Whenever people make decisions, one of the first steps one takes is to talk to those who have had to make similar decisions. It is a natural reaction to seek people with more experience than you have. Mytonomy is built upon the belief that learning from others and sharing one’s own experience are the critical pieces in the decision making cycles. One may wonder what drives advice contributors to take the time to share their story, advice, and experience to people they will likely never meet?
We strongly believe that giving back is as natural as seeking advice. In years past, these cycles played out in playgrounds, backyards, college and high school campuses and neighborhoods as teenagers and young adults talked about life. With the shift in the use of the internet, these types of experiences are happening more and more online. Mytonomy is a platform that gives this natural cycle of sharing and receiving a well organized and structured home. Those who contribute by sharing their experiences understand the importance of such exchanges.
A benefit that advice givers might not consider is how Mytonomy testimonials can become a positive part of their digital footprint. It’s well publicized that employers often screen potential employees by searching for their online profiles, but much of the coverage tends to focus on avoiding a negative online presence rather than cultivating a positive one. A well thought out testimonial shows an employer the person that corresponds to the résumé.
One recent college graduate shared with me that his new boss had watched his videos on Mytonomy before hiring him. In his videos he speaks intelligently about his college experience and shows that he is interested in helping out students who might want to follow in his footsteps. The videos are not heavily edited and he is not dressed formally, but by giving clear and concise advice he humanized his application and impressed his employer.
An important caveat is that Mytonomy videos shouldn’t be vehicles for blatant self-promotion or the integrity of the format is lost. Both the Mytonomy curation staff and potential employers can see the difference between fluff and good advice.