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It does NOT hurt to ASK

January 11th, 2010 · 2 Comments

I published How to Get A Job At premium report last July. If you search "most read, purchase only" documents in "Resume & CV" category in Scribd Store, you’ll see my document showing up among the top three in the search results.

So, I have sold many copies. I wrote the report because I wanted to help people. I included my contact information in the document — I asked readers to contact me if they have any question or feedback.

It turned out that about one out of every ten readers took my offer and contacted me.

Let me give you one example.

Felix was one of the customers who contacted me right before his second phone interview with He asked me via email if I had any additional advice for the particular position in the particular group he was applying. I happened to have some information about the particular position.

Later, when Felix was preparing for his onsite interview, we emailed each other again. I gave him some additional pointers.

When Felix got his job offer, we talked about compensation negotiation and relocation package.

Finally, Felix moved to Seattle, started working, and took me to lunch.

There are a lot of people who want to help you. There are a lot of companies who want to hire you for your expertise. There’re a lot of retailers/suppliers/service providers who’re willing to give you a discount to get your businesses.

You won’t get anything if you don’t ask.

It costs you nothing to ask. And you will have a lot to gain.

It does NOT hurt to ask.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 china wholesale // May 4, 2010 at 6:52 am

    “You won’t get anything if you don’t ask.” My teacher always told me this sentence and I agree. As a wholesaler,we usually have to ask the customer's request.

  • 2 good batteries // May 5, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I agree with you.ask make us moving on all the time.
    good article!

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