So you finally landed your dream job. Time to celebrate…of course! Time to network?? Yep. After landing a great job, it’s easy to fall into complacency. You might think, why continue to network? It goes back to the fundamental reason for networking: to build quality, long-standing professional relationships.
It’s not uncommon for organizations to suddenly downsize to save money and improve their bottom lines. Or maybe the company announces plans to restructure and as a result eliminate some positions. And unfortunately these scenarios can play out at any time. In any event, now’s not the time to rest on your laurels and lose touch with your existing network or stop making new contacts. Maintain and nurture those relationships, and make it a goal to keep growing your network, both externally and within your new organization.
A good way to start is to get in touch with your contacts and let them know about your new position, thank those who played a part in getting you there, and last but not least, express your willingness to be of assistance to your contacts. After all, networking is a reciprocal relationship, a 2-way street. Another approach is to periodically go out with co-workers for coffee, lunch, or happy hour.
So definitely go and celebrate, enjoy the new job, do great things while you’re there…but also follow the Boy Scout’s motto: “be prepared!”