exactly what it is you want from others.
Prepare questions in advance of a meeting or telephone conversation. Be
courteous and appreciative.
- Have a positive attitude when you network.
- Talk to strangers and mingle with people you
don't already know at meetings and events. Introduce yourself!
- Share information, ideas, resources, and
contacts with others. Networking is a two-way process.
- Don't ask for too much at one time.
Limit the amount of assistance or information you seek from one person.
- Don't neglect to follow-up on leads you have
been given. You don't want to embarrass those who have made
connections for you.
- Don't betray other people's confidentiality.
Trust is a vital part of networking.
- Don't monopolize other people's time when
networking. Keep your conversation brief and make arrangements to
call or meet at another time if you discover areas of mutual interest.
- Continue networking even after you've found
a job. There will always be ways an active network can help.
Everyone needs a personal and professional support system. Keep yours in
place throughout your career.
- Incorporate networking into your everyday
life. It is a powerful tool for marketing yourself, but also a
powerful tool for enriching your life and the lives of those in your