4 Ways to Give Back by Giving a Hand Up

‘Tis the season to care for others, right? I apologize for being away for so long. I’ll be sure to catch you up on another day.

Recently, I saw a post on Facebook where somebody was asking for some help and insight about possibly moving into an HR position that was open in their company. It cost me nothing but a little bit of time to respond to that person, share any insight that I might’ve learned along the way of my almost 20 year journey in HR. As I was writing this, somebody reached out to me on LinkedIn, and asked me to write a recommendation for them. Again, it cost me nothing but my time and asking a few questions.

Here are some ways to give back and offer a hand up:

  • Offer to coach someone on a potential job change, including mock interviews, role playing for situational interviews, etc.
  • Give a recommendation if you have first-hand knowledge of the person’s knowledge, skills, and abilities — and ask them before you write it what they would most appreciate you highlighting. We all have aspects of our careers and roles that we want to amplify.
  • DON’T HOARD TALENT. If you don’t have an opportunity for someone that is good, share their profile with someone who has a potentially amazing opportunity for them. (More on this here)
  • Use your network to amplify others. In a conversation on Twitter today, we were commenting on hard work and talent and which is currently leading the charge on people finding jobs. I said it’s neither — it’s your network. No one will know how hard you work or how talented you are if you aren’t being seen, mentioned, referred, etc. See also: The Importance of Giving Back from 2019 so clearly I mean it!

There are a multitude of ways to give back, and offering help/advice/resources is just one of those. We have all gotten to where we are in our careers because someone helped us as part of our journey. They progressed to a point in their career, turned around, and offered us a hand up to get to our next level. This is our honor and our privilege to give back to others. Never forget that.

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