Make the Call
I’m gonna [going to] … Do you hear this frequently, or catch yourself thinking and saying it?
Recently, I attended a meeting and heard a presenter ask for help, specifically some leads and contacts in a particular type of industry to help attain one of his strategic goals. I commented to one of my colleagues that he had a number of these types of contacts which he might share with him. His reaction was stunning. He said he’d already provided the presenter with his well-researched and developed list of contacts in this industry. He added that the presenter was someone who hesitated to `make the call’.
We can imagine any number of reasons, but let’s start with … this is yet another example of procrastination which has costly consequences: missed opportunities, redundant efforts, wasted energy, and loss of trust.
Job seekers need to start with awareness of and confidence in their qualifications to contribute. Also, they need to believe (and say to prospective employers) that they will meet and exceed the requirements of the position. When you have something to offer, `make the call’ and take action – to inquire, seek, and offer your talents. You can start by asking for an informational or exploratory interview.
If you’re expanding your network, you can start by asking for time and information and assistance; and don’t forget to offer and bring something to the conversation from questions to interest and enthusiasm. It’s often a long wait for someone else to `make the call’.
Are you waiting for someone else? Hesitating? Make the Call.