Too often we connect with someone from the company where we want to work and set up a time for coffee. We meet them, send the thank you note and that’s it…..we fail to stay in touch. So why do we need to stay in touch?
You connected with someone at the company you want to work at, right? After that coffee, they remember you for probably 25 – 30 days. In the interim they might be approached by someone else for a meeting, or they meet other people looking for positions who do a better job staying in touch. When the company sends out an internal job posting – you want that connection to remember YOU – not anyone else. So don’t let a month go by without reaching out to that contact to let them know:
- You are still looking – don’t make them assume anything
- Tell them about any accomplishments you have had – great grades, kudos on the job, travel plans – anything that is news worthy. Or maybe if you have read something about the company you could ask them about it. JUST STAY IN TOUCH. Even if they don’t respond, don’t worry – it might be a one-way convo – who cares. When that job crosses their desk they will think of you….even if it’s only to stop the emails – just kidding.
After you land the job you want try to keep in touch once a year if you chose to go to another company. If you are in the same company – reach out every so often to tell them how you are doing and thank them for their help…..you may end up working for them someday!
STAY IN TOUCH