How People Find Jobs and What You Can Do to Help

It’s no secret: For recent college graduates and millions of unemployed job seekers, getting hired is more difficult than ever.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that this trend is going to change for quite some time. One of the key problems for recent grads is their lack of resources or knowledge about what type of positions they should be looking for.  Don’t even get me started about interns looking for work.

For instance, anthropology and sociology majors are perfect for social media and community management because of their understanding of human actions and emotions. However, almost none of them understand what those positions are or the opportunities that out there.

With that, its very important for those that are able to, to pay it forward and help job seekers find opportunities and take advantage them to start their careers. Other than the sheer feeling of helping others, here are a few reasons why you should dedicate a couple hours of your time to help job seekers.

Builds Trust Between Your Colleagues and Outside Employers

Helping job seekers find opportunities by connecting them with potential employers isn’t a one-way street. The jobseeker isn’t the only one that benefits from the introduction. Every company with an opening not only wants the best talent for the role, they want to find it quickly. So when you help them with that process, you further your relationship and trust with the movers and shakers with-in your network. Whether its for future collaboration or when you are looking to switch companies, the more trust you build now will help immensely down the road.

Opportunity to Revisit Your Job Search Fundamentals

Sometimes we can become so entrenched in processes and habits that we seldom get a chance to revisit to see their success or what we can do better. One of my favorite things about helping my friends and colleagues find new opportunities is that I get to brush up on my writing and communication skills.

When you provide guidance on how they should craft cover letters or responses to intros, you revisit how to be concise, informative, and brief within your writing. Additionally, you get to feel the pressure again of writing the “perfect” email – A feeling that we should never stray to far from.

Build Your Own Champions and Job Search Network

Through my work with Tweet Drive, I write and speak frequently about building cause-passionate communities and brand champions. Its one of the more exciting aspects about building and managing communities, but sometimes we forget how important our personal brand is.

Helping others find jobs and start their next career path is a feeling unlike any other and nearly 100% of the time, the appreciation for your help doesn’t waiver, even over time. As you embark on your own ventures and projects, you’re going to need a support system and people to champion your work – these people will almost be at the core of that support system.  Building your own job search network can help.

This isn’t a “you owe me” type thing – its just simply going back to my first point of building trust. Helping others and donating your time will always come back to help you in the long run.

Have you helped friends find career opportunities? What has your experience been?  You can help this Monday by as part of Give Labor Day.  Learn more here.  

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Harrison Kratz is the community manager for MBA@UNC, one of the nation’s leading distance learning mba programs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Harrison also sticks to his entrepreneurial roots as the founder of the global social good campaign, Tweet Drive.


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