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Job Seeker Support Final 12 8 2010


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How to support someone who is in job search for families, friends, Business colleagues, etc.

How to support someone who is in job search for families, friends, Business colleagues, etc.

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  • 1. Job Seeker Support
    How to support someone through their job search journey!
    Copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 2. Agenda
    • Introductions and administrivia
    • 3. Why is it taking so long to find work?
    • 4. How do we cope with the stress?
    • 5. What should my job seeker be doing to find work?
    • 6. How can I support them?
    • 7. How should we communicate?
    • 8. Family, support systems, and spiritual unity
    • 9. Open floor for questions
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 10. Why is it taking so long to find work?
    • Unemployment in Hillsborough county “officially”- 12.4%, unofficially it’s 23%
    • 11. Great depression unemployment was 25%
    • 12. 2:1 hiring ratio is normal with 5% unemployment in a good economy
    • 13. 5:1 current hiring ratio (5 qualified persons available per 1 job)
    • 14. An average of 300 persons apply per job
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 15. Fewer jobs available in the future
    Source: United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 16. How long will it take to find work?
    An average of 8 weeks per $10,000 in salary
    $20,000 16 weeks (4 months)
    $40,000 32 weeks (8 months)
    $60,000 48 weeks (12 months)
    $80,000 64 weeks (16 months)
    $100,000 80 weeks(20 months)
    In a normal economy - 5 weeks per $10,000
    Are you financially prepared for this?
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 17. Top 10 reasons for long job searches
    They don’t put enough time or effort into job hunting (less than 30 hours per week).
    They waste time on unproductive activities.
    They waste time using unproductive search strategies.
    They aren’t sure what type of work they are looking for.
    They only pursue announced job openings.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 18. Top 10 reasons for long job searches
    They don’t have a systematic approach to job search.
    They don’t have a target list of employers, or the list is too small.
    They have no way of measuring their progress.
    They underestimate the number of contacts needed to find work in today’s environment.
    They try to go through job search alone or without support.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 19. Three top stressors
    Family with no Money!
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  • 20. coping with Emotional stress
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 21. Coping with Emotional Stress
    Four Stages
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  • 22. Moving into acceptance & hope
    • Our perceptions of the world may be distorted by the loss of job, savings or home.
    • 23. In the darkness we may overlook opportunities.
    • 24. Telling a job seeker that things will get better does no good. Logic doesn’t work. Supportive feelings do work!
    • 25. Expressions of love and support can help a person out of the dark and into the phase of acceptance & hope.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 26. Who Am I Without My job?
    Am I My Job?
    • You are unique – honesty, character, compassion, intelligence, sensitivity, love, choose right from wrong, forgiveness, you have dignity.
    Esteem is rooted not in what one has or does, but what one is.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 27. Kissane’s comments
    You may have lost your job; however, you didn't lose your membership in the human race. Remember we're the people GOD created. And God don’t create no junk!
    You're still the same person – with the same family and friends – you were when you were working.
    Being unemployed has nothing to do with being worthy of respect and love – including yours for you.
    There's absolutely nothing to be gained by ruminating over how you lost your job and what a great gig it was.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 28. Kissane’s comments
    Isolating because of feelings of guilt and shame will only makeyou feel more guilty and ashamed. Get out there!
    Holding a grudge will only make you bitter and beaten. Move on!
    Approach the challenge ahead with a spirit of renewal andself-improvement. Are you continuing to invest in YOU?
    View your circumstances as the journey toward discovering, orgreatly enhancing, the real you.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 29. Kissane’s Comments
    Celebrate your true victories – your faith, health, family,friends – as opposed to lamenting your defeats.
    Never, ever, ever lose sight of the fact that you will work again.Our God knows what you'll be doing next, and when you will start. Quiet yourself so you can listen to Him.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 30. Coping with Financial Stress
    • First, file for unemployment!
    • 31. Budget monthly income against expenses
    • 32. Estimate duration of unemployment
    • 33. Plan your financial situation accordingly
    • 34. Involve the whole family and/or your supporters
    • 35. Ask everyone to be accountable for helping
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 36. Coping with Time stress
    • Manage your time as if finding a job is your full time job (35 hours per week – 5 hours for exercise).
    • 37. Avoid the Time Trap
    • 38. Reactive job search
    • 39. Do not assume that you can always get a minimum wage job “flipping burgers”…. if you have to.
    • 40. Live in “daytight compartments”
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 41. Coping with Fear
    What happens when you are “stuck” in your job search?
    Don’t let left brain thinking paralyze your job search or support efforts.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 49. Dr. Berne’s suggestions
    Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety
    • The Relaxation Response
    • The Bubble of Light
    • An Attitude of Gratitude
    • A Notebook of Positives
    • Four Fundamental Choices
    • Mirror Talk
    • Happy Experiences—Intentional Daydreams
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 50. What is a productive job search?
    • Finding work that matches our skills and desires in the shortest length of time.
    • 51. Reactive Job Search vs Proactive Job Search
    • 52. Most effective strategies
    • 53. Least effective strategies
    • 54. 80% of job seekers look for work 180 degrees out from how companies want to hire employees
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  • 55. How are companies hiring?
    • 51% Internal transfers and promotions
    • 56. 49% External hires
    • 57. 27% were from referrals
    • 58. 22% were recruited through company websites
    • 59. 13% through online job boards
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 60. How can job seeker supporters help?
    Understand how stress affects the job seeker and the supporter.
    Understand what job seekers should be doing to find work.
    Learn what to say to “coach” the job seeker
    Learn how to communicate productively with the job seeker and other family members.
    Focus on your relationships first.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 61. How to “coach” the job seeker
    How’s the job search going?
    What were your goals for today (or this week)?
    Were you successful in achieving your goals?
    Praise them if they achieve any goals!
    What barriers are you facing?
    What are you doing to overcome or go around those barriers?
    What are your goals for tomorrow (next week)?
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
    Six key coaching questions to ask your job seeker each week
  • 62. How should we communicate?
    • Group discussion: When do communication problems occur? Give examples.
    • 63. Be aware of different personality styles
    • 64. Driver, dominant, action oriented, bottom line
    • 65. Influencer, amiable, feelings oriented
    • 66. Steady, cautious, skeptical, questioning
    • 67. Analytic, detail oriented, sincere, logical
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 68. How should we communicate?
    • Observe the following:
    • 69. Body language & gestures 56%
    • 70. Tone of voice 37%
    • 71. Words 7%
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  • 72. How do you discuss unemployment?
    • How do you tell:
    • 73. Children
    • 74. Family members
    • 75. Friends
    • 76. Strangers
    • 77. You are not alone (15 million others are unemployed – over 6 million for more than 6 months, 1 million in Florida)
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 78. Dr. Berne’s suggestions
    A Marriage and Family Survival Plan During Your Spouse's Unemployment
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 79. The role of faith and prayer
    • Patience, persistence, and faith.
    • 80. Prayer
    • 81. Pray like your next job depends on God,
    • 82. Work like your next job depends on you!
    • 83. Family support, ministry support systems
    • 84. What happened to Joe Jones?
    • 85. Things don’t always turn out like we planned.
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries
  • 86. Questions?
    • Table discussions
    • 87. Open forum for questions
    • 88. Follow up meetings?
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  • 89. Contact information:
    • For information about career ministries in your church or area go to or call Joe Jones at 813-960-1876.
    • 90. Dr. Pat Berne, 813-961-8046
    • 91. Jim Kissane, 813-765-4225,
    Thanks to everyone who
    made this event possible!
    copyright 2010 Career Ministries