Are You a Good Networking Contact?

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Are You a Good Networking Contact?

The heart of networking is of course the relationship.  And with any relationship it is a give and take.  I have long been a proponent of being selective about the people you choose to be in your network.  When determining who to include in your network consider some of the following factors:

1. Is this person willing to give to the networking relationship as much as they take?

2. Can you count on them to return calls and emails?

3. Will they speak highly of you in your absence?

4. Will they open up their network to you without hesitation?

5. Will they keep their eyes and ears open for ways to help you?

6. Will they check in periodically to nurture the relationship?

It is easy to create a list of “must haves” for who you might allow to be part of your network.  The hard part is to look in the mirror and ask yourself: “Am I a good person others will want to include in their network?”   Ironically, the list outlined above can also be a partial definition of  professional integrity.


About the Author:

Cultivating Careers was founded by Karen Kodzik, a Career Consultant who has worked with individuals in transition for over 13 years. Karen meets professionals at various points on their career path and works with them to gain a clearer sense of where they want to take their careers. Karen Kodzik holds a Masters Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Career Development. Karen couples seasoned counseling skills with a solid business acumen. She has coached and consulted various levels of professionals across industries to successfully reaching that next point in their career.