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Networking That Works

Your network consists of people who might be able to help, some of whom you'll seek out and others you'll meet by chance. This core group should lead to contacts with people in your field of choice, who in turn may lead to potential employers. Who to include in your network: Do stay in touch, but not so often that you become a nuisance. Some unobtrusive ways to remain in contact are to mail an interesting or helpful article, call to report news about a mutual friend, or offer to treat you job-search adviser to lunch.

Networking Tips

Networking isn't a process you use only when actively searching for a job. Work on building and communicating with your network on an ongoing basis. Then, when you suddenly find yourself in the job market or in need of professional adivce, your team will be ready to help. If you receive an offer of help, listen closely so that you'll fully understand what is being offered. Once you know how the contact can help you should: Be sure not to overdo your networking. Avoid the following missteps: Handle your networking with care. The better you pace your communications and balance self-confidence with humility, the more likely you are to get results.