A few weeks ago I was talking with a business colleague of mine and during the course of our discussion she asked me if I knew of a good Resume (CV) Writing Service that she could recommend to a friend. Since my colleague isn’t remotely interested in finding a new career, she didn’t have any advice handy for her friend.
And while I don’t personally know the friend, I know intimately well what it is like to be engaged in a career search and am always willing to help.
Later that day, I helped my colleague post a question on LinkedIn and sent out a tweet, asking for assistance. By the end of the week, we received a total of eighteen suggestions (fourteen from LinkedIn and four from Twitter). Of the responses that we received, I only knew one of the respondents enough to have spoken with him on the phone before.
Responses come down to one thing – engagement.
It isn’t possible to receive answers to your questions without asking. And it doesn’t make sense to only ask the people that you know well.
By putting your questions out there, you’re always guaranteed to receive a response. And by paying it forward with some information, you may be creating a long-lasting relationship with someone that you never knew before.
While I live in Atlanta, I am not interested in connecting with just the people I know. The world has become much smaller, so I am interested in learning from and engaging with people from all around the globe. I am convinced that I may benefit from and provide benefit to people whom I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.
In today’s global economy, Spain’s unemployment rate, Chinese real estate values and Greek credit-default swaps play a role.
While we can’t control some of the variables that play a key role in our global or national economies, we can play an active role in our own personal economies by staying engaged.
The world is truly a smaller place, when we become engaged in it.