David Smooke | ,| By
What Does Labor Day Mean?
Labor Day has always been a time to remember and celebrate achievement. The United States Department of Labor describes Labor Day’s founding as “a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” However for millions of us in 2012, there isn’t labor to celebrate.
Last year, SmartRecruiters came up with a simple idea: on Labor Day spend a few minutes helping someone find a job and get America back to work. We posted to our networks, “Are you looking for a job? Let’s Talk. Today, I’ll help! #GiveLabor Day.”
Jessica Merrell Miller was possibly the most important volunteer. She spread the good word. She gave her time to job seekers. She helped people. Jessica took calls and answered emails from friends and strangers. I did too. So did Amanda Hite, Paul Zielinski, Kevin Grossman, Meghan M. Biro, and about 100 other volunteers.
Pay it forward. Give Labor Day. Help get unemployed job seekers and those who are actively searching for work, find it.
We will continue this Initiative each year in hopes that job assistance becomes a social responsibility of Labor Day as community service is a social responsibility of Martin Luther King Day.
The “Give Labor Day” Initiative urges everyone to take tangible, specific actions to help the unemployed and underemployed find satisfying work.
How to Volunteer for Give Labor Day
1. Facilitate Introductions. Share your network. A warm introduction goes a long way. Look at where your friends and business contacts work. See if a job seeker has interest in those companies. Be someone who gets job seekers feet in the door.
2. Improve Candidates’ Online Presence. For many candidates, hiring managers only spend a few moments reviewing a candidate, and a strong online presence will make a good first impression. Offer tips on how to make a candidate’s LinkedIn, Twitter, or Facebook profile be more appealing to a potential employers.
3. Give Resume, Cover Letter, or Interview Counseling. The traditional job search practices matter. Be a sounding board. Edit a resume. Highlight their strengths. Conduct a mock interview.
Be the change. Add the word, “Give,” to Labor Day. On Labor Day, help a friend find a job. How will you help on GiveLabor Day in 2012?
Like Give Labor Day on Facebook.