Your job search is likely to outlast your memory for details. Keep a record of when, how and why you contacted someone as well as the outcome.
A spreadsheet with the name, organization, contact info, date of contact and follow up of everyone to whom you reach out will do the trick. It doesn't have to be fancy. An excel spreadsheet or a Word table or even a notebook would do the trick.
A couple of important reasons for being diligent:
· Your neighbor’s cousin who was of absolutely no help last week may become the hiring manager of a killer opportunity in three months.
· This won’t be your only job search, you can use this as a starting place for your next one.
· Two or three years from now, guaranteed, you are going to run into one of these people and not be able to place them. You may be interviewing one of them to work for you, or they may be interviewing you for something else. Seems weird, but you would be surprised how often this happens.