It’s easy to get so swept up in the tides of social media and connection building or the urgency of a job search that you forget the key to successful networking: mutual generosity for mutual success. Recently Forbes published Four Networking Mistakes You Don’t Know You’re Making that will help keep you on track.
Here’s the list:
- Don’t talk about yourself all the time, instead take some interest. There’s a reason we have two ears and only one mouth. By being curious about others, you show that you see their value and can build a sustainable relationship.
- Instead of expecting a job, add some value. The value train goes both ways. “If you’re looking for a job, don’t ask for it—work for it. Do some research into what your contact does both in and out of work and find ways that you can contribute your time or support.”
- Always say thank you. Pretty self-explanatory. Snail mail thank-you cards are a wonderfully thoughtful touch in today’s online world. Send them out as soon as possible.
- Stay accountable and always follow up. Stay true to your word to confirm the value of your brand.
What would you add? Are there some common networking mistakes you’d add to the list?
Ritu Walia is an FG Analyst.