Executive recruiters share words of wisdom about networking, finding a job, interviewing, improving your résumé, and climbing the corporate ladder
We have all heard of Multi-Level Marketing. Unfortunately many people approach networking in the same fashion and they think that the networks other people have built belong to them for their marketing purposes. Just because I am on Linkedin doesn’t mean I have been recruited to sell other people’s products or services.
Virtually every working person has at least one of these wretched networking stories to share. Here are six more of mine from the vault. As a career and workplace commentator and speaker, I get more than my share of networking overtures. The vast majority of my networking interactions are fun and lively. Every now and then, though, a clueless networker hits me up with an off-the-wall request or, even worse, ropes me into a lunch or coffee for the hall of shame, like the ones described below.
Networking as we know it first took shape 15 or 20 years ago, when entrepreneurs and consultants started meeting up with people for the sole purpose of cultivating business relationships. It makes sense that self-employed folks would jump into the networking mosh pit ahead of corporate types, who didn’t need big or robust networks to prosper in their careers. Today all job categories have grown less secure than ever, and virtually everybody—from college students to Greatest Generation business emeriti—makes time for networking coffee dates and LinkedIn (LNKD), Facebook, and the whole social networking gang. And nearly everyone has run into an unfortunate networking scenario at one time or another.