As we all know, networking is responsible for more job placements than any other source. Recruiters and Hiring Managers use social media to network for new employees. Many career seekers have any number of people in their immediate personal network that may be of help in securing that new career.
There are any numbers of ways to network, but there are also some pitfalls that you must e careful of when networking. Matthew Klobucher of G.I. Jobs.com lists five serious mistakes that career seekers often make that can make the difference in finding thjat new career and being left behind.
1) Networking exclusively online. Veterans often try to network exclusively online. This is a mistake as there is nothing better than face-to-face contact.
2) Expecting instant feedback. Networking takes time. People begin to see you on the radar and you begin to learn the “lingo” of the position as well as who the players are.
3) Failing to project a personal brand. Be consistent about who you are and what your goals are. The more people in the network who know who you are, the more they can weigh in on your personal brand.
4) Being Vague. Be specific about your knowledge, skill sets and experience and what those attributes can bring to a company.
5) Failing to follow through. Beginning with a simple thank you note, you should always follow through.
For a more detailed description of these networking mistakes, see Matthew’s article at:G.I.Jobs.com.
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