So, you’ve reached out, met people for coffee, and slowly built a steady professional network that would make anybody jealous. However, there’s one crucial thing you’re probably not doing: Actually asking for help after becoming connected.
Reaching out for a favor might not come naturally to you, especially if you’re concerned about annoying your contacts. So, to get you started, here are nine easy favors that require very little commitment, but can make a difference in your career.
- A coffee meeting is one of the easiest and most low-pressure situations. Invite a professional you admire to grab a drink. Just make sure you have a specific topic in mind before you set it up. (Business Insider)
- Asking other people to promote you on Twitter requires virtually no commitment—and it pays back in dividends. (Buffer)
- Making a career change? Want that promotion? Working on a blog post? Regardless of what you’re up to, sending your idea to your network for feedback is crucial to getting ahead (and most people are happy to help!). (Entrepreneur)
- Chances are someone you know is connected to another person you’d love to meet. Don’t be afraid to see if he or she can introduce you. (Hubspot)
- Putting a call out for reading recommendations is not only a great way to re-connect, but it also gives you the chance to bond over something meaningful. (James Clear)
- If your contacts have a little time, ask them to write you a recommendation on LinkedIn or simply endorse a couple of your skills. (Forbes)
- Researching a company before you apply for a position or interview is crucial, so don’t be afraid to seek out intel. (Glassdoor)
- On the flip side, are you in the position of hiring someone? Asking for recommendations or referrals can go a long way—and remember: Everyone’s trying to help others in their networks, too! (Zip Recruiter)
- Here’s something very straightforward: Email people one of these 21 simple but open-ended questions to get them thinking. (The Daily Muse)