When you hear someone say, “you need to be networking as part of your job search,” how do you respond?

When I told my client he needed to be networking, he responded by telling me that it had been awhile since he contacted his network and he really couldn’t now because it wouldn’t be right to resurrect it just to use them. He’s right. It wouldn’t.

He was under the misconception that networking was about "him." In actuality, networking is all about “them” (your network) … at least initially. Effective networking is about how you can help others, knowing that you will reap what you sow.

If you have been neglecting your network, resolve today to begin nurturing it. Networking is key to a successful job search, and in most instances, it is also a critical component to being successful in your career.

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