The 3 Most Important People to Stay in Touch With (and How to Do It)

When it comes to networking, there are the “easy” people to stay in touch with. The old co-worker you still get monthly drinks with. The connections you see regularly at industry functions. Your first boss.

But I probably don’t have to tell you that the easy way out isn’t always the best. 

Given the unpredictability of work (i.e., you never know when you’re going to need your connections the most) and of networking (think: the person you’re certain will open doors is on a month-long tour of Europe), staying in touch with a wide array of contacts is more important than you might think.

In other words, when you’re thinking about building and fostering your network, don’t simply reach out to the most obvious contacts. In particular, be sure to make time to connect with the three kinds of people below.

See the rest of my latest Daily Muse post here.