CareerSearchers is a resource and support group for people who are looking for a new job, starting as a contractor/freelancer or changing careers. Coordinators and volunteer speakers provide answers to questions concerning the job search. concerning the job search.
CareerSearchers meets most Mondays at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish House of St. Michael’s Church at 225 West 99th Street. Meetings last for at least 90 minutes.
March 26: Resumé Workshop
Learn the basics of modern resumé construction. Kandice Thorn, Corporate Department Manager at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, and Rebecca Morrow, Administrative Law judge, will provide the basics on developing resumés that will get you noticed. Bring your questions!
April 2: Connecting to Your Passion
We’re often advised to just follow our passion the next step in our careers. The problem with this advice is that most of us are complex beings – there isn’t just one thing that excites us. At this workshop, leadership/career coach Kris Ishibashi will lead participants to help each other to find possible avenues that interest them.
April 9: Exploration of What Holds Us Back
In a recent session we discovered that fear could be holding us back from exploring opportunities for ourselves. In this session we’ll expand the conversation to address how you can approach fear with curiosity and compassion to learn from it. Join Life Coach Donna Agajanian to learn about strategies you can use to work with fears that limit us from stepping outside of our comfort zone.
April 16: Being at Your Best When it Counts
What do job seekers and performers have in common? Their futures hinge on how they perform during a few key moments of their lives. For performers, those moments are performances and auditions. For job seekers, those moments include interviews and networking events. Lisa Johnson, a flautist and regular around our table, will share her secrets for getting a Peak Performance.
April 23: Organization and Time Management
Whether you are searching for a job or pitching yourself as a freelancer, being able to organize yourself and manage time is critical. Executive coach Kris Ishibashi will lead a workshop where participants discuss strategies for staying on track to meet their goals.
April 30: Explore Career Options with Nonprofits
This session will cover different ways to begin a career, or a second career, in the nonprofit sector. Topics covered will include identifying positions, transferable skills, understanding nonprofit culture, and resources to identify potential opportunities. Discussion will be informal with opportunity for discussion and questions. The program will be led by Mary Tufts, Deputy Director of Foundation Relations at Baruch College. Mary herself made a successful transition to the nonprofit field.
The support that members give one another is of great value. Listening carefully to one another, participants ask questions that are both sensitive and insightful. Members rediscover their own value through helping others achieve their goals. Often members are able to help each other in tangible ways.
CareerSearchers does not provide counseling but, when appropriate, may offer referrals to appropriate resources.
Participants are free to express their concerns and draft documents at CareerSearchers because confidentiality is respected by all. To protect everyone’s privacy, members are asked to refrain from discussing each others’ situations outside of meetings.
CareerSearchers members have a wide variety of backgrounds: men and women, all age groups, most occupations, and many different socio-economic levels. Most members are out of work, many are hurting. Some are new to the job world or are re-entering it. Still others are seeking to change their careers.
There is no charge to participate. CareerSearchers is sponsored by St. Michael’s Church as a service to anyone who is – or expects to be – out of work, changing careers or entering or re-entering the job market.
For more information you may contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no need to pre-register, however. You are welcome to join us any Monday you are available.