Now every week, several groups meet at the Whole Hog Cafe, McAlister's Deli or the local library. There are more people involved who have jobs than those who are out of work because they believe strongly in a community coming together.
One beneficiary of that help is Mike McGowan, who spent nearly five years as a national sales executive for Alltel. His last day was in May -- and in less than three months he landed a position as the VP of North American sales for a European software company. He credits the group with reviewing his resume, prepping him for interviews, and then assisting with negotiating the offer.
He hasn't forgotten who helped him: he continues to join the group every week to pay it forward.
If you've found a job, or if you're helping others find work through an innovative community or volunteer initiative, I'd love to know about it. Talk to me on Twitter (Twitter.com/ToryJohnson) or by visiting my Web site at WomenForHire.com. I can't wait to celebrate your success!