This is “Networking with Executives and Recruiters”, section 7.4 from the book Job Searching in Six Steps (v. 1.0).
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Your network should include people at all levels: your family and friends, past peers, and past managers. Follow these three suggestions to include senior people at all different levels into your network:
Many job seekers feel uneasy about keeping in touch with recruiters and feel like they are being a pest. However, recruiters appreciate candidates who stay in touch, as long as it’s in an unassuming way. For example, candidates should let recruiters know the latest news about them and their market, but shouldn’t include a request or a need with that news.
Industry professionals offer the following networking advice regarding how job seekers can stay in touch: