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Questions tagged [networking]

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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Should I call or email to ask for a job?

I interned this past semester at a company I fell in love with. I worked hard and was able to work on a diverse range of projects with multiple teams in the organization. Near my last day I was at a ...
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Professional Etiquette for asking if a connection is interested in a job?

A few months ago, I had a few questions about possible career paths within my industry. One of my acquaintances put me in touch with one of his connections (I'll call him Joe), who is an expert in the ...
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Postpone a resume send request without losing a lead

Updated with more insight I've kept in touch with a senior manager in order to keep a lead for some job in a year or so (just started a new one). I emailed him recently to know things went on his ...
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How to ask client if job opening exists on behalf of a friend?

I have worked at a web dev agency about 5 months and get along with everyone. There is one particular client I do a lot of work for at this shop though contact is usually limited to meetings and the ...
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How to politely refuse to put someone in touch with my professional network?

Short version: I was asked by someone I hardly knew to put them in touch with someone in my professional network. I gave them a name, but I now feel uncomfortable with it. For the next time: How ...
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Telling a possible romantic interest that I cannot share my current industry contacts

I met someone recently who I originally thought was pleasant, smart and ambitious -- I still somewhat think that of her. The problem is now I realize she is pushing me to give her all of my recent ...
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While on a temp-to-perm assignment, how can I effectively ask for time off in order to interview for full-time positions? [duplicate]

I've been working while on a temp-to-perm contract, and recently a couple friends have helped to directly refer me to their companies - the recruiters of both companies promptly scheduled me for ...
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Ex colleague wants me to introduce them to my contact, we are in the same job pool

An ex-colleague has asked me to introduce them to a contact of mine. I would normally do so without hesitation, but we are currently looking for the same kind of job. I was even planning on talking to ...
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How to seek knowledge sharing from professional network without appearing self - serving or intrusive?

I am currently the team lead of the IT audit and risk team at my company. Recently business processes in IT are being re-engineered and management has approached us about assisting them to improve ...
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Performance review based on ability to network?

I work in the information security realm as an engineer. At our weekly company meeting, our boss said that part of performance reviews (a good weight I might add) depends on your ability to network ...
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What effect does listing an internal social contact have, when applying for a job?

I've applied to a few jobs at one place recently, and one of the questions that is asked is whether I have a family contact or social relationship contact within their company. I have a good friend ...
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How to improve chances of a networking response?

This is a fairly common challenge but I'm curious to hear about other people's success stories. I have a good 'network' on LinkedIn (1st degree connections). My network isn't made up of all the folks ...
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How to decline giving mobile number?

I recently came across an old college "friend" at an industry event. I really consider him more of an acquaintance since we only saw each other due to a mutual friend. Furthermore he had declined my ...
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Wasn't hired back after a successful internship. The hiring manager stopped replying to me about a year ago. Should I contact again? [closed]

I had an internship at this awesome company (a growing startup, ~150 employees) in my junior year of college. It seemed like it went really well; I got along great with everyone, my project went above ...
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Is it OK to let a supplier know I am looking for a new job?

I am working as a chemical engineer with a strong taste of IT in the mix, in Western Europe. I work closely with the technical expert of the company who develops the software I use daily on my job, ...
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The value of chitchat [closed]

Overall I believe I have some of the characteristics associated with a good employee. But one area I have always struggled with encompasses a lot of what falls outside one's hard job duties, such as ...
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Contact initial connection during interview?

I met someone at a conference who ended up being the president of a company operating in a different city. He forwarded my information to HR, and next thing I know, I have an interview. I did well ...
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How do you build relationship and network in life and work? [closed]

I'm a fresh graduate with no working experience. How can I build such relationships once I enter the workforce?
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How do I have a successful meeting with my CEO?

I will meet the CEO of my company together with several other randomly chosen employees. I work at a large corporation in the car industry. As a student I'm currently working on my bachelor thesis. I ...
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What constitute a favor from reportees? [closed]

I just shifted my residence and coincidentally one of my direct reports live nearby, so in order to save time I go to office with him. Likewise, upon return one of my other subordinate drops me half ...
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How to get the most out of “to HQ” trips?

Working remotely my company pays me a given number of trips to the company's headquarters each year. Each of them usually last one or two weeks. I use these opportunities to directly talk with my ...
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Company wants to know name of friend who referred me to unposted job

I wrote an inquiry email to an international company. In the email, I asked if they had some new jobs available. They were surprised to have received my email, because they had not yet announced ...
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Is creating a professional Facebook account considered suspicious?

I would like to create a professional Facebook account to interact with the people I work with and with potential clients. What I fear is that potential future employers or clients find a ...
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How to introduce myself appropriately when my former classmates are at senior positions in the same firm?

