The #1 Networking Mistake Job Seekers Make

If you’ve been applying these networking strategies I shared earlier, you’re probably well on your way to building or already have built a big network!

Having a big network is undeniably handy when it comes to finding a job. However, if that big network STILL isn’t bringing in calls and invitations to apply, there may be something missing in your networking tactics.

Have you been nurturing your network? Have you been making an effort to add value to your network by helping people out? Have you been making personalized approaches?

If you find yourself saying “no”, then there’s your problem.

Turns out you might have been committing the #1 most common networking mistake job seekers make: Asking for favours without building trust and rapport.

In my case, a lot of people come to me asking if I can refer or introduce them to my network, or to a high-level executive who might have an opening in his company. Of course, I want to help, but it’s hard to refer someone I don’t know all too well.

You might feel the same way if a person you just met and talked to for 5 minutes suddenly says “Hey! I’m actually looking for a job, maybe you can get me into your company?” or “Do you have any friends in good companies with job hirings? Can you put in a good word for me?”

It just doesn’t work that way.

You’re already asking someone a favour – a pretty huge one at that – and you haven’t even taken the time to get to know them better and make them trust you!

The likelihood of getting a positive response or actually being referred by someone you weren’t able to build trust and rapport with is very low. This is simply because they don’t know you well, thus they can’t build a substantial ground to vouch for you or recommend you for opportunities.

In all honestly they’re just not sure whether you’ll be a good fit for the opportunities know are open, because they haven’t been made to believe that they can be confident in you.

Bottomline, they don’t want to put their reputations at risk.

If you want to find out what you need to do to save yourself from this mistake, watch my video here:


Now before you go, here’s an actionable item for you:

What can you start doing to add value to your network?

Let me know in the comments!

14 thoughts on “The #1 Networking Mistake Job Seekers Make”

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