How to cultivate your rolodex without overtilling?
September 12, 2011 2:35 PM Subscribe
What, if anything, do you do to keep in touch with old contacts when you don't really have any reason (providing or asking for a reference, answering questions, etc.) to speak with them?
posted by Kurichina to work & money (12 answers total) 15 users marked this as a favorite
I am once again in the process of looking up old contacts and am somewhat anxious about asking for references from professors (yes, I know, it's part of their job) as, having been in the workforce for many years, I'm not sure they remember me very well by now. (And I have a work reference, but need an academic one as well.) I did drop one favourite undergraduate professor a note when I noticed he'd moved to a different university a few years ago, but I always feel odd contacting someone that I haven't had reason to contact in years. I'm not in the same geographical location as any of the universities I attended, so I don't "run into" these people at events or anything like that. Should I be pursuing some kind of semi-regular contact or it is fine to be asked for a reference from students and/or employees after years of no contact?