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Some rules for professional etiquette in interactions:

  • Shaking hands: Shaking hands leaves more of an impression than one realizes. Your handshake should be firm, dry, and quick. The shake should employ two pumps up and down, and then get the heck out of there. Don’t linger and don’t keep holding their hand like you’re mates. Don’t use your other hand for the “reach around,” in which you grab your colleagues shoulder and shake their entire body. Utilize the whole hand—don’t engage a shake with three fingers. Keep yourself dry by not clasping anything in advance (like a drink or a briefcase), and always use your right hand. If you are waiting to meet someone and are feeling nervous, sit with your palm upwards to keep it dry.
  • Maintain eye contact: As you speak with someone, try to maintain eye contact as much as possible. You never want to appear as if you are bored with the conversation and thus have your gaze drift aware from the other party. They should know you have their complete attention. This simple act goes a long way in demonstrating a positive attitude.
  • Express enthusiasm for the conversation: There’s nothing that’s more of a downer when you first meet someone and as you speak and share your brand and experiences, they don’t smile, they don’t nod their head, they don’t express any positive emotion at all. Don’t be “that guy.” Show your companion that you are interested in what they have to say—this will leave a great impression with them and ensure that the discussion continues fluidly in the future.
  • Ask for their business card and offer them yours: More information about the business card is below. The key point here is that you should have a business card and you should not be afraid to ask for someone else’s card. You need that information to get in touch with them later. But do be aware that there are cultural differences in the way Americans, for example, exchange business cards as compared to Japanese. In Japan, you present your business card very formally with two hands with the text facing away from you (so the other party can easily read it). When the other party takes it, also with two hands, they proffer a compliment on it, such as “what a beautiful logo” or something of the sort. And there is a hierarchy associated with who presents their card first.
  • When your meeting concludes, excuse yourself appropriately and bid them farewell—don’t just walk away. Don’t be like that astronomer who was chatting with me and suddenly ran away when the opportunity presented itself. Conclude your meeting formally—with a salutation and a handshake. And although you should wait until they are finished with their thought (i.e., don’t interrupt them), you don’t have to wait until the party is over. If there is an appropriate break in the conversation, it is perfectly fine to say “Thank you very much. I enjoyed speaking with you. 

Some rules for interaction over the phone:

  • Prepare in advance: Have your questions written out and whatever research materials about the person or their organization in front of you in case you need to refer to them in the conversation.
  • Take notes using a pad and pen, rather than a computer: This only applies if you have a noisy keyboard like I do. You don’t want to be distracting your colleague on the other end of the phone with your typing.
  • Plan to have it in a quiet place: Just because it is an “informal conversation” doesn’t mean you should treat it informally or with a lack of attention to detail. Don’t have it in a coffee shop, in line at the grocery store or while you are driving or on a train. If you don’t have a quiet place to have the call, either plan to go to the library and ask if you can use one of their study group rooms, which are often available, or reschedule the call altogether. Better to have a quiet discussion where the other party can hear you and you are showing respect than have your sister screaming in the background about when you are planning to walk the dog.
  • If you are using a mobile phone, make sure that your device has excellent reception in the place you plan to make the call, and is 100% charged.
  • If you plan to use the speaker phone option, do a practice call with your friend so you know that your voice comes across clearly on the other end of the phone. Otherwise use a headset so you have your hands free to jot down ideas.
  • If the call drops, simply call the person back and apologize and continue with the discussion.

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General rules:

  • When dining is involved, the meal is never about the food. When I was in college, every networking function centered on the cuisine. I used to organize my days around going to publicly-promoted mixers where I could get free meals of hors d’oeuvres and other finger foods. I was driven by it and was proud of my accomplishment of being able to go a week without buying a meal. But I am not in college anymore; and now I know that food, whether it is free or not, is not my motivation for attending receptions and other networking events. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat at a reception—they are supplying the food after all and you can enjoy it. But you should follow some tips to make sure that what you eat doesn’t get in the way of your talking, meeting new people, and making networking connections
  • Dress the part. Know what is appropriate clothing to wear to an interview, event, mixer or conference, and take it up a notch. An important part of establishing your professionalism and your dedication to your craft is wearing the garments associated with the vocation. However, at conferences and other high-impact networking situations you don’t want to appear as if you just came in from the field or lab. You need to appear a little more formal and polished when trying to make a great first impression. This is especially important if you are going to be “on stage”—giving a talk or a poster or leading a board or committee meeting. So where some might consider it appropriate to wear jeans and sneakers to a conference, if you are giving a talk or are looking for a job, especially in the early stages of your career, I would dress up just a little. You don’t have to wear a three piece black suit, but a nice pair of unwrinkled chinos combined with a button-downed shirt (tucked in) and a pair of dress shoes is completely suitable for many science and engineering conference settings and even some job interviews.
  • Every culture has its own rules—learn these before you travel or interact with someone from that region. How you interact with others, especially those who come from a different culture or region than you, can make or break your next encounter. And since science and engineering is a global enterprise and will only continue to be more so in the future, it is critically important for you to gain an understanding of cultural nuances and norms as they relate to professional interactions before you endeavor to join a team or work with someone from that culture.

