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Networking Etiquette

From Professional-Resumes.com




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The fact that you are networking means that your ultimate objective is to secure a new job. However, the first thing to be aware of when networking is that this is the very thing you do not ask a contact for.

It is likely that up to 10% of the people you speak to may be in a position to offer you an opportunity however this is not the correct way to go. Asking a contact directly for a job will cause embarrassment should they not be in a position to comply and will almost certainly damage your chances of receiving assistance in your job search.

When speaking with a contact and using your networking techniques the following information is what you are trying to determine:

  1. Advice on career options that are open to you.
  2. Recommendations about new directions, which you can take in your career.
  3. Information on options you have considered pursuing including:
      - Career Change
      - Working in a different sector
      - Retraining and Re-education
      - Relocating to further career prospects
    • Resume advice.
    • Information on job openings they may be aware of.
    • Introductions to contacts who may have job openings.
    • Referrals to people who are currently seeking a new employee in your field.
There is no need to use one of these to open a conversation; you may in fact employ several of these at anytime. You can for instance ask for advice about your options in one or more of these topics. Communication creates ideas and sparks conversations on tangents. You must be aware of this and always listen carefully in order to be opportunistic, latching onto any useful information and developing it further.

It is easy to let a good opportunity pass you by and therefore it is vital that you actively listen to each piece of information that is communicated to you. Sometimes a tiny piece of information that seems almost irrelevant can become the opportunity you have been waiting for.

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