corporate gatekeepers: how they help and hurt, and five sure ways to get past them

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Comment by Valentino Martinez on March 17, 2011 at 7:42pm

Jeff--Thanks for sharing one of the standard tricks of the trade.  However, some entities are like Fort Knox, e.g., classified areas in aerospace and defense programs. 

 

I recall leaving a former employer after working there for eight years and calling back into an old acquaintance I personally knew and recruited for in years past--and say, "Just calling back to say, Hello, and asking how the NASP program was going?"...only to hear dead silence and a change of subject.  I immediately recognized the the code of silence being applied and politely signed off.

So yes, phone surfing works but will get you only so far.

Comment by Valentino Martinez on March 20, 2011 at 4:35pm

Jeff,

 

Your resourcefulness is inspiration to us all.  Your tips are appreciated.  Getting transferred from the CEO's office always gets an immediate response.

 

Tino

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