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This category contains a collection of frequently asked questions and articles related to networking for finding a job. 


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My immediate response is to view their photo and their number of connections.

When I’m looking at their photo, I’m looking to see if it is professionally done. I don’t care if they aren’t photogenic, just that they have taken the time to upload a professional photo. If they can’t do so, I would wonder about their professionalism.

Is it a good idea to network with random people you share interests with on LinkedIn?

I would say that it is neither good nor bad.

There can be value in linking to people who share common interests. It can be a good way to build your network and extend your reach. Opportunity often arises from people who share common interests.

The best tools for job seekers continue to be:

Strong resume: Your resume needs to be specific to the job that you are applying for. You need to craft it so that each segment of it addresses the requirements of the job posting. You need to position yourself as the best candidate for the job.

Business Card ShuffleNo, I disagree with the statement on several levels. Networking is one component that can lead to success.

Even the term ‘success’ is ambiguous. To one person it may mean that they have achieved fame and fortune. On the other end of the continuum, success to a person suffering from clinical depression may mean they have been able to get up out of bed that day and have a shower.

Wednesday, 20 February 2019 12:58

How useful are meetups for business networking?

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There are no benefits inherent to a meetup.

Any that are gained are due to your ability and willingness to leverage a specific meetup and what it has to offer.

Friday, 04 January 2019 12:55

What are good catch phrases when networking?

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“Do you come here often?” works for me. Sure it’s a sleazy pick-up line but when I deliver it there is no mistake thinking that I’m on the move.

Here’s what Mr. Google says about strategy:

The terms tactic and strategy are often confused: tactics are the actual means used to gain an objective, while strategy is the overall campaign plan, which may involve complex operational patterns, activity, and decision-making that govern tactical execution.


This question seems to have been kicking around for a while awaiting some new answers. According to some researchers, over 40% of Americans describe themselves as being shy.

This seems to be on the increase. Just take a look at any bus stop where you could have 20 people with their smart phone earbuds in place and trying to avoid making eye contact with any of the others at the stop.

I would suggest starting by changing your thinking on the word ‘friend.’ Friends are with Facebook.

Far better to think of your Linkedin connections as ‘colleagues’ or even possibilities.

Thursday, 24 January 2019 12:43

Is networking with people easy?

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Yes, no, maybe, sometimes, always. This question doesn’t elicit a one-size-fits all answer.

Those who are extroverted and outgoing thrive on social activities like networking. However, not every extrovert is outgoing.

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