When it comes to networking, it is all about being connected.

Your next career move could be a connection away. To get you started, here are our top 10 favourite networking tips:

  1. Network before you need to – nobody appreciates a friend who only calls when they want something.
  2. Widen your circles. Networking beyond your industry can uncover new opportunities you didn’t even know you were looking for.
  3. Having the right connections is more important than having the most connections.
  4. Challenge yourself to contact one new person each day.
  5. Don’t take “no” personally.
  6. Listen more. Talk less.
  7. Volunteer. Beyond the obvious community benefits, giving back feels good and provides opportunities to make new connections.
  8. Take it offline. Email and social media provides a great start. But sometimes you can’t replace the good old fashion, real time meeting.
  9. Don’t forget to take care of the networks you’ve already established, including friends and co-workers. They can be your greatest allies.
  10. The secret to great networking is to focus on helping other people.

For more tips on networking, check out a few inspired posts on the topic:
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