Magazine article USA TODAY

Not Asking for Help Is Top Networking Mistake. (Business)

Magazine article USA TODAY

Not Asking for Help Is Top Networking Mistake. (Business)

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Need a favor? Mum's not the word. More than one-third of workers surveyed say not asking people for help is the top networking mistake. Failing to keep in touch with professional acquaintances ranked second, with one-quarter of the response. The survey was developed by OfficeTeam, a leading staffing service specializing in highly skilled administrative professionals. It includes responses from 613 employed men and women, all 18 years of age or older. The findings are part of the "Office Team Career Challenge," a project designed to assist administrative professionals in advancing their careers.

Survey respondents were asked, "In your opinion, which one of the following is the biggest mistake people make when networking with professional colleagues?" Their responses were: not asking for help when they need it (37%); not keeping in touch with contacts (25%); not thanking people for their help (22%); burning their bridges with past employers (13%); and don't know/no answer (three percent).

"People often avoid asking for help for two reasons--either they are embarrassed at needing assistance or they feel they can go it alone and succeed without others' involvement," notes Liz Hughes, executive director of OfficeTeam. …

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