1. Arrange a meeting – if you haven’t got a track record as an interim manager, get a recommendation or introduction to an interim management agency or interim provider through an established interim manager who is known to them.
2. Inform them of change – contact the providers when something changes i.e. you take another role or are finishing an assignment. Contact by telephone, email or over a coffee.
3. Keeping you in mind – most providers will assume you are free until they hear from you. Keep your profile active by perhaps sending key consultants interesting articles or indeed any blogs or articles you have written. This is a good way of reminding them of your skills and making sure you are ‘top of mind’.
4. Current CV – make sure the providers have your most up to date CV or revised CV if you have worked on reformatting it. Again, this serves as a reminder of your availability.
5. Build key relationships – most interim managers would agree that it is better to have good key relationships with a smaller number of interim providers or interim management agencies than to have more of a scatter-gun approach. Be selective, do your homework and catch up with key contacts when your assignment comes to an end.
6. When finished an assignment – if you’re heads down on an assignment, you will have little time for networking, but reach out to key contacts about 4 weeks before your assignment is coming to an end.