17 common mistakes to avoid when you're networking
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"Networking" isn't just drinking a glass of chardonnay at a party while chitchatting about your career.
It isn't handing your business card to someone and walking away.
It isn't "connecting" with someone on LinkedIn without any sort of introduction or follow up.
To be an effective networker, you have to put in the time and effort, do your homework, step out of your comfort zone, and avoid the common mistakes many people make.
Here are 17 things you don't want to do while networking:
Don't dress down.
Don't dismiss people who don’t look important.
Don't expect a job.
Don't be uninformed.
Don't forget business cards.
Don't collect business cards like candy.
Don't only think about yourself.
Don't be vague.
Don't reach too high.
Don't barge into a discussion.
Don't monopolize anyone's time.
Don't forget to follow up.
Don't follow up with a sales pitch.
Don't ask for too much.
Don't misuse or abuse your network.
Don't forget to say 'thank you.'