/ Asked by Howard
I'm stressed! I had about a dozen networking coffees and lunches over the summer. I'm still jobless, unfortunately. Is it rude to follow up with the people I met to see if they may have any new leads? None of them linked me with any interviews or positions, so it's not like I messed up an interview based off their recommendation. Thanks!
Answered by Bryan, Hiring Expert at IBM Corporation, on Friday, September 19, 2014
It sounds like you are making good progress making connections through networking coffees and lunches, but you are struggling to get to any next steps.  You should definitely follow up on occasion to those contacts even if you have not heard back from the original discussion.  One way to stand out though is to not just send a note asking the contacts to help you to find an opportunity at the organizations they represent without actually doing some research and applying to positions of interest. 

You can really make things much easier for your network contacts to help you by providing them with the Job IDs or details for the positions you have applied.  Even company recruiters rarely know all of the different open opportunities a company has open throughout the different areas of the business.  By applying to positions and sharing the details with those contacts, you will show your continued interest in the organization, you will help your contacts to potentially be able to help get your details to the appropriate contacts in the organization for any specific opportunities and the hiring teams for those opportunities might just reach out to you directly even before your contacts have a chance to follow up.

Continue to leverage your networking efforts, stay patient with responses and continue to do research on opportunities, hiring programs and recruitment events for target organizations.   Do what you can to make it easier for your contacts to help you even if you are working directly with recruitment contacts within a specific organization. 
Answered by Steve, Hiring Expert at Caterpillar Inc., on Friday, September 19, 2014
It is definitely OK to follow up.  I would first follow-up with an e-mail.  This note should thank them for meeting with you and express that you found their guidance very helpful and are ready to progress forward with your job search.  If after a couple of weeks they still do not respond, then follow up with a phone call.  Again, the tone of the call should be grateful for any guidance or direction that they can provide.

Keep in mind that they people you met with are likely quite busy and are not purposely avoiding you.  Other priorities have likely come up that need their attention.  Be paitient and persistent in a professional manner.  If you have made a good impression on those with which you have met, eventually your paitience will be rewarded.    
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.
Good luck!
Answered by Patti, Hiring Expert at Gap Inc., on Tuesday, September 23, 2014
That's great that you have been out there networking and meeting people! It is fine to circle back and see if there are any new jobs on the companies website- and then reach out to your networking contacts to follow up! thanks
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