Similarly, when trying to cultivate a networking relationship with a dream employer, it’s difficult to navigate the social niceties without shooting yourself in the foot. It’s the day after a successful first date; there was great conversation, delicious food and most importantly, a connection. Dating example: “Hey Kelly, Are you free Thursday night?
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Networking example: “Dear Amelia, Thank you again for taking the time to talk to me a few weeks back.
I took your advice and followed up with Fred in accounting.
It doesn’t have to be a long email, just a short, check-in.
Although it may seem slightly redundant and simple, following up is the most important part of the networking relationship for a few reasons.
Your network should serve as an information resource and it’s important to be patient and know that not everything is in your (or their) control when it comes to the job market.
Embrace Forrest Gump-esque serendipity and know that most people are willing to help, but you need to do the work.
Finally, it gets the person to care, even just a little bit more, about your career.
People generally like the feeling of helping out somebody else- thanking them and following up confirms that they were helpful.
In other words: the period of a time you spend dating, trying to figure out whether or not you think that the relationship will go long term. ” Not surprisingly, these are similar to the questions I get from clients after they have a successful informational interview. I would also suggest including a closing sentence that says you’ll update them on your progress over the next few weeks/months.
The courtship is the most exhilarating and exciting part of the dating timeline, but it can also be filled with confusion and anxiety. Like dating, it’s easier and feels less awkward to follow up with somebody when you have a reason to and it confirms that you were actively listening at the meeting.
I don’t want to come off too needy.” Since my last post, we know that the first step to keeping the networking relationship alive is to send an email thanking the person (scroll to the bottom of the link) for their time and citing conversation bits you found especially helpful and/or interesting.