If you were one of the lucky college grads who managed to get hired without spending months applying for premium entry level jobs and paid internships, then you’re in a unique position to help out your friends and classmates with their search. Here are some ways you can be a valuable professional resource – even if you’ve only been on the job for a few months.
While your friends and old classmates might be qualified for a position, proving this to employers is a different story. Consider going over their resumes, cover letters and writing samples to provide a few tips and tricks that may help impress hiring managers.
Positions at your company
If a position opens up at your organization and it seems like someone you know could be a good fit, encourage him or her to apply! With a recommendation from you, your friend will stand a much better chance of being called in for an interview. Even better, if he or she is hired, you might receive compensation from your employer.
In this job market, who you know is as important (if not more) than what you know. Because of this, consider contacting people within your professional network that may be of some assistance to your unemployed friends. Even if it’s just for an informational meeting, you might spark the flame that leads to a first job.