Spotlight: Your network of relationships
The three articles are broken down like this:
- College Relationships That Should Last - Introduces the argument as to why this is important to your career. I couldn't agree more. The best jobs to get are the ones you don't have to interview for because the people already know you. The flip side of that, when you have an opening for somebody, who better to fill it with than somebody you already know or get a tip on from a trusted source? That's not to say that you have to send Chirstmas cards to everybody you ever meet, but the article makes a good point about why maintaining relationships can lead to a more fruitful career.
- Who should I maintain relationships with? - Makes a good justification for who you might want to maintain at least cordial relationships with and keep track of because you never know who might benefit you in the future.
- How to manage long-term relationships - This part of it I always struggle with, even 13 years after leaving school. I've tried simple Word documents, Outlook contact lists, and a few other things that haven't panned out for me. I end up using the old standby: my memory. That isn't as productive for me as other techniques could be, though, and I plan on giving a few of these suggestions a try.