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.
July 9: Does a Cover Letter Really Matter?
Some employers really look at cover letters, and some don’t, but to improve your chances, it’s best to write a good one. Rick Hamlin, executive editor of Guideposts magazine says, “Resumes are okay, but what I really look at are the cover letters. Resumes are lists — and not always that dependable. But a cover letter tells me who a person is and gives me some sense of their writing ability. I never look at a resume without reading the cover letter first.” Rick will answer the following questions: What should a cover letter say? Who are you addressing? How long should it be? Please join us and bring your own questions.
July 16: Summer Networking
Earlier this year, all of our successful job seekers told us how important networking was to their success. Although hiring activity tends to slow during the summer months, summer affords us social opportunities to make important connections. In this session career/leadership coach Kris Ishibashi will lead an interactive workshop about how you can use these social opportunities to support your search.
July 23: Resume Review
This session will feature a review of resumes, and cover letters if time permits. All are welcome, even if you do not want to have your resume reviewed by the group. If you want to have your resume reviewed, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 23 at noon. Late resumes may not be reviewed.
July 30: NO SESSION
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 email@example.com. There is no need to pre-register, however. You are welcome to join us any Monday you are available.