Before You Forget, Your Career Needs Amazing Hunters
How proactively do you go after people who can effectively promote you to others? 
 
I’m thinking your priorities are generally elsewhere. Like evaluating which organizations have opportunities that match your skill set. Or getting your report done and submitting it to your boss on time. Or thinking about the job you would really like to have in the next few years.
 
I don’t suspect you spend a ton of time identifying and proactively seeking out people who will actively support you to others. I’m talking about friends, colleagues, network connections and recruiters.
What you want from these groups is a number of trusted allies that will hunt for you
 
Because successful careers are never built by you alone. Communities create success because they have the power and influence to do so.
 

And they exert different perspectives around the single purpose of supporting someone to achieve lofty personal goals.

You don’t want people who will leisurely pass your resume around or passively mention your name to others.

What you DO want are hunters that will actively seek out opportunities that are made for you? People who will scout the landscape and discover potential for you. 

Who will go out of their way to generate some sizzle on your behalf.

How many hunters do you have?  

A hunter clearly give a great deal of themselves to spread your word and build a stage on which you can strut your wares in front of a favourable audience.

If you don’t have devoted hunters on your side, cultivate a handful of them (that’s all you need). 

Hunters are earned on the back of integrity and trust; they don’t commit overnight. So be prepared to put in the time building deep relationships with each and every one of them and eventually you may convince them you are worthy of their attention and support.

And when you do, point them in the right direction. Get your thinking straight about the position you want and the companies you are targeting. Don’t give then some vague notion of what you want to achieve; be as specific as you can to make their task as easy as it can be.

Feed the right information to them and trust they will hunt for you. 

And when they come back to you with a potential prize throw your entire being into turning the opportunity they gifted to you into a solid win. Put as much energy into it as they did. 

Show them you are deserving of their voluntary hunting role.

A hunter is rare.

Honour and nurture them.

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Roy Osing is a former President and CMO with over 33 years of leadership experience covering all the major business functions including business strategy, marketing, sales, customer service and people development. He is a blogger, content marketer, educator, coach, adviser and the author of the book series Be Different or Be Dead. You can also read more of Roy Osing's articles at his website.

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