Even though you might not get the job, hang onto the names and contact information of the people who have been in the room during your interview. While they might not be in the office with you each day, they can be people to whom you reach out in order to help you learn more about the market.
In fact, it’s a great idea to stay in contact with as many of these people as possible.
- Reach out with relevant information – If you have something that you feel might be of value to the networker, then you can offer it to them, keeping your name in their mind.
- Ask questions about the market – When you have a question you feel they are uniquely qualified to answer, then you may want to reach out and draw upon their expertise.
- Inquire about new job postings – Should a new job come up on the company’s boards, then you can ask them about these jobs and what you might need to do to get hired.
The more you stay in contact with your broad network, the greater the possibility of your network being able to help you in your job search.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you should hassle everyone on your call list every single day. Rather, think about ways that you can connect so that everyone gets help in some way.
The more you do this, the more you will be able to create a network that creates results. After all, it often is the people that you know who can help you the most when looking for a job.
And once the network helps you, then you can help others too. Keep paying forward the help and everyone ends up winning in some way.
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