I was among the top few at my institute, and former classmates and professors respect me for that and in general. I landed a coveted job after graduation, but have changed jobs twice, with some gaps ...
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Contacted by recruiter, an old acquaintance works there, should I reach out to them?

I was recently contacted by a recruiter. I checked out the company website, and it turns out that I actually know one of their senior staff listed there. He was a fellow grad student at my university (...
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Is it okay for an intern student to add co-workers on LinkedIn?

I'm currently a student on an co-op term. I work in a fairly small team and my term is about to finish up. Since this is my first intern experience, I was wondering if it would be appropriate for me ...
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How to break off an internship without burning bridges?

This summer I was planning on returning to a large software company (Company A) for a second year of internship. Between when my prior internship ended and the present I've since partnered with ...
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Did I just burn a bridge? [closed]

I have been talking with a sizeable company for several months now. The CEO and I have a similar network. Last year they turned me down for a position but this year they offered to basically create a ...
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Former co-worker A at company X asking about re-hiring someone I terminated at X before A's time

I worked at company X for five years, managing field technicians for part of that time. I had to terminate one of those technicians (B) for reasons. After firing this technician, A came to work for X....
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Recruiter asks you out for coffee, what is their intent? [closed]

A while back, I had two different female recruiters ask me out for coffee, regardless of whether or not they had any available positions that match my qualifications. What is their intent? Is this a ...
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What is a business contact? [closed]

I Googled this and can't find much detail. Sometimes a person will refer to someone to whom they call a "business contact." I have also been told that, in order to succeed in business at a larger ...
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need to talk to someone about job frustration [closed]

I really need some help here. I don't really know where to turn or who to talk to and this is chewing me up. Sorry if I go on a bit I'm trying to provide details but keep it brief at the same time. I'...
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Taking on additional responsibility during difficult times

Tonight my boss wants me to go to a networking event, he is aware that I have recently broken up with my GF and I have told him today that I don't feel as though I am in the frame of mind to network ...
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Networking: Ask random colleagues for a coffee break? [closed]

I have just started working in a large consulting firm, together with many other colleagues. I thought about randomly inviting 3-4 new colleagues to take a coffee break. A good icebreaker would be ...
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IT Territory control when multiple IT players are involved

Scenario: We are an IT company who services many companies. Recently, one of the bigger companies brought in a 3rd party consultant who works for a group, and they have their own internal IT who ...
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How to address a young person on a very high position?

I am a 21 year-old student and I talked to a person who works in a Bank which I will be applying to. He is 28 years old but on a very high position and I wonder how should I address him in the email, ...
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If my mother language is not English, what can I do to improve my communication skills at my workplace?

I am not from a country where English is the mother tongue. While I was working in my current company, I found my US colleagues usually communicate with each other not only on work stuff but also ...
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How much time do you spend networking with colleagues vs actually getting work done? [closed]

I just joined my first industry job, around 8 months back, after my PhD. I have a very busy schedule at my work, and try to be as efficient as possible. On top of that I go to networking events, have ...
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How do I politely refuse a bad former boss's job offer but keep his help in the job search?

I'm looking for a job, so in the usual networking fashion I emailed all my professional acquaintances asking them if they know of any opportunities in my field. In particular, I emailed my former boss,...
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What to answer to a recruiter when I'm not currently interested in a new job

I'm currently employed and I'm not seeking to change jobs at this time. Occasionally, I'm contacted by recruiters with offers that would be a good match for me, if I were looking for a job (targeted, ...
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LinkedIn cold message got me a connection but no response to message [closed]

I recently cold messaged someone on LinkedIn who works at a company I want to interview with. I essentially expressed my interest in his duties at work and wanted to talk about it. The employee added ...
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Dress code for garden party/networking activity

Context: North-America, hot summer, urban park, networking party. An international mid-size consulting company is inviting future graduates (Msc in E-business at a top tier school in the area) at a ...
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What's the best way to go around HR? [closed]

If, for instance, you find (and contact) a senior office (the president/ CEO, VP, CFO, CMO, etc) of a company, and send them a networking query, is this a legitimate way of seeking if there are ...
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Perceptions and networking implications of spending time with the opposite gender for lunch?

I work at a relatively small startup with, not more than, 10 developers. The guys either eat out for lunch or eat lunch two hours later than me, because they have a late breakfast, and I get my own ...
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As an intern, how do I make the most out of a short networking meeting with the head of IT?

I'm currently doing a summer internship at a bank and I've managed to get in touch with the head of technology to set up a 30 minute networking session. How do I make the most of those 30 minutes? ...
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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 ...