Networking & Giving Back…

Over the years working in the transportation and customer service industry, I’ve met many wonderful people from diverse backgrounds with their own unique talents and skills.

I still remember my HR Professor telling me that one of the most important skills to have to be successful in HR is the ability to network and create relationships with people.  It’s so true and to this day I’ve continued that practice.  But this practice is not exclusive to the HR profession, but rather, works in every industry.  In most cases, it’s the people you know that will be ones that will open the doors for you either in your career or in your personal life.

Having said that, it is important to maintain these relationships as it can foster new ones.  Be open to giving back to those that are needing help.  In our busy lives we sometimes forget how we got to where we are and most often it was through the help of others, mentors, coaches and peers.  I’m truly blessed in being given the opportunity to share my knowledge and be able to provide a valuable contribution to the companies I’ve worked for.  In gaining new insight and knowledge, I make sure to share that with my peers and colleagues.

One of the most rewarding things I’ve experienced is seeing the people I’ve helped achieve their career goals and aspirations.  I feel that their success is also mine.  The feeling of satisfaction and knowing that you’ve made a difference in their lives in a positive way is truly remarkable.  For the last several years, I’ve volunteered my time in mentoring young professionals develop their career and put them on the right path to reach their targets.  I’ve also been a guest speaker to many high schools and colleges to speak on various topics from job hunting, career development and working with diversity to name a few.  So, if you happen to have an hour or two each month to coach and mentor, I strongly encourage you to do it.  It’s a small way in giving back and helping others identify their strengths and working on improving their limitations in transforming them to a confident professional.  I still remember a popular motivational speaker say, “A lot of people went further than they thought they could, because someone else thought they could” (Zig Ziglar).

So the moral of the story is: be thankful for what you have, be humble to what you know, be open to helping others achieve their goals and dedicate yourself to continuous and ongoing learning.

Happy trails!