How to network with people you don’t know

We know that personal networking fills 75% of all jobs.  But what if you want a job in a company where you know no one? How can you network with people you don’t know?


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This is an older video, from before I changed the name of the site from NetworkPolishKit to BioscienceJobKit.  I’m really not Polish!


Once you know what you want to do next, which keywords your industry uses to describe that and you have identified the companies you would like to work for,

the next step is to identify the people who work there and begin networking with them.


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Do you have the tools you need to find and manage your career network? I have a list.  What do you use?  Shall we compare?

Career network = the people in your industry and niche who will help you find jobs and whom you will help find jobs.  You will also collaborate with them, send links and articles to them, introduce them to people and generally care about their career.  They will do the same for you.

Most of us have about 20 “running buddies” or people in our “posse”.  Most of us know about 400 people whom we could have a beer or coffee with.  But if any of these people had our job, we would have it by now. 

A good career network includes about 500 people
with whom you are connected on LinkedIn. 

This does not include recruiters or family members.  It may, or may not, include your college roommates.  It should include the people you work with or have worked with, your graduate advisor, but most of all, the people you want to have as colleagues. 

Some people are afraid that having a good LinkedIn Profile will signal to your boss that you are looking for work, especially if he is one of your connections.  My answer to this is either disconnect from him, or realize that the better you look to the outside world, the better you look to people in your current company.  Update your LinkedIn Profile after every performance review or “attaboy”.  Attach scanned copies of thank you notes and public praise for your work.  It doesn’t hurt to remind your boss that he said you are terrific at something. 

Knowing who is in your competitors’ companies can make you an asset to your current company and will allow you to understand how good or bad your current job really is. 

Networking doesn’t stop once you get your next job.  A career network needs to be maintained. 

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How to build and develop your LinkedIn Profile


Job Search Tip #44- Networking is Giving - networking is giving 

Networking IS giving.  You give and your networking partner gives.  The more you value what you are getting AND the more your networking partner values what you are giving, the more valuable the relationship becomes.  

Job Search Tip #42 – Networking for a bioscience job



Networking for a job requires a targeted strategic plan. Want to talk about it?  Call me

revised 4/19/17

Job Search Tip #38 – The Dilemma

Job Search Tip #38

Job Search Tip #38


[Video] Finding your next interesting job


Are you prepared to do the work it takes to find your next interesting job?  It does take time and effort – there are no job fairies!

Decide what you find interesting in your work, then what you need in your next job, what you want to do and what kind of company you want to work in.  Then make that list of companies and start to do some targeted networking with the people who work there.  Follow up and then write your resume for each company.  

75% or more of all jobs are filled by networking

For help with each step, contact


Your LinkedIn Headline


What could you do with the names of your potential managers in 25 companies?

How will you approach your potential managers?

If you knew the names and contact information of your potential managers in 25 companies, what would you do?

Would you contact them? Send a resume? Email a cover letter? Invite them for coffee? See whom you know who also knows them? Or leave the list in your inbox and do nothing? 

People are still people and job search is like dating.  How do you approach an attractive partner?

What is your style?  Is it working for you? 

Book a meeting, if you would like those 25 names. Or build up your LinkedIn connections by inviting your 2nd degree connections to become 1st degree, even if they are not the hiring managers.


Do You Want to Be Found by Recruiters and Hiring Managers?

Revised 4/20/17

Networking is NOT interviewing


Finding a job is like finding a marriage partner.  Networking is like dating.  Interviewing is like proposing.  Don’t propose before you get to know the partner!  Don’t interview before you network!

Bioscience Job Search Steps


Networking is Giving

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