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7 Counterintuitive Networking Hacks You Probably Aren't Using

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 that include major achievements about your professional and personal life to the people that are closest to you can be a game changer.

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7 Counterintuitive Networking Hacks You Probably Aren't Using

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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 that include major achievements about your professional and personal life to the people that are closest to you can be a game changer.

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.

And by putting yourself out there, you’re taking regular small steps that could someday turn into an opportunity to take a bigger one.

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 you apply standard business etiquette, such as respecting business hours.

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 career moves and views on certain issues (if they’ve made them public), asking specific questions and finding a way to provide value to them.

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 remember you favorably.


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 often, we undervalue (and underprioritize) these appointments, even though meeting with people in our current professional circle is networking.

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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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  1. Include the right people: anyone who can assist you with a career move
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  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
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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
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  • 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
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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 
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  • Identify your relationship needs.
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