I’m pretty sure this article is going to result in some hate-mail, but after what I’ve seen in the last week, I don’t care! First off, let me explain... The first week of the New Year is always filled with people chock-full of gusto in their effort to fulfill their, “new job in the new year,” resolution. Given my line of work, it’s no surprise I get inundated with friendly requests via phone, through LinkedIn, and by e-mail, asking me if I can, “take a quick peek at my resume,” and “grab a coffee to discuss my career.” This year was particularly overwhelming. And, at this point in my career, if I said "yes" to all of these requests, my full-time job fFor the next month would be helping these folks – I just can’t do that. I have a career advice site to run, as well as my own career coaching clients to support. There isn’t time to do that much pro bono work. Well, some people showed their true colors to me this week! I started responding to all the requests as politely, but as honestly as I could. I shared with each person this year I’m just too busy to be able to assist. I made some suggestions of free resources they could check out online, but if they wanted a coach’s guidance, then I encouraged them to invest in a coaching program. Some folks completely understood. Several immediately signed up to work with me. And then, there were the career free-loaders. The career free-loaders all responded to me with one of the following:
- Nobody says “no” to me.
- I’m doing you a favor.
- You weren’t my first pick anyways.
- I’m broke when it comes to you.