Not everything is about money, and manners does not take much

In my course of work, there are many who request for a free resume feedback. I have no issue with that. After all, what is a short review and providing feedback to those who are in need? You have a need, I have the skills and insight, and we go to work.

But, here is the thing.

To earn the trust of other professionals who actually earn their bread and butter through such services, you need to remember that you are using his or her time, skills, experience and insights that have been culminated over the years. That “short review” is an accumulation of all these.

Here are my top 3 tips on how to work with career management professionals:

1) Be respectful, be mindful – do not demand for their time especially when you INTENT to get it for FREE.

2) Some services are on gratis. Say, 20 minutes to discuss on interview jitters. But there is a difference between short review and insisting that your resume be shared within the network.

3) Say thank you and provide an update or two after you have used their services. It is basic manners.  That is the simplest barter trade, and fair. Don’t you think?

To your career success.


Author: Hanie Razaif-Bohlender

Hanie is co-founder and General Manager of Dragonfire Corporate Solutions Sdn Bhd, a Kuala Lumpur-based management consulting firm, and Dragonfire Academy, a center for continuous adult learning. Hanie is widely known as “The Career Doctor” for her coaching roles with private clients in their quest to find clarity, happiness, and fulfilment during their career journey.

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