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May 02

What Will be Your Legacy?

Posted in Career Article at 1:20 pm

Be nice to the people you meet on the way up. They’re the same people you’ll meet on the way down.
This old saying is still sound career advice. After you leave a job, people quickly forget all your accomplishments. (often, they forget them while you’re still there!) What they will remember, however, is YOU and how you treated them.
According to Jeff Garton, author of Career Contentment: Don’t Settle for Anything Less! (ASTD Press, 2008), the most important career asset you take away when you leave a job is the relationships you forged with your co-workers. He calls this your “legacy,” and a positive legacy is important for gaining future job and client referrals. To ensure you’ll be remembered favorable, Garton advises focusing less on what you do and more on how you do it when interacting with coworkers, supervisors, customers and vendors. Building a reputation for honesty, fairness, diligence and pleasantness is more valuable to your career success in the long run than bringing in that big grant or building that killer system. From the May issue of the NAWDP Advantage newsletter.