Think you'll skip that networking thank-you? Think again

Laurie Huff

Some thank-you notes are hard to write.

If you, like me, are in the midst of a job search, I'm betting you've had at least one encounter with someone who left you shaking your head. I've had several, including a man who, during our networking coffee, thumbed through his Blackberry as we spoke, constantly losing his train of thought.

One woman admitted she hadn't taken the time to review my background before we met, and kept calling me "Laura," even after my gently correcting her -- twice. Or how about the man who, seconds after we sat down, asked whether I liked him? (Not posed in a blatantly inappropriate manner, mind you, but seemingly to try to throw me off balance. I told him I had no reason not to.)