I learned this the hard way when I was studying abroad in Cairo. When I first arrived in the Middle East, not yet even 21, I ventured to the souk, or marketplace, and started buying souvenirs. But having not done much research relating to the culture of the region and how business is done there, I went about it in all the wrong ways and as a result I not only paid higher prices for my objects of desire, but probably ended up insulting the shopkeepers in the process. But by the end of my semester stay, I knew exactly what I was doing, having observed people multiple times making transactions and from asking questions (the value continues!) of my classmates. So in December, I recall visiting a merchant and spending time with him at his booth: Chatting with him about the weather, school, family, culture, and the like, enjoying a fresh glass of carrot juice and tea, and then quite some time later, and only then, actually getting down to business and beginning our formal negotiation for the price of the product I wanted to buy. By learning, mastering, and ultimately employing appropriate etiquette for the culture in which I was a visitor, I was able to foster a fair exchange of both product and respect with this salesman.

I learned a lot about operating in unfamiliar cultures from that study abroad experience. For example, I learn in the Middle East to always shake hands with your right hand, as the left one is considered unclean, and to never point the soles of your shoes at someone, as it is considered an insult. I also learned never to assume anything about a person’s culture or background without inquiring about it first. I gained this bit of wisdom, also in Egypt, while participating in a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with my new friends from the American University in Cairo. The guests at this affair were from myriad cultures and countries with which I had previously not had any interaction. So I was a little surprised when, while we were having a meal of turkey, gravy, mashed potatoes, and peas, one student ate the entire meal with his hands. Furthermore, he did not make use of his napkin until the very end of the meal, when he performed the following act: When the entire plate was wiped clean of all food particles, he poured his glass of water over his hands above the plate, and then and only then did he wipe his hands on the napkin.

I could have guessed that he was probably from India or Pakistan, where many meals are eaten without utensils. As it turned out, he was from Brunei. And following the meal, I asked him about what he did and he was happy to share the nuances of his culture with me and the other guests. The experience taught me a couple of critical things:

  • In a multi-cultural engagement, if you see someone do something that seems out of the ordinary for your culture, you can ask—people are often happy to share their culture with you.
  • Don’t assume that someone is being unprofessional because they are acting in a certain way that seems to be the opposite of what you are used to. They may just not be familiar with the cultural practices of that region or ecosystem.
  • Learn and respect other cultures—just because someone does it differently than you, doesn’t make it wrong.
  • People respond positively to others who seek to adopt appropriate cultural practices. If you ask about, learn, and then follow the nuances of a certain region, you will find that your networking ROI will immediately improve and you will gain access to the Hidden Platter of Opportunities!

And one final thought about interaction with people from other cultures: We all know that every discipline of science and engineering (and even subdisciplines) has its own “cultural” norms and standards. For example, what might be appropriate to wear while giving a talk at an ecology conference might not be appropriate when interviewing for a job at a government lab. So take note of what your own STEM culture dictates is appropriate and how professionalism is defined by that culture. You can use it as a guideline for your own behavior and even kick it up a notch

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Being Professional

Your role as a professional is intimately tied to your brand, attitude, and reputation and thus plays a huge part in expanding your networks. But what exactly is a “professional”?

TIP: A professional is simply someone who is serious about their craft, and every action they take solidifies and amplifies that dedication.

The definition of a professional is simple: It is someone who is serious about their craft and exhibits that seriousness in every possible way, including:

  • How they interact with others.
  • What they say.
  • How they say it—their use of vocabulary, tone, and poise.
  • Their attitude.
  • How they approach their work.
  • Their attention to appropriate and culturally-mandated etiquette (in interactions, meals, and correspondence).
  • What they wear and when they wear it.

The importance of being professional cannot be overstated. If you are perceived as a professional you will be treated as a professional. This serves to elevate your brand and amplify your reputation. It is a critical lynchpin in networking, because if people see you as a professional they are more likely to engage you for a career opportunity. Think about it this way—the opposite of a professional is someone who is an amateur, hobbyist or enthusiast. They consider their work something enjoyable but not something that demands their full attention or that takes priority in their lives. But you, my friend, are a professional, which means that I know you are so serious about your craft that you will stop at nothing to solve the problems associated with your craft. Professionals want to engage other professionals for employment and other significant collaborations.

