Start Networking: Do's and Don'ts

  • Don't be afraid to ask for what you need.
  • Do be prompt, professionally dressed and courteous.
  • Do report back. (Did you follow their advice? What happened?)
  • Do follow up on all referrals.
  • Do use all opportunities to network, anytime, anyplace.
  • Do keep in touch with your old networks.
  • Don't expect individuals in your network to be your personal headhunters.
  • Don't be discouraged if someone brushes you off. It usually has nothing to do with you.
  • Do ask questions for which you really need the answers; not things you could have easily looked up yourself.
  • Don't have the expectation that the network contact is responsible for finding you a job within their organization.