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How many members have found employment through contacts or participation in discussions on this group?
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As originally asked by Stephen Glassic.
I have enjoyed reading many of the discussions here (and on several subgroups) and have gained much more insight into the medical device industry but I have yet to find employment. I have also made some very interesting contacts.
Thank you Joe
Lesson learned? I certainly hope so.
I obviously get screened out immediately for on line applications, and am having some luck with finding the hiring manager, but feel I’m not lucky enough.
I understand I must network and network some more. I understand that I have to get in to see the hiring manager. However, I don’t feel I am doing it right and need to reset. Could any of you who have already been successful in this context share your story? I’m in the Boston arena.
Ben Ten Pas
Renewable Energy is booming now here in South Africa, that’s why I joined it.
I didn’t use the internet for networking, initially. Once on Linked In, my best find was this group and the QA/RA sub-group (thanks to Joe and Rob for doing a great job). As commented above, Linked In is about giving without expectation of return, but, like the rest of life, you do get a return, often in an unexpected way. Now, for me in NZ, the world is a much less distant place, the group of people where I find collegiality (much appreciated when you are in a sole consultancy) has inceased and so has the market where I can seek work.
Stuart R. Taylor
Getting back to Stephen’s original question, my answer is that were it not for LinkedIn, I would probably not have this job right now. I was laid off in June 2012, and found something great by INTENSE and fairly aggressive networking primarily through LinkedIn a little over 4 months later. I have never worked harder than during those 4 months : ) but it was definitely worth it. I have made some great contacts and learned a lot.
J. Michael Warner
Robert Trinka, MBA
Answering Stephen’s original post…
I’ve found great value in LinkedIN. Joe’s group is the standout among the 50 to which I belong. It’s been a real asset. I’ve made terrific connections…some of whom have opined in this very discussion.
You do have to get involved if you expect to get anything out of this valuable asset, here in the main Med Devices group, but also the sub-groups. (Let me enter a shameless plug for the Entrepreneur sub-group.)
Having said all of that, I don’t think LinkedIN has achieved its full potential as a job search or talent search tool. If I were a recruiter or hiring manager, I would be looking beyond the profiles and paying close attention to what people are saying and contributing in the discussions. You can get a real sense for how people think, their level of savvy, and their expertise. Seems to me it would be a terrific pre-qual mechanism. Maybe some are already using LI that way.
Wrapping up, I have learned a ton as a result of LI and Med Devices membership. Although I’ve not found my dream assignment yet, the complexion of my search has been much rosier as a result of the Med Devices group, sub-groups and the engaged folks I’ve met here.
Thanks Joe for running such a good group. I’m pleased to run the entrepreneur group as well. I’ve learned some great lessons from other med device entrepreneurs.
The LinkedIn world does work. I have access to expertise, gained new business and met some good friends. Stay active and give guidance without expectation. You’ll then see success.
Todd Staples, MBA
Syed Jawad Shah
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