Connecting with other people over business interests which could include job leads, sales leads, joint ventures or other arrangements for doing business together.

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How can I politely tell a business acquaintance that their behavior is inappropriate?

I met someone recently who seemed to share some of my technical interests and we started discussing doing some work together. However, after emailing back and forth a few times they added me to their ...
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Misleading/out of date LinkedIn profiles - saying you still work for an employer when you don't [closed]

I keep coming across people (recommended connections mostly, due to having connections in common) on LinkedIn who have been fired, laid off, "left under a cloud" etc from my employer but their ...
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Meet for coffee about a potential job when I am not interested in a new job

I received an email from the founder of a tech startup about meeting for coffee and discussing some openings at his company. He is experienced, the company sounds interesting, but I am 99% certain ...
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How to politely decline a request for a job referral? [duplicate]

I am currently employed at an excellent company, and a colleague of mine from graduate school has repeatedly requested that I put his/her name forward as a recommended hire at my company. For various ...
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How should I fill out a “what I'm looking for” section of an online profile if what I'm looking for does not define my current job?

On a popular job profile website in my sector, there's a section for what you're looking for in a company. While I'm not explicitly looking right now, if I was, I'd be looking for something quite ...
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Is it appropriate to send an introduction letter after applying for the job?

I would like to send an email to introduce myself to someone who works at a company I'm interested in joining. I applied for the job about a week ago, however, and I'm afraid such an email would not ...
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Building workplace relationships [closed]

First time poster so I hope I get this right... I've been writing my 2016 objectives at work and one of the things I'm very keen to work on this year is my professional network. I work in Operational ...
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How should I approach an unanswered email regarding Job opportunities

I was with a company as a translator and made a solid connection with the other interpreter over the course of a one week trip. We had discussed the possibility of connecting each other in our ...
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Does being an entrepreneur reduce my employability? [closed]

I'm a CEO of an ecommerce startup. I'm currently networking with fellow entrepreneurs and people who are related to the industry around the country. As this is a startup, I'm not sure if this would ...
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How to bypass low ranked staff to get in contact with managers when networking for a job from academia? [closed]

I know most of the questions here are related to workplace, but still this is the most relevant SE community for this question. I am a graduate student in Europe finishing a PhD programme (in ...
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How to build strong social network at work [closed]

We need help of others to achieve our goals Though I understand this I feel I'm not sure how to connect with people at work. And being introvert makes it very hard for me. Can anyone please guide ...
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How long should I wait before networking on LinkedIn with coworkers at a new job?

I just started a new job and most of my new fellow coworkers are very active on LinkedIn. Is it rude or strange to connect with the ones I've met and worked with so far, or should I wait until I ...
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How to check back with a college alumni if he doesn't get back you after promising to do so?

I had a phone conversation with an college alumni and he told me that the would get back to me with some corporate contacts for a new job. Two weeks after the conversation, I heard nothing so I ...
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How to tell vendors at networking events that I'm not a decision maker?

Since graduating and getting a job as a software engineer, I've started attending programming meetups on about a weekly basis. I enjoy the events and the people and if anything will do it more ...
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Connecting with interviewer on LinkedIn post interview

I just interviewed with a company for a systems / business analyst position through a recruiting agency. Through my recruiter, I found out I was not chosen for the position, after only a few ...
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Can I use a nickname for work?

Is it a must to use legal name (as seen in ID card) for work? Lets say my real name is Neram Mihaiki Smith, I prefer to be known Jenny Smith. Would it be fine if I use Jenny Smith in my emails, ...
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How to network to the CEO as an intern?

I'm an intern at a well-known technology company. It isn't ridiculously big (like Google or Facebook) where I would barely see chief level executives every once in a while. Here, I do every so often. ...
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Referring someone I don't know, but recomended by someone I trust

One of my close friends has asked me to recommend someone for a position (posted online) in my company. While I do not know that person, his CV states that he has many of the right qualifications, ...
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How often should you email a business contact?

Let's say you are trying to build or expand your professional network. This means staying in touch with everyone. If you send emails too often, your contact will likely be annoyed and unwilling to ...
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Are there any concerns I should have regarding a salary that seems too high?

I have an offer letter for a job for which I am qualified for but I feel the salary is above the average range for this position. Could there be something wrong with the position? Example: ...
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How to build a professional network with the hopes of achieving a job in another town/country?

Experience: Recently when I was hunting around for jobs I sent out a large number of applications (for jobs in a different city) and only after about 1-2 months did I even any responses, however by ...
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Advice on handling networking opportunity professionally

Some background: A year ago, I got laid off from a non-programming type of job. They were putting me through graduate school for Computer Engineering, and got my MS. I programmed a fair amount in ...
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Social drinking at networking events [duplicate]

I am a graduate student and recently my school held a networking event for the students to meet with companies and expand their professional network. I am studying finance and will be looking for work ...
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How to work with a person who is going to leave the company and is not liked by any team member?

I recently joined a company as a network engineer. Almost all the people here are personally known to me. One guy who works here, who used to be my good friend out of office, is not keeping up with ...
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What are the pros and cons of taking a paycut to become an instructor? [closed]

I have the choice to become an instructor to teach beginners how to program and develop web sites for the first time. This job will last 3 months. I'm a Software Consultant (whose never had a client)...
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is it professional to listen actively to a conversation where a two or more people talking but I know only one of them? [closed]

Today, at the breakfast there were two people having a chat. I know one person well and just joined to say hi to that person. After doing a little chatty with her I started eating my meal. While I ...
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Company suggests another position after being rejected - how to pivot my application?

