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!





6 responses

29 09 2011

I’m one of 6,500 people laid off from Cisco. I was just short of my 20th anniversary. It’s been 6 weeks now and things are not looking so good. I’m 58 and that doesn’t help my chances. It’s so hard being out here. There’s a lot of people who are unemployed and my heart goes out to everyone. It isn’t easy but just hang in there.


3 09 2011

Sorry, but I don’t see a way to send a private email to you, Sue. The link above labeled http://budurl.com/PIFideas is broken. Once you receive this comment, please delete it.


4 08 2011
Kimberly Coleman

Hi KITList!

I recently began employment managing HR at a great start up in downtown Palo Alto. After over a decade of self employment, I was fearful of how I would be perceived in the corporate world. TuneIn has been great. It is a growing company that sincerely values it’s contributors! I personally understand the hopelessness that oftentimes holds hands with a layoff/ job hunt and aim to make the world a better place by allowing people a respectful experience while looking and, once hired, an employer that vallues each of its employees as individuals.

TuneIn is currently hiring for several positions. I am happy to personally walk every KITList applicant through the process. While I can’t promise hires, I can promise honest feedback and as previously stated, respect.

Good luck, keep pushing and never, ever, ever, give up!

Kimberly Coleman
HR Manager


1 08 2011
kim wilson

kim wilson – July 29, 2011
I also have a need for a Social Media Person for a fullime position in our company to write content for Blogs, Twitter, Website, Facebook to keep us current with all these mediums. We are located in SJ offer excellent benefits and great work enviroment working with the latest Mobile technology. If you would like additional information please contact Kim Wilson at MSA Systems, Inc our website http://www.msasys.com and call 408-252-9000 and email kim@msasys.com

3. kim wilson – July 29, 2011
I have a Sales Job opening for any WLAN Cisco Sales people with Cisco infrasructure selling experience within my company in San Jose. Please contact me kim@msasys.com


31 07 2011

Hi Sue:

Please let everyone know NET (Network Equipment Technologies), Fremont, CA is hiring. NET’s career pages can be found at http://www.net.com and open careers tab at the top of the page or use this link http://net.atsondemand.com/. Everyone may apply on line.

NET is interested in speaking with Cisco engineers especially.

Hope this helps.


31 07 2011

Please don’t forget the long-term unemployed who have been out of work for years. With more recent news articles coming out about companies not considering unemployed for openings, it’s making it considerably difficult for them as they are running out of savings and time!


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