Answered by Dana, Hiring Expert at ManpowerGroup, on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
It is absolutely acceptable to follow up with the people you met over the summer. I’d recommend it! You may want to draft a nice template, and tailor it accordingly for each person. I would suggest starting off this communication by thanking the person again for their time and their helpful advice earlier in the summer, just letting them know how much you appreciate their insight overall. Tell them that you would love to stay in touch, and that you are still in the process of identifying a great new career path. Ask if they would be interested in meeting again sometime soon, or catching up over the phone. Include a phrase to this effect: “And if there is anything I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to ask.” People are much more likely to respond positively and offer help if they know that you are happy to reciprocate. Get prepared for this next meeting or call! Have a well-developed group of questions figured out in advance, and customize them as needed. Ask for professional recommendations in terms of local events you may want to attend, groups worth joining, industry associations you should look into, and other networking opportunities you’ve not already tried. You can also ask if there is anything else you ought to research, or invest your time in. This may spark their imagination, and help them come up with additional ideas for you to try, or people for you to be introduced to.