Hello SOTGC community,
This post will wrap up The Art of Networking saga; I hope the tips you’ve read so far have been helpful. One of the hardest but most important things to remember about being good at networking is keeping in touch with your network.
Even if they are from outside your industry, reach out to them every now and then to say hi and hope they’re doing well. You never know when you will be in a position where you need to look for a different job, either within our outside your industry, and few people are going to go out of their way to help or refer someone they met once but who never called or emailed them after that … until they needed something.
Some of the best ways to do this are LinkedIn, Twitter, or any other form of social media that you use for business and branding purposes. I actually try and avoid having work people on my personal Facebook page because there are some things that should be kept within just your inner circle of family and friends. But that doesn’t mean you can’t, or shouldn’t, have a “work Facebook page” where you keep your updates and pictures minimal and light, and avoid offending any coworkers, customers, vendors, etc. by not accepting their friend request. I.E. don’t go on a political or religious rampage or post drunken pictures with your eyes half closed on this “work Facebook page.”
Another great way of keeping your previous network plugged in and connected is to remember who is doing what so that when you meet other people who could either benefit from or help them (and you think they’re a solid individual and career/business person) you can connect the two. Being known as a “connector” is one of the best ways to be a top networker. What is a “connector” you ask? It’s someone who shares their network to help others with their career and business. But remember, to be known as a GOOD connector you want to make sure that the person you’re connecting to your current network has been thoroughly “passively interviewed” by you … and is someone that you would hire, which is WHY you’re referring them to your network.