About four weeks ago I bumped into Milan Lad. He was standing outside Cannon Street station handing out CVs. “I’m looking for a job in Investment Banking. Can you help?” he asked as people walked past. He was smart & well-spoken and, most importantly, was clearly getting off his backside to make something happen.
We’re always on the lookout for interns, so I stopped and took a copy of his neat, one-sided CV and went on to my meeting. We aren’t the right company for Milan, but I reflected on how I might be able to help and decided to put a photo of his CV on LinkedIn.
39,000 views and 254 likes later, Milan has a job.
I got a message from Milan yesterday.
“Hey Andy! I’ve been very busy recently! I’ve had interviews with several firms such as Merrill Lynch, Trade Link, Santander, Sparta Global to name a few! People have called me for telephone interviews, recruiters have put me in touch with people they know of or with any jobs they’re advertising! I’ve had an offer from BigBank [I removed their name] for their consultancy business analyst programme, which I have accepted! I start work on 1st October. And I cannot wait.”
So, what’s the story here? There are a few things I could explore:
- The reward Milan has had for being creative, determined and brave?
- The way the LinkedIn community, and Bankers in particular, recognised Milan’s spirit? I particularly like the ‘Views by Company’ stats: EY certainly some way ahead, then Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Citi and PwC were the companies who viewed the CV the most.
- The ‘Shares to Views’ conversion rate being almost exactly as expected? (LinkedIn statisticians tell us that typically one ‘share’ will result in 145 views)
- The staggering stat that nearly 600 CEOs read the CV?
But I think the story here is far simpler and not at all profound. The fact is that when we make a small effort to give others a hand, it can make a disproportionate difference to others. It isn’t always as visible or conclusive as it has been for Milan, but rest assured it matters.
And what did I get out of it? I’m delighted for Milan, reassured about our business community and generally enthused by the invisible humanity that exists everywhere, but which rarely grabs the headlines.
Photo credit: Brad Montague from Montague Workshop