5 Ways to Stay in Touch With Your Old Workplace for Networking

December 13th, 2013

It isn’t always easy to stay in contact with former coworkers or employers. Situations that occurred while you were working may make some communications uncomfortable. Fellow employees may have moved on themselves and are getting harder to track down. However, keeping in touch with your old workplace is an excellent source for networking and referrals. Here are five easy ways you can stay connected.

  1. Connect while you’re still working together. People who like one another are much more likely to stay connected for the long haul. At any company you work for, make an effort to become involved with the workplace community. Make sincere connections that can last you throughout your career and make an effort keep in touch after you or they leave the business.
  2. Use LinkedIn to reconnect. If it has been several years since you last worked with someone, the best way to reach out to them and reconnect is to search on LinkedIn. This will give you an idea of their current career path and allow you to request a connection. Social media makes it easy to keep in touch with former coworkers and managers.
  3. Offer your help. The worst kind of networker is someone who only reaches out to their connections when they need help. It is important to be able to offer assistance in return or before you need to ask for something yourself. If you can help make another connection, provide a recommendation, or help them with your expertise, provide this information without expecting anything in return.
  4. Get together for coffee. Face to face networking is still the best way to stay in touch with anyone. Don’t become an anonymous friend on the internet. Occasional ask to connect over coffee or lunch. Stay in touch, be kind and courteous, and be someone they want to stay connected with. Offer sincere face to face friendship and you’ll be rewarded.
  5. Appreciate them even when you don’t need their help. Just like offering your help in return, it is important for you to recognize these relationships and appreciate them. Send a personal note from time to time just to remind them that they are a valued part of your extended network. Thank them just for being a part of your community and your friend.

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