Reasons You Should Stay in Touch With Former Co-Workers

After you quit a job, your first reaction might be to put that chapter behind you, move on, and forget everyone who was a part of it. While that’s understandable, especially if it was a painful experience, you might want to reconsider putting the whole thing out of your mind.

There are some excellent reasons for staying in touch with your former co-workers. After all, one of them might get hired at a company you’ve always hoped to work for and could refer you to the next opening.

Aside from that self-serving reason, you should try to remain on good terms with any former associate you cared about. Friendships are valuable and hard to come by, and they don’t have an expiration date.  

But getting back to the practical aspects of staying in touch with former co-workers, here are four solid reasons for doing that:

          1. Career advancement

If you want to advance your career by moving to another company, it pays to know the right people. Some of those you worked with at a previous job might be the right people now. If you wrote them out of your life when you left the job, they probably wouldn’t go out of their way to help you now. But if you stayed close to them by dropping them an occasional line and asking how they’ve been, they could provide the referral that will advance your career.

          2. Mentoring

Who would make a better mentor than a former supervisor? Unless you quit because of a bad boss, it makes sense to maintain a good relationship with email, phone or the occasional lunch. An experienced manager can be a wealth of information and advice as you move through the various stages of your career.

          3. Professional growth

You might be growing your career without changing jobs. That could entail gaining experience, taking on more responsibility, and getting additional training. And your former co-workers could be adding a fresh perspective and insights from outside your company that could be of tremendous benefit as you climb the ladder.

          4. Referrals

There are different circumstances in which referrals apply. Here are three of them:

  • Sometime after leaving your job, you find yet another opportunity and use a former co-worker or supervisor as a reference.
  • Someone you worked with moves on to a new job and refers you to the recruiter who helped them secure the new position.
  • You change jobs and refer a former co-worker to the recruiter with whom you’ve been working.

The critical thing to remember is that none of these scenarios is likely unless you have stayed in touch with those you worked with in the past.

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