A few weeks ago, my good friend Dave Ryan was the guest host of the Hire Friday Chat (#HFChat). It’s a chat on Twitter for both HR folks and job seekers. Dave’s topic was, “Do you have an HR Buddy?” It was a fast paced chat that really intrigued me. I was thinking to myself, “Do HR people see themselves as a resource for others – especially those in transition?”
The economy is still rough. A telltale sign of this was something that happened to me the day after the chat. I was asked to present a one-hour session on writing a resume and job search tips for local teachers who were losing their jobs. Over three sessions, I saw 100+ teachers who were upset, confused, disillusioned and not sure what to do. Oh, by the way, this is the district where my kids go to school.
The sessions were upbeat and I made sure there was a ton of laughter !! They needed to just let it out a little more than listen to someone tell them what to do. I also explained that I understood what they were facing because I had been in transition over my career as well.
At the end of the sessions, I was spent. I went home and crashed on the couch because I had really gone through the whole roller coaster of emotions with the teachers.
I challenged the teachers to start networking and reach out intentionally. One way I did this was by not giving them business cards. I gave them my e-mail address and said that the first step in moving forward is to take action. So, if you want to connect, then you need to reach out first. An amazing number of them did and I was jacked up once again !! I also asked them to Link In with me, start searching my contacts and the companies I might know. Again, an incredible response !!
As HR professionals, I feel that ALL of us (ALL !!!) need to do more to reach out to those in transition. Here’s why:
- We can give sage advice on how to deal with HR people – and not have them want to kill us !! Remember – the last person most of these people talked to was an HR person. Soften the blow on dealing with HR and show them that we truly can be “human.”
- We have skills in recruiting and interviewing. Let people in transition “behind the curtain” so they can be more successful in their search.
- There’s incredible talent out there right now. There are many still available and looking who may be that great fit you’re looking for in your company. Reaching out to the transition community makes you that first choice !!
I could list many, many more reasons why HR should be reaching out. I know it takes time and effort on top of already full days/schedules. However, remember this . . .
One day you may be in transition too.
Wouldn’t you want someone who would reach out to you ??