As I wrote last weekend Wall Street Oasis is a place where you can meet some great people. Today, comes the first part in how to maximize interaction with some of those people to your benefit. All-the-while learning lessons that will help you in your job search and personal lives.
Building Bridges, not Making Moats
These are my views on board etiquette. I feel that they will help you greatly ...if you follow them.
This exercise will come in two parts, so let's get the negatives out of the way today and come back with possible solutions/improvements tomorrow.
1) DO NOT
post topics without using the search function first. I am not going to be hiring anyone for anything off of WSO. But I have done a lot of hiring (and firing) in the past and can tell you that all employers ask themselves one question before hiring someone: can this person help my business?
If you are throwing up the 77,000th "OMG!!! I'm from a non-target what do I do?" post...chances are people will look at you the same way I used to look at people who came to interview with me and didn't know what my company did...result: FAIL
2) DO NOT
pick out the guy with the most bananas and spam him with your resume and life story. If someone has the tools to help you on your way, you can be pretty sure they don't want to be treated like a resume reviewer or headhunter. I for one, love to help people. That having been said, I am going to take a completely different approach with people based on the level or respect and courtesy they show me.
3) DO NOT
be arrogant. We have people from all walks of life on this site. Be respectful of EVERYONE if you expect help from ANYONE. Just like in the real world people talk ...
You do not need to invent offers to wind up like Jeffrey Chang .
Respect people who have been here longer than you, even if you really are smarter than them ..
One of the keys to working your way up the ladder is knowing who's boss...
Your boss isn't always smarter or better, he was just there first.
Respect the chain of command and you will climb the ladder faster.
Remember and consider the immortal words of...then come back tomorrow and read about what to do .
Like a monkey, ready to be shot into space. Space monkey! Ready to sacrifice himself for the greater good.