Day 5 of 5: The Pay It Forward Wave helping friends get back to work

15 01 2010

 Hello Everyone,

Thank you all for the energy, selflessness and tremendous support of this idea of gathering the power of friends into a huge wave of action to help friends find jobs.

I am deeply impressed by the responses and the willingness of so many to help another. It’s that quality of the human spirit that will overcome this economy or any adversity that hits us. I’ve seen these hard times bring out the best in us. A recent Allstate commercial says it all, “Will we look back on this as The Great Recession, or The Recession That Made Us Great?”

Your actions this week have started a ripple effect that will continue to have results over time. I know you all have been helping friends all along, and let’s continue to do this. Friends are the best way to get a job.

The whole KIT List is just one example how one simple action can take on a life of its own through friends. It began as my simple “keep in touch” email list to my friends at Silicon Graphics. And by just sending job leads to SGI friends who were getting laid off, and others sharing job leads, this list grew to over 64,000 great people. I had no idea what I was getting into (and would likely have run the other way!), and was often overwhelmed by the workload since I have my “real job” as a marketing consultant and do the KIT List at night. But then others pitched in to help with the moderator load: Amy Sloniker Plunkett, my friend from SGI; Val Cienega who was a member of the KIT List; and my sister Kelly Connelly. They all have their own jobs during the day, too.

You may never know about it, but just one of your actions this week may be the deciding factor in getting someone a job. One action can change another’s destiny in a positive way.

Please feel free to share any results that unfold from this push in the comments section of this blog or share it on Twitter (#PIFjobs) so others will be encouraged, too.

The responses to this Pay It Forward effort reinforce my conviction that people are amazingly selfless, creative and good. The web allows us all to amplify the power of friends to help each other, to stay connected, to tap into excellent resources, and to reach so many.

Thank you for proving yet again the power of the human spirit and our tremendous force for good to overcome the tough stuff, whether it’s the economy or disasters like Haiti’s earthquake.

Warmly,

Sue

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Day 4 of 5: Redirecting the Pay It Forward action to Haiti

14 01 2010

Hello Everyone,

With the generous spirit of the people joining the Pay It Forward effort to help friends find jobs, I wanted to provide some quick links to respond to the far greater need for help for the earthquake victims in Haiti.

A few years back, I was deeply touched by the KIT List people who pitched in for a Katrina Relief effort some friends organized in the San Francisco Bay Area to collect and send clothing and supplies to evacuees. That reinforced my conviction about the caliber and character of the people in our community!

With the recent earthquakes in California, we all realize that it only takes a moment to wreak massive devastation.

News reports say the best way to help the Haitian effort is through monetary donations. Here are some links to trusted charities: 
 

The Red Cross – Text Donation:
To help with relief efforts, text “HAITI” to “90999” and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill. You can also give via phone at (888) 4-HELP-BAY or online.

American Red Cross – Disaster Relief Fund:
https://american.redcross.org/site/Donation2?3916.donation=form1&idb=1997820586&df_id=3916&JServSessionIdr004=kbc4ug6kj1.pp197a

Catholic Relief Services:
https://secure.crs.org/site/Donation2?df_id=3181&3181.donation=form1

Here’s a list of charities from a local San Francisco TV station’s site:
http://cbs5.com/earthquake/haiti.earthquake.aid.2.1424755.html

Avoid scams by checking the legitimacy of an organization at:
www.CharityNavigator.org

Thank you, everyone!

Sue





Day 3 of 5: Creating a huge “Pay It Forward” wave of friends helping friends land jobs

13 01 2010

 Hello Everyone,

We’re halfway through this push to focus our efforts for five days to do just one thing each day to help friends get back to work.

It’s been amazing to see the response, and many thanks to everyone who has jumped on board this Pay It Forward wave. So many of you do this already on a regular basis, but the idea is that we concentrate the efforts of thousands to make a huge impact.

The power of friends helping friends is the best way to beat this economy!

Become a “Job Buddy”

  • Commit to meet with a job-seeking friend on a regular basis to set goals and provide gentle accountability and encouragement (if you are both looking for jobs, there’s a double benefit).
  • The job search process can be an isolating and disheartening experience, so meeting someone in person who can be a coach or advocate can make all the difference. You can also do it by phone or email, but face-to-face is the best.
  • You can brainstorm on companies to target, review your friend’s resume, discuss job search strategies, and role play for interviews.
  • Most importantly, set goals and actions to be done before the next meeting. It provides an incentive to helps keep things on track when the temptation to procrastinate hits (I’m a champion procrastinator for my own stuff, so making a commitment to others helps me get things done…otherwise, I tend to keep moving out my own deadlines!)

Here are more ideas, plus you can see what others have done by reading the comments section on my earlier blog posts.

Share your own ideas on this blog on ways to help a friend!

