I have lurked here for some time, and absorbed much useful information.
I have a specific question that I was hoping to get some opinions on, and hopefully the scenario will prove useful to others as well. Here it is:
I have been in my postdoc for 14 months. I have been networking, etc., and have an eye on the local biotech/pharma job market as that is where I want to work in my next position. Recently, a job has opened up (posted online) that fits my experience and career goals well. The problem is, I have no networking contacts at that company. So here is the question:
Without any network contacts in place, is there any way to get a leg up on the competition? Can one call the company, dig around on Linkedin, or otherwise get some inside contacts that might increase the chances of getting a CV/resume in front of a decision maker? Am I doomed to submit my application to the internet black hole?
Thanks for the help, and I'll try to respond back in a timely manner.