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. NOTE: Beginning September 11 and throughout the Fall, CareerSearchers will meet on Monday nights.
Beginning in September, we will meet on Mondays.
September 25: What’s Your Vibe?
You have the goods and it shows on your resume, you get all the way to the interview … and then nothing happens. It might have something to do with the energy you bring to the conversation. Without realizing it you may give off a vibe that sends the wrong signal, for example:
~ anxious: I don’t have the right experience
~ desperate: I’ve tried everything and no one’s hiring me
~ defeated: I know you’re not going to hire me
Life Coach Donna Agajanian will lead this discussion on creating awareness of how to show up with a good vibe.
October 2: Telephone Interviews
Telephone interviews are typically a screening exercise. Companies want to confirm that you meet the basic requirements of the job before investing an hour or more of their time with an in person interview. Executive coach Kris Ishibashi will talk about what to expect and how to prepare for telephone/video interviews.
October 9: Build Your Confidence and Your Drive
The job search: resume writing, applications, networking, phone calls, and interviews can sap your energy and self-esteem. Would you like to turn up your confidence and find the drive to do what you know you have to? Hypnotist Joel Elfman will lead a workshop showing you how you can focus your mind to increase your confidence, internal beliefs and power and help you move forward on your path.
October 16: From Caterpillar to Butterfly- How to discover and to move on to your next career
The job market is constantly changing – and so are we. As a result we are often interested in changing, or required by circumstance to change. Yet without exposure to other areas, it is easy to assume there is no way for us to do a different job. Join coach Win Sheffield to learn how we can bring value to a new industry or to a new field. Learn how breadth of experience can be a competitive advantage in a changing marketplace. We will cover:
~ Approaches to discover what we want to do
~ How to research options we are considering
~ Why ads demand prior experience and how to change anyway
~ How to adapt our experience to new fields
~ Set priorities for the career options you will pursue
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 Tuesday you are available.