Once a new job or internship is secured, we tend to breathe an enormous sigh of relief… then focus all our energy and time on succeeding in the new role.
Moving on with our career. Finally! YES!
As you may already know, though, recent U.S. Department of Labor data reports that “median employee tenure” was 4.6 years in 2014. So, like it or not, most of us can expect to be looking for a new job… sooner rather than later.
Which makes this the perfect time to re-engage with your personal network. Here’s how to do that right…
Thank Those Who Helped You
As soon as you begin that new job, contact those people in your network who were involved with your job search in some way, and thank them for their support.
Whether or not they directly connected you with that new job, share your good news and your gratitude for their assistance; from those who provided testimonials and job leads to those who provided emotional support and encouragement, they deserve your expression of appreciation.
Get Back in Touch with Your Whole Network
After you’ve started your new job, spend time and effort on closing the loop with everyone in your network. If you can’t think of anything specific someone may have done to help you land your job, simply share the updated information — when and where (and, maybe, why).
Landing your new job is a great excuse to get back in touch with all members of your network. Just remember: If you haven’t been in touch for a while, take the time to ask them about what is happening in their worlds.
Avoid Being a “User”
The strongest networks are those that are there for both the good times as well as the bad. So, don’t reach out to your network only when you need something. In other words, don’t be a “user” — because, eventually, users run out of assets to use. People catch on to them, and do very little for them. You probably know (and avoid) a few people like that.
And, by staying in touch with members of your network, you’ll be in a better position to help them when they need assistance, whether or not they ask you for help. So, continue to reach out — consistently, all year round.
Finally: Put Your Network to Work!
Most likely, your network became bigger as a result of your job search. And now that you have re-engaged with those in your network…. put that network to work!
This larger network may help you succeed in your new job. Perhaps these network members know someone who knows someone … who could be a new customer or client in your new gig. Or, perhaps, they may help you increase your visibility, making your personal “brand” more widely known.
Good reputations are still the keys to success. The methods have changed slightly and, for each of us, our reputations have become much more visible to the world at large. So take the time to say thank you, announce your new role, and give back.
As the Beatles sang so wisely several decades ago…
“We get by with a little help from our friends!”
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About the Author: Online job search expert Susan P. Joyce has been observing the online job search world and teaching online job search skills since 1995. Susan is a two-time layoff “graduate” who has worked in human resources at Harvard University and in a compensation consulting firm.
Since 2011, Susan has been editor and publisher of WorkCoachCafe. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Susan also edits and publishes Job-Hunt.org, is a Visiting Scholar at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and a columnist on HuffingtonPost, AOL Jobs, and LinkedIn. Follow Susan on Twitter (@jobhuntorg) and on Google+.