You never know where you might find someone who can help with your job search. That's why it's important to be open about the fact that you are job searching and need assistance.
Sometimes, you'll find help when and where you least expect it. Jill's Mom's Club not only helped her find a babysitter - a mom who was looking for some extra income, but helped her get a part time job working for another member whose office needed an assistant. So, two job seekers got positions out of one club event.
When my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, I spent a lot of time on the Johns Hopkins Discussion Board looking both for medical advice and for support from those who were facing the same journey my father and our family was.
I still visit the Board and not long ago, Georgina posted about how she had not only lost her husband to cancer, her mom to heart disease, but her job, as well. I was able to share my book with her and give her some advice on job searching.
My brother, who runs marathons, has helped more than a few other runners get a job at his company. The same holds true for friends who are ski instructors - they always put in a word with the hiring manager for skiers and snowboarders who are looking for work.
When you have a common bond - be it a dreadful disease, babies, sports, or simply friendship - people are more likely to help you. Here's more on job searching in unlikely places and how a common bond can help you find a new job.
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