Susan was looking for a change of role and had actively started her job search. Well aware that networking could prove beneficial to her she began in earnest.
Susan spoke to everyone she met about her search for a new position. She talked to her current colleagues, old colleagues, friends, and family, just about everyone she met.
Susan had never read anything about networking and just assumed that putting the word out that she was interested in securing a new position was the way to go.
Susan’s lack of discretion almost cost her both her job and her reputation as she was called into her Managers office to explain her unhappiness in her current role and her complaints to acquaintances of his who had told him of her aggressive job search.
Attempting to backtrack Susan quickly realized that her indiscretion had insulted her Managers pride implying both a criticism of him and his company. Relations remained fraught after that and though Susan eventually secured a new role her Managers perception of her had been irreparably damaged.
Be aware of the etiquette that surrounds the art of networking and always choose your contacts wisely and with forethought.
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