Six Networking Mistakes Job Seekers Often Make

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Not staying in touch with your contacts

Another mistake many job seekers make is not maintaining the relationships they build with their contacts. In fact, 28 percent of managers said this is another popular mistake job seekers make when networking.

The solution: It’s simple -- stay in touch with your contacts. Although networking and maintaining your connections is time consuming, it’s definitely worth it for your career.

Make the effort to follow up with your mentors, colleagues, and other contacts once a month via email or phone. Depending on whether you have online connections, you can also engage in conversation on social media.

As you keep in touch with your networks, be sure to keep them up-to-date about your career path. You should also be sharing relevant articles and information with them, as well as sending opportunities their way.

While career networking has been heralded as a "must-do" activity for anyone searching for employment or seeking to advance in their chosen career field, many find the activities daunting and often wonder if they're really getting any benefit from all the effort they're expending.

If you've been spending hours sending LinkedIn requests, attending networking events and participating in other network activities but don't feel that efforts have produced positive results, it's possible that you're making some very common networking mistakes.

In this slideshow, Heather Huhman, writing for, identifies six common networking mistakes and provides suggestions for how to fix them.


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