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EP 413 on today show,I discuss the second biggest mistake executives make in their approach to networking.

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As someone who's been in the search business for what seems like 100 years, I run into executives all the time who commit many many mistakes with their job search. And I did a another video about the #1 mistake I see executives making, Other people do this well, but executives doing it prolifically.

Here is another one mistake that executives make and the real big one here is that you don't network! Really that simple.

You so immersed in your job that you don't take time on a regular basis to build relationships. Now, if you watching this video or listening to this podcast, you may be immersed in a job search. So it may be to late to head off this problem. But, I want you to think that after you get this position, while you doing this search, you always take time to network.

"You know, I'm too busy."

Well now you're not busy because you are out of work and do you want to be out of work or do you want to be able to easily activate the #1 way that people find positions and that is an effective network.

As I said in mistake #1, lurching from networking and networking only when you need people, shows you as a mooch. That all you care about is yourself. Building relationships that come between the interview cycles when you were there to help people, where you are available to offer advice, where you can be a mentor to others in their searches and where offerleads to people graciously, not as though they're dragging it out of you, will go a long way toward setting you up in the next search.

So, again, don't lurch from networking situation to networking situation while you learned from search to search. Always be networking.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves career coaching,  all as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio,” “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.”

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