Some of us are firm believers in what goes around, comes around and as professionals, we spend a great deal of our time networking. Successful networking involves sharing information, experiences, and most importantly, our needs. Understanding what we can do for others and what they can do for us and then following through will sooner or later result in what goes around, comes around.
Promoting my expertise online as well as my relentless networking generates many calls to my business line and I do speak directly to all potential clients and associates. Yesterday I received a call from a potential client that I had never spoken to or knew of prior to the call. He was rude, disrespectful, abrupt and was quick to relay his needs, “I don’t need a resume, I need a job”, just prior to disconnecting the call. Although my expertise includes that of a Master Resume Writer, I also hold other credentials, including that of Branding Strategist, Career Transition Coach and Employment Interview Professional. If this person had had the foresight to listen to what information I required from him, it would have been possible for me to address his needs.
Who you know, is likely to be a key factor in advancing your career, or not! There is a reason that we are being overloaded with information on personal branding. First impressions are critical. It sets the stage and is very likely the only impression that anyone is left with. Did you leave them with a positive impression? Did you have a positive impression of them? Would they recommend you? Would you recommend them?
Did you know that most hiring professionals have a standard practice after a job interview to ask the individual at reception what they thought of the potential candidate? The next time you are face to face with someone or the next time you pick up the phone you may want to think about the impression you want to leave with that person. Someday, that person could be a very influential force in your future because, what goes around comes around.