The word “networking” makes many people shudder. Yet, when looking for a job, networking is crucial. Here are three tips to improve the way you network:
- Don’t be self-promoting. It’s possible to sell yourself without sounding like a salesman. Instead of singing your own praises, talk about your accomplishments. Results speak for themselves.
- Don’t be afraid to ask, and be ready to give. Networking is a transaction. If you need something — the name of a colleague or an introduction — don’t hesitate to ask. Offer help in return; it may not be long before the tables are turned.
- Always say thank you. Whether someone gave you five minutes or five hours of their time, exercise good manners. Send an interesting article or event notice along with your thank-you note.