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Tips on successful networking

Image credit: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig on Flickr

Image credit: Frits Ahlefeldt-Laurvig on Flickr

“Networking, that hyper-social business behaviour aimed at developing new partnerships and refreshing old ones, can feel like a whirlwind of madding crowds and fluttering business cards. Joanne Kamens, executive director of Addgene and a recognized educator of young scientists, sees it differently…”

Above quote is the opening of an article I recently wrote for  Naturejobs (“the world’s leading dedicated science jobs board”) as a journalist covering Naturejobs Career Expo held in Boston. The article dispels the misconception that networking is daunting and superficial and gives you number of tips on how to effectively build professional relationships:
1) Do not network with jerks
2) Make a good first impression
3) Have business cards handy
4) Tell contacts what you need
5) Follow up
6) Start where you are
7) It’s OK to be an introvert

Special thanks to Robin Lloyd, editor at Scientific American, for great edits and writing tips and to Julie Gould, editor at Naturejobs, for giving me this opportunity! 🙂

Lynn Kimlicka

I am a scientist-turned writer and editor, who loves to read and write (more than doing experiments). I have a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology, with a specialization in structural biology. My interests range widely, from life sciences to pop culture and arts to music. I am bilingual in English and Japanese.

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