networking

when your mentor won’t respond to your emails

A reader writes: I graduated from college nearly two years ago, and am looking for a professional mentor. I’ve worked at my current job at a small nonprofit since October. After working in a similar but very corporate field for the past two years, I know this is where I want to be. A family […]

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why won’t people answer my networking emails?

A reader writes: I attend any conventions where I meet with a variety of people and get a lot of business cards. My usual networking M.O. is to follow up with an email asking about themselves, their company, what they are working on and — because I’m trying to move into a new field — if […]

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am I being stingy with my contacts?

A reader writes: Four years ago, I worked at a company that hired a junior person to assist an adjacent department. She was never my assistant and I did not work closely with her; in fact, she only touched one project for my group. We were not close, but we were friendly and I think […]

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8 embarrassing LinkedIn mistakes

LinkedIn can be a pretty awesome tool for networking, expanding your contacts, and even finding jobs, but it has its own unique etiquette land mines — like asking people who barely know you to do you favors, having the whole world see you inflating your experience, and more. At U.S. News & World Report today, I […]

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how to turn down requests to meet, network, or pick your brain

Gain even a little bit of success in your field, and you’re likely to start getting requests from strangers or near-strangers to meet, network, or pick your brain. In the beginning, you might enjoy this – it’s flattering, and it can be a way to pay forward help that you received from near-strangers earlier in […]

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is my mentor ignoring my emails?

A reader writes: While I worked at a mid-sized company, I developed a wonderful mentor relationship with one of my managers. He has always been very supportive, offering to be my job reference, etc. After 2.5 years working together, I left to work abroad at another company for 1.5 years. We kept in touch while […]

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actually useful questions to ask in informational interviews

A reader writes: You’ve written before about how NOT to behave in an informational interview (i.e. use it to try to get a job), but I wonder what you recommend to get the most out of them when you’re approaching the meeting with the proper mindset. I’m about six months away from getting a masters […]

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