Question: What is one of the most common mistakes job seekers who are new to networking make?
Answer: Not recognizing that networking is a Give-and-Take practice, i.e., a 2-way street!
Setting up 1-to-1 networking meetings to talk with people about the good things you bring into an organization as well as to learn what they know about good firms to work for is a smart thing to do.
However, recognize that when you engage in networking, you have a responsibility to GIVE as well as TAKE. Remember to thank the contact who is helping you in a follow-up Thank You note, keep in touch and keep them updated on your progress, and look for ways you can be helpful to them. Because . . . Networking is a 2-way street!
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