Personal Contact Information to Build Your Network

By Scot Herrick | Job Performance

Sep 30

There you are sitting in your cubicle and your teammate Sally comes over to you and tells you she’s gotten a position with a different company and just gave her two week notice. As most of us are not in the financial industry meltdown mode, this is not an every day event. Of course you wish her well and ask about the new position. You ask what your manager said and talk about the transition. Sally mentions to you how much she is going to miss everyone – you always miss the people more than the work, though you can miss the work as well.

Two weeks later, Sally comes to say goodbye as it is her last day at the company. You wonder where in the world the time went during the two weeks. You shake hands or give her a hug and wish her well. And then she’s gone.

Like most work relationships, once she has left the company, she’s gone for good and you never talk with her again.

That’s a shame.

What’s the one thing each of these two sorry people should have done for each other?

Exchange personal contact information.

Personal e-mail account. Perhaps phone numbers. Facebook addresses. LinkedIn link. Twitter accounts.

In other words, get each other into each other’s network now that the company relationship is broken and you won’t see Sally every day. Keep in touch through e-mail, just to say hello and offer a few quick updates. Stay connected because staying connected in today’s world will help you know what is happening in the workplace.

If there is one thing that you can do to build your network, get the personal contact information of the people who are leaving the company. Or, if you are the one leaving, get all the contact information from the people you worked with at your current company before you leave.

Any other contact information suggestions?


About the Author

Scot Herrick is the author of “I’ve Landed My Dream Job–Now What???” and owner of Cube Rules, LLC. Scot has a long history of management and individual contribution in multiple Fortune 100 corporations.