Help for the Job Hunt

*Five Tips for the Job Hunt* 1. Make a list of all your interests. What do you enjoy? What are you passionate about? What makes you happy? What are your creative outlets? List them all and be open to opportunities where you would be able to use any of them. 2. Know what you have to offer. Make an organized inventory of your skills and experience. Keep asking yourself, "Why would someone want to hire me?" Ask your friends and family what qualities they notice about you that you don't. This is not the time to be humble. Make a long list. 3. Know what you want and practice articulating it. Spend some time pondering and defining why you're looking for a job and what you really want. Think about what you expect and what environment you want to be in. Practice defining those things over and over until you can state it clearly in less than a minute. 4. Create professional marketing tools. Your resume and cover letter represent you when you aren't there. They need to look clean and be perfectly worded and organized. The information needs to convey not just your skills and experience, but how those skills and experience translate to the specific job you're applying for. 5. Save time, but be ambitious. Live by the 80/20 rule: if you're 80% qualified, go for it. *Polishing the Edges* Here are a few last-minutes items that will help your image stay sharp. Clean up your Facebook and MySpace pages. Many employers today search the web to learn more about their applicants. Take time to clean up your Facebook and MySpace pages. Make sure that all of your crazy photos aren't available to the public. Record a professional voice message. Listen to your cell phone answering message. If it doesn't sound professional, change it. Create a professional email address. If an employer is told to contact an applicant via email at likes2party@aol.com or cutey123@comcast.net your chances of getting a job probably just drastically narrowed. Instead, create a professional email address such as brian.jones@gmail.com. *Stake Services* Your ward or stake employment specialist has many resources available to help you get back into the workforce. Information about Resources and Opportunities in the Community, the Church, and the Internet Specialists provide information about employers, job opportunities, educational or vocational training, education financial aid, self-employment assistance programs, and other resources or opportunities found in the community, through the Church and its members, or on the Internet. Group Resource Information Meetings Community organizations or stakes often sponsor career fairs, educational or financial-aid open houses, small-business expos, and other opportunities. Help Planning for and Achieving Self-Reliance Employment specialists help people develop plans to find a job, increase their skills through education or vocational training, get a better job, or improve their own businesses. Plans may include assistance with budgeting, spouse support, financial aid, and other issues that impact employment and careers. Career Workshops The Career Workshop is offered by the employment specialists or other stake members trained by the Regional LDS Employment Resource Services staff. Topics covered include: choosing a career; preparing applications and resumes; developing job leads; interviewing and negotiating techniques; and developing other skills necessary to successfully find work, educational opportunities, or self-employment assistance. "Return and Report" Meetings These meetings allow people looking for work, vocational training opportunities, or self-employment assistance to come together for support. Attendees report on progress toward their goals, list plans to achieve success, receive suggestions and/or training, and request additional help as needed. Other group members offer ideas and support one another emotionally. The support and synergy of the group stimulates greater success and diminishes despair. Classes on Career Planning, Vocational Training, or Education Specialists give classes about educational or vocational training programs and financial aid in priesthood, Relief Society, or youth meetings, as approved by priesthood leaders. Classes include career self-reliance planning, selecting educational opportunities, and identifying financial assistance programs. Self-Employment Workshops Specialists provide information about workshops on starting or strengthening a small business, or they can sponsor such workshops. Workshops cover topics such as developing ideas for a small business, preparing a business plan, identifying funding resources, or improving your small business. Experts can also be invited to attend and present. Assistance Preparing Resumes, Applications, and Cover Letters Specialists help people with the content, format, and grammar of resumes, applications for employment, and cover letters. Stake leaders can consult with Employment Resource Services' staff to further explain these options or to explore others. Source: providentliving.com
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