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networking mistake

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When fishing for a new job, it’s far too easy to walk away empty handed.

I often talk with my Career Coaching clients about 5 mistakes that they must avoid if they want to make the big catch…

  1. Using the “casting the net” approach.  This happens when speaking too broadly about professional experiences or generalizing about your skill sets. How is this going to set you apart from others?
  2. Casting with the wrong bait. This is almost always a result of not knowing enough about your career target. Know what you’re going after, and drive home the message of your worth.
  3. Fishing in the wrong pond. Networking with the wrong people will never lead you to your target. If you do find yourself in a situation where you know the people in the room aren’t the kinds of decision makers you want to connect with, don’t be afraid to share what your focus is. Control the meeting and discover how this person can help you find someone who can help you.
  4. Making one-way connections. Networking is a two-way street. The people you meet are likely looking for a way to add value to their career, too. Ask questions like, “What is going on that you need help with? Is that the kind of thing I can help with?”
  5. Not having a method for tracking networking meetings. Once you’ve left a networking opportunity, your job isn’t done! You need to log names of contacts, leads you received on jobs, and/or next steps you agreed upon.

You can read more about this topic in my book, From Fish Story to Success Story.