Yes, it is that serious
“Can you make the connection for me? I would love to get an opportunity with them based on this article.”
The other email read, “could you send a copy of my resume over to her and tell her to “help a brother out.”
Friday is a day for me to connect back to the US with the above type request, follow up and meeting new people. But sometimes I get a little perturbed with the level of request and their cluelessness. Granted I do know a lot of people and I am always willing to share with my network. The problem is that sometime the requestors do not realize is that this is major league ball. This career conundrum is serious business.
That sports metaphor means that every day you have to compete and as they say “somebody is constantly trying to take either your job or someone else”. If you are competing for a major league job you HAVE to be prepared.
A resume half done or a note that shows no value will not cut it today. Those days are long gone. You can’t expect that someone would refer your resume or you to someone if you do not take the job seriously. By seriously I mean did you read the job description, did you craft the cover letter that reflects your ability to sync with the job description. Did you submit a marketing document that shows your major accomplishments? Yes, it is that serious.
It has to stand on its own
But there is not a week that goes by that I get request like the two above, wanting me to work wonders. This is how I operate when I recommend someone. “I am going to send over a resume and other documentation of a person that I think you should talk to about the role you have listed.” That is it. One sentence is my so called seal of approval. After that the document has to stand on its own.
The narrative that you develop has to stand on its own. The two quotes above got a negative reply to say the least. I recommended one to a resume writer and the other got a tongue lashing that basically said that today that will not suffice. People are looking for talent and are not hiring based on “that”.
You have to build it
Careers today have to be built. It could be a total rehab or minor updating but remember all the rules have changed. In discussing a deal that I was working on a month ago, the respondent on the other end mentioned that they would love to work for this particular organization. Because I had worked with him before, I knew he was top notch.
“Fine I said”, send me over your paper and whatever you have and I will pass it along. I was totally shocked that it took one month for me to get his documents. When I checked my email the other night before bed, I saw the email with all the drivel about rewrite, no time etc. I had to put the phone down and deal with this the next day.
When we got a chance to talk 2 days later, I told him that I could not do this now. My reason was that I told them a month ago how great you were, they were excited and wanted to meet. Now I go back a month later……
When the opportunity arises, pounce
This is my rule of thumb. If someone called you in the morning and said “can you get a copy of your resume over to this person before end of day because they fly out this afternoon?” Could you do it? The vast majority of people that are reading this sadly could not. It is what I call being prepared when the opportunity arises.
My other pet peeve is the new resume platform is LinkedIn. For people that read my work, you know that I am a huge fan of this platform. To all you facebook users, “If you spend as much time on Linkedin as you do on Facebook, you would have not career worries.”
Last week I secured two speaking engagements, one in Dubai and the other in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where I now live. As soon as the link went live, resume was updated and LinkedIn profile was updated as well as Facebook, in that order.
Yes, folks it is that serious. You have to train like an athlete because when the opportunity arises, you want to make the most of it.