February 7, 2011
How NOT to Network
Whether you’re looking for a job or moving up in your company, networking is an essential skill. Everywhere you look – from books to magazines – experts tell us how to network, but what about tactics we should avoid?
“If you only get in touch with a contact when you need something – a job, a reference, etc. – their desire to help you will be quickly vanish,” wains Monster.com. “Remember, these people are under no obligation to lend you a hand, they want to get something out of the relationship too.”
Missteps to avoid:
Telling someone you “Googled them” can be offsetting. Make sure your connections are meaningful. Avoid distorting the truth about how you found them. (Just because you have three friends in common on Facebook or LinkedIn does not mean you know them.)
Take your networking relationship beyond the Internet, avoid marketing yourself in other people’s personal pages and find a balance between work and personal information, says Bnet.com.
Bonus PINK Link: Whether you're networking via e-mail or social networks, here are 15 tactics to ensure that your online efforts create real-life results.
By Muriel Vega
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