Please tell me what someone should do in this networking circumstance.
Let's say you're doing your homework on an MD banker to find a connection and you come across an article about him. You manage to connect the dots and realize he's your uncle, brother of your father. Should you go ahead and email him? Or would a cold call with a solid pitch work better? Or, should you call/email your father and subtly ask him if he knows your uncle well?(maybe don't want to be too pushy...could he think you're just using him to get to his banker brother?)
Also, would this depend on how well you've networked with your father? Like, if you've called him several times over a few months and he's always been willing to give you banking advice, then is it ok to ask if he can send your resume to your uncle, or at least see if he has time to discuss the industry?
Or, if your uncle is coming in a few days to visit your family for the weekend, should you try to set up a meeting with him at your home? Or is a home too casual for an? If a home is an appropriate venue, then should you offer to have your Mom cook for him so he doesn't have to pay for the meal? And what if he has a broad range of food allergies (which you found out using google b/c you really did your homework) but you don't know which foods he's allergic to. Should you just have a big buffet prepared and let him choose?
I'm from a semi-target with a 3.53 gpa, finance major, if that helps. Thanks!