relationships - both personal and professional - are a fact of life, and if you wish to make the swiftest progress up the science career ladder, you will almost certainly need to cultivate harmonious relationships with those of relevance to your chosen sector.
Of course, we serve those seeking roles in
any of a broad range of science sectors here at Hyper Recruitment Solutions, from biotechnology and pharmacology to energy and medical devices.
But in a world in which - according to one
study shared on LinkedIn - as
many as 85% of jobs are filled via networking, there are undoubted benefits
to expanding your range of science-related contacts beyond simply signing up
with a leading recruitment agency.
Here are some tips on how to do it.
on quality, not just quantity
It's easy for many people attracted to the
mystique of networking to think it's about little more than building a long
list of contacts. However, what really matters is the quality of those contacts
and how well connected you are to them.
The best contacts aren't just those who
have heard a rumour about a job opening
at X company or Y company, or any other random person. Instead, they're the
people who can give you useful and current information and additional relevant
contacts. They are likely to be able to give you informed advice, in addition
to meaningful assistance with your applications for science jobs.
But think, too, about how tight and
personal the bond is with the most potentially useful contacts you already
have. Do you know their name, job title and specific areas of interest? What
about their educational history or family?
If you can get in phone contact with that
contact and receive a positive, receptive response to whatever you ask them,
they are a useful contact. Otherwise, they are simply one more name in your
contacts with respect
Do you treat your contacts as potential
allies - people who you listen to and who you can help with their own pain
points, rather than merely people who can give you what they want? Your message
to your contacts should be that you value them highly and - ideally - want to
support and help them.
After all, showing respect to your contacts
will maximise the likelihood that they
respond in kind.
Part of this process should be being clear
about what you want from that contact before approaching them, so that you do not waste their - or your
- time. What kind of science job are you looking for, and what kind of boss are you seeking? Is this a
person who is likely to help you, given your answers to the aforementioned
patient and appreciative
Cultivating a contacts list that will
actually help you to secure that longed-for science job will require a lot of patience
and appreciation. Make sure you express your gratitude by personally thanking
those who give you any form of help with your job search, and don't forget to 'check in' periodically and attempt to
reciprocate with your own assistance, if
According to one recent survey of US adults
by Pew Research Center, 66%
used connections with close friends or family in their most recent job search,
while 63% used professional or work connections and 55% used acquaintances or
friends of friends.
Clearly, then, networking looks unlikely to
become any less important in the job search process any time soon. So, why not
create what may prove to be one of your most crucial contacts of all, by making
use of our
considerable expertise in any of a vast range of science industries here at
Hyper Recruitment Solutions?