Top 10 Mistakes - #5 Networking For Jobs

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We often hear that networking is the most effective way of finding a job. Depending on the level of the position, this may be more or less true. If you believe networking works, then it's worth your …

We often hear that networking is the most effective way of finding a job. Depending on the level of the position, this may be more or less true. If you believe networking works, then it's worth your while to develop your network savvy. Networking comes naturally to some people, but for others, it requires significantly more planning and effort. It takes work for networking to work! And as with many things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. So, to get comfortable with networking, the best thing to do is approach it with the right attitude and to develop your skills.

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  • 1. Top 10 Mistakes Networking For Jobs By: Bill Holland www.mandrake.ca /bill ca.linkedin.com/in/talentproof www.twitter.com/talentproof
  • 2. Introduction
    • We often hear that networking is the most effective way of finding a job. Depending on the level of the position, this may be more or less true. If you believe networking works, then it's worth your while to develop your network savvy. Networking comes naturally to some people, but for others, it requires significantly more planning and effort. It takes work for networking to work! And as with many things in life, the more you put into it, the more you get out of it. So, to get comfortable with networking, the best thing to do is approach it with the right attitude and to develop your skills.
  • 3. #10 – Failing To Show Gratitude
    • Make sure to thank your network contacts for their help. If they’ve been instrumental in helping you land a new job, tell them the good news, and continue stay in contact.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 4. #9 – Not Using Social Media Networks
    • Social Media Networking (Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is a great way to identify people of interest and connect with them. Research these professional networks, learn how they work, and sign up as a user.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 5. #8 – Not Targeting Specific People
    • An important part of networking includes cold calling. Identify organizations and people who work in your area of interest, then pick up the telephone and call them directly.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 6. #7 – Being A Pest
    • Avoid being demanding with your network contacts. They have their own priorities, so don’t monopolize their time or their generosity. Keep your communications regular, but not overwhelming.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 7. #6 – Not Having A Personal Pitch
    • Networking is about marketing yourself. You need to be prepared to tell your story, including what you’re looking for as well as what you can offer.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 8. #5 – Not Following Up
    • If a network contact provides you with leads, be prepared to follow up with them promptly. If you offer information to someone, make sure to keep your word. Make following up a habit.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 9. #4 – Being Selfish
    • Networking is about give and take. Having a “what’s in it for me” approach will make you unpopular. Reciprocating will help you build network relationships, so offer to help people whenever you can.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 10. #3 – Not Having A Plan
    • Set out some networking objectives and work towards achieving them. Without a plan and some clear idea of what you want to achieve, your networking efforts will be unfocused and ineffective.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 11. #2 – Limiting Yourself To Known Contacts
    • If you’re new to networking it’s great to start with people that you know. However, make it a point to broaden your contacts to access new people and opportunities.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com
  • 12. #1 – Failing To Network
    • It’s a serious miss if you don’t network in your job search. If you want access to the hidden job market, you have to make a concerted effort to put yourself out there, get to know people, and have them get to know you.
    • ReadySet Hired! A Practical Guide to Finding a Job.
    • I recently co-authored the book ReadySet Hired! which takes you through all stages of the job search process, from beginning to end. Easily manage your job search through a 10-step process supported by coaching comments, quick tips and dozens of online resources.
    • Available FREE! at www.readysethired.com