I've spoken before about how important a well-managed address book is, and part of that is making sure you have personal email addresses of key contacts. As people move on, leaving one job for another, you may lose touch with them if you don't have a way to reach them besides a work email and phone number.
With this in mind, it's also a good idea to hand out your own personal email so you can be reached should you switch jobs. As Chris Brogan suggests
"Either get a gmail/yahoo/hotmail account, or buy a domain that can be yours forever. Use that email for secondary contact with any business contacts you might want to retain across many relationships. Do your work on your work email, but keep a “stay in touch” channel alive."
Hat tip to Sharon Donaldson.
Corinna vanGerwen is a freelance editor and writer. She has worked as senior editor at Style at Home, senior design editor at Cottage Life and is the former Canadian Director of Ed2010. She has also held the position of operations manager at a boutique PR agency, where she handled strategic planning and daily operations.