5 rookie networking mistakes you should avoid

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It’s understood that job search is not that easy when you’re a newbie in the market. Right from chasing down employers and keeping their preferences in mind, to knowing what’s best suited for your career advancement and then putting your careful first steps in place, there’s a lot you need to focus on. Think about all that you can achieve and all that you would by continuing over the same approach.

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It sure does boggle your head, but understanding people and maintain strong professional relationships is something that will pay off in the long run surely. Yes, it is your network that stands lucrative during every single instance. Strong connections and having the right knack to communicate every now and then is what that’ll help build it for great career success. However, certain rookie mistakes are expected to happen with most of the candidates.

Mentioned below are a 5 such networking mistakes that you should avoid committing to help your case. Drop sufficient glances and prepare yourself efficiently.


Having an inefficient profile

In today’s world when the entire corporate arena has shrunk to the size of a computer screen, having an efficient online profile is next to indispensable. It doesn’t mean that your Facebook wall or your LinkedIn profile should be clustered with random updates, but should indicate towards your industry specific expertise. Right from your profile picture, to the kind of communities you join and discussions you participate in, there should be professionalism in the way you express yourself on social media.

Preferring quantity rather than quality

Yes, strong network is one wherein you have connection spanning across a multitude of fields and corporations around the globe. However, the quality of the connection is another thought to ponder over. Choosing quantity over everything else would help you get a number of followers and potential referrals, but would keep you from forming strong mutually-beneficial relationships that are significant in the long run. Bouncing from one person to another and shoving up your business card everywhere would present you as nothing but a network newbie, an image you certainly don’t want to live with in the job market.

Expecting too much right away

Yes, your network would definitely help you earn referrals and get you in touch with industry experts who have ample experience in the field of your choice, but expecting too much from the get go is a highly undesirable and a rookie trait. Your connections have their professional lives and commitments as well. It is highly unlikely for them to go for favors and help you out with job offers, when they’ve just met you. Keep your feet on the ground and stay persistent in all efforts. Sooner or later you will surely get leads!

All contacts in the same industry

While it helps to have numerous contacts in the industry you’ve been interested in, having them all in one would be big-big newbie mistake to commit. An average person always feel the need to make a career shift at appoint of time in his career and your connections ranging across different sectors is what you need then.

Keeping mum and not communicating

A strong chain of communication is what keep the network strong, right from its foundation. Make sure that you don’t only form contacts, but communicate with them time and again. It’s a big professional; world out there and you certainly don’t want to get forgotten by people who could’ve helped you during job search. Keep yourself visible and engage with your network at regular intervals.

For these are mistakes committed by a number of job seekers, sticking to the basics and keeping a check on these would give you an edge over the competition. Opportunities are in heaps and loads, right approach is all that’s required!

Author: Shreya Shrestha

Shreya Shrestha is a Sr. Business Analyst and blogger, who follows and writes about global economy and different employment markets. She has been making use of her writing skills to carve a niche for herself in the communication domain for quite some time now.