Abha Chalpe, Ph.D.
I was excited and had already planned to live in downtown, Chicago.
However, a small but important detail was yet to be resolved.
My work visa needed to go through before I could start my new job, and my worst fears were realized when my visa did not go through.
I was stuck in India.
For better or for worse, I was in my home country, jobless, and completely lost about how to restart my job search.
What are the top pharma/biotech companies in India?
Do they hire PhDs?
Do I have the skills required for any industry position?
Do industries also have departments, like academia?
If yes, which department would suit my profile?
Will I get paid enough?
I didn’t know anybody in the Indian corporate world.
These and many such questions haunted me every day and took away my sleep at night.
I had lived in the US for 9 years and was lost in my own country!
Through Google searches, I came across some job postings and uploaded my academic resume.
I also desperately started emailing and calling biotech and biopharma companies that I found online.
This strategy didn’t work.
I didn’t secure any interviews and I didn’t learn anything useful during my desperate searches.
I realized I needed help, and found this help in the Cheeky Scientist resources.
It was there that I learned the value of Linkedin.
I updated my dormant Linkedin profile and started reconnecting with the people I had added on Linkedin years ago.
Many of those people I reconnected with were really happy to hear from me.
Turns out, I had a much larger industry network than I had previously realized.
This online networking helped me regain my confidence about landing a job.
Due to the significant improvements I had made to my LinkedIn profile and my LinkedIn networking strategy, I started getting connection requests from industry professionals all over the world.
Networking on LinkedIn eventually landed me my industry position and I have never been happier in my professional career!
I was able to find a job I enjoy that also recognises my value as a PhD.
Why Networking On LinkedIn Is Key For Job Search Success
A recent survey of 15,509 people, conducted by LinkedIn, found that 35% of people reported that a casual LinkedIn conversation led to a new opportunity.
Just a simple short message was enough for more than a third of the survey respondents to have a new opportunity.
Networking is powerful.
The same survey found that 70% of people were hired at a company where they had a connection.
According to the Society of Human Resource Management, employee referrals account for 72% of all interviews.
And, Undercover Recruiter reported that 1 out of every 5 candidates with a job referral gets hired.
If you are not on LinkedIn building up your network and investing in your connections, you are missing out on a huge resource that will boost your job search.
Not only that, networking often leads to referrals which will benefit you after you get hired, as well.
A study in The Review Of Economic Studies journal found that a referral raises wages of workers in their first year at a firm by 6.7 ± 3.4%.
A 6.7% increase is substantial.
It’s an increase in starting salary from $75,000 to $80,000 per year.
Companies place a lot of value on referrals because ultimately, job candidates who come from referrals make better employees.
As a PhD, you already have many advantages over other job candidates, and with a referral you will immediately become a top candidate.
But, you have to put in the work.
You have to be the one on LinkedIn reaching out to your connections and building up your professional relationships.
Cheeky Scientist Top 7 Online Networking Articles
Networking is hard.
It takes energy.
But, as someone who is committed to transitioning from academia to industry, you have to network.
And, there are strategies that you should follow to make the most of your online networking.
Here are the top 7 Cheeky Scientist articles to help PhDs understand how to use LinkedIn to network with industry professionals and get hired...
Trying to get hired abroad can seem daunting and impossible.
And, LinkedIn is a great resource to make that happen.
Once you have a top notch profile, you can leverage the LinkedIn platform to connect with a range of industry professionals.
As you grow your network and invest in the relationships that you build, the success of your job search will increase.
People and relationships are what matter.
Companies know that, as a PhD, you have technical skills, but they don’t know you. This is where networking and getting referrals will make you a top candidate.
Learning the proper way to network with industry professionals on LinkedIn will lead to more referrals, and ultimately to landing you the industry position of your dreams.
You deserve a job where you can do meaningful work and be well paid for it. But, to make that a reality, you have to network.
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Latest posts by Abha J. Chalpe, Ph.D. (see all)
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