How to be a Compassionate Job Seeker

Spread the Love NOW

Any job search help you can get is a good thing, right?

Well, what about any help you can give?

6 ways you can aid other job seekers

  1. Share job leads that you're aware of. If you have no takers, send them to me and I'll pass them on. Vivien from inspirationbit also suggests posting them directly into the Employment section of any forums you may be following.
  2. If you're active on job forums or following blogs like JobMob, respond to comments with website suggestions and other tips. Thanks again to Vivien for this tip also.
  3. If asked, give honest feedback about your own job search such as which companies received you well, which to avoid, etc.
  4. When you network, spend less time asking for help and more time proposing to help. People are more likely to respond. Companies too, if you have services to offer.
  5. Compliments are free. Give out many – only if sincere – to other job seekers or anyone else in a lull where compliments come few and far between. Show appreciation to the woman cleaning your building or the man cleaning the street. If a company rejects your application but does it promptly, thank them for being upfront with you.
  6. Be a resume checker. People spend so much time staring at their resumes that they often overlook basic additions or mistakes. Your second look can do wonders. Thanks to Andrew from greatmanagement.org for this one.

Jason Alba of JibberJobber fame chipped in with his own list of 7 ways to Showing Compassion To A Job Seeker, a good read.

Wrapup

The more you help, the more you get helped is our JobMob Community motto. If you reach out to others, you'll be amazed at how well it will effect you too.

Have you helped anyone else with their job search recently?

This article is part of the Spread the Love NOW! group writing project being run by Wade of The Middle Way, Kenton of Zen-Inspired Self Development, and Albert of Urban Monk.Net.

It would be nice to hear other compassionate tips by Jan.5th from Vivien, Pearl, Isabella, Miriam, Ronald, Vivian, Jason, Kate, Shelly, Robert, Pete, Carolyn, Jennifer, Yvonne, Etienne and Simonne.

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About the Author Jacob Share

Job Search Expert, Professional Blogger, Creative Thinker, Community Builder with a sense of humor. I like to help people.

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pearl says

thank you for tagging me Jacob! You actually reminded me I was supposed to tag people! will do that now although theres only a day left! you are doing a great job helping people find their livelihood!

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Etienne Teo says

Thanks for the tag, i am sure freelance switch is not sourcing for bloggers to write on their site, if you consider that as a job.

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greatmanagement says

Hi Jacob,

One of the tasks which I often provide is ‘resume checking’. Quite often individuals are too close to what they have achieved and find it difficult to get it down on paper.

A ‘second look’ often works wonders.

Andrew

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inspirationbit says

sending job offers to people who you know are looking for jobs is a very nice and helpful thing to do. One day things may turn around the other way and then those people who were getting those job forwards from you may help you in the job search.
I’m also pretty active on one of the local forums and often help newcomers or regulars who are job hunting with jobsite suggestions and other tips. And whenever I hear of a job offer that I’m not interested in, or do not need at the time, I post it in the Employment section of the forum.

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jacob says

Pearl- thanks! Glad I could help you too 🙂

Etienne- if money’s involved, it’s a job.

Andrew & Vivien- thanks for your terrific tips. I updated the article with them and linked to your sites.

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inspirationbit says

You’re most welcome, Jacob. Thanks for the tag and the link. Good luck to all job seekers out there, never give up your hopes, you never know – the day you land that perfect job may come sooner than you think.

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Albert | UrbanMonk.Net says

Thank you for this entry Jacob. I agree completely with numbers 4 and 5 – I have a few friends who are in the middle of a long job search and it is obvious how extremely discouraging it can get.

Sorry for the muck-up regarding the lists!

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Jason Alba says

I finally got around to it – here it is!

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Pete Aldin says

Give them dignity by not talking down to them, listening (really listening), avoiding cliches, stretching their thinking to what they’d most like to do (keep their sites on the dream).

I love the idea of taking them to lunch. In my experience when unemployed and my experienced WITH the longterm unemployed, activity (getting busy) prevents depression and raises motivational energy levels.

Great post, Jacob, sorry I’m late to it!!

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jacob says

Albert- glad you liked the read.

Jason- I enjoyed your post too, and I added it to the article above.

Pete- thanks for your insight. No worries about the delay, better late than never 🙂

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JibberJobber Blog » Blog Archive » Showing Compassion To A Job Seeker says

[…] Share, Israel’s most popular job/career blogger, had a good post a few weeks back about showing compassion to job seekers. I’ve talked about this a number of times, in the depression post and the […]

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11 Most Interesting Pre-Launch Group Writing Project Logos } Group Writing Projects says

[…] Although a bit small, this logo ties in nicely with the theme of the project. A pair of hands holding a heart is a great visual for spreading love. I participated in this gwp with How to be a Compassionate Job Seeker. […]

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jent says

Jacob, I can’t believe I didn’t see this post. It’s just as relevant for me today as when you first wrote it.

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Kate says

Further proof that it is possible to be compassionate in all situations.

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