Let’s help Cisco friends (and other friends!) find jobs

29 07 2011

Hello Everyone,

With the thousands of layoffs at Cisco starting next week, this reminds us that while the job market is actually improving in many ways, we are a long way from having everyone in solid jobs again.

Many of my Silicon Graphics friends who were part of the early KIT List went to Cisco and are now getting laid off.

With over 70,000 people in our KIT List community, let’s use the power of friends helping friends to get the Cisco folks connected to great
jobs…and reach out to our other friends who’ve been out of work for a while.

Especially if you are job hunting yourself, just the act of helping someone else empowers you. It turns your energy into a positive force that creates a ripple effect of good. The amazing thing about it is that by doing something to help a friend or stranger, it invariably ends up coming back to you in unexpected ways. From the many great stories I’ve heard from KIT List people, I know this isn’t an empty platitude, it really works!

What are some easy things to do?

– Forward job leads from KIT List and other job boards. It just takes a minute.

– Meet with your friend for coffee or a walk. It doesn’t cost much yet the personal contact and encouragement will help your friend
know there is hope and they are not alone.

– Send an invitation to an unemployed friend to connect on LinkedIn. Offer to make personal introductions to people in
companies where they’d like to work.

– Get a friend’s resume in front of a hiring manager in your company increases their odds of getting that job.

There are more ideas on my first “Pay It Forward” blog post at http://budurl.com/PIFideas

This great KIT List community responded so well when we did the “Pay It Forward” push a while back to ask each KIT List person to do one
thing a day for five days to help a friend or someone else looking for job.

The good news is that there are many companies that are hiring again, plus start-up activity and growth in smaller yet mature companies. It just takes a little bit more effort to uncover those opportunities.

Having friends on the lookout for each other, whether you are looking for a job yourself or if you are in a company that is hiring again, this is the best way to get great people back to work!