All jobs are temporary and you never know when you may find yourself on the job hunt.

That's why when you're in a position to help others with their job search you should, because you never know when you may need that help in return.


Ultimately, it falls on the job seeker to put in the work if they want to get hired for a job, but part of their process will likely be reaching out to their networking connections.

If a friend or former colleague reaches out to you, here are a few ways you can help them with their job search:

Offer To Be A Reference

Businessman gives a reference on the phone about a former colleague.

If a former employee or co-worker reaches out for help, and it just so happens that you really enjoyed working with them, you could potentially be a reference.

As they're applying for jobs, job seekers need to get their references in order. By offering to be one, you help make that process easier for them. In addition, it's a major morale boost for the job seeker to know that there's someone in their corner.

Just make sure that you're in position to give an honest assessment of the job seeker's work ethic and skill sets. The last thing you want to do is give a half-hearted reference or try to force something that isn't there.

LinkedIn endorsements are also helpful, since many recruiters use the site to find talent.

Make An Introduction

Professionals meet each other for the first time at an online networking event.

Sometimes it's the networking connections you make that ultimately put you in a position to get hired for a job.

There may be some industries where you may not be able to offer much help to friends or colleagues, but you know someone who can. In this case, help make an introduction.

There are certainly ways that job seekers can reach out to strangers on LinkedIn to connect with for their professional network. However, when you offer to introduce them to someone in your professional network, you're helping to simplify the process for them.

Once you make the introduction, it's up to the job seeker to build on that relationship.

Recommend A Resource

Two former coworkers meet to discuss the job search process.

Think about when you were on the job hunt and what types of resources and strategies you used to find a job.

The job search process can be an overwhelming experience. Any advice that can help a job seeker organize their search is helpful. It could be as simple as sharing your own personal experience, recommending a book or website, lending an ear, or helping with a mock interview.

Experience is a valuable thing. You should not only use it to grow your career, but to help others when you can. You never know when you may find yourself in need.


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