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Some professionals use handwritten letters to network with others.

Many professionals rely on networking to advance their careers, but networking doesn’t always happen face-to-face. You can also build successful business relationships through the mail.

Max Leibman, an imaging supervisor in the Midwest, tries to write 5-6 thank-you notes per week. The practice started as a way to express gratitude, but it has turned into a method to network outside of the workplace.

“I didn’t have a lot of social energy left for further networking activity, but in the quiet of the early morning or downtime at work, I could write a couple of notes and solidify a relationship,” Leibman told Fast Company this month.

Mailing handwritten letters can also help you stay in touch with classmates or previous co-workers.

Chicago lawyer Selena Kyle writes a personal note almost every afternoon to someone in her circle of friends and acquaintances.

“[M]aking a near-daily habit of this means I also have plenty of chances to [say] I’ve been missing them and wondering what they’re up to,” she said.