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  • Maintaining Networking Momentum After You Land the Job

    Networking is something many job seekers get into reluctantly. It can feel awkward if you haven’t done much of it before. What do you do, where do you start?

    Losing your job, especially, can make you want to hold back from meeting new people and talking about yourself. What will you say when they ask what you do, and more importantly, how will you project confidence when so much of your identity had been wrapped up in a job you were forced to leave?

    It’s understandable then that as soon as you do land a job, you’d want to stop networking. The desire to dive into your new cubicle or office and bury yourself in your work can be very strong. And it’s easy to use the excuse of being too busy learning your new job to get out there and network.

    In an ideal world, you’d keep up some networking momentum, perhaps shifted down a gear or two. What this current job market has illustrated is that having a strong network on the look out for opportunities for you, and willing to recommend you for them, is the key to minimizing your time in the unemployment line.

    3495116578_6575ae5cf6An ever ready network

    Since you never know when you’ll need your network again, before you withdraw back into your comfort zone, there are a few things you can do to make sure your network is ready to go again whenever you are:

    1) Close the loops

    • Update your LinkedIn profile. Add in your new company, title and job description. Rewrite your summary, if necessary.
    • Update your contacts. LinkedIn allows you to send a message to up to 50 contacts at a time. If you send out an email blast, be sure that all of the recipient emails are listed in the bcc line to maintain everyone’s privacy and avoid multiple “Reply All” emails.
    • Send a personal thank you email or handwritten note to anyone who helped you during your search. While you should have been doing this all along, if you missed anybody, now is the perfect time to make up for it. It will only get more awkward the longer you wait.

    2) Start making internal inroads

    • Get introduced to the people around you. Being proactive in meeting people in both your department and adjacent ones, rather than waiting for them to come to you, will help you get up to speed more quickly and be more effective in your job.
    • Join the LinkedIn and Facebook groups for your new company, and follow your new employer on Twitter. Sometimes it’s the best way to stay updated on news and developments.

    3) Maintain your outside network


    • Make a commitment that at least once a month you’ll have lunch away from your desk and away from your closest co-workers to catch up with outside colleagues.
    • If you haven’t already done so, check out the professional associations for your industry and search LinkedIn for relevant industry groups to join.

    All of these activities keep you visible and in the flow of new ideas and opportunities that can help advance your career.  They also keep you in the right mindset for networking. When you’re not putting pressure on yourself to get something, you put less pressure on others, and at the same time, become more comfortable with networking overall.


    Liz Lynch is founder of the Center for Networking Excellence and author of Smart Networking: Attract a Following In Person and Online (McGraw-Hill, 2008). Connect with Liz on Twitter at @liz_lynch and get your free Smart Networking Toolkit at http://www.SmartNetworking.com.


    Liz is author of Smart Networking: Attract a Following In Person and Online (McGraw-Hill, 2009) and a sought-after speaker who brings a practical and insightful perspective to networking that has connected with a global audience. Her printed and audio products have sold on six continents, she’s been invited to speak at conferences and organizations around the world, and her writings have been translated into multiple languages. Liz is also founder of the Center for Networking Excellence, a company that develops products, programs and seminars to help entrepreneurs and professionals get clients, build their businesses, and accelerate their careers through networking.

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    10 comments on “Maintaining Networking Momentum After You Land the Job
    1. avatar

      This is a really interesting post because it really hits an idea home that most people don’t consider. I’ve made the mistake of only networking during my job search, but if there’s anything I’ve learned it’s that I should continue networking even after I land a job. That way if I’m ever unemployed again, I’ll have a network of contacts to call on immediately.

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      Right now I am coaching no less than 14 executive candidates who lost their jobs and who did not maintain “network momentum”. They all have been out of work for over 6 months and are approaching job search desperation.

      They are practically begging for a magic solution.

      Unfortunately, there is no magic solution to effective networking. Having a powerful network that can generate an abundance of job leads and referrals takes years to develop – both while you are looking for a job and employed.

      I recently wrote a post titled “Your job search is predetermined” (basically through the discipline of what you call networking momentum).

      Barry Deutsch
      IMPACT Hiring Solutions
      Blog: http://www.impacthiringsolutions.com/careerblog

      • avatar
        Liz Lynch says:

        Barry, there’s an interesting analogy to health, isn’t there? Everyone wants a magic pill to be instantly healthy, when it really takes discipline and work over the long haul. Thanks so much for commenting!

    3. avatar
      Dave Isbell says:

      Meeting people to ask them to do something for you is not effective networking, which is exactly why Liz’s article is so important. You cannot wait until you are unemployed and then look to build a network. To build trust and credibility (the cornerstones of what it takes to build a network) you must take an active interest in other people and come hands full, ready to give what the other person needs with the hope (but not mandate) of reciprocity. That is much harder to do when you present yourself, hands empty, as someone who just needs a hand out. Furthermore, you are more likely to burn bridges, instead of build a network, because of the trail of people you are leaving behind who feel used by you instead of connected to you. To loosely paraphrase Chris Brogan (http://twitter.com/chrisbrogan), “give away your golden trinkets to enough people and you will eventually get back solid gold bars. “

    4. avatar
      Sam Diener says:

      Everyone seems to look at networking from the wrong perspective. Most people it is about “getting a job….” I couldn’t further disagree. Networking is about being social.

      But the thing that you must realize is that “networking” doesn’t have to take place at a convention for networking. Networking can be about doing something that YOU like to do, while meeting new people.

      You don’t have to go out and shake hands —- maybe you just need to join a book club. Whatever works for YOU is the best.

      Then you won’t have to worry about continue to network after you find a job —- because it will be something you like, and want to continue to do.

      • avatar
        Liz Lynch says:

        Sam, perfect point. I completely agree that “organic” networking is often more comfortable, feels more genuine, and because of that, can be more effective.

    5. avatar

      Excellent point – thank you for stating it so well!!

    6. avatar

      Thanks So Much For Your Great Information

      Larry Shideler
      Tri-State Business Network Group
      Marketing Representative and New Member Relationship Coordinator
      Cincinnati, Ohio

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