Sunday, February 13, 2011
Calling numbers from your Rolodex to find out who remembers you is mentally exhausting. A couple of the people I thought I got along with very well and would surely remember me - didn't. One says he remembers doing an awful lot of business with us and promised to give a good reference since he remembers the company well, but he doesn't specifically remember me. I really want to use him since I listed as an accomplishment that I grew an account (his) that was originally supposed to have 1 or 2 shipments a month to $6 million annually. That reminds me...the salesrep for that account is my FB friend. I need to send her a message.
Another doesn't remember me at all but also told me to use him as a reference and he'll say something good. Really? This guy has a reputation for being difficult to work with, but for some reason he used to like me. If I could score a good reference from him, that would be fantastic. I think I need to follow the video's advice and have someone pose as a recruiter to verify what he'll say.
The book I'm using, Knock 'Em Dead 2005 (I've ordered the 2011 version from Amazon) says: "Keep an open mind when developing those lists. You never know who your friends are. You will be surprised at how someone you always regarded as a real pal won't give you the time of day, and how someone you never thought of as a friend will go above and beyond the call of duty for you." That has proved very true. Someone I thought didn't much care for me sent a whole list of job search sites, and a couple of people I thought would be great references are ignoring me. Oh, well. That's life. I'll keep calling because you never know where the next lead will come from.