Networking and connections are the lifeblood of career management, but those connections go stale if you never get in contact – or worse, if you only call when you need something!
To nourish your connection with a former co-worker whose work you respect, give them a LinkedIn recommendation.
You can give those quick-click endorsements, too, but recommendations are more valuable. Read my posts on the power of social proof in your job search, the difference between endorsements and recommendations, and instructions for giving and receiving recommendations.
(This post was originally published in 2013 and has been updated for the 2020s.)