I was reading an article today which shall remain nameless, for reasons you’ll understand in a minute. It was talking about how everyone should be proactive about widening their network and being prepared, just in case they are the next victim of a layoff. I pretty much agreed with him, until he got to this statement:
“Ask people how they are doing. Act like you really care what is happening to your friends and colleagues.”
“ACT LIKE” you care? How long do you think it’s going to take for others to see through that act. If you don’t care about the people you know, it’s time to find some new people. While you will certainly care more about some people than others, you should care on some level about everyone in your network. If you are faking concern just to get something out of someone, it just might work. Once.