“I’ve landed”, two simple words. Words of relief, words to celebrate. Words that seem to elude job seekers for months. So why is it that once someone lands they are remiss in telling everyone “I’ve landed!”?
Saying “I’ve landed” is so much easier than saying I need help, yet countless of job seekers will reach out for help early in their search and early in networking to ask for support and help – as they should – but neglect to tell their network of supporters when they land.
Sharing the news that you have landed allows your network of supporters to celebrate with you. It is a way to engage your network in a way that isn’t asking them for something. Early in your search you likely ask your network to keep their ears and eyes open for you for opportunities. Telling them you have landed is a way of saying “thank you ” for your help. It is also an investment in the longer term networking relationship. Because in the future, when you need to reach out and ask them for their help and support again, you don’t want them to think you are only using them when you need something.
So when you land, take the time to reach out and tell everyone you encountered in your search that you have landed, thank them for help and support along the way and remember to pay it forward whenever you can.