I applied to the engineering division in a company and was rejected, but they suggested that a front-end developer role in the client services division would be a better fit. Additionally, I have a ...
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If a “Dr.” signs their email with the first letter of their first name, is it acceptable to address them by their first name?

I recently made a contact for a potential job offer, and I have been addressing him with the "Dr." (he holds a doctorate). Let's say his name is "George McKee", then on his blog, website, and LinkedIn,...
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How to address a Dr. who I just met, when others address them by first name?

I made a new connection for a potential job offer, and let's say is name is Dr. John Smith (he has a PhD). He refers to himself, and others refer to him, as "Dr. John Smith" on his website, blog, and ...
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How to categorize and track business relationships?

I have been deliberate in networking and gaining visibility in my workplace over the past year. Many of these opportunities have come fairly naturally as a result of my work and choice of additional ...
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How to build strong internal networks and informal relationships when I am always busy?

I work in a very informal culture where employees across all levels of hierarchy call each other "mate" or "buddy". Managers often make critical decisions outside the company walls, during lunch or ...
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How valuable is a photo on networking sites? [duplicate]

I am signed up on a few career networking sites (like LinkedIn), and I often get sent reminders to add a photo to my profile, and "Here's an article [written by us] about why having a photo is great!" ...
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Networking from afar [duplicate]

I'm trying to leave Houston, where I found my foot in the door in software development, and move back to Seattle, where all of the friends I still keep in touch with are in non-IT companies. ...
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How to get across on LinkedIn that I absolutely enjoy, and am committed to, my company? [closed]

I work in a non-client-facing role and only occasionally interact with suppliers/vendors and consultants. Generally I feel that my professional network is very small and thus I want to get to know ...
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What is a professional way to stay in touch?

I am just about to finish an under graduate work placement that I have been on for the last few months. During my time I have been working on a project with someone as a supervisor (he was not my line ...
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LinkedIn connection type for someone you've interviewed

I recently interviewed someone, and was suitably impressed. I want to connect on LinkedIn (the interview process is not complete yet), but am stumped by 'How do you know' connect options: Is he ...
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Why is that in some companies being above-average efficient is considered “out of place” or weird? [closed]

I just started working for a big, international company that has branches in every state. I am in the Italian one. It's my first job after leaving school. In the past months my job consisted of ...
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How can I professionally refuse the publication of group photos on social networks?

In my scientific research group, my professor tries to create a very social atmosphere between each of our members. For example, the group goes on a yearly retreat or meets up in order to watch big "...
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Should I attend a job fair even if I'm not currently looking for a new job?

I was recently sent an invitation to a local job fair. I am always interested to find out what companies are out there and what they are doing, so I am tempted to sign up for it. My thought is that it ...
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What's the difference between networking on your own vs at an MBA program? [closed]

An alleged advantage of an MBA over other (often cheaper) postgraduate management education options is that it offers an opportunity to network. In case I am already good at networking, go to many ...
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What's the best way to learn about the company and how it works, as an employee?

Over the last few years I've worked in a number of companies as a software developer, with industries ranging from manufacturing to banking and finance. Unfortunately, it seems that I haven't ...
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How do I tell a colleague that I don't want to add him to Facebook?

I consider Facebook to have information that is personal and that I only share with close friends and family. However, in my new workplace I’ve been asked several times for my Facebook username and/or ...
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How to get the most out of my internship? [closed]

So my internship as a software developer at a financial firm in San Francisco is coming up soon. I just wanted to get a few pointers on how to get the most out of it. First, how do I go about asking ...
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Impact of not having social network account during a job change. [closed]

I am a 22 year old software developer and I do not have a Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn account and I have never felt the need of having one, but with the advancement of people wanting to know you by ...
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Adding someone on LinkedIn after I interviewed with them, but didn't get the job. [duplicate]

I recently attended two interviews for a position, a general ‘meet each other’' interview, and then a technical interview. Both interviews seemed to go well, friendly and amicable. However, I was ...
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When should you, and should you not, add someone on Linked In? [duplicate]

I'm wondering what kind of considerations one should apply when adding people on Linked In. For example, if starting a new job, would it be normal add your new colleagues on Linked In? Or would it ...
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How do I use personal networking to find a new job?

There's that adage that 90% of jobs aren't advertised, and that you find your next job through the people you know. As such, I was thinking of making it commitment to regularly attend various IT ...
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Is being blunt in emails common in the workplace?

I'm still a student, but was talking to a friend about how when I email my professors/lecturers they tend to ignore the niceties, the greeting, everything except the main question in my email and send ...
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How to react when superiors make fun of junior employees during informal/social events?

I am a junior manager (promoted from within) and recently started being invited to some social and informal events with senior management. It is good to know that I am getting closer to their inner ...
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Could I use LinkedIn to improve visibility WITHIN my company? [closed]

I have a profile which I have not updated since early in my current job out of concerns that it might signal lack of loyalty. One of my greatest assets my superiors have lauded as a reason to promote ...