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7 Counterintuitive Networking Hacks You Probably Aren't Using
But networking doesn't have to be this painful. In fact, there are plenty of things you can do to make building valuable professional relationships a habit, not just when you need something. Here are seven counterintuitive networking hacks to try. It's easy to lose touch with your best friend in college once opportunities take you to different cities.

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Email updates

Building a strong network is one thing, and keeping it strong is another.

But it’s not that difficult to maintain your relationships:  sending a few email updates per year ...

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LinkedIn updates

Share updates pretty regularly in order to tell connections what’s on your mind, whether it’s your point of view on some industry news story, or just congratulating a colleague on a business win...

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Tell people to text you

It allows individuals to get straight to the point, and since many people use texting as a daily form of communication, you’re more likely to get a response.

The trick is to make sure ...

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Reach out to people even when you don't need anything

Relationships take time, and by the time you do need something and could use their help, they’re more likely to respond if they know who you are.

It means being attentive to their care...

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Remember birthdays

It seems simple, but in this day and age, too many people don’t bother to do it. Which means that if you’re one of the few who do, that person in your professional network is likely going to rememb...

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Look at your current professional network

... and find ways to deepen those relatonships.

Catching up with someone I know over lunch can actually be much more appealing than making small talk with strangers over finger food. But o...

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Purpose of Career Networking

It involves using personal, professional, academic or familial contacts to assist with a job search, achieve career goals, or learn more about your field, or another field you'd like to work in....

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  5. Keep track of your network

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  6. Network online
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Keeping in loose touch

You pop up now and again to your connections and acquaintances (old and new), without any obligation to follow up or see each other in person.

  • It helps you to connect even with your weak or dormant ties, that will, in turn, be able to help you if you with what opportunities they have. 
  • You can connect via text or email, and you can take the time to compose thoughtful messages without being put on-the-spot.

The effect of loose touch

... is to put you into someone’s consciousness for a few minutes, and vice versa.

In cultivating loose-touch connections, know that your network won’t appear all at once; it takes steady, continuous work.

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Benefits of good work relationships

Benefits of good work relationships
  • our work is more enjoyable
  • people are more likely to go along with changes that we want to implement
  • they're necessary if we hope to develop our careers

Good work relationships

There are several characteristics that make up good, healthy working relationships:

  • Trust
  • Mutual respect
  • Taking responsibility for your words and actions.
  • Welcoming diversity
  • Open honest communication 

How to Build Good Work Relationships

  • Develop your people skills.
  • Identify your relationship needs.
  • Schedule time to build relationships.
  • Focus on your Emotional Intelligence.
  • Appreciate others.
  • Be positive.
  • Manage your boundaries.
  • Avoid gossiping.
  • Listen actively.