Just for a moment, close your eyes and think about how your life would be affected without your current job.
As we all know, companies began to feel the pain of our economic downturn in 2008. As a result, the massive layoffs began and continued throughout 2009 and it put many members of our workforce in the unemployment line. I have met a number of individuals who have been unemployed since late 2008/early 2009 who are incredibly talented professionals. Many of them are in need of help from those who are employed. I’m not talking about money, I’m talking about time, expertise, and networking.
My areas of expertise are in recruiting, networking and the effective use of Social Networking. I have been able to meet with a number of very talented unemployed professionals recently to help them understand ways to network that they were unaware of.
Recently, one of those people I met with was a Marketing professional who has been unemployed for a little under 18 months. In the span of 45 minutes we discussed his goals and expanded his knowledge of LinkedIn by showing him ways to utilize the tools he was unaware of. This made him aware of how to get in contact with people at some of his target companies. It was very gratifying to see how excited he was about the new ways he could network. I can’t wait to hear from him when he lands his next job.
For those of you who have been fortunate enough to have a job throughout this recent economic downturn, take a moment to think about those less fortunate than you and help them. Like I said, not through money, rather through time, expertise, and networking. I have heard every excuse as to why people don’t lend their resources to help out the displaced workforce. Most of us are very busy with work, family, and other commitments but that doesn’t mean we can’t spare an hour or two here and there. Trust me, there is no better feeling than to help someone in need, especially in an area of expertise that comes second nature to us.
So the next time you have an opportunity to help someone in need, Just Do It, you’ll be glad you did.