What does karma have to do with your career? Maybe nothing, but I like to be on the safe side. I try to do good things and help others when I can, with no strings attached. Then, I secretly hope that all those good deeds will come back to me. It may be a crazy idea, but I think it’s a good idea treat others as you would like to be treated yourself. This can take many forms in the workplace, such as taking on extra projects at work to offering a helping hand to meet a critical deadline. It also can come into play when you may be searching for a new job or helping someone else find a job. This time of year is all about giving. So how can you give to others?
One easy way to show some career karma is to take a look at your LinkedIn connections and write up a few recommendations for contacts that you would genuinely like to help and promote. Or, if you’re short on time, or don’t like to write, you can still practice some good karma by endorsing the skills of LinkedIn contacts. There is always time for this; it takes only a few clicks and you’re done. (NOTE: If you’re new to LinkedIn Skill Endorsements, click here.)
Of course there are other ways to spread career goodwill, but LinkedIn is an easy place to start. And hopefully, your efforts come back to you in a career karma kind of way. Maybe you’ll receive a few LinkedIn recommendations or skill endorsements, or maybe you’ll get a call from a networking contact from long ago looking to reconnect or reach out with an opportunity. It never hurts to put some positivity out there.
How do you like to practice career karma? Let us know in the comments.