Keep Hunting After Landing a Job to Keep Your Network Strong

Alan Henry , Gawker Media

Keep Hunting After Landing a Job to Keep Your Network Strong

It seems like common knowledge that once you land a job, you stop looking for new ones, right? Hannah Morgan explains that's not the case. In fact, if you want to future proof yourself against layoffs or a job that's a terrible fit, and keep your connections and network strong, keep looking after you're signed an offer.

Too many of us just drop our job search and let our resume and leads get stale and cold as soon as we land a gig, and only update our resume and cover letter when we're unhappy and ready to leave a position. Hannah explains that it's important to keep in touch with your professional contacts even once you've landed a new job, and keep your ear to the ground for new opportunities-not because you really want them, but because it's best to be aware of what's going on around you. Plus, if your current position decides to cut you randomly or the job turns out to be a terrible fit, you have other options and don't have to start from scratch.

She goes on to explain how you can keep your job hunt active and your connections healthy for the long haul, by joining a professional association, for example, or getting involved in community activities-all things that can help you foster connections with people professionally and personally. Remember, a "professional network" is really code for "friends who are willing to help each other out with job stuff." Hit the link below for more tips.

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