I am trying to network with consulting professionals in my town. However, I am not planning to apply recently. I am thinking of building a more solid relationship with consultants at different firms, and I am planning to apply in 1 to 2 years. I have 2 questions:
1. How to maintain and deepen the relationship? I am quite good at cold mailing and building relationships. However, I find it difficult to maintain the relationship continuously and naturally. For example, a couple of months ago I attended a boot camp coached by one of MBB's regional head, and had great conversation with him. However, ever since the event I couldn't think of any good opportunities to approach him and enhance our relationship.
One career book advised that "For someone you’ve met at a conference, for example, and haven’t seen since, an e-mail every six months or so is a good way to say hello and keep the relationship going. For folks you’ve seen a little more regularly, a friendly e-mail once a quarter is effective." However, I find it weird sending formal emails to people to maintain relaitonship.
2. Is it a good idea to network with very senior people (partner for example), who will be the key decision maker of the office's recruitment? In this case, I feel that I will be directly pirtching myself to the partner. Would this be too bold? I have this concern since I've heard that some firms don't encourage employees to get in touch with candidates as this would create some conflict of interest.
Thanks a lot!