Who or what is a networking contact?

Since this subject of contacts is widely misunderstood by job-hunters and career-changers, let’s be very specific, here.


  • Every person you know, is a contact.
  • Every member of your family.
  • Every friend of yours.
  • Every person in your address book.
  • Every person on your Christmas-card list, or comparable.
  • Every person you met at any party you attended in the last year or two.
  • Every co-worker from your last five jobs.
  • Every person you know at your gym or athletic place.
  • Every person you know on any athletic team.
  • Every merchant or salesperson you ever deal with.
  • Every person who comes to your apartment or house to do any kind of repairs or maintenance work.
  • Every person you meet in line at the supermarket or bank.
  • Every checkout clerk you know.
  • Every gas station attendant you know.
  • Everyone who does personal work on you: your barber, hairdresser, manicurist, physical trainer, body worker, and the like.
  • The waiters, waitresses, and manager of your favorite restaurants.
  • All the people you meet on the Internet.  All the people whose e-mail addresses you have.
  • Every leisure partner you have, as for walking, exercising, swimming, or whatever.
  • Every doctor, or medical professional you know.
  • Every professor, teacher, etc., you once knew and maybe still know how to get a hold of.
  • Every person in your church, synagogue, mosque, or religious assembly.
  • Everyone you know in Rotary, Kiwanis, Lions, or other service organizations.
  • Every person you know at any group you belong to.
  • Every person you are newly introduced to.
  • Every person you meet, stumble across, or blunder into, during your job-hunt, whose name, address, and phone number you have the grace to ask for. (Always have the grace to ask for it.)

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