A career network safety net includes people who support and strengthen you in your career, with whom you stay in touch and connect.
Here are 3 tips for keeping your network strong:
- Don’t wait until you need something to make contact. Try to set up regular contacts – whether through a coffee date, an email newsletter, attending a group networking meeting, or a phone call.
- Offer to help when someone needs it, even if you think you don’t have time for it or you think they don't need your help. If someone loses their job or has a personal crisis, try to find a way you can help – even if it’s just a phone call to lend support. You know how karma works…
- Set a monthly goal for maintaining your network. Whether it is attending a networking function or making one phone call, doing something will keep you from killing the goose that lays the golden egg – your network.
I need to improve my attention to my personal and professional relationships – maybe you do too. Let's remember to regularly reach out to our friends and colleagues in our weekly/monthly/yearly goal setting.
P.S. Having trouble tracking and categorizing your networking contacts? Read this blog post by social media expert Chris Brogan.