When you are in job-search mode, you become acutely aware of the fact that you need to start networking and making new connections as quickly as possible. You also become aware of the fact that your old network is valuable, but if you have not cultivated your old network you may feel something akin to panic. Dr. Ivan Misner of BNI (Business Network International) says “Networking is more about ‘farming’ than it is about ‘hunting.’ It’s about cultivating relationships.” So whether you are in job-search mode or not, cultivating your network of connections should always be a priority. Related: Has Your Network Abandoned You? 10 Tips To Win Them Back What if you haven’t been cultivating relationships with your old network of contacts and connections, however? How do you reconnect with members of your old network without coming across as disingenuous or overly needy? After all, people don’t like feeling that they are being used. They would like to think you value them for who they are, not for what they might be able to do for you.
November 04, 2016