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Distinguish Your Networking By Actually Following Up

If you sent holiday cards or otherwise stepped up your networking during the 2008 holiday season then you have already somewhat separated yourself from the majority that don’t even do that.  BUT if you really want to set yourself apart, follow up on the networking you started by circling back to your contacts in the new year.  Revisit my GlassHammer article on follow up for ideas on how to reach out in an unobtrusive way:

http://www.theglasshammer.com/news/2008/03/25/art-of-the-follow-up-how-to-persist-without-pestering/

Whatever specific ways you decide to follow up, it is the act of following up that distinguishes you.  This is true not just of networking but of all our goals.  I have seen many candidates who have a laundry list of what they want in their next job or who keep adding industries and companies to their dream list.  But then they never go deep enough into any one of the choices on their list to make them a reality.

Don’t let that happen to you.  Remember to go deep, not just broad.  Follow up.

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