Keep In Touch With A Former Boss And Co-Workers By Regularly Forwarding Useful Info

Keep In Touch With A Former Boss And Co-Workers By Regularly Forwarding Useful Info

Staying in touch with old bosses and co-workers is important for your career in case you need help with a future job search. But many of us don’t do it because of few good reasons to get in contact. One way to stay in touch that isn’t too awkward is to occasionally email articles of interest and other relevant information.

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The Daily Muse suggests:

When you come across articles about industry trends or an issue a former colleague worked on, shoot over an email with a quick note saying “thought this may be of interest”. (Note: this is not the time to send cat photo tumblrs or the article about Carrie Underwood’s ah-mazing legs.) Think something to the effect of: “Just saw you updated the company’s Facebook page to the Timeline, and thought of you when I read this Mashable article.” Remember to balance the relevance and usefulness of the article with your desire to stay in touch.

Timing-wise, aim to send something quarterly-shooting over articles weekly may come off as a nuisance, whereas sending them once a year may seem like an afterthought. Though, keep in mind it may be difficult to follow an exact timeline. Two excellent articles may come out in April, and you might not see anything worth sending in July, July, or August.

If forwarding articles isn’t your thing, the article suggests other times during the year and excellent reasons for you to get in touch. That way, when you need to contact your former boss or colleagues for help it won’t seem so out of the blue. And even if you don’t later need help with a reference, job search, or possibly your old job back, if you had a good working relationship before, there’s no reason to let that relationship fizzle.

5 Ways to Stay in Touch with Your Old Boss [The Daily Muse]


  • If you’re going to do it once a quarter, why don’t you just meet for coffee and talk face to face.

    You better be doing this before you leave, otherwise you’re going to look silly being of more value after you left (when it suits your career) than being of value when you worked together.

    Also, generally we are work colleagues – not friends. Push that line and you make my list.

    • Lynxwildcat, because if I’m living in Australia and my coworkers from former jobs are in the UK, quite a financial commitment is required to meet for coffee. 🙂 Even in Australia, every job I’ve had has been in a different state. It’s just worked out for me that that’s where the best opportunity was at the time I was looking.

    • “Also, generally we are work colleagues – not friends”

      That’s why you’d send an email, instead of wasting time and money on a coffee. As a manager, I rarely get time to have a coffee for myself, let alone swan off to a cafe to meet a former employees and idly chat.
      In fact, any former employees contact me for coffee, then I’m thinking it’s a ploy to get a favour, not a catch up.

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