Helping a Friend Find a Job

With unemployment numbers so high these days, almost everyone knows someone who is currently unemployed and looking for a job. If you are thinking about helping a friend find a job, there are a few things you should consider.

First, you need to make sure that your friend actually wants your help in finding a job. Some individuals like to take charge of their own destiny and looking for a job is one of the tasks that some people do not want any help with at all.

If your friend does want your assistance, you need to make sure that you don’t overstep the boundaries. Don’t try and encourage your friend to take a job that he or she isn’t qualified to do. Also, you should never ask your friend to lie on an application just to get the job in question.

If your friend does want your help in finding a job, consider each of the following ways that you might be of some assistance. While your efforts might not prove fruitful, they might encourage your fiend to keep looking for employment.

The first step you should take is to listen to your friend and act as a sounding board. This is how you will discover which jobs your friend is interested in. Make sure that you ask about skills, qualifications, and expectations, so that you are better equipped to search for an appropriate job.

Ask co-workers, friends, neighbours, and family members if they know of any companies that are currently hiring. If you find someone who knows about an opening somewhere, put in a good word for your friend.

Be selective when you provide your friend with current job listings. If you offer too many possibilities, you may overwhelm your friend and decrease the likelihood that the openings are going to be pursued.

Don’t take it personally if your friend doesn’t get a job because of your help. There’s only so much you can do, and none of it guarantees your friend employment.

With 20+ years of experience writing CVs, it still puts a smile on my face when I hear a client has secured an interview Lee Tonge - Founder and Director


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