YWCA Bergen County’s Moving Ahead Program is a super support group for women who have been unemployed. Having begun this past session with self assessment, it was apparent that many job hunters have felt so frustrated and/or rejected that they have lost track of what works to secure a position. In this program I have met with very talented and educated women who have been very successfully employed but have come to a crossroads where more diligence or a different approach may be required to secure a job.
With this group, I shared a number of ideas from my own recent job search and was also able to explain the Myers Briggs Type Assessment. This assessment helps participants appreciate their natural type skill sets in order to match their current profession or decide if alternative careers path should be considered. This program definitely reignites the hope that job seekers may not have tried all professional venues, may need to reconsider different ways of applying to jobs, and engage in networking that they may have dismissed prior. There is power in networking, especially for those who are on LinkedIn or participate in other groups for their job search.
I encourage job seekers to keep strong relationships with employment agencies as these agencies only make money when they place applicants. In addition, use these relationships to test how to interview for certain companies, ascertain the appropriate dress, and ask them for resume gleaning to ensure a successful interview. We also provide an HR perspective on resumes with suggestions such as: specifically including accomplishments, not just tasks and to keeping resumes to no more than 2 pages.
The reality of being unemployed can be very difficult. Every opportunity requires work and a job search is no different. Since follow up is critical, I recommend keeping a list or diary to track jobs applied to and agents spoken with. Having been in their position just months prior, the main thing I shared was if I can secure a position, they can too.
With specialized program speakers offering different options to tweak our participants’ job search, there is no question that Moving Ahead will make a difference in securing successful placement for our attendees.
Are you a woman that has been unemployed 6 months or more? Our Moving Ahead Program gives women the tools to balance themselves physically, emotionally, intellectually, and spiritually. Sessions will empower women to be confident, prepared, and career ready; helping participants learn how to seek and keep jobs. In an age of technology, our goal is to foster close relationships and promote a community development approach as we train women to become more independent and aware of who they are.
Upcoming 5-week evening session begins Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at YWCA Bergen County, 112 Oak Street, Ridgewood, NJ. For more information or to apply for this FREE program, please contact Lisa Schuetz at 201-444-5600 ext. 353.