You’ve heard the phrase “pay-it-forward,” but what about “job-it-forward”? With the continued high unemployment rate, and the fact that many jobs are advertised and filled via word-of-mouth, currently employed individuals can get creative and help others find jobs, building some career karma.
On LinkedIn, career and job search expert J.T. O’Donnell talks about this idea, including five ways to job-it-forward.
We all have the capacity to job-it-forward on a regular basis. However, like flossing our teeth, it’s one of those things many people forget to do. Here are five things all of us could do this week to job-it-forward:
1. Take 10 minutes to find two people who should know each other and send an email introduction to them both telling them why you admire each one and why they should connect.
2. Write an unsolicited recommendation on Linkedin for someone you know who is between jobs and could use the ego boost.
Taking this “pay-it-forward” idea and specifically applying it to job hunting and careers is a great way to not only help others, but also build up your own network.
Have you been the recipient of a “job it forward” act of kindness? Do you have other ideas O’Donnell didn’t mention?