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13 Ways to Job-It-Forward

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Last March, we wrote about how much we loved J.T. O’Donnell’s “job-it-forward” idea. There are many ways each of us can help our friends find new opportunities, so we put together a short list of tips to help you get started. While it might be easier to do these things if you are currently working, a spirit of generosity also helps if you are looking for a job, so don’t be afraid to help others!

Make an introduction

Join your friend at a networking event

  • It can be intimidating to go to a networking event, especially if you’re unemployed. Go with a friend to one of these events, help them make connections. You might benefit from the networking as well! Here are five ways to make the most of a networking event.

Recommend them on LinkedIn

Survey your network for job opportunities

Help a friend identify specific types of jobs they are seeking

Mentor a friend in your industry

  • If an out-of-work friend is interested in your line of work, dedicate a few hours a week to showing them the ropes so they can begin to test the waters. Learn how to get started as a mentor.

Review a friend’s resume

Offer to be a professional reference

  • For many job seekers, asking old contacts to be a professional reference can be stressful and unnerving. If you’re in a position to speak to your friend’s work habits and history, offer yourself as a reference. Learn how to master the art of giving a job reference.

Practice interview questions

Help a friend craft a personal mission statement

Set up an informational interview

  • Sometimes, no amount of LinkedIn connecting, job post reading, or online researching can answer your tough questions about a particular job. If you have a co-worker or contact that has a job your friend is interested in, connect them for a brief meet. Here’s how to prepare for an informational interview.

Share a useful resource

Listen before acting

  • It’s always a good idea to be generous, and you might want to jump in and help a friend who just lost their job. However, no one likes to be pestered about their job search. Before doing anything, ask your friend how you can be helpful.

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by Aaron McCoy

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