Global HR pro bono volunteerism

Global HR pro bono volunteerism

The HR team in Houston partnered with Workforce Solutions to help the disadvantaged.

Thanks to the efforts of HP's Global HR team, people all around the world are getting closer to hearing those sweet words: "You're hired!"

Unemployment is one of the harshest results of the worldwide economic slowdown. Competition for jobs can be fierce. But hundreds of people around the world are being given new hope in their job searches, thanks to the help of HP volunteers.

Coaching people on how to prepare answers for tough interview questions.
Helping them to write resumes sure to catch the eye of a prospective employer. Interview role playing. These are some of the job search skills that that HP Human Resources professionals are providing.

In Guadalajara, Mexico, HP employees helped ensure 112 graduates of Villa de los Niños, a foster home for boys, left school ready to find and their first jobs. Over the course of five days 22 HP volunteers presented rich curricula covering a wide range of job skills, including searching for a job, creating a resume, preparing for an interview, understanding Mexico's compensation and benefits, and living alone.

We broke into small groups to discuss resume writing, interview preparation, how to develop a career path, and other skills … It was very satisfying to know that we could be making an enormous difference in someone's life.

Karen Feuerstake
HP Canada HR team

In the UK, HP volunteers supported a Princes' Trust initiative that saw disadvantaged young people enroll in a 12-week course at a local college to work towards professional qualifications. Five HP employees volunteered to conduct a full day resume and interview skills workshop for the students.

"This was one of the most challenging but enjoyable things we have ever done and we found it hugely rewarding," says John Potts, HP Software and Solutions. "Even in the short time we were with the young people, we could see the improvement that a little advice and encouragement can bring." Every newcomer to a country faces numerous obstacles;finding a job can be one of the most challenging. In Mississauga, Ontario, seven HP Canada employees conducted a jobs skills training course at the Newcomer Centre of Peel, an organization that helps immigrants make the transition to Canada.

"We broke into small groups to discuss resume writing, interview preparation, how to develop a career path, and other skills," says Karen Feuerstake, of the HP Canada HR team. "The people we helped were so grateful. Getting a job, especially in this economy, is so vital. It was very satisfying to know that we could be making an enormous difference in someone's life."

In Houston, Texas the HP HR team partnered with Workforce Solutions, a local nonprofit organization, to help disadvantaged adults hone their job search and interview skills.

The HP volunteers pitched in with a wide range of HR consulting services, including recruiting guidance, job search strategies, professional dress codes, mock interviews, professional coaching, and resume assistance.

HP volunteers got to see first-hand how their professional skills could help improve people's lives. Several helped secure funding for adult ongoing education. Another helped a New Orleans-based longshoreman, displaced by Hurricane Katrina, qualify for financial aid.