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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:

  1. Offer to coach someone on a potential job change, including mock interviews, role playing for situational interviews, etc.

  2. 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.

  3. 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)

  4. 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!



No one will know who you are or how talented you are if you don’t have a strong network to cut through the noise. I will always say my greatest strength is my network. — Nicole Roberts (@NRobertsHR) December 15, 2022

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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