We all know that creating a strong professional network is a great way to find a job, but it's not always as simple as it sounds. CNN Money talked with career coach Darrell Gurney to come up with some of the most common mistakes, and one of the most harmful is leading the discussion with your need.
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The reasoning is two-fold. First off, you don't want to seem desperate, but you also want to get a good feel for the type of company your pitching yourself to. Gurney offers this advice:
Find ways to approach people that call on their knowledge and expertise, and the conversations you have with them will be far more productive. "I'm researching this field" has a whole different feel than "I need a job."
This makes the conversation feel a lot more natural and has the added benefit of making sure you don't come across as desperate. Hit up CNN Money for a list of a few other common mistakes people make when networking.
6 networking mistakes job hunters make [CNN Money]