Small Steps Into A Vast Community


The staffing community has experienced an explosion over the past few years. It isn’t an explosion of members so much as it is an explosion of information. The use of Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook, among other resources, has exponentially increased the exchange of information and level of connectivity among staffing practitioners. Among the elements that differentiate this community from many others is the willingness of its members to connect liberally and share information generously.


To be sure, there is sometimes a profit motive involved but more typically it is a spirit of innovation and communal growth that spurs the informational exchange. This is in distinct contrast to other industries where information is more typically hoarded and leveraged solely for personal gain and often at the expense of someone else. I was inspired to note this phenomenon while reading an informative post by Glen Cathey regarding LinkedIn searches: Glen is an industry guru and one the most connected professionals in the community, yet consistently makes the effort to share his insights and wealth of experience, not just a general manner but with specific, actionable advice.


Not everyone has the knowledge base or the level of connection of a Glen Cathey, so the process of becoming immersed in the greater community can seem daunting. The beauty of it, however, is that taking a few small steps can lead us well down the path:

  • Connect wherever you can and in a positive way-every interaction is an opportunity to grow yourself, your brand, and your knowledge base.
  • Return calls and respond to emails-no matter how busy you are you can spare those few moments and it will be remembered!
  • Never forget that we are dealing with human beings-careers are an integral part of a person’s place in the world; they impact and are impacted by every facet of their lives…family, self-worth, dreams.
  • Seek out information at every opportunity-read others’ tweets and messages, follow up on their shared expertise and insight.
  • Share what you learn-pass along what you glean from others and share your own experiences and insights.
  • Think globally-even if a potential candidate or partner isn’t right for you try to connect them with someone that might be a better fit.

None of this is particularly arduous and these small steps lead to far greater ones. We are fortunate to be a part of such a dynamic community and should strive to keep fueling its spirit!  

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Comment by Dave Mendoza on March 7, 2011 at 3:54pm
Great job Doug!


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