As Facility Managers and business professional, networking is a useful tool. However, there remains a thin line between responsible networking and becoming a pest. Calling everyone you know multiple times asking for a job can come off as being pushy and overbearing. Don’t be surprised when they begin to avoid answering your phone calls.
The good news is, you can actually achieve quite a lot through networking. It is widely believed that up to 80% of jobs are filled through networking. Generally, you can leverage the power of your networks by following the tips below:
- Show genuine interest in people. Ask about them; their families, work, life and so on without getting too personal. Avoid the trap of immediately loading off your needs and problems to those in your network.
- Realize that people are busy. Pace your emails and phone calls. Daily calls and emails will definitely be a problem unless they are the ones asking for it. Once a week or every other week would be a good starting point.
- Give them a chance to respond. You send an email once, twice even thrice to the same person and you are sure they have received it, yet they did not respond. Sending even more emails will be perceived as annoying to the receiving party. It may be time to “take a hint” and give them some breathing space.
- Find a way to give them value. This has got to be the most effective way of getting a response back from people. See how you can help them or provide them some information in any way.
Networking is a skill and we all need it at some point to get ahead in our lives and professional careers. Just take care you don’t misuse it and lose out of the many benefits it has to offer.