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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a huge networking mistake most job hunters make.

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I want to talk with you today about the networking mistake that way too many people make. Let me illustrate.

People have this ridiculous idea that if they reach out to people that they know one time by email, by phone, by posting on social media, whether that is LinkedIn or Facebook or twitter, their network is ACTIVATED! Nothing could be further from the truth.

After all, how much do you do for a friend after you've gotten an email from them? If you're like most people, the answer is probably nothing. I don't say that to criticize you, but the point that they you are expecting others to do more than you do from them.

In point of fact, it takes multiple contacts with people to get them to take action, but making those contacts can be very easy.

It can be as easy as calling them every other week to ask how they are and when they reciprocate and ask you how you are doing saying to them something to the effect of, "well, I'm still out there looking. I have had some good interviews and some less good interviews but I'm still out there talking with people."

Usually, just hearing your voice is enough to activate their interest in helping, but if asked, this is a good way of responding.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1300 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

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