Do you find yourself constantly having to search through your email to figure out the last time you emailed one of your networking contacts? Are you like me and over use the “follow-up” flag in Gmail to the point where your entire inbox is covered?
Yes, I decided that I am long overdue for a system to organize my networking contacts and perhaps you are too. So make a list in Excel or some sort of online to-do list system. List all your networking contacts – legal and any others that could lead you to something you want. Include a column for how you met them and add any personal notes about them. Don’t forget in this list your fellow law students who also just graduated. Now is an excellent time to contact them (even if it is through facebook) to check in and see how they are doing. We’re all looking for jobs together and your colleagues might find things that are not a good fit for them but could be for you.
Now the trick is – you actually have to start using this system. After emailing/calling someone you have to detail the date and why you contact them. Include a date to remind yourself when to follow-up with them again or, if they contacted you, when you should follow back up with them.
I realize this sounds simple enough – but I am surprised it has taken me (an organization nut) this long to get my contacts together in an organized manner outside of my email.