by Susan W. McClain
Consider every person you interact with as a potential champion for your cause; perhaps they give you a tip, advice, or time (a neighbor offers to find the phone # or email address of a contact). You never know who could be the one who opens the door towards an opportunity.
With this credo in mind, always honor and show appreciation for other people’s time. Keep appointments and follow-through on any commitments you’ve made such as providing a resume or updates on any action you’ve taken as a result of their advice. Respond to emails or phone calls promptly.
People who are repeatedly late or unreliable create the impression they don’t care, or are less professional – why should the advocate work harder than the candidate looking for the job?