More Networking Advice for Introverts

I found this post on networking for introverts or for people who hate networking on Yahoo! Finance. It made me wonder how do people find jobs if they are not posted on or on the company websites. Is it really the weak ties through which people hear about job opportunities. For people who are highly skilled, have a very specific training and a vision on how their future job should look like, it seems to be difficult to make it public that they are job hunting, right? I think, in this case the strong ties – people who work closely together, frequently interact with each other and therefore know a lot about each others strenght and weaknesses are probably better suited to recommend jobs or potential employers.

Readers – any advice on how to network for hybrid jobs that bridge academia and industry?


About Ines Mergel

I am Full Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at University of Konstanz, Germany. Previously, I served as Assistant and then Associate Professor (with tenure) at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, NY. In my research, I focus on informal social networks in the public sector and the adoption and diffusion of digital service innovations in government organizations. I teach classes on social media management, digital government, public management, and social network analysis.

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