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Tips From Build Your Dream Network: The Give When You’re Just Starting Your Career

By April 10, 2018 January 21st, 2019 No Comments

Build Your Dream Network reader question:

Because I am pretty early on in my career, I feel when I network it’s more of me trying make connections that will yield in leadership opportunities for me- as if it is all “me me me” and I’m trying to get something out of someone. However I don’t feel I have much to offer people that are at a more senior level, the exchange doesn’t feel mutual.

I was wondering what your thoughts are on this and how I can overcome this feeling to be a pro networker.

This is a question I’m frequently asked. So if the voice in your head is jumping up and down screaming “me too me too” know you are not alone in pondering this very question. My quick answer (as yes, there is so much more contained in my book):

Being considerate (as in what you ask for), respectful(as in recognizing the time of someone else) and showing gratitude (as in sending a follow-up note) are the best networking gives someone in a junior position can provide to someone more senior.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.