The title of this post sounds simple enough, right? But what does it have to do with your professional development? Well let me tell you what I’m sure you’ve heard before: It’s not about what you know but who you know.
As some of you who follow me on Instagram and Twitter (@DeryleDaniesJr) know, I recently relocated back to the Triangle (for those who are not from North Carolina, that is the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area). My fiancée (*News flash* – I got engaged on 12/28/14!) and I left our jobs and friends in Charlotte and moved back home to be closer to family. All this was done without any solid plan but luckily I hadn’t burned any bridges so I was able to return to Nordstrom, Inc., this time as a stylist. Now, don’t get me wrong, getting people into the clothes they need for interviews, business meetings, and just fun nights out on the town is a large part of what I am looking to do in the long run. But the sales aspect of the position isn’t exactly my cup of tea. And I’m not a fan of working every weekend. So I’ve been reaching out to my network, looking at other opportunities to set myself up for a successful, more stable future.
Tonight I had a close friend reach out to me and inform me that she was recruited for a position at a very reputable company in Research Triangle Park but she had to decline because she had recently been offered another job. So she forwarded my name on to her recruiter and he asked her to have me give him a call. I got on the phone and the recruiter said that she gave me an all around rating of A+ when it comes to being a good fit for the position. After he and I talked, she was spot on. The position would be a great one for me and would give me the ability to grow in the areas I need to and strengthen some skills I’m already confident in. After speaking with the recruiter for about 20 minutes, he was impressed and wanted to get my résumé in his hands. I sent it to him and he immediately got me an interview for tomorrow.
Now, what does that have to do with being a good friend? Well my friend who referred me has known me for going on eight years. She knows that I am driven and reliable. We often discuss aspirations, upward mobility, and the current state of society. We also have fun and take ownership over our positions in anything we do. In other words, she knows that, in putting her reputation on the line for me, no risk has been taken because I would not make her look bad. So be a good friend. It’s the only way anyone will ever go out of his/her way to help you get ahead.