Career networking is one of the hardest things we all have to do. When we are looking for a new job it seems as if there were no boundaries. People on LinkedIn, Xing, etc. contact me all the time asking me for a job – I don’t even know them… so what do to? Do I have to be nice, ignore them, go above and beyond to make sure that I treated everyone right, even though I feel that they haven’t even taken the minimum courtesy to get acquainted with me?
I came across a really good list of things to do on Yahoo! Hotjobs today: it’s a great resource to check out before approaching random people in your network. I especially like the article by Caroline Levchuk on how to take networking online.