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You're Networking Wrong

Networking as a craft

Networking takes time to perfect. Network in a way that helps you achieve your outcome, and enables you to help the people in a way that's valuable to them.

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You're Networking Wrong

You're Networking Wrong

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Don't rush into it

When you try to network with people, you can't rush into it with an introduction, and then jump straight to the punchline. It has the potential to be unsuccessful.

The rules for networking are not the same as for business. In business, we are taught to focus on the outcomes we need. In networking, the focus is on the conversation.

Networking is like dating

People love talking about themselves. The primary goal when you network is to connect with the other person on one thing that’s important to them. It doesn’t have to have anything to do with your outcome.

If you were seeking a spouse, you wouldn't approach a stranger and ask "Will you marry me?" Instead, you'd take the time to get to know the other person before moving ahead.

Networking as a craft

Networking takes time to perfect. Network in a way that helps you achieve your outcome, and enables you to help the people in a way that's valuable to them.

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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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The Typical Job Interview Process
  1. Screening call or on-site interview: lengthy when done by HR and short when it’s someone technical, also not a good time to fire all your questions.
  2. Technical interview: ...
Questions For Your Screener

Have an introduction and a concise story to tell about your work history. Stack questions are mostly inappropriate here but you can ask the following:

  1. What is the hiring process? Be suspicious if they are asking for too much in one of the steps.
  2. Tell me about the tech team. Find more about the company’s hierarchies and the people who compose them.
Asking Questions On The Technical Interview

Prepare well for this. At the end of the meeting, they should ask if you have questions and you can ask as many as you need to help you decide to work there or not. You can use that to build rapport if the interview was a little off.

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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....

Top 7 Networking Tips
  1. Include the right people: anyone who can assist you with a career move
  2. Know what your career network can do for you
  3. Keep in touch - work your network: People are more willing to help when they know who you are
  4. Give to get - what can you do for your career network
  5. Keep track of your network

    make sure you know who is who, where they work, and how to get in touch.

  6. Network online
  7. Attend networking events.