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.

Getting laid off is not fun. It can be tough in a good job market and brutal in a bad job market. The search is full of rejection. You will undoubtedly endure a bunch of no responses before you get a final YES. It’s a shock and can create a feeling of helplessness, powerlessness and feeling alone that leads to low productivity in their job search.

A job seeker did their best, but despite their best efforts, they were let go. While powerless to avoiding a lay off, they are not powerless about getting a new job.

You don’t have to wait on jobs to open and employers to respond to your resume. But it’s hard work and requires a sustained effort. There is no magic bullet, but there is solid evidence on how job seekers can be more effective.

A combination of having a plan and being part of a collaborative, encouraging, structured, action-oriented peer group has proven to be an effective way to get a job faster. One study showed that job seekers that were part of a team like this found jobs 20% faster than those who were not part of a team.

Craig Foster, Executive Director of Job Seekers Network, will be speaking.

Are you clear about who you are and what you’re good at? The first step to owning your uniqueness is to have clarity about it. What is your brand? And how do you go about getting that?
You can evaluate and validate by looking at patterns of past performance to forecast your future.
Craig Foster, Executive Director at Job Seekers Network, encourages you to “Seek a confidence level in yourself and learn what God can do through you.”
One way to learn about yourself is by writing stories about events in your life that really made you feel fulfilled. What are you passionate about? What are you most proud of? What energizes you the most? Write several stories, and usually a theme will arise. Also writing stories about things that made you feel unfulfilled can give you some guidance on what to stay away from. The stories do not have to be from a work event, either.
Once you see the patterns, you take note about what is unique to “your” story. Are you a teacher? Do you like to work in teams? Do you like to lead? Are you a pioneer? Customer-focused? Effective problem-solver? These are powerful words that should be used on your resume, on your LinkedIn profile and in your elevator pitch. Your brand is “YOU” – so define what is different about you. What is your promise of value? What sets you apart?
And once you get their attention and they want to interview you, being prepared for that conversation is key. Interviewers are typically looking at a few key things. 1) Performance – have they done, or can they do the job? 2) Likeability – will they be easy to work with? 3) Fit – will they work well on a team in that culture? 4) Enthusiasm – are they excited about the job?
Some specific questions that are asked to gain clarity on the above can be the initial ice breaker – getting to know you questions like:
• Tell me about yourself.
• What caused you to leave?
• Why do you want to change jobs?
• Current career goals and how that’s changed?
And in behavioral interviews, they ask you:
• Tell me about a time when . . . . .
• Give an example of . . . . .
• How do you cope with deadlines?
• How did you handle an unpopular decision?
• How did you build rapport with a difficult person?
It is good to be prepared, but also to stand out. When developing your competitive advantage, answer the following questions about YOU:
• What is most fulfilling?
• What role do I like to play? (Catalyst, Coach, Manager, Trainer, Pioneer, etc.)
• What is my personality and my passion? (Communicate, create, influence, organize, produce, teach, etc.)
• What needs to be remembered/uncovered about yourself to stand out?
Job Seekers Network hosts a 4-week class called Design & Focus. A big part of the design portion helps individual dig deeper to answer the above questions to gain clarity in their search. Writing stories is part of the class. The next class begins Thursday, April 2nd at 6:30 pm at the Hill Country Bible Church Lakeline campus.

http://job-seekers-network.org/career-direction-workshop/

No meeting on Monday, 3/16 – Enjoy your Spring Break!

March 10, 2015

SailPoint Technologies recruiter on 3/23. Special Evening Session for Design & Focus Workshop – A team oriented course where participants use assessments to gain a clear picture on their design and then work to explore new opportunities and gain focus. Four Thursday nights at Hill Country Bible Church Austin- Lakeline campus, Building A, Room 2.120. April 2, 9, […]

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Speaker Summary: “Are you ready?” by Mike Robertson on 3/9!

March 3, 2015

Are you ready? Professional speaker, author, musician and songwriter Mike Robertson challenged Job Seekers to answer the question, but also gave tips and encouraging words on how to prepare for a “yes.” Robertson, who has a gift for storytelling, shared stories about people who had been given unexpected opportunities in their lives and when called […]

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Speaker Summary: CEO of SailPoint Technologies on 3/2

February 24, 2015

“Thoughts on Today’s Marketplace:  Getting Hired or Starting Your Own Business” by Mark McClain at 9am.  Mark McClain, CEO of Austin-based SailPoint Technologies, delivered his thoughts on Today’s Job Marketplace encouraging Job Seekers to be specific about what you can do, get to “know someone” in a prospective employer and create a reasonable balance in […]

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Speaker Summary: “Job, Career, Calling” by Becky Terry on Monday, 2/23!

February 17, 2015

Job Seekers Network’s own Becky Terry breaks down what it means to have a calling, versus a career or just a job. She quoted John Maxwell, stating, “The work I do is a calling on my life.” And Tony Evans says, “A calling is God’s directed purpose in your life.” Terry stated that a calling […]

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