- Paperback: 248 pages
- Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (July 7, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118663586
- ISBN-13: 978-1118663585
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #572,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Alaina G. Levine is a Networking Ninja. I’ve learned a lot from her that has helped me get where I am today, and if you follow even half the advice in this book, you’ll be networking better than most scientists I’ve met. You’ll immediately see direct, tangible benefits for your career.”
Dr. Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer, American Astronomical Society
“Alaina G. Levine has provided thousands of AGU’s student and early career members with invaluable advice during her webinars, workshops, and one-on-one consultations. With the release of Networking for Nerds, scientists around the world will have access to Alaina’s real-world experience and expertise in the comfort of their own homes and offices.”
Chris McEntee, Executive Director/CEO, American Geophysical Union
Networking for Nerds provides a step-by-step guide to understanding how to access hidden professional opportunities through networking. With an emphasis on practical advice on how and why to network, you will learn how to formulate and execute a strategic networking plan that is dynamic, multidimensional, and leverages social media platforms and other networking channels.
An invaluable resource for both established and early-career scientists and engineers (as well as networking neophytes!), Networking for Nerds offers concrete insight on crafting professional networks that are mutually beneficial and support the advancement of both your career goals and your scholarly ambitions. “Networking” does not mean going to one reception or speaking with a few people at one conference, and never contacting them again. Rather, “networking” involves a spectrum of activities that engages both parties, ensures everyone’s value is appropriately communicated, and allows for the exploration of a win-win collaboration of some kind.
Written by award-winning entrepreneur and strategic career planning expert Alaina G. Levine, Networking for Nerds is an essential resource for anyone working in scientific and engineering fields looking to enhance their professional planning for a truly fulfilling, exciting, and stimulating career.
• Practical how-to guide for professional networking in the sciences and engineering.
• Provides tips and insights on how to get started, as well as tools for establishing a personal, long-term professional networking strategy that mirrors and supports your own career development plan.
• Reveals often-overlooked professional avenues and game-changing career opportunities accessed only through networking.
• Offers specific advice for networking at an event, identifying people for your networks, and establishing your reputation via appropriate avenues to gain further access to hidden opportunities.
• Highlights the importance of networking to advancing the fields of science and engineering.
• Explains how to use social media platforms such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to grow and strengthen professional networks.
About the Author
Alaina G. Levine is President of Quantum Success Solutions, a career consulting enterprise with focus on advancing the professional development expertise of scientists and engineers. She is an award-winning, internationally known science and engineering career consultant, science journalist, professional speaker, and comedian.
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This book is jammed packed with wonderful tips on practical things that everyone needs to know. Like how to write a thank you note following a interview, considering job opportunities outside of your selected major in college, and countless other valuable life lessons. I reccomemd this book to not only my fellow "Nerds" but to everyone from new grad to established professionals. I still refer to this book years after purchasing it to remind myself how would Alaina handle this situation and the answer is always with confidence, grace and excellent communication!!
You will not regret this purchase and will want to share it with everyone!!
It all involves “soft” people skills, and her advice on making and maintaining connections is practical and feels genuine. This aspect of the book including, establishing your ‘network brand’, approaching people on social media as well as engaging strangers at live events, is useful for anyone navigating the professional waters these days.
The 30 second elevator pitch is a well-known technique every professional should have in their pocket regardless of field, and Levine offers realistic examples to spur your own thought process.
Also very transferable is the idea of exploring ‘beneath the surface’ for unposted job opportunities. It’s an often-repeated fact that less than 10% of positions are advertised externally – but that doesn’t mean only insiders are considered for the other 90%. The key is uncovering who the gatekeepers are and the answers can often be found through casual connections online.
The writing is intelligent and respectful of the audience. Levine understands the disconnect between highly accomplished scientists whose social skills may not be on an equal footing – for reasons unnecessary and detrimental to their career growth.
Bottom Line: The author does an excellent job drumming into readers that there’s nothing at all sleazy or manipulative about professional networking – in fact the contrary. Much valuable work – even historic and award-winning collaboration – would never have occurred without one or another party stepping outside their personal comfort zone and discovering like-minded fellow travelers willing to join forces or simply assist in the journey.
We’re blessed to live in an age with vast possibilities for communication, yet many people don’t know and/or don’t allow themselves to take advantage of them. Such people will find ‘Networking for Nerds’ a source of real and practical encouragement.
(I should have questioned the "nerd" aspect when I noticed two grammatical errors in the subtitle...)