RadioShack has just announced that they are closing as many as half of their stores. The chances are high that much of the office structure in Fort Worth will be moving somewhere else (depending on who ends up owning the company) and many people will be out of a job. That leads me to the question I always ask…”What can I do to help” Here are 4 reasons you should help your friend find a job.
1. This is your friend and friends support each other. So, it is the right thing to do to help your friend find a job. Helping is one of the primary reason you should have friends. It is what our social structure is built on. You are there to support each other, to give comfort, and to listen. And, if you don’t help them find a job eventually they will end up living in your extra bedroom (and then you won’t have an extra bedroom) and who wants Alan (Two and a half men) living in their house for the next 10 years or so. A little humor in a not so funny subject.
2. Finding your friend a job in your current company will help advance your career. By finding your friend a job at your current company she will be appreciative and work hard to make you look good. Management will recognize that you are looking after the good of the company (doing good while doing well) and may consider you for advancement.
3. Finding your friend a job at another company will help increase your personal network reach. If one of your suppliers is looking for a good person, recommend your friend. When they successfully begin their new job it will shine a light on you. The supplier may come back to you when they have another job opening - leading, perhaps, to a step up for you.
4. Reaching out to your contact list is something you should do on a regular basis. It will keep you aware of what is going on around you. You will be the first to know when one of your contacts gets promoted, moves to a new company, or retires. You will become “Top of Mind” from a brand perspective. And, what could be a better reason to reach out to your contact list than to help a friend find a job?
You can also suggest that your friends look at Axcelora to see if this is a good fit for them and their Rolodex.
Helping your friends in their job search is much more than just doing the right thing. By doing good, you are doing well. If you know anyone at RadioShack, reach out to them today and offer to help them find the next great place to live their work life. It won’t take much effort your part and the rewards are great.
Rich Hollander is a retail expert with over 40 years in the industry.