Thursday, November 13, 2014

Does networking have a bad rep?

Don't forget a firm shake--not a dead fish. 

Kim Monaghan says somewhere along the line networking got tarnished---it began to take on a strong-arm reputation, or being a pest, or imposing.

But other people are still your best job source. Meet people, talk, ask advice--all will help you.

First, remember to ask questions--"Oh, you worked there--what was it like?"

Be a good listener, Monaghan says. Let people tell their story.

Try to get face-to-face meetings. This shows respect.

Be your best--not your most egotistical. Dress for the job you want.

Respect a person's time.

Try to get referrals--be brave.

Don't complain--about being unemployed or about past employers.

And be grateful. Don't forget the hand-written card!

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