Networking Ethics (or Why Sales Often Won't Work in a Networking Environment)

please indulge me as this gets a bit deeper into networking than I (or anyone else I've studied yet, for that matter) typically goes. Almost everyone is familiar with some phrasing of The Golden Rule. It is most commonly written as "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you", and the idea is ancient. 

However, unless you have studied religion or philosophy, you may not know about the various formulations (alternative phrasings) of this rule, and it occurs to me they can help us better understand how to relate to others in our networking activities.

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You Don’t Have to Sell Yourself: How to Use a Networking Profile

To get a good job, you do not have to sell yourself.  Needs-meeting is what you are after – yours and others.’ You are offering to help those you meet support their own and others’ needs getting met.  A Profile is a tool to a) help you think through what you want to do, what you’re best at, b) see the value of it, c) work out how to communicate it and d) help others see the value and help you communicate it to others beyond the conversation you are in. When you are available to be found to fill certain needs, you can be offered the job of your dreams.

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