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People are talking about you

I was listening to a friend give a presentation on getting a job recently. In the presentation, Chris Shaw, the speaker, mentioned my Modern Resume presentation, which was cool, but he also said something interesting in his talk.

He said that social networking is huge, and you can choose not to participate, but even if you don’t, people will talk about you.

I think that’s very true, and I caution people to be aware of what others might be saying about you. You never know when a coworker, a friend, or maybe a no-a-friend-at-all might post something about you. You never know when a particular person asks about you, your job habits, attitude, skills, or something else in their network.

People will talk about you, and not necessarily online. It might be offline, and the best way that you can help ensure that you are aware of what people say is to be involved in networks. It could be social networks, but maybe you just want to touch base with your own network, trying to keep in regular contact with 10-20 people that could let you know if they hear anything about you.

You won’t know everything that is said about you, but the more you participate in some type of networking, the more likely you are to hear what is being said publically.

Comments

Posted by Andy Warren on 27 September 2010

Not sure I agree, at least entirely. People will talk about you, and if it's something negative, usually will not do it when you're present. Participating in social networks doesn't change that. Building relationships makes it less likely that negatives acquire a life of their own, but you can't build a relationship with everyone - especially the ones that have something negative to say about you.

I agree with monitoring, because it could be something that could be "fixed", and it could also something positive or potentially positive. Google alerts works pretty well for this, but it doesn't catch the water cooler stuff!

We all care what others think of us. What I try to do - not always successfully - is to remember that especially when meeting someone new the first few minutes will set their impression, so I try hard to listen and focus during that time, and to assume that everyone I meet is important, if it might seem like they have nothing to do with my career/interests.

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