Have you ever seen a friend post that they’re looking for a job on LinkedIn or other social media? What’s your reaction when they do. Brigette Hyacinth recently shared an experience that may change what you do next time you see a peer post about their job search:
Looking for a JOB? Someone shared a post saying she was looking for a job. There were only 2 likes and no comment. So I liked, commented and tagged a couple of recruiters. Today she sent me an InMail:
“Brigette thanks for your support. My post went from 500 to 170,000 views. I have never had so much views! Someone even volunteered to review my resume and LinkedIn profile for free. I now have 2 interviews and I did not have any for the last 3 months. I am so excited! I only wish there were more people like you.”
Job searching is mentally and emotionally draining. It even begins to affect your self-worth. So whenever you see such posts, share or drop a like or comment. It only takes a few seconds but could be a lifechanger for someone. It will increase their visibility and give that person the encouragement to keep pressing on.
You may not be able to get them a job, but someone who might be able to, may see it. This is what LinkedIn and true networking is about. Let’s help each other out. Agree?
When someone is searching for a job, one of the biggest challenges they face is having confidence in themselves. The rejection of job searches can be paralyzing and depressing. Often the rejections are more about timing than skillset, but that’s often hard to see when you’re in the midst of all the denials and rejection.
This is why it’s so important for peers that know your skillset to help you out and encourage you in the process. Sometimes that means making intros or sharing resumes with people you know. Other times it’s something as simple as liking and commenting on someone’s LinkedIn update. Are any of us too busy to do that for a peer?
Job searches can be really hard. Connecting the right dots in a job search sometimes takes time and patience. Plus, it takes a community of people getting behind you to help connect dots you didn’t even know existed. If you’re not someone who appreciates the beauty of helping someone else, then selfishly realize that down the road you may need this person to help connect the dots for you. You’ll be surprised how helping a wide variety of people makes you feel better and benefits you long term.