The best contacts by Peter Fiske
Peter Fiske always has great career articles for scientists. His articles are highly relevant to the academia-trained scientist, whether trying to break out of academia, seeking a “non traditional” career, or following in your PI’s footsteps. In this article he discusses the importance of nurturing your relationships, because it is through their acquaintances that you’ll get your next job.
I further recommend getting involved in a professional organization that exposes you to a large number of people, and seek a leadership role in that organization. It could be your field’s society, a Graduate Student Association, or a Postdoc Association. These societies and associations exist at local, regional, national, and international levels. Depending on the organization, you can jump right in to the national group and be more involved in the local group.