uiters, hiring managers, as well as executives and in‐house counsel reach 50,000+ top professionals, students, and “passive” job seekers and service providers.
NEW YORK, New York – October 27, 2009 – Boliven, a leading open innovation professional network, is happy to announce the launch of its newest product, Boliven JobsPlus™. Recruiters, hiring managers, as well as executives and in‐house counsel can now post full‐time, fellowship, internship, and service provider opportunities for free, and members can freely search and browse thousands of high quality, high‐paying job and work opportunity listings from the world’s most innovative companies and institutions.
“JobsPlus™ is different from traditional job boards and posting services for three reasons,” explained Thomas Lehrman, Founder and President of Boliven. “First, JobsPlus postings reach not only professionals and students actively seeking jobs, but also the so‐called “passive” job seekers, professionals who are currently employed or already serving established clients but who may have an interest in a new work or client opportunity. We reach this unique audience by displaying JobsPlus postings next to relevant search results of our 50,000+ unique monthly visitors – whether they be using Clinical Trials, Legal Proceedings, Publications, Patents, SEC Filings, Trademarks, or our other searchable database products.”
“JobsPlus™ also enables members to post not only full‐time opportunities but a diverse range of short term opportunities, such as fellowships, internships, and new service provider opportunities through a single, easy‐to‐use tool. Finally, a JobsPlus™ posting automatically targets potential candidates and service providers in the Boliven Network by geography, profession, keywords, and other member attributes, enabling recruiters and project managers to fill positions and opportunities much more quickly with the top talent already in our network.”
What Makes JobsPlus™ Different?
Free job posts – JobsPlus™ allows members to post one free job posting and earn job posting credits for new members they invite who join the Boliven Network. There is no limit to the number of credits a member can earn. Alternatively, members will soon be able to purchase JobsPlus postings.
50,000+ leading IP lawyers and R&D professionals each month – The Boliven site currently has over 50,000 unique visitors each month, and the Boliven Network includes members affiliated with leading universities, law firms, companies, and government agencies, including Cambridge, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, MIT, Oxford, Stanford, Yale, Covington & Burling, DLA Piper, Foley & Lardner, Kirkland & Ellis, Nixon Peabody, Ropes & Gray (Fish & Neave), DuPont, GlaxoSmithKline, Genentech, General Electric, Intel, Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey, Microsoft, Nokia, Procter & Gamble, Toyota, and U.S. Department of Energy Laboratories.
Full-time, part-time, fellowship, and new client opportunities – Our members are at different stages in their careers with some seeking internships, others full-time opportunities or fellowships, and still others seeking client leads. JobsPlus™ makes it easy to post a wide variety of salary, commission, or short-term work opportunities that are then efficiently presented to our network of leading students, researchers, and professionals.
Geographic, profession, and keyword targeting – A JobsPlus posting reaches the right audience within our network of leading professionals and institutions because we place listings based on the kind of professional most likely to fill it, their location, and keyword information that appear in member profiles.
Founded in 2007, Boliven is an open innovation professional network built on the trusted foundation of over 100 million peer-reviewed and public record documents. Boliven helps users discover and develop new client, partner, and career opportunities through Your Innovation Network™, the professional network users have already built but never knew they had.
The Boliven community includes leading inventors and scientists, IP law partners, technology executives, technology licensing directors and professionals, students and research fellows, and technology venture investors from among the Fortune 100, top 200 law firms, top 25 research universities, and leading technology-focused venture investment firms globally.
For more information, visit www.boliven.com
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How much networking is too much networking, and when do you need to translate community into dollars and sense? Is there any use in staying in front of people if you don't get their business?
I have to tell you, this question has been on my mind for a while too. And boy, does it get expensive to meet and greet with our customers, let alone our peers. Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners, cha-ching. Association memberships, cha-cha-ching. Conferences, cha-ching cha-ching cha-ching. And that's just the direct financial hit; most of us can manage this with a strategy, or at least a quick look at the checkbook balance. Our parents were right, there is no such thing as a free lunch.
The indirect cost, and often the harder one to manage, is the time associated with building and maintaining a network. If you want the payoff, you actually have to show up and join the conversation. Add value. Lurking doesn't count. But all of the reading, chatting, blogging, twittering - that constant pursuit of connection and knowlege online - it's an eyelash away from overwhelming. Oh stop, you know it's true.
I don't know what the answer is, but I do like connecting the dots in disparate parts of my world. And here's where those dots are taking me now. Three years ago I shifted from hands-on recruiting to running a software company, and one of the best pieces of advice I got in that transition was to begin with an exit strategy in mind. Simply put, I needed to know when to cut my losses so I didn't gamble more than I was prepared to lose. I think about that a lot, three years into the game, in many contexts: the strategy of my business, managing money and time, even the friendships I make and nurture along the way. It was wise advice because it forces a balance between my head and my heart... and growing up is, I suspect, the art and science of finding and keeping balance.
