One of the traditional problems that used to face employees back in the days was keeping the contacts they have met with, obtained as customers, managed and built relationships with during their days of service, after they have quit their job.
However, the tables have turned and the times have changed and now, the bigger question is: How do employees keep their social media contacts and presence after quitting their jobs?
Based on our experience in social media, we have a few tips and pointers for you that could answer the above question and further maintain the code of ethics you have towards your company:
1. Quality Vs. Quantity:
If you are a social media addict like me, you will develop a large follower/friend base in a short time. This will be great as long as you are working for your current company but will be confusing when you decide to quit! Look for quality followers: those who retweet your tweets, interact with you, recommend you and show real interest in what you do and who you are. After you have established that, you build strong ties with those chosen ones so they can be with you whichever account you transfer to later on.
2. When Possible, Be Yourself:
Working as a social media marketer, expert, or consultant does not mean you can not be who you really are on the various social media channels that you use for your job. You can share ideas, thoughts and even quotes that inspire you, changing you from a robot behind the screen into a human being who has other things to offer to the world, other than links and ads!
3. Set Up & Maintain Parallel Accounts:
I know what you’re thinking: “It’s too much of a hassle!” Well, it isn’t easy but it’s doable! I currently have 2 accounts for almost every social media and social bookmarking site I use for work. Granted, they are not as populated as my main accounts however, they form a tie between those I follow for work and those I follow for my personal writings and posts.
4. Too Much = Too Little:
Interact moderately; no one appreciates their stream flooded by your updates or tweets. Take the time to learn about the tips for using Twitter, Facebook, Mixx and other popular social media related sites and channels.
5. Take it to the Next Level:
Chatting or staying in touch by e-mail with current and potential clients can always be a great idea for building relationships that would not end after you have quit your position at the company you are working for. LinkedIn is one of the other great options that could keep your valued contacts with you and up-to-date with your career changes.
So, what do you think of these tips? Do you have any more tips to share?
Looking forward to your comments and feedback down below…