<rant> Bit of a rant, so please forgive me – and I’m the first to admit, that I have often failed to follow these obvious steps many times – as it requires time and effort to follow them. Just take a look at my old posts for evidence – and then refrain from publicly shaming me – please?
Take 30 minutes every two to three month to browse through your contacts at LinkedIn, Xing, Facebook, Twitter, Google+ to stay on top of who you know…
You will be surprised, how with the constant fluctuation – people changing roles and moving to new companies – you all of a sudden have a wealth of direct personal contacts at Google, Microsoft, Techcrunch, Yahoo! aso. (replace examples with companies in your industry).
One great piece of advice I got from Suzy Hay now Head of Business Development, iAd at Apple, back in the day when we were both working for Yahoo!, was that she suggested I made sure to have a one on one with my manager every now and then to specifically talk about what she or he wanted me to do.
First off, I’m very excited for Yahoo! and even more so for the Yahoos, especially the ones I know from back in the days when I was still working there. Taking in the news about the new CEO has to be the sweetest thing, coming from headquarters, since before the Microsoft takeover bid.