Your search is a reflection of how you organize projects, handle adversity and communicate. These are things we see in everyday jobs. So treat a search like a job, not something you have not done before or very often. There is no free pass just because no one likes to be in a search.
If you trouble making meetings on time, being prepared for a meeting (e.g. research on the individual or company) or following up, then what does that say about your ability as an employee?
It will be difficult to get someone to give you their A-list networking contacts if you don’t give them you’re A-list attention.
The better you take care of yourself, the better impression you will give that you can kick ass when you get on the job.