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The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

The Thirteen Worst Networking Mistakes

Major Mistake: Forgetting Business Cards

Dan Woog, Monster Contributing Writer

You wouldn’t wear jeans to a job interview, but do you pay as much attention to job-hunting etiquette when networking? If you’re approaching potential contacts in an offhand way, you may be putting them off entirely. Learn what the most common networking mistakes are so you don’t have to make them.

Waiting

Many people start networking only after they’ve lost their jobs. Effective networking means creating contacts and relationships while you’re still employed.

Being Clueless

If you’re heading to a networking event, make sure you know why you’re going. Do you want a job? If so, are you seeking something specific, or will anything do? Are you looking for contacts or a mentor to provide guidance? As soon as someone starts talking with you, you have to hold up your end of the conversation. If you don’t know what you want, you can’t do that.


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