What is the best way to approach professors when looking for a Post-Doc position ? Are there any particular search tools for this type of position ?
I found a similar question on this website: How to maximise one's chances of getting a good postdoc position?
My question is more directed towards the way one should contact potential advisors, specially if they are in foreign countries and a face-to-face meeting is not possible. Is it better to contact directly the Professor or rather contact fellow PhD/PostDocs of that laboratory ? Is an e-mail sufficient or should you try to contact that person through tools like LinkedIn or ResearchGate ?
What would be a good time to do so ? 3 months, 6 months, a year before finishing the PhD ?
Should one be specific on what you would like to work on or rather general so that more possibilities are available ?
I guess this is a really open discussion topic where there is not a "correct" answer, so feel free to share your personal views and experience.