Networking requires strategy, research and social grace. But as competition for jobs remains high, it’s easy to fumble.
“Remember that you have two ears and one mouth, and use them in proportion,” says Bobbi Moss, general manager at Govig & Associates, a Scottsdale, Ariz., recruiter.
Networking is about building relationships—not simply selling yourself.
“People have talked to me for only a few minutes, and then asked if they would be the right fit for a position. That’s too aggressive,” says Suki Shah, chief executive of GetHired.com, a jobs site based in Palo Alto, Calif.
Here are five networking “don’ts.”