My Medical Device Sales Career
Have you ever won a game where there were no other players? Have you earned an award and no one was there to share in your triumph? When you do something that requires no one's involvement, other than you own, is it rewarding?
Remember back to when you got your first job or even your last job. Did you get there all by yourself? Most likely not. Then why are so many of us reluctant to help someone else move up or get a better job? Are we scared of being left behind or are we insecure about ourselves?
When someone asked you for help have you ever said NO or ignored their request? Do you say to yourself, "I am too busy or No one helped me, so I'm not helping anyone..they should have to work as hard as I did". Really....NO ONE helped you? Please, no one does anything without some help.
Also, to pigging back on Linda's last article regarding older candidates, why does our country disregard the wisdom and experience of the older generation. If you are a hiring manager, please do not eliminate a candidate based on age. I honestly can't believe how many times I am told that companies only want candidates under 40. You may find that the older employee ends up being the most resourceful, influential and productive employee you'll ever have.
Have you been asked to mentor someone or simply just received a networking requests from someone you don't know or calls from individuals looking for your help to connect with your company? I realize we are all busy and may not feel that we have the time to help make that connection, but we do have time to point them in the right direction.
I received a request to connect on linkedin from a person who simply wanted to find out more information about a company that I had worked for in the past. Ok, I am a consultant, teach college, have a toddler, am a wife, cook, chauffeur and a maid and I made time to respond. It took me approximately three minutes to look up a person's name for whom he could contact within that organization No big deal, right? Well, he called me last night just to thank me.
How many times has someone reached out for your help and perhaps you are one of those amazing people that is always willing to lend a helping hand, but perhaps you are not. Think about the times when you feel the best about yourself. Is it when you do something great for you? No, I hope not. For me it is when someone calls me crying with joy because they were told by countless people that they were not qualified for a job, however we worked together to better prepare them and suddenly they land the next job. Please don't disregard people; listen and if you really don't have the time or resources to help them, please point them to someone who can help them.
I'm afraid that sometimes we get so busy and consumed in our own personal lives and with our own problems that we forget that we need each other. Even if you don't think you need anyone right now because you have the perfect job, the perfect marriage, the perfect kids and no debt, give it a day, things change. You aren't in control and you DO need people.
Take the time to help connect someone, provide a recommendation, make a phone call or simple provide some advice so that one person can get back in the GAME. Imagine yourself without a job, without a house, without a family...wouldn't you hope for a bit of kindness? Regardless of what you believe, you CAN'T WIN alone.
Have a great week and thanks for reading my blog.
By Anissa Neubauer please feel free to join me on Linkedin
Owner of Kick Consulting, pharma/medical sales coaching and consulting
For my Christian readers or those who are curious:
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it, it will be measured back to you.
1John 3:17 - But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother is in need, yet closes his heart against them, how does God's love abide in him?"