How do I network with people when I don't need a job?
February 8, 2010 3:58 PM Subscribe
How do I network with individuals when I don't need a job? I recently met a person who I think could be really helpful next time I'm looking for a job, but that likely won't be for a couple of years. How do I keep in touch in the meantime?
posted by JannaK to Work & Money (11 answers total) 31 users marked this as a favorite
On a flight last week, the woman sitting next to me gave me her business card and told me to get in touch if I ever needed a job. She lives in my area, has an interesting career and seemed legitimately willing to help me out.
It seems like staying in touch with this woman could be extremely useful, as she's a consultant to a number of businesses and non-profits in my area and has a lot of connections and experience with different companies and organizations.
However, I currently have a job that I love. I likely won't be looking for a new career for at least a couple years and don't feel like I could contact her years from now and say "Hey, remember that girl you sat by on your flight in January 2010? That's me! Can you help me find a job?"
What are some good ways to go about staying in touch with her? I don't work in the same field as her and we really only chatted briefly during a quick flight.