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An email from God gives me a crazy idea

God sent me an email today.

The sender name was “God” and evidently wants me to buy his products.   Obviously this was spam. But sometimes even email that doesn’t interest you can provide a door to a job opportunity.

Since I request white papers and manuals online, I end up on various email lists.  The senders assume I still work for a medium to large company and invite me to attend conferences or listen to sales pitches.

I used to delete these emails because I’m unemployed. Today I did something different.

A salesperson at a company I admire requested that I listen to his pitch.  I am aware that I am just one of possibly hundreds receiving the email.  Instead of tossing it, though, I sent a thank you note. 

I apologized for not being able to accommodate his sales effort at this time and explained that I’m looking for full-time regular work.  If the sender knew someone in the Chicago area interested in hiring a communications professional, I wrote, then I would appreciate the tip.

I was surprised when I got a quick and positive response. The company representative said he would be glad to send my resume to a contact in Chicago. I responded with my resume and my gratitude.

If you hope to take the same steps, keep these points in mind:

  • Only respond to a company you know and admire
  • Acknowledge the email and thank him/her
  • Keep your note brief and concise.

If you find this advice helpful, let me know. And good hunting!

Networking: How to be real in a virtual world

I’m changing how I talk to my new network contacts in the virtual world.

The challenge of using social networking tools such as Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn is to avoid sounding cold and unfriendly, says Personal Coach Gail Sussman Miller. Miller is the founder and chief obstacle buster of Inspired Choice.

Most of us are more comfortable with networking than we may realize, Miller said. “At a wedding, when you sit down next to a stranger, what is the first thing you ask? ‘Are you here for the bride or the groom?’ You automatically look for common ground. That’s networking,” she explains.

The difference between face-to-face networking and sending emails is that we can forget to add personal warmth to our emails, she said.  For example, the business networking site LinkedIn provides an automatic invite message that states I’d like to add you to my professional network on LinkedIn.

“When you meet new people, do you just shake their hands and say, ‘Join my network’? No. They’d laugh at you,” she said. “When using online networking sites, it’s important to personalize every message.”

What should you say to someone you might barely know? “The whole purpose of networking is being of service, being other-oriented, and being curious. Finding common ground should be a state of mind,” Miller explained.

The same is true with accepting invitations to join networks or discussion groups. If you just hit the ‘accept’ button, then you’ve missed another opportunity to communicate. Use your personal curiosity to look at their profiles, discover shared interests, and acknowledge them in your responses.

At the very least, you can use what Gail asks everyone she meets: “Is there something I can help you with?”

 

ABOUT MY SOURCE: Gail Sussman Miller is Chief Obstacle Buster at Inspired Choice.  Her firm teaches executives, women solopreneurs, and teams how to turn obstacles into opportunities by boosting their emotional intelligence. Reduce conflict and stress and get more collaboration, cooperation, and success. For more information, go to www.InspiredChoice.com for “How to Love Networking.” Or see her profile at www.linkedin.com/in/gailsussmanmiller.