Here's what I have learned so far about networking, community, and the financial connection between them:
1. Networking is a marketing activity that builds visibility. It's a tool, like business cards or a website. You gotta have it.
2. Unless it's a really crappy product or service, people do business with people they trust. Business seldom comes before trust, and it never stays without it.
3. Time is the most valuable thing I have to spend, and I get 24 hours every single day. If I'm not thoughtful about how to spend it, I lose it. Period. The bonus is that I can plan, and I can choose.
4. It's important to show up, but it's really important to let others know what you do and how you can help them when the time is right. Another wonderful person gave me that piece of wisdom along the way.
Networking is a variation on the matchmaking we do as recruiters, making connections that may (or may not) produce revenue for a long time to come. But you can't stop feeding the pipeline, because when you do it dries up. So go back to the basics to set your course, my friend: write down what you want from networking, the amount of time and money you're willing to spend on getting it, and how you'll recognize when it's time to try something else. Then just do it. Aim, measure, improve, repeat -- the secret sauce of success.
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sometimes work weeks in advance for special surgeries not often performed and go through a drill much like firefighters go through drills to be prepared, stay in practice, or add a new skill (new equipment, surgical tool, etc.) so on the day of performance they're ready to succeed.
I'm always amazed by her because she looks into someone's open scalp, brains exposed almost every day, and hands the surgical equipment to the surgeon as he or she requests it. It has the be the right piece of equipment and she has to know exactly where it is on the prep table. And let me tell you, they go through a lot of pieces of equipment for just one surgery. If she screws up, does the patient die? Nope! However there are many other consequences that do fall on her shoulders if she's not prepared and on her game. And........she always says this when I tell her how awesome she is. "A trained monkey could do my job!" Right! But guess what? She's serious. She breaks her job down into technical components, step by step procedures and processess to the point where I actually believe I could step in for her one day if needed. Right!
The morale of the story is this. You can train just about anyone to do anything if they have at the very least a moderate amount of motivation, confidence and will power. What you can't train however is passion and innate ability. That comes from somewhere within each of us, and then it's up to us to apply it to something we love. She's loved medicine, brains, blood, goo, icky stuff from birth. She's also the most organized person I've ever met. I believe she found her mojo a long time ago, but got the necessary training to do what she does. Pretty simple.
I started out as a retail buyer. I was very good at my job and quite successful. I travelled all over the world for many years to "buy stuff" that I hoped others would either want on their body or in their homes. It was a lot of pressure. You were forever gambling that you were chasing after the right trend, or better yet, starting one, or veering one onto another lane that was even sexier than the first one. It was a lot of pressure because if you didn't get it right, you wasted a ton of money, constantly got berated by Sr. Management, and blah, blah, blah. You were always worried that you could potentially be out of a job in a nano-second because in that industry, you're only as good as yesterdays sales flash. I always thought that buying was going to be my dream job. But guess what? I HATED it! It wasn't what I wanted to do with my life.
The job that I thought was the most fun was that of the corporate recruiter who actually hired me into my very last buying job. I thought he had a cool job. Why? Because he was like a talent agent to me. Not much different than those agents who worked in the entertainment industry. And he loved working with people. He was a great talker, but an even better listener. He was genuinely interested in what made people tick and what they might be good at. He also did succession planning for the company too, so internal career development was also a big part of his job. I thought to myself, I want that job, because what made him good at his job was just those few things. We all have to have tough skin to survive life in general. So that's not a quality for success. It's an essential quality of survival if you're going to be a functional human being that has the basic coping skills to get you through those tough days. But the other stuff......the listening, the caring, the talking, the molding, the suggesting, and being sincere.............those are the things that make a great recruiter, and keep us in the game 10, 15, 20+ years later.
I eventually found my way from the buying office and into the human resources office and I've never looked back. Did I get training in order to be successful? Sure I did. For the technical stuff. But the non-technical stuff came pretty natural because it was something that I "knew" I could do well, and perhaps just a little bit better than the average Joe or Jane. Maybe not every day, but most days. So........can you train a monkey to do just about anything? Sure. But to be very good at something, you can't train that. Either it's there or it's not. You don't even have to be good at sales to do this job well. Most people "freak out" when out you mention the "sales' aspect of this job. But sales is talking and listening. That's it. We all do that every day. My partner sells real estate. His job is NOT to sell houses to people. His job is to SHOW houses to people. They client sells themselves the right house when they find it. He just has to ask and then listen for the right values that they want, and then show it to them. They do the rest. It's not magic!