The Rule of 50

Questions This Guidance Answers: 
  • How many people do I need in my network?
  • How often do I need to reach out to my network?
  • Does it matter what I say when I contact my network?

This cast explains a simple way to stay in touch with your professional network.

After the dust settles and the air clears, the one regret that SO many professionals have is not their out of date resume, though there is that. It's not the unprinted contact list still on company computers, though there is that. It's not the one month (versus SIX) of cash on hand. It always ends up being the regret that managers and professionals have failed to stay in touch with their friends and associates - even those who are always glad to hear from them. And now, when they need them, they have no significant network to call on for job transition help.

This cast is about helping you avoid THAT pain.

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Rule of 50 success

I gave it a try and took an hour one day to compile my list of 50 and set up task reminders in Outlook. This week, my first week, I contacted a former employee whom I hadn't spoken to in a year or so. She was really happy to be contacted and thought she might have a need coming up for my company's services. A very positive beginning to the exercise. And I was so encouraged that I contacted a few more people I happened to think about this week, so I could be on my way to 150! Thanks, guys.

Additional Tip

This is a great way to start your network outreach - it also works well for those of us who have to maintain a network of liaisons as part of our jobs.

I've implemented this but there is one additional thing I do when sending emails: BCC my emails and forward their responses to my personal Gmail account (as long as there is no sensitive information in the email, which there shouldn't be any way for this type of contact).  Many of my contacts only know to contact me at my work email but if I lose my job and, as a result, access to that email account, I lose any record of our discussions.  Besides, Gmail searches work so much better than Outlook searches.


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Dudes, You Rule

I'm relatively new to Manager and Career Tools.  I found your Pod Casts by accident and immediately became addicted.  I was recently fired, for in my opinion not being enough of a "yes man" even though I preformed exemplary, I suppose to quote my ex-boss, "you are too corporate for the company climate". Yes, there are a million tales in the naked city.  Anyway, life goes on.

I have to thank you for the hundreds of hours you've put into your casts.  I actually feel that your advice and guidence has been the crutch that keeps me going.  Great work and very, very much appreciated. 

I am one of the minons that did not keep my contact list updated... no one here to blame but me.  All the excuses and "reasons" you've listed for being neglectful describe me to a tee.  Still, I have sucked it up and now have at leat 50 contacts I've reached out to.  After the first dozen or so, the resistance wears off and the benefits come in.  I know I've burned a few bridges, but I am amazed at the contacts that I have that ae more than willing to "charge to the sound of the guns", if you'll excuse my Custer. 

Thank you again!  I'm a great fan and will continue to tune in for your invaluable advice.



Good luck to prior poster (Kerry)

Just wanted to say good luck to you, Kerry. I know that as a programmer, those with backbones who are still pleasant to be around are more likely to find jobs. I hope that describes you. "Too corporate for the company climate" seems like a phrase associated with a different idea but you know better than me what was intended.

I hope you will post the good news when it comes, and it will come!