Networking is important, especially if you are looking for a new job, but there are some common networking mistakes that people often make.
Huffington Post Women posted a great article highlighting the six common networking mistakes, and how these mistakes can separate the truly successful people from the mildly successful ones.
Here are a few of the many great points made in the article:
- You’re not networking. People are busy, especially in their 30s, but try your best to stay connected to those in your network.
- Your network is concentrated in your current company. You are limiting yourself tremendously when your network is made up mostly of people you already work with. It is important to stay connected to those you currently work with, but expanding your network will keep you on top of outside opportunities, emerging start-ups, and even young up-and-comers who would be a good fit for your company.
- Don’t ask for something from your network before you give something to your network. Invest in your network before you try and take something from it—people will appreciate you more and be more willing to help you.
Networking is one of the many keys to success, and although it can sometimes seem hard to stay in touch with everyone, try and take smaller steps. Huffington Post writer Sallie Krawcheck suggests meeting one new person in your area of interest each month, or significantly deepen a relationship. You could also try and do something nice for someone in your network every week.
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