|9/14/2016 by mdc|
|Richard Moy is sure you have lost count of the number of times you have heard that you should reach out to your network when you are looking for a job. The people you know might be able to introduce you to a hiring manager, or they might have some knowledge about your field that would help you become a better candidate, or they might be hiring themselves. However, there are a few ways your requests could actually be annoying people. Here are some common mistakes people make before they even sit down for that seemingly innocent cup of coffee.|
1. YOU ARE NOT DOING ENOUGH RESEARCH
It is always a good idea to take a peek at their LinkedIn profile, social media, or blog (if one exists) to make sure that you know what he or she has been up to lately. It is an even better idea to include a detail or two in your networking request. But if you are not careful, you could end up making that person laugh, and not in a good way.
In a recent request that I received, the person who wanted to pick my brain made some wild guesses about when I finished graduate school. I probably would have missed this in a lot of cases, but in this instance, the person asking for a meeting was someone with whom I graduated.
While this is not a complete deal breaker, make sure you double (and triple) check every networking request email you send before you mistakenly point out something that is not true or wildly outdated.
2. YOU ARE ASKING YOUR CONTACT TO DO TOO MUCH WORK
Many people I know tend to be pretty open to getting together for networking purposes, even when they do not know the other person very well. In some cases, my friends will say to themselves, Well, I usually step out at that time for coffee anyway, so why not?
Getting the chance to talk to someone about a potential job opportunity or increase your knowledge on a topic is something that you should always pursue. However, you also need to be smart about how you approach people.
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