Answers from Career Advisors … How can I stay in touch with networking contacts (a.k.a. interesting people) without seeming insincere?

It can be difficult to come up with reasons to email — beyond simply saying hello — but here are some things to consider:

  • A thank you.  It’s always nice to say “thanks again for talking with me” or “thanks for your continued support”
  • Updates.  Depending on how comfortable you feel with the person, letting the individual know what’s going on with your academic work, future plans, etc. can be helpful
  • A quick question.  “Have you had any experience with this organization?” or “I’m looking for good industry publications to add to my list; do you have any suggestions?
  • Something that will appeal to the reader.  “I read an article that you might find interesting” or “I thought you’d like to know about this virtual event”

When following up after an interview, it’s even more important to consider your wording and the impression it creates. And on that note, check out the article below for ways to stand out.

Emails that land jobs: The best way to shine in a follow-up note

By Susannah Krenn
Susannah Krenn Assistant Director, Communications & Marketing / Career Advisor