|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!