It’s Back to School time and we say so-long to lazy summer days with flexible schedules and impromptu BBQ’s.  Time to get kids and teachers back to a morning routine and a set schedule. While you’re helping family members get organized, why not establish your own routine by scheduling time for regular check-ins with your connections? Here are a few tips to help you.

Connect with former co-workers. Whether by LinkedIn, email, or phone, reach out to former colleagues with a personal note or greeting. Find out what they’re working on and update them on your own projects. Staying in touch makes it easier for others to remember you and your stellar skills. Maintaining these relationships builds a strong and helpful network.

Regularly check in with the on-line conversation. Share relevant articles and industry information, comment on other people’s posts and take notice when you hear or read of someone’s job change. Stay up to date on what’s happening with your connections and offer congrats where appropriate. You can also find new groups to join, where you can discuss topics relevant to your field.

Do your research. If there is a company you’re considering working for, learn more about it through on-line research. You can look for information on company culture and see what former employees have to say about working there. Even better, meet up with a current or former employee and get details in person. Buy them lunch or coffee and listen well. And, of course, reciprocate whenever you can.

Whether you’re getting the kids back to school, or just enjoying the change of season, get into a routine of checking in. You’ll stay current with contacts in your industry while increasing your exposure and credibility.

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