Why Follow-Up Rules
Any job search is full of ups and downs, leads that go nowhere, contacts that go silent. If you only have ten mintues and want to do something productive to help you get to your next job, consider follow up. Look back at your notes, spreadsheets, calendar–whatever ways you have of tracking your activity and I promise you there are several people you have forgotten about.
Send them a quick email, update them on your search (but make sure your message is positive yet truthful) and reconnect. Remind people that you’re still out there looking. Offer resources to others. Share leads that aren’t right for you. It isn’t magic but it’s really smart, as this way your network is thinking about you.