Friday, November 21, 2008

Holiday Guest Blog: Thoughts for Thanksgiving

Thoughts for Thanksgiving:
Adopt an HR Professional in Transition
Today’s guest blog from Friend of BRANDEMiX, Marylou Ponzi Kay, Director of Human Resources at Benetton USA.

I'm an HR professional who recently landed after a long search. And while I used my time well, consulting, teaching, it feels good to be back on the 'inside'.

So I would like to encourage all my employed colleagues out there to 'adopt an HR Professional in Transition'. It's so important to have that personal engagement with a person. Obviously we're busy, we don't have time to do the same thing for everyone, but if we could just concentrate on one or two people like a project, check in with them, etc. It's so doable! It's our way of saying thank you God for our own good fortune. For that person, it can really make a difference. I know people who were like that for me. It's an amazing thing to receive unsolicited kindness, it suddenly changes the way you think about everything, humanizes the cold cruel world out there.

Networking is key to success, job search and all kinds of things, we hear this all the time, but how can we personalize this in a way that helps others.

You'd be surprised at how easy it is to secure entree into a company for someone else, not yourself. The other result is that the people who see you doing this for others, just might think of you in a whole different way. So it's a kind of 'pay it forward', and it can mean so much for that person who's looking to find a home.
It's easy right now to think of how bad things are out there, let's try to think about our good fortune and help those who have not been as lucky.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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