TIP: Being known and seen as a professional is especially vital in networking, because if people view you as a professional they are more likely to engage you for a career opportunity, whether it is hidden or advertised.

One of my favorite stories about how critical it is to establish yourself as a professional from the first moment of contact stems from a time when I was on a search committee for a new employee in my department. The person was interviewing for the position of development director—in other words, she would be the public face of the unit as she endeavored to raise money on its behalf. If ever there was a job that demanded a level of professional decorum, it is the chief fundraiser.

Considering that it was an influential position, the candidate participated in multiple interviews with key campus leaders throughout the day. My committee was scheduled to interview her around 4pm. Now of course, even though it was at the end of a long, tiring day, it would have been strategic for her to maintain her energy level throughout the experience and demonstrate a continuously positive and professional attitude no matter how many people she had to meet during the hiring process. She needed to make an all-round good impression with every interviewer if she were to land the job.

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Your Career Opportunities

This book is not designed to list every single career opportunity you can consider as a result of your STEM education. Its mission is to demonstrate the power that networking has to elucidate career paths and opportunities that you may not have known existed and identify clear channels to access and pursue them. But I wanted to give you a taste of what is in store for you as you start your own career explorations via networking. Many of the following career paths I was unaware of until I networked myself. In fact, I have one of my current freelance jobs, as a columnist for APS News, the international publication of the American Physical Society (APS), as a direct result of networking. It was a hidden opportunity that I essentially fashioned myself over the course of a single phone call. This gig serves as a terrific example of accessing the Hidden Platter of Opportunities, but more to the point at hand, it afforded me the opportunity to learn about many other career opportunities for scientists and engineers. Allow me to explain.

In 2007, I was working for the UA as Director of Special Projects for the College of Science when a physicist became the university’s president. I was excited about this, because having worked in physics and with physicists whom I had observed to have great leadership ability I expected that this professor would have similar leadership strengths. As I pondered his new position, I began to realize that a profile of him would make a great article. I had dabbled in freelance writing for years while I worked full-time for the UA, and I saw the physicist’s presidency as an opportunity for me to pen a potentially fascinating piece (or so I thought).

But before I pitched it to any editor, I wanted to learn some more about this gentleman as well as related issues of hiring presidents in higher education. After doing a little research, I discovered that there were several physics professors across the United States who had gone on to become university presidents. Now I had a solid story pitch. I called my mentor, Alan Chodos, who at the time was the editor of APS News, with the intention of suggesting this one article. But as our conversation unfolded, another idea spontaneously popped into my head which rapidly tumbled out of my mouth: How about a column profiling physicists in non-traditional careers across the universe of industries and organizations? Alan liked it immediately and by the time I hung up from that call, I was a columnist. He named the feature “Profiles in Versatility” and published anywhere from 4–6 columns each year, with each one focusing on a different physics-educated professional who had gone on to a unique career outside of academia.

TIP: If you see an opportunity, seize it. Seize it now, because it might not last!

I have learned a lot and gained so much from writing this column for the last eight years. I have enhanced my network, improved my interviewing and writing skills, and solidified

my niche brand in the field of STEM career consulting, all of which have opened more doors to hidden opportunities and networks that I did not know existed. But if I had to encapsulate the greatest benefit that I personally received from pursuing this opportunity and writing this column, it is to make me aware of the almost dizzying array of careers that one could pursue with specifically a bachelor’s degree in physics and, more generally, any degree in a STEM field. The following list gives a glimpse into the mind-blowing diversity of careers, sectors, and employment environments that potentially await you as you begin to expand your networking. And keep in mind this is only a list of careers that I have so far discovered and interviewed people in who have physics degrees. When you expand your search parameters (or decrease them to make your search much more specific) you’ll be surprised by what amazing, creative opportunities lie ahead.

  • Politics (elected offices), policy, and political speechwriting.
  • Patent law (as a lawyer, patent agent or technology transfer professional for a university or research laboratory).
  • Forensic science.
  • Consumer goods: For example, a physicist who works for Proctor and Gamble as a shaving scientist and helps design blades and razors.
  • Entertainment: For example, a physicist works for Pixar (which constantly hires professionals with physical science and engineering backgrounds), the creator of Futurama and co-creator of The Simpsons, and several physicists who serve as science consultants for programming such as Star Trek and The Big Bang Theory.
  • Video game design.
  • Global consulting, for firms like McKinsey, Booz Allen Hamilton and Boston Consulting Group.

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