My friend, CB, is a HR Superstar. She was the Dir of Training for a huge hospital system and rocked. She coached the CEOs, created dialogue and measurably improved performance for many employees. After the systems and processes were in place, she was ready for a new challenge. She joined a large biomed company that was expanding rapidly. She had two direct reports in Australia and England. (How cool is that?) Then, the economy declined rapidly, budgets were cut and she was on the street (or, actually at the pool since it was summer). I asked CB what she wanted to do. She is passionate about development, enjoyed working at the healthcare system and wants to move somewhere warm. So I kept my eyes open. Then came The Job (insert heavenly music here). It was a posting that I saw on a linkedin HR group's job board. The position was similar to CB's most successful position, but a larger organization and somewhere warm. Perfect. I replied privately to the recruiter to check out CB's profile because she is a HR Superstar. He checked her out, gave me his number and asked CB to call him. After a few weeks of interviews, I got the call. CB accepted the position and is moving across the country! It was an amazing feeling! And, all that I did was connect a qualified candidate to a savvy recruiter.
CB's story is not unique. We all know a few great people who are out of work - let's do something about it! My challenge to all of the HR pros and recruiters out there is to help someone go back to work. Connect with people, listen to their story and connect with them other people if they are not a potential fit with your organization. HR Superstars meet great people every day. My challenge to you is to just help one of them find The Job and get back to work.