3 Ways to Network the Right Way

There’s a definite right way and wrong way to network: avoid the faux pas and network the right way with these easy tips.   Networking is becoming a requirement for landing a dream job – but unfortunately, it’s not a skill they teach in business school. Just like with anything else, there’s a right way and a wrong way to network – and requesting thousands of LinkedIn connections from complete strangers is about as effective as  having too many drinks at a party. In both cases, you’re not that fun to be around. Networking can be incredibly rich and rewarding. It can lead you to connect with entrepreneurs who have succeeded in their own businesses, boost you up the career ladder, or help you launch the business of your dreams. You just have to know how to network the right way – and for many people, it’s not a walk in the park. That’s why I’ve come up with some guidelines for effective networking.   Want to be friends?” Rule number one of business: don’t hire your BFF. Or your BF (or GF, for that matter). When it comes to work, I make it a rule of mine to leave those I love out of the equation. That way, when you have to make some tough calls (and inevitably, you will), you won’t have to tread lightly. The reason for this rule is clear: you can’t stay friends after a break-up, and you probably won’t be able to salvage a friendship with someone you’ve gone into business with if things go sour. The camaraderie that was once there in...