It's true. Most people want to help those who are affected by this recession, whether they are looking for work or trying to advance their careers. Sure, some people won't reply, but don't let that prevent you from asking for help. In this recession, the percentage of people who respond is the highest I've seen it - around 50%. And since organizations are swamped with resumes, it really makes a difference if someone puts in a good word for you.
So, ask the people you know for help. "We all get by with a little help from our friends," to quote the Beatles.
But there's a catch. You have to follow up on what they recommend. If you don't, they aren't likely to help you again. Have a look at this email I received last week:
"Why don't people take the help you offer to them? I did all the job research for this one woman - found several positions here that paid well, with great benefits. She didn't apply for a single one! I just don't get it. I can't stand people who ask for help but don't take action. Do they want a job or not? Why don't you write about that in your blog!"