You’ve probably heard that, as far as advancing in your career is concerned, it’s all about who you know.
Here’s a secret: The real career mojo stems not from who you know, but from how well you know them.
While your Rolodex can be a powerful tool in your career arsenal, without nurturing the connections you have, they’re just names on a LinkedIn list. It’s crucial to stay in touch with them, congratulate them on successful career moves, invite them to coffee when you’re in their city, send them interesting articles, comment on the ones they tweet, and so on (depending on the type of professional relationship you have, how long you’ve known each other, and what you’re looking for from them).
Sounds pretty draining, right? It can be tough to remember to call your mom, let alone every contact who could be important to your professional life.
Happily, a new (free!) app called Bond helps automate the process of keeping in touch.
Currently available on iOS only, with plans to roll out on Android, Bond combs through your Facebook and phone contacts and lets you select the ones you want to be reminded to interface with. You choose how you want to communicate (currently limited to phone call, text message, or Facebook message) and the interval at which you want to reach out to them (every day, every two weeks, on the second Tuesday of every month, what have you). The app pings you when it’s time to touch base, which you can do directly from the notification.
While the limited communication options could be tricky for professional contacts, the Bond team is working on adding more (we’re crossing our fingers for LinkedIn and email integration!). In the meantime, you could set up a reminder to send an iMessage to a professional contact, but know that you really need to shoot him or her an email.
Remember: In terms of your career, it’s not what you know, or even who you know, but how well you know them (and they know you). Bond helps you keep those people front of mind.
Check out the video below to learn more about how Bond works. What do you think? Will you try it out?
Photo of person on phone courtesy of Shutterstock.
TopicsTools & Skills , Apps , Syndication , Work Relationships , Networking , Communication , Technically Zen by Allison Stadd
Allison Stadd works in marketing & communications and is also a freelance blogger, digital life coach, and social media consultant. She's a fan of good books and good beer with equal enthusiasm, and when she's not slinging tweets, pins, and posts, you'll find her at the nearest concert hall.More from this Author