Last week I was delivering a workshop to a group of senior professionals and executives who had been let go by their previous companies, many of them after one or two decades or more of service. One of them observed that with the advent of social media, in particular LinkedIn, it highlighted for him how important networking was in the job search process.
It also equally was observed by another in the room that when you are employed, networking becomes more of an after thought, especially when it comes to your own career. While you may have networked regularly in your job capacity for your employer, now you are on your own you realise very quickly that you have lost touch with people that could be key to helping you find your next opportunity now.
To be honest we probably are all guilty of this to some degree of another. But as you fire up your LinkedIn profile and start reaching out to 'lost connections' make sure that you are as committed to staying in touch and helping your network as you are in getting in touch in the first place.
Any social media gurus or networkers out there looking to offer some pro-bono advice?