Savvy networker Liz Ryan has busted some common misconceptions about networking in her article, "Top 10 Myths About Networking."
I stumbled across this article while following a thread about poor networking etiquette. Always, always, always … networking is about giving in order to receive. The quickest, and deadliest, way to kill future relationships is through selfish motives … often borne of desperation.
Relationships, including recruiter relationships, must be built BEFORE you need them. Networking is most effective when you are not in desperate job search mode. Reach out and give to others today so you can ask for help in the future.