You've probably been there before: sifting through job postings, refining resumes, attempting to make the most fruitful connections. The job hunt isn’t easy for anyone. Continual searching, prepping and marketing yourself can be exhausting. And with new search methods and tools coming out seemingly every day, it can be a struggle to keep up!
Do you know someone looking for a job? Or maybe you remember your own search process and know what it’s like in a job seeker’s shoes. A little help from you can go a long way: Volunteer to help a job seeker find and land their perfect position!
From resume help to serving as a reference, there are plenty of ways you can connect job seekers to confidence and a career.
How well do you know your job seeker? Are you familiar with their character and experience well enough to serve as a reference? If so, offer up a letter of recommendation or let them know they can list your name and phone number on applications. Job seekers could always use a champion on their side—and perhaps they’re just too bashful to ask!
When headed to an interview, dressing professionally is a must to make an indelible impression. But many disadvantaged job seekers don’t have the wardrobe or resources to suit up. Do you have an old suit or slacks in the back of your closet that you never wear? There are many organizations that can put your used professional wear toward helping someone else land their dream job.
One of the most important parts of the job search is being—and feeling—prepared. Give job seekers the confidence boost they need by providing feedback on their resume or directing them to places where they can get free resume help or interview practice.
If a job seeker is looking for in-person help, consider directing them to your local career center or community center. Search American Job Centers for a location near you—many offer workshops on resume building and cover letter writing. Many states also provide job seeker services free of charge.
There’s a wealth of free and low-cost resources online, but it can often be hard to sift through and find the most effective ones. Here are some you may consider directing job seekers to:
And remember, at the end of the day, simply providing a listening ear and conversational support to a job seeker can go a long way.
AARP’s very own Life Reimagined for Work is an excellent resource to point friends, family and others to if they’re looking to rethink their career or find a new job. Whether they seek a job or some career inspiration, Life Reimagined can help connect them to the tools they need to succeed in an ever-changing workplace.