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15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

Zac Frank, Tania Khadder, and Alice Handley | InsideTech

March 26, 2010

Always Taking, Never Giving

Networking is a two way street. If you’re reaching out to your contacts every time you need a something – a job, a sales lead, a favor – without ever giving back, people will stop being so willing to help.

And rightly so. A good networker is ready and willing to help their contacts wherever they can. Did you meet someone who you know would be a great contact for your friend? Introduce them! Know of a job lead that might be perfect for your contact’s unemployed son? Hook it up! If your network sees you as a resource, they’ll be more inclined to nurture and maintain this mutually beneficial relationship.