How to Avoid Professional Networking Mistakes

By Dennis McCafferty
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    42% of senior managers say the biggest career networking mistake is the failure to ask for help when it's needed.

To get the most out of your professional networking efforts, you need to do more than simply sign up for a LinkedIn group: You have to emerge as a high-profile, helpful and gracious member of your networking communities. However, findings reveal that many professionals make a number of classic mistakes in their networking efforts, according to a recent survey from OfficeTeam. These range from age-old basics such as poor manners (not saying "thanks") to the less obvious (failing to ask for help). It's also important not to limit networking to social media and other online outlets because you can often make a better impression at in-person meetings and business events. "Although networking online can be an effective way to establish professional relationships and keep in touch, the value of in-person activities like meeting for lunch or attending industry events can't be overlooked," says Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam. "Whether you're looking to land a new job or build your visibility, every connection counts. These gatherings allow you to put a face to a name." More than 300 U.S. senior managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2014-08-22
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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