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Sari Van Anders, a social neuroendocrinologist from U. Michigan gives some insight as to how to network and why you should really be self-promoting yourself! Why self-promote?
- Help in finding allies and mentors
- Demonstrate the relevance of your work
- Community building
Why do you not self-promote?
- Fear of scrutiny (tall poppy syndrome – “the tallest poppy gets cut down”)
- Fear of appearing arrogant (you might be considered arrogant simply for being present)
- Very challenging for introverts
- Time management – where to find the time?
How to get started
- Start when your first paper is in press
- Speak to your peers as well as faculty
- Your peers are future faculty and scholars
- Be welcoming to your peers!
- Accept offers of help – let peers and colleagues learn about your work!
- Tweet, post on Facebook and share via department email
Networking via e-mail
- Ask experts for pre-reads of papers and feedback (check with your advisor and follow norms in your field!)
- Respond to messages in a timely fashion
- Follow up meeting at conferences via email
- Use e-mail as an easy way to avoid worries about your age, gender, social status, etc
- Err on the side of formality – use titles!
- Join professional organizations and seek mentors (or become one!)
- Ask questions at conferences
- Use Google Scholar, Academia.edu, a personal website
- Congratulate others
- Be authentic
- Don’t be humble
- Have a mentor sponsor you – it’s sometimes who you know
- Self nominate (you may be one of the few who do!)