Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Your friends helped you get a job...then...

This could be a yoopsie moment, but it does happen. You go all-out networking, please help me get this job, then you get it and hate it.

JT O’Donnell and Dale Dauten are work gurus. JT says no matter what you say, the people who help you are doing to be disappointed. They probably won’t help next time.

Dauten says don’t say things like, “Remember that dream job you helped me get..” Try to say you are building on what they helped you get.

In the example, the dream job was with a nonprofit, but the worker did not like nonprofit work.

Dauten says, OK, say you can now blend nonprofit benefits of doing good for people with a profit-making company’s faster pace.

Still, this is awkward. Just make the best of it. Look at it as another chance to show you are honest, thoughtful, and straight-forward.

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