As career advice goes, people often repeat two common refrains:

“Fake it until you make it” or “Dress for the job you want, not the one you have.”

One of the most important things for professionals, in any stage of their career, is that networking is not just a tool to use when you’re job-seeking. In fact, the best time to build your network is when you’re already established in a role. Elizabeth Gore is Dell’s entrepreneur in residence and shared with Time magazine her common sense networking tips for success.

Dell says the secret to authentic networking is to “stop pretending to be someone you’re not, stop playing dress up and start being you.” Everyone, even people who are happy in their jobs, should make sure they’re constantly growing and nurturing their network. Here are a ways Dell says you can focus your efforts, relax and let your true colors shine.

Tip 1) Ask everyone for 10 minutes

A lot of people look outside of their organizations, but the inner nucleus around you can be quite powerful. Your relationships with them will allow you to learn more about your own industry in general. There might even be different moves within your company that could become available. So by the time you may leave your company, you should have met with every senior executive and anyone else who you think is interesting. Just ask people for a 10-minute cup of coffee. Most people will say yes to that, especially if they know that you’re not asking them to do something for you. You’re just asking to talk, to get to know them and to get advice for your future.

Tip 2) Always leave them smelling roses

The flip side of this is that even negative relationships come back around, so here is the caution flag: Even the worst boss you’ve ever had might someday be in charge of making an important decision that will affect your future. Always be thinking about building your network and what impression you’re leaving on someone, regardless of how well you get along with them.

Tip 3) Return the favor

Networking is a two-way street. You need to make sure you do it for others. Never say ‘no’ to a networking call. Even if someone contacts you on social media via Facebook or Twitter, give them 15 minutes.

Tip 4) Make connections that have nothing to do with your job

Another easy way to network outside of a job search is through meeting new people who share your personal interests as well as your professional ones. Networking events or industry volunteer groups are great places to start. It’s great to talk to people about things other than business so that you may get a better understanding of what they value outside of the office. That will deepen that relationship and make it easier to reach out to them on a personal level when you want to make a career change.

Tip 5) Be vulnerable

It’s okay to admit you’re not up to speed on every topic at hand. Ask questions when you’re unsure! People love to teach others and feel like an expert. In short: drop any act and just be you. You’ll be surprised how many people like that person, including yourself.