As you begin to expand your network, maintaining contact can feel tricky. Ensuring that the top employer you introduced yourself to will remember you is going to take a little bit of work. Think about your professional relationships in a similar way to your important friendships. They take a bit of care to build a strong foundation.
Send a thank you email
If you received a business card from one of the employers, or are able to find their contact email online, send a thank you note. Keep it short and succinct and help them to remember you by identifying a specific conversation topic you valued.
Add them on LinkedIn
LinkedIn notifies you if someone has a work anniversary, job change or birthday – this is a great opportunity to reconnect by “liking” this notification or sending a message expressing your well wishes. When you request to connect, make sure you include a personalized introduction email so that they don’t think you are spamming them.
Networking is known to be essential to career building as a long-term investment that will continue to give back to you as your career grows.
It can help you:
- Find new opportunities.
- Nurture long-lasting relationships.
- Exchange ideas and improve your industry knowledge.
Join the UBC Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees
With the UBC Hub of Ten Thousand Coffees, sponsored by RBC Future Launch, having career-driven conversations is easy. You'll receive one introduction per month to a fellow student or alumni based on your career interests and goals.
- Create a free profile on The UBC Hub.
- Select your area of study or industry, interests, and goals.
- We'll introduce you to someone relevant to your profile.
- Browse thousands of member profiles and connect directly through the message feature.
Once you sign up to the platform, matches are made each month automatically and optimized to your preferences. Introductions are guided with suggested talking points. You can meet your match in-person, online, or speak to them on the phone. Plus, you will get compliments and feedback after each meeting.
Set up an informational interview
If you're looking to have a follow-up conversation with an employer or individual you met, request an informational interview.
Tap into their network
If you sense they would be willing to introduce you to others in their network, ask if they could recommend you connect with anyone specific about your career questions. If they make a suggestion, request an introduction.