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15 Networking Mistakes You Can't Make

Zac Frank, Tania Khadder, and Alice Handley | InsideTech

March 26, 2010

Not Seeking Mentors

You have a new contact. He has extensive experience. You were about to start looking for a new job and you send an e-mail:

It was so nice to meet you. I’m looking for a new job and thought you might know of some opportunities.


Especially with new contacts, it is important to approach them as a person in search of a mentor. While they may be able to help you get a job, they could also help you discover new career paths and opportunities you hadn’t even thought of.

It was so nice to meet you. I was hoping you would be willing to talk with me further about the direction of my career. Your experience and insights would be immensely valuable.

What’s more, they get something out of the relationship. As your career advances, they can take satisfaction in having helped you and you may even become a useful contact for them.