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EP 1597 Someone wrote wanting a few ideas about how to stay in contact with someone. It’s easy!

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I'm Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I'm the head coach for and Welcome to Job Search Radio. Yay!

Someone wrote to me with the question that basically translates into, "how do I stay in contact with someone on LinkedIn or after an informational interview without seeming like a pest?"

I would hate it when people would call me up every day, twice a day and go, "Hey! What's going on?" They try to be "friendly." I understood what they were trying to do. They want to stay in contact. But when I worked in search, my job was not just to help this person for the job, but to help hundreds of people find jobs. What they were doing was taking me away from the things that I need to do to help them and everyone else. I understand the game plan is to be top of mind. But these days, it is a lot easier than it used to be.

You used to have to call. I remember when an old girlfriend would mail articles to people. She would complement of a newspaper, scotch tape them onto a piece of paper, mail them to someone. That's the way it was in The Stone Ages. These days, it is a lot easier. Here are a few very simple ideas.

The 1st thing is sharing stuff that you think would be relevant. That's all my old girlfriend, quite obviously. The easiest way to do it is when you spot something on Facebook or LinkedIn that is relevant, forward it to them. You can also subscribe to a service like feedly. Feedly basically works with RSS feeds and will deliver information to you on your phone or on the web that you could, again, share with someone.

You can also continue the conversation over the course of time. For example, he met someone for an informational interview. You are involved in the conversation on LinkedIn. Continue the conversation consists of something along the ones of, "I was thinking about what we spoke about and something came to mind." It can also be an article that you found that relates to the conversation. For example, they shared something about their wife/husband/partner, whomever it is and you think it might be interesting to them. Forwarded to them. Drop them a note. As I'm recording this, is a few weeks before Christmas, maybe you've not stated in as good a contact as you might have. My thing is that Christmas and New Year's times are a great time to network with people who you have contact with in the past. Drop a note and say, "I was getting ready for the grace and your name came to the top of my mind and I thought I would connect with you and maybe we can get together in January."

You can also do the occasional note in the mail that says, "let's get together on a few weeks and talk about opportunities I'm looking at, get your input . . . Any number of things that allow you to talk about continuing the conversation helps to build the relationship.

Follow me on Facebook. Follow them on twitter. Comment to them. Share articles. Share meaningful quotes to you. As I get carried away with some of the meaningful quotes. You want to share things that are purposeful because, again, the idea is to continue a professional conversation with someone you don't know personally all that well.

Those are a few ideas. There are hundreds of things that you can do to continue the conversation.

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Hope you have a great day. Take care.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1500 episodes and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice.” He is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council. “No BS JobSearch Advice Radio” was recently named a Top 10 podcast for job search. was also recently named a Top 10 YouTube channel for job search.

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