We have all been in the job hunting mode and at times it could feel as if we are all alone clicking away at job postings, updating our resumes and trying to land an interview. Has anyone ever helped you land a sales job? If you are in a position to help someone that you are comfortable recommending, you will build a strong network of people who trust you and will return the favor possibly when it comes time for you to look for another job or job promotion.
If you know someone is looking for a job, lend a helping hand and offer true help if you feel that the person has what it takes to add value and to contribute to the position. Take a vested interest in helping the person land an interview by sending the hiring sales manager the candidate's resume, along with your recommendations. Offer some advice on the position and connect them with other that can also help.
Be sure to follow up and check on their status and to help the person through until they land a job. Not only will it feel good to help another person, but you will also develop relationships with professionals that will go the extra mile for you and speak highly of you. Think about it. If someone had helped you land your current job, wouldn't you help them or put in a good word if they were going for another job or promotion?
If you offer a helping hand, be sure you commit to truly helping the person out. Put the energy and thought behind what the candidate is going through and be a true help versus just a touch and go type of help. If you are going to do something, be sure you put your best effort towards it.
In the past, I have helped many people land sales jobs with either a person in my network or at the current company I am working for. I have kept in contact with them and without asking, they voluntarily nominate me for job promotions, different opportunities and help without me even having to ask. What comes around, goes around and it doesn't always have to be bad. Also, don't help someone expecting to be helped later, but shame on the person accepting the help and not returning the favor, but do so without the intention or expectations of getting anything back in return, other than feeling great about helping others and making a difference in people's lives.
Helping others has many benefits and it makes you feel great that you can help. In building a network, you want quality over quantity and by helping others, your network will be a strong and willing network to lend you a hand when you need in the future.