Whenever I am speaking with other young professionals about career advancement, I encourage networking. Whenever I start using the word networking, the faces go blank, and the eyes glaze over!
Somehow, all of the college workshops, career service events, and professional seminars still haven’t figured out how to talk about networking in a way that isn’t overwhelming or boring.
So, I’ve written a blog series with 10 posts – each tackling a different myth that’s just plain WRONG about networking. Click on the myth to learn more…
- Myth #1: Networking is about building up your professional contacts.
- Myth #2: Networking success can be measured in inches of business cards received.
- Myth #3: Networking happens at planned business networking events.
- Myth #4: Focus your networking in your industry.
- Myth #5: LinkedIn is the way to network.
- Myth #6: Networking is for the good old boys, and I’m not a part of that and don’t want to be.
- Myth #7: Networking is all about knowing other people.
- Myth #8: Networking requires giving favors, and as a young professional, I don’t have any favors to give.
- Myth #9: Prioritize networking in all of your off-work hours.
- Myth #10: Networking requires superficial follow-up.