Job hunters can be more effective if enlisting help from others – but the approach you use in convincing others to join your cause makes a big difference in the success or failure of your efforts. Just as with any networking task, it’s about building relationships, not asking for favors.

Miriam Salpeter offers suggestions that use basic common sense, such as communicating with one contact at a time (no blanket emails asking for help), listening more than you talk, connecting with long-lost contacts, and using social media to get a conversation started. For more information, read the full article, “How to Tell Someone You’re Job-Hunting (Without Killing the Conversation)”.