By John Degnan
It’s a common misconception that networking is just a tool for those looking for new career opportunities. But in fact, it is also a beneficial time-investment for employers and hiring managers themselves. In the fast-paced and ever-progressing life science industries, it is hard to predict when you may need new talent or when you yourself might be looking for a new break in your career. Here are 3 reasons to network:
You don’t know who you are going to meet at a networking event, and therefore, you don’t know which talented individuals might be right at your fingertips. For example, you may meet a developmental scientist that is a better fit than the one you already have. Or perhaps, you run into a marketing manager that has an expertise in medical devices; a role that is currently unfilled in your company. Lastly, you never know when you personally will want a new job or when you may lose your own.
You may not need talent now… but you may need it in the future. Keeping on top of your networking will ease the search when looking for a new employee. Presenting yourself at networking events can also be great brand marketing. It will keep your company top of mind for job-hunting individuals. Finally, it is simply good to expose yourself to new concepts and happenings in the life science industries by attending networking and industry events. It’s better to be in the loop than to be out of it.
It’s proven that employees found via referral, word of mouth, and recruiting are more likely to accept the job, stay with the company longer, and are a better fit with the company than employees who are found through job postings and cold interviews. This will save you time and money in your future hunt for the perfect candidate.
No matter how high up the industry ladder, you should never stop growing your network. In the life sciences space, it is important to have a fresh, innovative team and the perfect team isn’t easy to find.
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