Maintaining your network during a career transition
During your previous job, hopefully, you established a group of confidants from among your professional connections. You can take advantage of their expert advice to do your new job better. The key is to plan ahead to keep those professional ties meaningful and useful.
Nail down your contact details
Communicate with your contacts using a personal email account. That way, your contacts remain with you no matter where you are. Any emails on a business-related account can be seen by someone else, who may not forward the information. If you use a corporate email account and phone number, you must remember to update people before leaving the job. Make a copy of all your contact information. You likely will not have access to it after you depart.
Keep everyone up to date
Let people know about your career change. Decide which group will get an email notice, those whom you should call, and the few you may want to update in person. Don’t neglect this courtesy, because you want your network to know where you are. You never know who among your network may be able to steer you in a good direction.
Update your LinkedIn profile
You should make a habit of tweaking your profile on LinkedIn whenever you score a career achievement. And you always want your profile to show current information about your career and employment status. LinkedIn charts your career path as an individual and can be a good way to maintain network contact continuity.
(How do you find useful contacts where you work? Consider reading: Networking within the company)
Don’t fall into the new job black hole
Many people tend to ignore their network when they start a new job or join a new company. Don’t be one of them. This is the time to reach out to your group of advisors for tips and ideas on your new job. Their advice can be invaluable. Just don’t forget to return the favor when someone in your network is the one in transition.