Basic networking rules apply – even when online

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January 27, 2011

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ST. PAUL, MN — When it comes to social networking – the process of connecting via the Internet – the key word for job seekers is just “networking.” Here are a couple of basic tips for good online networking.
Choose the right people. Your strategy should be to start networking with a short list of at least 20 to 30 people. Make your contacts feel special. Break the e-mail rut by sending a greeting card. Make contact and accept offers of help graciously. Someone will offer you something you see little value in, such as a coffee meeting with a person in the “wrong” industry. Go anyway. In-person meetings can be great opportunities.

Reciprocate. Master networkers go so far as to keep databases of their networking contacts, so they can offer help to other people. Use good e-etiquette. If you say you’re going to forward information, do it. Don’t share your contact’s e-mail address or circulate it in a mass e-mail. And, for heaven’s sake, don’t send goofy jokes or chain letters.
Article abridged from Prototype Career Service, and reprinted from Get the latest breaking News, Tips and Tools for your job search, Free!

Originally posted by sarah ennenga

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