Having managed a fellowship program, I know what it’s like to meet an applicant and think she’s awesome — but not quite as qualified as someone else. Often, I would go out of my way to help these candidates — pointing them toward other resources or, if they really impressed me, introducing them to the manager of another program or someone at Career Services.
Turns out, this can happen in the real world, as well.
Many would say that, when you interview for a job and find out you don’t get it, that’s the end of the story. But think about it: If you’ve made it to the final rounds of an interview process, you’ve clearly impressed the hiring manager. And, having spent several hours discussing your work experience, skills, and goals, you’ve built a professional (albeit new) relationship. So, why not use this person as a tool in your ongoing job hunt?