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Did You Remain Friends With Old CoWorkers After Leaving A Company?

I know this will be a different answer for everyone, but since sales is typically a high turnover role I'm curious if people typically stayed in touch with ex-coworkers or if you let those relationships burn out.

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exec
Catalyst
+5
Account Executive
i'd say majority last in the short-term. the rare few stick!ย 
overheard_sales
Politicker
+5
CEO - Overheard_Sales
Agreed
CuriousFox
Arsonist
+10
Senior Account Executive
I do with a select few, but not everyone.ย 
taylor
Opinionated
+2
Enterprise Sales Executive
Keep the network strong & generate value while you work together, so if you ever want to leave, you can at least have a strong 'in' at one of their companies.ย 
specktyr
Good Citizen
Account Manager
Still friends with a good chunk from each place I've worked, you never know who or when someone can be a gateway into a different career, startup, etc.

One of my go to's is on LinkedIn / FB - is ALWAYS reaching out when someone has a birthday or life-changing event. Never on their wall, a PM that is personalized has gone a long way and even gotten me invites to their weddings, etc.ย 
CadenceCombat
Tycoon
+13
Account Executive
Itโ€™s a mixed bag.

Some relationships have lasted, others not so much.

The strongest relationships that have lasted in my case arenโ€™t close friendships, but more pleasant acquaintances where we might check in with eachother once every 1 - 2 months.
CaneWolf
Politicker
+11
Director of Business Development
A few of my closest friends are from work. Some are looser friends (maybe 10). I make sure to check in time-to-time with a lot of former co-workers though as we're able to help each other out with our networks.ย 
softwarebro
Politicker
+4
Director of Sales
Not all of them but it doesn't hurt to try. Keep the network large.ย 
Chep
Arsonist
+9
Business Development Team Lead
agreed
Hotsaw
Acclaimed Answer
+3
VP Sales
Maintain the lines of communication with some - always good to know what's going on with the comp
Savagedoge
Politicker
+7
Account Executive
Just a bunch of them, although Iโ€™m one of those people who canโ€™t keep relationships alive for the sake of the network thoughย 
fuzzy
Notable Contributor
+21
CMO (Chief Meme Officer)
Every job I have has left me with a few people I still care about.ย 
WenWest15
Praised Answer
+3
Principal Business Development Manager
Lord yes. No burning bridges and some of those relationships are going on 20+ years now. HInt: THIS MAKES SALES EASIER
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Fabulous
salesninja
Opinionated
+3
VP
absolutely...some of my best friends are coworkers from 10+ years ago.ย  it helps that we traveled a lot together and formed good friendships
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Same in here!
Wolf
Opinionated
+2
Account Development Executive
100%, I still keep in touch with my previous managers/coworkers in most cases.

The sales world is a small one and everyone crosses paths again eventually!
Shortay0909
Opinionated
+3
Senior Sales
Fortunately I have remained friends with some, but most the time no
DRock
Senior Client Executive
100% I have found out the software world is much smaller than we may think and building those relationships are valuable. Always good to stay in touch and network.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Network=networth. Agree ๐Ÿ’ฏ
JJASBE
Catalyst
+6
Sr. AE
Many relationships remain, only a few actual friendships though. Like, 'when I'm in your city, we're connecting' types.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Agree
JuicyKlay
Politicker
+9
AM
Yeah at least a couple at each job. Thereโ€™s always a couple cool bros or hoes everywhere you work.ย 
GetAHobby
Arsonist
+8
RVP Sales
Yes, I've been in a few weddings of past co-workers. Everywhere has been like college 2.0
WenWest15
Praised Answer
+3
Principal Business Development Manager
Same! SO fun.ย 
Chep
Arsonist
+9
Business Development Team Lead
love to hear this>>
salesandstrategy
Good Citizen
Senior Account Executive
Yes, at least short term. The important people will stay in your network longterm.ย 
Tanmocha_
Contributor
+2
Senior Account Executive
Yupp! Ones my baby daddy now. Weโ€™re engaged LOL Met 7 years ago at work, have worked 2 other jobs together as well. And another is our best friend from there too. Hung out everyday with them for 3 years straightย 
Marketingpet
Opinionated
+1
Partner Manager
I have a private slack channel I created with a bunch of alumni from the same company. Connecting in there to hear new stories they have, and relieve our glory day stories together is a highlight every weekย 
BRK
Enterprise Account Executive
Absolutely. If you made a true connection with someone, proximity shouldnโ€™t matter. However those that were surface level will die off with a quickness.
Salespreuner
Big Shot
+11
Regional Sales Director
Yes. Few alone and ones whom I've connected good. Networks make your worth go high through referrals and lot moreโœŒ๏ธ
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