Although we consistently hear all the praise for the importance and effectiveness of networking in our careers, it continues to remain elusive for many professionals. It’s not bad when you are talking about networking with close contacts, but once you start talking about network building with complete strangers, then things get a little dicey.

The common comments I hear are as follows: It’s uncomfortable. It often doesn’t really lead to anything. And it is time consuming.

Nevertheless, although all those things can be true for many professionals, that doesn’t make network building any less important! Why? Because most of us don’t naturally have the most effective networks. They might be large. They might be friendly. And they might want to be helpful. But more than likely, once we’ve tapped into them, then we’re kind of stuck with nowhere else to go…we’re just sort of waiting for something to happen.

Last week I wrote about how to get out of the endless networking “loop” to position yourself more effectively in front of decision makers. This week I want to share a presentation on the 3 most common types of networkers. This presentation is part of the Employer Profiling solution we have at ITtechExec and NoddlePlace, which comes with a job search agent who identifies employers best suited for each candidate and then develops contacts at those employers.

This presentation was prepared to identify the different types of contacts candidates will come across. These types are true across all kinds of networking, however, and it is wise to know how to approach each one: