Are you still connected?

Did you remember to say thank you? Did you honour your previous company? What about your colleagues, are you grateful for what they gave you? Have you kept in touch with people you met in your career? Are you one of those who quit a company and never meet the people again?

Connect with your own career

Staying in touch with previous colleagues and companies that you have worked in, is vital for your career. Besides all the traditional reasons, there is one reason that is fundamental to yourself. Keeping in touch with previous colleagues and workplaces is a way to respect and honour your own career. You chose those jobs. Keeping in touch is respecting that reason. It is a way to keep connected with your soul. All your positions have created what you define as your career. It has become a part of your DNA.

It’s good to know where you come from. It makes you what you are today. It’s DNA, it’s in your blood – Alexander McQueen

Put your heart into your career. Not only into each position. Keep in touch to respect yourself and your career DNA. Say thank you to every position for what it gave you. Be professional, do not only look at the immediate benefits. Living in the moment, while you stay connected with the past, makes you whole and opens your future.

Thank You

All endings need to be clearly stated. Having a traditional ritual is an excellent way of letting go – both for the company and for the employee. Thank for what they have given you and let them go with what you have given them. Their footprint will always remain in your career.

Saying thank you is a way of healing the emptiness that remains after you leave a company. It enables your hearth to open for a new position. An official farewell states the closure. It gives the opportunity to leave the past behind and to open to future possibilities. Gratitude makes you happier.

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings – William Arthur Ward

Hold on to good memories. Let go of the negativity. Respect the company you leave. Sometimes we leave in pain. All pain has a teaching, be thankful in order to integrate the experience into your career.

Thank the people, the position and the company for what it gave you. You will bring it with you into your future. What you gave them was an honest contribution that the company and the people that remains can keep as a gift.

Stay in touch

Maintain a good relationship with all connections at all stages of your career has never been easier. Social medias and all kinds of networks make it easy to stay in touch.
Send a message every now and then and ask them how they are doing, whenever you have important updates, or just to say Merry Christmas and Happy Easter. Keep in touch – easier to go back the day you need to ask them a favour.

No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave – Calvin Coolidge

Good relationships are necessary for a good career development. Even if they might not see you again, people might continue to recommend you! It is your long-term marketing. Make sure you invest in getting a positive pay back and that people continue to market you!

Make sure you create wholeness throughout your career. You create it when you join a company, during your on boarding, when you’re an employee, when you quit, when you become alumni…and suddenly when you get back. All stages make small parts of your career. Be conscious at all stages and keep a positive attitude. Decide how you want to be perceived and act accordingly. Make sure you have a vision of where you want to go. Keep connected and be the creative force of your own career.

Good luck with staying connected with your career to open for new opportunities!

@Grete

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