I think there are probably a lot of ways we can use our connections, credentials, and experience to help each other -- especially extremely promising EAs who are early in their careers -- in ways that don't require a lot of effort. Forgive me if this has already been discussed before.
Two ways that I think are particularly promising: speaking invitations and awards from fancy university clubs.
While at NYU Law, I could have easily arranged for an event that allows every EA in NYC to speak for 10 minutes on a preferred topic. From that point forward, they could list as a speaking at a top tier law school on their CV, and they also gain speaking experience. If I left it up to the speakers to promote the event and decide on a date and time, the cost to me as the organizer would be virtually nothing, maybe 10 minutes to submit the room application and 20 minutes of responding to emails. Most of the time spent would be at the events themselves, getting to hang out with and learn from EAs, which I'd want to do anyway. I'm also not really putting my reputation on the line either.
Awards from Fancy University Clubs
This one I'm less sure about but I think is still promising. Couldn't the Harvard Effective Altruism Club, for example, give out a bunch "Harvard Effective Altruism Awards" every year, with pretty minimal effort? You could require references of two employees of from a list of EA orgs to screen people who weren't involved. This might require taking on a bit more reputational risk, but it seems like the reference requirement would mostly solve that problem. It would also be another nice way of highlighting different people in the community. There are so many outstanding people involved in EA that are not widely known within the community. And there are probably a lot of impressive and useful things that you don't know about people you thought you knew.
I bet there are other low cost ways of boosting community members credentials/experience/connections/knowledge that we should do more of. I, for example, would be willing to have a Skype call to any animal-focused EA or anyone interested in law-- I could probably connect them with really useful people and advise them about career stuff-- but there might be a lot of people who are too bashful to come out and ask for that.
I'd love to hear others' thoughts on these and other low cost ways of helping each other.