As with most skills, you can network well or poorly—perhaps to the detriment of your career.
Here are the 16 most common networking mistakes to avoid:
1. You think you don’t know anyone.
You are connected to more people than you realize.
Take 10 minutes and write a list of past and current work colleagues, industry contacts, friends, family and acquaintances. You will likely be surprised by how many people you know. Store these names in a file and add new people as you meet them.
Once a month, go through your list. Call at least one person, and email three. The key is to stay in touch. Find out what’s new with people personally or professionally, react to news in your industry or set up a lunch. Put a note in your files to remind yourself what you talked about.
Now check out some social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn, which are powerful ways to expand your network. If you have a blog or website, check out who’s been corresponding with you lately.
Continuously reach out to new people and you’ll see networking possibilities grow.
2. You wait for a reason to network.
A network is a social and business resource that you must cultivate and nurture.