Make The Time – It’s important that when using this technique you set time every day to network. Whether online or offline, investing time will help you to reap the benefits you seek.
Be Clear – A lot of job seekers just go at networking with no clear goal of what they want from it. Networking isn't solely about finding jobs. It can be used for other purposes that benefit individuals doing a job search. So before you start, be clear WHY YOU are networking e.g. find jobs, make connections etc.
Type of Connections – When you decide to network, do you know the types of connections you want to make? Are you after just general advice? Are you looking for people in a certain industry? Just looking for numbers? Strong relationships? Think about what you want and the connection types you make when networking. Get the right type of blend that can help you.
Be Confident – If you’re not a confident individual then spend a bit of time appreciating what you bring to the networking table. Understand your strengths, skills, experiences and what you personally bring to the table.
Be sincere – A lot of job seekers think that building up vast numbers of connections will help them look good to employers. If you not putting the effort to connect to your network then your connections will see that you only care about numbers and will leave you network. Be interested in your contacts, show that you want to connect with them to make them feel valued and wanting to connect & help you.
Respect – If you want to build & develop a good network group then you need to treat everyone with respect. By doing this, you will not only be respected back but individuals in your network group will be more willing to help you.
Offer Help – Networking is not all about finding help, but also about giving it too. Know you may think I have no help to offer but you have. You may have heard about opportunities, have experiences to share that could help others, tips & advice from things you've learned. If you can help, then do so!