Each week, more than 100 job seekers gather for job search training, networking and encourage- ment. We meet from 9:00-11:30 am. First timer? Please read this and plan to arrive by 8:40 am.

Living The Called Life Workshop Early Bird Discount and Scholarship ends on Monday, May 11.  Workshop starts on May 18!

“Being a Servant Leader During Your Job Search” guest speaker panel on 5/11.  During your job search you are asking a lot of people to help. But are you giving back and serving in some way? The most fulfilled job seekers find a way to serve others. Come hear clear examples of how.

Also, second hour on 5/11: Franchise Ownership As A More Secure Career Path
A franchise expert will explore:
* Pros/Cons of a Franchise…and what to look for
* Legal Considerations of Owning a Franchise…and how to not get burned
* Industries/Ownership Options…and the HOT TRENDS
* The realities of financing your business..and how to get the capital you’ll need
* The best process for selecting the RIGHT business…and the major mistake to avoid
* …and much more…there will even be an opportunity to interact and ask LIVE questions

SPECIAL SERVING OPPORTUNITY: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 12, starting at 8:30 a.m. to come serve with other job seekers at the Reveal Ministries food pantry and clothes bank.

 

Written and summarized by Curt Hendley

Business consultant Debbie Leverett spoke to the Job Seekers Network on May 4 about The Art of Resiliency. She shared with the group that she enjoys teaching about resiliency due to her experience with numerous and sustained adversity in her life. She said when she experienced her first real trial, she wanted to hold a pity party and stay in it, but found that that can be dangerous, especially during prolonged times of difficulty. She learned that circumstances don’t take us away from God, and that it is important to learn from both success and failure.

Debbie recalled the story from Matthew 14 in which Jesus made the disciples get on a boat and sail without him, and before they reached their destination they ran into a storm. Jesus Himself remained above the storm, and helped Peter to as well.

Debbie shared several definitions of resilience:

  • flexible, pliable, supple; quick to recover, buoyant, irrepressible
  • the power to return to original form after being bent, compressed, or stretched
  • the ability to face adversity and still find hope or meaning

Every one of us has a large supply of resilience, Debbie said. It involves behaviors and thoughts that can be learned. It is not a trait that some have and others do not. Once we learn it, we have a greater capacity to face adversity and survive without circumstances holding us back.

God has made us promises concerning our resilience:

  • Psalm 34:19—Many adversities come to the one who is righteous, but the Lord delivers him from them all.
  • 1 Corinthians 10:13—No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it. (NRSV)
  • Deuteronomy 31:6—Be strong and courageous; don’t be terrified or afraid of them. For it is the Lord your God who goes with you; He will not leave you or forsake you.”

Debbie pointed out two things that ought to be obvious, but we too often forget: 1) Change will keep coming, and 2) God’s kingdom is unshakeable.

She said there are four pillars of resilience: Commit to go the distance, Acquire perspective, Live with intentionality and purpose, and Cultivate a lifestyle of course correction. When you commit to go the distance, you must be self-disciplined and not have a victim mentality. When you commit and quit, you only reinforce negative character traits and make it easier to quit again. The choices you make ever day define, build, and reveal your character. In Joshua 14:6ff, Caleb displays lifelong commitment, and the reward that comes with it.
When you acquire perspective, you realize that any given time of life is only one frame of film in a three-hour epic. It is a season, and seasons pass. It is full of teachable moments if you can recognize them. The important thing is that you do not allow a trial to define and direct who you are. Nothing is insurmountable.
When you live with intentionality and purpose, you begin with the big picture in mind. What is God speaking into your life right now? What are you living for? What is keeping you from your purpose? Philippians 3:13-14 says, “…one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.”
When you cultivate a lifestyle of course correction, you make a conscious choice to develop character. Astronaut James Irwin has said that his crew’s four-day flight to the moon required slight course corrections every 10 minutes. What does daily course correction look like for you? Take a few moments at the end of every day to examine what has gone well and what needs to be improved.
Debbie concluded with the simple admonition to “choose life.” Decide to be magnanimous, generous, grateful, and wise. Seek out wisdom in every situation. Realize that life is a marathon and train appropriately, because today’s choices will take you into the future.

 

Speaker Summary: “Ask the Recruiter” with long time recruiter from Luna Data Solutions on 4/27

April 28, 2015

Zafar Choudhury is Director of Client Solutions at Luna Data Solutions, Inc. He spoke at Job Seekers Network on 4/27 to give attendees a recruiter’s perspective. Zafar said that since moving to Austin in the early 1990s, he has seen several cycles in the job market. We are currently in an upswing coming out of […]

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Speaker Summary: “Filling Out A State Application” by Dr. Susan Johnson on 4/20

April 15, 2015

15 Common Mistakes Found on Applications by Dr. Susan Johnson 1. Make sure each field is completed. 2. If questions are not applicable, enter “NA”. 3. Speak to the minimum qualifications and preferred experience, including the KSA’s and essential duties and responsibilities.  Read the entire posting. 4. Do not use the word “I”. 5. Give […]

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Recruiter and Rapid Assessment-A Reality Check on your Job Search, Mon, Apr 13.

April 8, 2015

Recruiter with sales, customer service, installation, marketing and operations jobs will be joining us.  Bring your resume and dress appropriately for the recruiter. Rapid Assessment – Get personal feedback and helpful tips on how to improve your job search approach. Bring your resume and be ready to share your elevator pitch. NEW Second hour group […]

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Speaker Summary: PLAN + Accountability Team = Job Search Results on April 6

March 31, 2015

Craig Foster, Executive Director of Job Seekers Network spoke introducing the new second hour accountability groups they were kicking off today:  PLAN (Purpose-led Accountability & Networking) Teams – functional small groups which are collaborative, encouraging, structured, and action-oriented.  Studies show they help you get a job faster! Join at any time!      Weekly 1 hour* […]

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