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April 16, 2011

12 Networking Mistakes

Filed under: Networking — Larry @ 3:39 pm

From the Job Search Companion, April 2011

1) Waiting: Many people start networking only after they’ve lost their jobs, don’t be one of them, start NOW

2) Being Clueless: If you’re heading to a networking event, make sure you know why you’re going. Do you want a job? If so, are you seeking something specific, or will anything do?

3) Being Unprepared: Thinking you know what you want is not the same as knowing it. Practice your pitch as well as your answers to questions about your career goals that might arise.

4) Forgetting Business Cards: There is nothing more embarrassing than establishing a good relationship with someone, extracting a pledge of help and then searching around for a cocktail napkin to write on. Spend a few extra bucks to print professional-looking cards on good-quality paper

5) Using a Silly-Sounding Email Name: when looking for work, stick to a serious email address, such as your real name.

6) Being Pompous: While you’re networking, you need to listen to what everyone else is saying.

7) Dressing Down: Look sharp at networking events. Mind your manners, shake hands firmly, stand up straight, make eye contact and show respect in any way you can.

8) Being a Wallflower: Men and women with contacts and power meet many people; they remember only those who stand out from the crowd. Be assertive, and act like a leader. But don’t go overboard

9) Being Passive: If someone says, "Sorry, we don’t have anything right now”, don’t walk away… Take a minute or two to ask follow-up questions: "Well, what’s the outlook for future possibilities? Do you know anyone else in the industry who is hiring? Any thoughts on what my next step should be?" Persistence shows true interest on your part and may help the person you’re networking with come up with ideas he might otherwise overlook

10) Lying: It might get you a meeting. But eventually Such-and-Such will learn that So-and-So did not tell you to call. And you’ll have burned not one, but two bridges.

11) Treating Your Networking Relationships as Short-Term Flings: No one likes to be used. Follow up every conversation with a thank-you note, email or call.

12) Forgetting Where You Came From: Anyone who has ever networked, whether successfully or not, owes an obligation to all those who will network in the future. Return the favor and help someone else.

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