August 27, 2010

No time like the Present to Review the Rules of Networking

Have you ever been in crowded restaurant and wondered what all the businesspeople are discussing?

• Big deals?

• Expansion?

• Bonuses?

Unfortunately, these days it’s likely many people are doing networking lunches aka job hunting.

During the past month, I’ve had lunches with five job seekers all with good chief financial officer experience and strong resumes. They’ve ranged from people I’ve done deals with, to friends of business colleagues, to acquaintances of cousins of the ex-girlfriend of someone who used to know someone I don’t remember.

It’s clear many people have exhausted their close networks. Anyone lucky enough to be employed is a potential networking partner. So, it might be helpful to review the "rules†for networking meetings:

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