What Not to Do When Networking for a Financial Analysis Job

by Richard C. Wilson on July 9, 2012

Networking is one of the best ways to find a job in today’s highly competitive job market. It is important to network to let people within the financial analysis field know you are looking for a job as well helping you find what is available. However, it is important to follow some networking etiquette when getting out there to ensure you do not upset your network of professionals. Some of the important things to remember when networking for a job include:

Don’t Just Use Your Contacts – Using your contacts simply for job leads is a way to lose your networking contacts. If you are looking for a financial analysis job, it is important to network; however, once you have a job, or before you are looking for a job, check in with your contacts, periodically see if you can so something for them. It is important for your contacts not to feel “used.”

Don’t’ Act Like They Owe You Something – Your contacts don’t owe you anything. Just because they work for a financial analysis company, and you are looking for a job in financial analysis, does not mean they owe you a lead or interview. Be grateful for any assistance or leads and do not act as if you are entitled.

Don’t Lie – Don’t lie to your contacts. Those you network with expect professional behavior and lying is not acceptable. Don’t lie about your work experience, the reason you left your last job, or your qualifications. Your contacts are trying to help you out. Be honest and forthright about what you can provide and what you are looking for.  This is the best way to establish and keep a professional networking relationship.

Don’t Forget to Say Thank You – Be certain that you show genuine gratitude for any assistance that a contact provides. Thanking your contacts shows that you care about the relationship and are appreciative for their support.

Having a strong, professional network is a great way to stay current in the field of financial analysis as well as find a job, should you finds yourself in the market for one.  However, whenever you are networking, it is important to remember that it is a two-way street. Following simple etiquette rules can help you establish and maintain a good networking relationship with your contacts.

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