The 3 Month Rule
I’m currently working at my sixth internship this year. Since I started interning freshman year, I’ve met a lot of coworkers who became key mentors with a lot of career guidance and advice to share. However, it’s impossible to keep in touch with all of them on a consistent basis. In order to keep some organization to my contacts, I created the 3 Month Rule.
Every three months, I go through my contacts and do my best to email/call/Facebook the people I’m looking to stay in touch with, either as a mentor as a friend. Three months is the perfect amount of time to check-in, get new news from your contacts but not be excessive. This will be helpful when I graduate and look back at my network to hopefully land the perfect job!
If you’re looking for what to say when you send the initial check-in email, I have a few recommendations:
- Ask for a resume review
- Let them know that a project you worked on with them was helpful to you post-internship
- Ask for advice on a job-related issue
The most important thing is to get in touch and keep in touch!