Go back to Job Search Prep Syllabus.
Q: How do you know if your efforts to engage others are successful?
A: By the look on their faces.
It’s very important that as you move into a world of more purposeful relationship-building, that you stay grounded and genuine. We’re not trying to turn you into politicians!
To help you with this, I want you to keep something in mind as you practice engaging others in this new, more purposeful way: What matters most is trust. What matters first is friendship.
If trust cements relationships, friendship forms them. Of course, not every relationship is based on a friendship—there are many factors at play, including consistency, respect, ethics, and mutual self-interest—but it’s true enough that if you strive for friendship, more often than not, the relationship will work out.
Think of it this way: when someone asks you for help, don’t you ask yourself, “Do I want to spend time with this person? Is this someone I want on the other end of the phone when it’s ringing? Is this someone I’d like to introduce to my friends and coworkers?”
As you share how you can help, also be sure to share a bond. Spread the work discussion over several meetings, using each as an opportunity to sell yourself as well as your work.
Review the following list of communicating tips and incorporate them into yesterday’s homework.
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