My name is
Malcolm Smith, and I’m
currently a junior at Acme
University, where I’m worki
toward a B.S. in chemistry with
a focus in organometallics and
food science. I’ve worked in two
different labs: one focusing on
nickel carbonyls and the other on
pH’s effect on top note flavors in
potato chips. While I’d love to
pursue either, I think my real
passion lies in working in the
flavor industry, preferably
savory flavors and
has lapsed and it’s time to embark on your
next speed networking conversation, do not
fret! When the event is over, go back through the
contact information and notes you gathered for
the people you met, add them on LinkedIn, and
shoot them an e-mail thanking them for their time.
Use those social networking skills for the greater
good of your professional circle!
SPEED NETWORKING DON’TS
It’s probably also worth mentioning that there are
a few don’ts of networking etiquette. Whatever you
do, do NOT attempt the following:
1. DO NOT ASK FOR A JOB. This puts the other person
in an uncomfortable position. Instead, ask if internships
2. Do not talk about business matters only. Be creative
and add personality to the conversation! Maybe find a common
interest — books, movies, and sports are a great starting point.
If the person responds favorably, talk more about it. If not,
move on to a different subject. It’s that simple.
3. Do not mention politics, religion, or other controversial or personal issues. You want to be remembered
for the right reasons, so try to keep the conversation light.
4. Do not simply hand out business cards or shake
hands. You want to connect with people and develop sound
relationships, not simply “get your name out there.” Think
about it: would you rather friend hundreds of people on Facebook at random merely to increase your friend count, or link to
a small fraction of close contacts with many of whom you actually interact? Networking is about quality, not quantity.
5. Do not interrupt others’ conversations.
It’s impolite and you probably wouldn’t want
someone doing the same to you.
6. Do not be shy. “But I’m so awkward!” you
may argue. Oh, please— we all are! Embrace it
and be brave.
Think You’re Not Ready? Think Again!
If you’re leery of the idea of networking in general, consider this: you probably do it already, almost every day. Whether you’re updating
your Facebook status, tweeting, or just reblogging photos on Tumblr, the
moment you hit “enter,” you’re instantly sharing your ideas and creating
a personal brand. In fact, although you may not realize it, you’re probably
a social networking guru!
Social networking is a great way to sustain friendships, but what if
you long for more? Professional relationships? Connections? More friends
who are chemists? (Hey, it can’t hurt!) That’s when old-fashioned, face-to-face networking comes into play… and it requires a lot of the strategies
you use in social networking, plus a few tactics and techniques all its own.
The Undergraduate Speed Networking with Chemistry Professionals event gives you a fast and efficient way to grow your network…
and learn mad skills in the process! This specialized form of networking happens in person, and it’s just what it sounds like— a quick, fun,
and focused way to meet new people, develop networking and interviewing skills, and gain insight into life after graduation.
Go forth and network
If you are planning to attend the upcoming ACS Spring National
Meeting in New Orleans, take part in the Undergraduate Speed
Networking with Chemistry Professionals event, which promises to
be an exciting, valuable experience. But even if you can’t attend, try
to use the tips and strategies explained above in the more run-of-the-mill networking opportunities that you may encounter almost
anywhere. These tips can help you obtain maximum results, make
professional connections, and learn more about careers in chemistry in no time.
Remember, networking is partly about introducing yourself to
others who may benefit from knowing you, and partly about meeting people who may be able to give you advice, recommendations,
and additional resources— so it never hurts to keep your networking “radar” up at all times— you never know who might be a great
new addition to your network!
Now, go and get ’em!
Marisa Sanders is a senior at The College of New Jersey (Ewing) and president of the ACS student chapter. She plans to attend graduate school in the fall to study solid state chemistry.
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