More Ideas for Things to Do:

  • Write a LinkedIn recommendation
  • Invite a friend to connect to you on LinkedIn with the purpose of giving them access to your network so he/she can see if you have contacts in companies on their wish list
  • Make some calls on a friend’s behalf
  • Review a friend’s resume and give objective feedback
  • Set a time to meet for coffee or a drink (heck, we all need one these days!). In-person meetings are important, it bouys spirits and sparks ideas and energy – plus it’s fun!
  • Make an introduction to a friend in a company he/she is interested in
  • Pass on a link to a good job site or a great article on job search
  • Reach out to a colleague who has been laid off from your company to see how he/she is doing and offer to make connections for him/her
  • Forward a job lead
  • Offer to do some role playing for a job interview
  • Tell (and write down!) four strengths/qualities you see in your friend
  • Review or help write a strong cover letter
  • Help with career ideas, brainstorm on other ways to use their skills, suggest good companies to target, or how to transition into a new industry

With everyone making this push together, this positive wave of action will really move the needle in this economy!

Thank you,

Sue

Founder KITlist.org
Twitter: sueconnelly
Pay It Forward tag: #PIFjobs

www.KITlist.org





Day 2 of 5 of the “Pay It Forward Wave” to help friends find jobs

12 01 2010

Hello Everyone,

The amazing responses are proof of how generous people are in pitching in to help each other. Many thanks to those who’ve spread the word about this push to use the power of friends helping friends to get great people back to work.

We all know that the best and most effective way to get a job is through a friend.

Below are a few more ideas. For the longer list of ideas I sent out yesterday, you can find them on the blog at:
www.KITlist.wordpress.com. Share your ideas in the comments section, too!

Also, we can use Twitter to post ideas and report on results, and to continue to spread the word. Just include #PIFjobs (Pay It Forward).

Help someone who is a recent graduate or early in their career.
Remember who helped you when you were getting started? It’s a daunting economy for young people who have worked hard in school and now need to find a job in a deep recession.

Help a friend who may be facing age discrimination.
It’s an unfair reality, but it doesn’t mean the end of a career for so many talented and experienced people. Companies need their expertise now more than ever, so a personal recommendation can help to get them into the consideration cycle. Or brainstorm with your friend on ideas to start a new career or his/her own business!

Let’s keep this great momentum going and create a huge wave of positive action that is focused for this week to get friends connected to great jobs.

Thanks, everyone, and let’s make this a nationwide effort! Friendship trumps the economy!

Sue

Twitter: sueconnelly
Pay It Forward tag: #PIFjobs





Day 1: It starts today! The five-day “Pay It Forward Wave” to help friends find work

11 01 2010

Hello Everyone,

Today is the first of five days to create a powerful wave of action across the country in a tremendous force for good. If you didn’t see my earlier post about this idea, please read it for the full story.

Please do something right now. Just take a moment to do something simple and easy.

Reach out. Make a call. Ask a friend what one or two things you can do to help with his/her job search.

We’ll use this blog as real-time way to find out what’s happening. Please use the comments section to suggest ideas or share what you did today for a friend.

Pass the word so we can get thousands across the nations mobilized to help get friends back to work! Please help by sharing this on your email lists, Facebook, Twitter and blogs.

Ideas for Things to Do:

  • Forward a job lead
  • Write a LinkedIn recommendation
  • Review a friend’s resume and give objective feedback
  • Set a time to meet for coffee or a drink (heck, we all need one these days!). In-person meetings are important, it bouys spirits and sparks ideas and energy – plus it’s fun!
  • Make some calls on a friend’s behalf
  • Pass on a link to a good job site or a great article on job search
  • Make an introduction to a friend in a company he/she is interested in
  • Reach out to a colleague who has been laid off from your company to see how he/she is doing and offer to make connections for him/her
  • Become a “Job Buddy” – commit to meet on a regular basis to set goals and provide gentle accountability (if you are both looking for jobs, there’s a double benefit)
  • Offer to do some role playing for a job interview
  • Tell (and write down!) four strengths/qualities you see in your friend
  • Review or help write a strong cover letter
  • Invite a friend to connect to you on LinkedIn with the purpose of giving them access to your network so he/she can see if you have contacts in companies on their wish list
  • Help with career ideas, brainstorm on other ways to use their skills, suggest good companies to target, how to transition into a new industry

Let’s make this big push building a huge Pay It Forward Power Wave across the country!

Thanks so much,

Sue
KIT List Founder

www.KITlist.org





Be part of the “Pay It Forward Wave” to get friends back to work

6 01 2010

Hello Everyone,

For five days, starting this Monday, January 11, I need your help to do something important.

Now is the time to harness the power of the incredible people of our KIT List community to make a radical difference in the job market.

After hearing reports of 12.5% unemployment in California, and not much better for the rest of the country, I had an idea…let’s use the power of friends helping friends to create a tremendous wave of focused effort to get people back to work!

The Idea:   

For five days, every person on the KIT List does just ONE thing each day for a friend to help with his or her job search. The first day will be Monday, 1/11/10.

You can help a different friend, family member or colleague each day or help the same person for multiple days.

With over 64,000 people on the KIT List, doing one thing for each of the five days, we’ll generate over 320,000 actions that will create an incredible wave of results!

Pass The Word:

This is not limited to the KIT List, please email this idea to other friends, share it on blogs, Twitter and Facebook so we can multiply this effort and get more people back to work quickly.

I’ll also launch this on our blog at http://www.KITlist.wordpress.com and through KIT List emails, giving ideas each day for what you can do to help a friend find a job. People can share their ideas and results via the comments section, too.

Let’s make a huge difference together with this Pay It Forward Power Wave!

Sue