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How do I avoid making mistakes when networking for a job?

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Despite networking being a great way to find jobs, one does not want to use it in the wrong way and hurt their job search efforts. In her article, “Common Networking Blunders That Can Sabotage a Job Hunt,” Joann Lubin lists the mistakes. One of the common mistakes is name-dropping without knowing how the contact feels about the person. An example Ms. Lubin cites is about an out-of-work executive who calls a recruiter for permission to stop by her office and have her look at his resume. In his call, he referred to an “unimpressive candidate who she met once in 2000 but never referred to an employer.” The recruiter saw him as a bit presumptuous and refused to see him.   Related to this blunder is exaggerating your relationship with mutual acquaintances. A financial-services marketing vice president who was just laid off called a recruiter and told him he was a friend of one of his clients. When he was asked about the relationship he said he knew of her but that they weren’t really friends. The recruiter then cut short their session and disregarded the prospect’s subsequent emails. Another mistake is made during informational interviews where the candidate ends up asking for a job. The contact person feels awkward because most of the time the answer is no. When networking with former colleagues and acquaintances, don’t start the conversation off by saying that you are networking and asking if they have any leads in jobs. Start by taking an interest in their careers and then work your way to asking about leads and openings. Networking with fellow job seekers should be mutually beneficial to both parties where you not only express your need but ask them what their needs are and be willing to help them out as well with any leads you might have. Be careful not to bother your contacts with excessive calling which will only hurt your networking efforts. To avoid too many phone calls use emailing which respects the recruiter’s time. Since networking lands 70 % of people their jobs, you definitely want to stick this technique and use it in the right way. Information taken from article “Common Networking Blunders That Can Sabotage a Job Hunt” by Joann S. Lubin