As a career coach who has helped hundreds of clients transition their career, one of the biggest frustrations I hear
from clients is that their network outreach doesn’t yield the results they want. This is often because job seekers expect too much too soon or don’t offer clear expectations for how their contacts can help. Don’t expect to show up at a networking event at 6 p.m. and have five new job leads in 30 minutes. And don’t expect everyone you talk with to immediately know of opportunities. It takes time to cultivate, but by investing in a strong network, you will land faster than you would without networking.