How Much Do You Really Know About Networking?

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How Much Do You Really Know About Networking?Even though networking is the best way to land a job or make any other type of career move, not everyone knows enough about actually engaging in networking to be effective.

Here is a quick quiz to test your knowledge about networking.  Answer true or false to the different statements and then read the correct answers below.

Take this short quiz to test your knowledge of networking in 2013:

1)      You have to have a lot of time on your hands to do networking.

2)      The best way to measure your networking efforts is by the number of job leads that you get.

3)      A large number of networking contacts shows you are the best networker.

4)      You should try to turn your virtual relationships into in-person networking relationships as well.

5)      It’s a good idea to network with former colleagues.

Here are the correct answers:

1) You have to have a lot of time on your hands to do networking.

 

False.  You can make your networking efforts manageable without it consuming a tremendous amount of time.  For example, you can schedule just 15 minutes a week to send a note to all your professional contacts.  You can just send them a link to an article that would be of interest to them on LinkedIn or Twitter.  This is a way of staying in touch without it being a burden on you in terms of time, and it still keeps you on their radar.

 

2) The best way to measure your networking efforts is by the number of job leads that you get.

False.  Networking is not just about job leads.  It is about building quality relationships over time.  And it should be a two-way street.  You should not just get, but also give.  If you think that networking is just about getting job leads, you may burn your network out instead of investing in people who know and like you.

3)      A large number of networking contacts shows you are the best networker.

False.  You can rack up a large number of contacts, especially on social media sites like LinkedIn and by going to professional association meetings, but the best networker is the person who builds the best relationships.  A list of contacts who you know superficially will not necessarily help you when you need it.

4) You should try to turn your virtual relationships into  in-person networking relationships as well.

True. You will deepen the relationship by meeting people in person whenever possible.  There is a bonding that takes place when you meet someone face to face that cannot be duplicated by online relationships.

5) It’s a good idea to network with former colleagues.

True.  Former colleagues know the quality of your work, so they are able to be advocates for you when it comes to helping you with your career goals.  Also, they can keep an ear out for you if something comes available that they know you are suited for.

Cheryl Palmer is a career expert who has regularly been quoted in The Ladders, the Wall Street Journal, CBS MoneyWatch, and CNN Money.  She is a career coach, resume writer, and LinkedIn expert.  Download 5 Master Strategies to Land a Job Through Social Media at www.calltocareer.com.

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