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Part I: Understanding Successful Networking > Avoiding Networking Pitfalls

Chapter 3. Avoiding Networking Pitfalls

As important as knowing what networking is, is knowing what networking is not. The people who are most successful at establishing contacts are those who avoid the following pitfalls:

Failing to reciprocate Develop a reputation for taking help but never lending a hand, and you will quickly find your networking pool drying up.

Failing to acknowledge your network Careers ebb and flow. Snub the people who helped you on your way up, and you will likely be snubbed on the way back down. Successful networking is about nurturing long-term relationships, not using people for a quick career fix, then moving on.

Underestimating your contacts Some people are so busy trying to position themselves among the business elite—those with the most impressive titles, credentials, or degrees—that they are completely blind to the valuable contacts to be made among subordinates, suppliers, and co-workers. Do not be a relationship snob. The college intern you mentor this summer could turn around and introduce you to the CEO of a multinational corporation (who just happens to be her uncle) next fall.


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