When speaking to those who have lost their job and are now actively looking, often they mention that they should have kept up with their existing connections along the way.
Yes, I get it, when you have a position, you’re easily occupied and focused on the job at hand, but if you can make it a point to keep in touch with your previous connections routinely, hopefully the transition, if you were to lose your job, would be smoother.
Or maybe, you don’t think this conversation is awkward:
“Hey Chris, it’s been 15 years, how have you been? Oh, by they way, can you help me find my next position?”
Since I’m a recruiter, I take these reach-outs with open arms, but statistics show most opportunities are landed through personal connections, not some recruiter giving advice on personal connections.
Keep your connections tied…