I remember reading about symbiotic relationships in junior high. On the BioTech FYI Center, symbiotic is defined as “the close association of two different kinds of living organisms where there is benefit to both or where both receive an advantage from the association.”
But, I think you can apply the theory to your career in a much better (and less weird) way.
Here’s an example:
I’m in a “symbiotic” relationship with Heather Huhman. After spending a few months working for her company, Come Recommended, I accepted an internship at a marketing communications firm (which is where my passion is).
But, Heather and I have stayed good friends and often chat online. Since I also am a freelance writer, she gives me great ideas to pitch to editors. She has written several great e-books lately, which relate to several of the stories I have pitched to magazines.
Heather is always willing to share knowledge, whether it’s resume advice for myself or comments for a story I am working on. Her great quotes always help make my soon-to-be published stories even better.
In turn, her generosity of ideas and knowledge can result in good publicity for her company.
What about you? What kind of symbiotic relationships do you have? How have you made them work?