I am an interim management consultant.... who let my 90% of my professional network (1000+) go cold for two years. Whilst I let it go cold, I did spend years building it. For the last week, every day I write to a selection of contacts to re-warm the relationship. Truth is, I am looking for a work assignment and feel a little anxious to get work, but am determined to avoid the big networking mistakes. I am not asking them for opportunities or who I may contact at this stage.
Question 1: How do I best reach out to my 1000 contacts? I publish a blog and I’m not sure whether writing to ‘all’ my network and letting them know about the few most recent articles is a good or bad thing to do. Bearing in mind that what I write in my blog is relevant to 90% of my network.
Question 2: How & when should I best let my network know I am looking for work?
Here is my response:
1. Letting a network go cold is like leaving your wallet on a table in a bad part of town. It is lost opportunity. The good news is that re-kindling relationships is easier than building them from scratch.
A group email or links to your blog is too impersonal. Your outreach needs to be a custom connection to each person. Also, email or using a social media tool is so over-used for this type of re-connect activity and you will get lost in the noise.
Some of these people will be indifferent to your call. Others may wonder what you really want (we live in a world where too many are suspect)... but some will be thrilled to hear from you. Grasp onto those people and then follow up with emails, and invitations to have coffee, etc....
****Anyone have any other suggestions for this person? Leave a comment.