Check out this post from John Touey titled Don’t Be “That Guy.”
He’s talking about the guy who only reaches out when he needs help (like, during a job search), and then “seems to forget you exist the moment he finds his next job.”
This happens WAY too much.
Networking really has to become a part of what we do regularly, not just when we NEED.
Change the word “networking” to “relationships,” and this type of behaviour seems much more disrespectful and rude, right?
Maybe you do it because networking is hard and uncomfortable, and when you have a job you are consumed by that job.
But if you think of it as a real relationship, it is pretty lame to only show up when you need, and then to never be around to give thanks or help in other ways.
I agree with John Touey: Don’t Be That Guy.