“Hey — I’m on the market for a new job. If you hear of something, let me know!” This is a common approach to networking when in job search. It’s easy to get focused on the tactical conversation of “need job – get connected to jobs” but it’s usually not all that effective. And even worse, if that person doesn’t know of the perfect open job in that moment, the conversation is over. In this D2BD Short, Angee shares a few more reasons why this approach doesn’t always work.

But what you can do is help others help you by approaching every conversation from a place of curiosity. By doing this, you have the opportunity to learn about people and places you should get on your radar –not necessarily because there is an open job right this minute, but because there may be a perfect next role for you that was never posted.