Are you a Job Seeker? Are you in Sales? Are you trying to get someone’s attention? Don’t be the Annoying Orange. If you are calling a Hiring Manager or Recruiter: Have a good reason to contact them, not “just to check in.”
5 Tips to help you not become the Annoying Orange:
Don’t be overwhelming
Ask when is a good day and time to follow-up with them (get permission to call them back)
Establish a partnership with them
Help them with their pain. Don’t be the pain.
Your goal should be to establish a partnership with them, not to anger, annoy, harass or make them upset. It is a process, they will not be your best friend overnight.
Are you networking? Some people are, but EVERYONE should be. While networking this past month or so, I have run across some Do’s and Don’ts that I think everyone should follow.
Keep in touch with industry leaders (Nationally and Locally)
Have coffee or lunch with industry leaders, co-workers and even competitors at least once a quarter.
Pay it Forward
Use social media to stay up to date on your industry and their trends. Make sure your online profiles (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and About.me) are filled out 100% with details describing who you are and what you do.
Ask someone to lunch or a coffee, to pick their brain, to ask for advice and then make them pay. If you ask for the meeting, you should pay.
Take, take, take and never give.
Send a generic invite to connect on social media – Personalize each one.
Be concerned with only your agenda. Always ask how you can help them.
I was asked this weekend, why should they use a recruiter? This was very easy for me to answer and decided to post the top 5 reasons Job Seekers should use a Professional Recruiter when searching for a new Job.
We Interview people Everyday. We can help you.
We have jobs/opportunities that are not posted anywhere else. (Contract, Contract-to-Hire and Direct Hire)
Contract work can lead to a PERM job/Career.
You should always know at least 3 recruiters in your industry. You never know when you’ll need one.
We know the story behind the job and may be able to give you the inside scoop.
I don’t push resumes – I share stories to verify it is the right fit.