Looking for a simple way to help the jobless in your community? A local bar here in St. Louis (where lots of Anheuser-Busch employees are unemployed for the first time) has a great idea: Host a resume-writing clinic.
What else can you do to help the members of your community in their time of need? Just a few ideas:
- Do a seminar on unemployment law, including the rights/responsibilities of employers or employees.
- Donate a portion of every payment you receive to a food pantry.
- Collect interview-appropriate clothes for job-seekers.
- Partner with the local copy shop or printer and offer coupons for free resume printing and mailing.
- Enlist local schools and ask them to provide non-peak use of computers (with student mentors) to job hunters.
- Donate (and ask clients to as well) used computers, appropriately reformatted, to those who need them.
- Teach about LinkedIn, Craigslist, Facebook and other online services that can help job seekers.
- Ask your business clients to volunteer to do practice interviews with — and give feedback to — the newly unemployed.
- Create and sponsor a job fair in your town.
I’m sure they are hundreds more. The point is, help those in need. They’ll thank you and you’ll thank yourself.