Who here has never had been employed (paid money to do work, not by a family member)?Great!OK, everybody please stand…If you have only had one job in your life, please sit down.Two…. (etc)
Tools, Techniques and Resources for Supporting Supporting the Dis-employed as They Move Back to Employment
Tools, Techniques andResources for Supporting the Dis-employed as They Move Back to Employment Jim Adcock Vice President, Board of Directors Launch Pad Job Club St Martin’s Stephen Ministry, November 16, 2010
Who I Am NowJim Adcock ”the spam guy” SharePoint Consultant Analyst, Architect, Administratorhttp://dlairman.wordpress.com/http://www.linkedin.com/in/jimadcock512-415-9654 Vice-President, Board of Directorsjim@adcock.net Launch pad Job Club@dlairman http://www.launchpadjobclub.org/
The Facts of Life• We are all going to move from job to job many times in our careers• Current market forces mistakenly reward turnover inside corporations
Facts of Life• Guess what? Being unemployed sucks.• But, you are required to have a positive attitude anyway• Current sociological forces stigmatize unemployment – blame the victim• Result: the people who are getting the jobs that are out there are often already employed
Career Management 2.0• Creativity and innovation will be rewarded• New tools, new opportunities• The new realities force us to find and go with our strengths
My Story• Career Change in 1998• Laid off 2001• Joined LPJC for the first time in 2004
The Long Road, 2006-2010• Nine jobs in four years• 23 months unemployed – during that same period!• Economic downturn• A lot of personal mistakes• Depression• Anxiety
How I Pulled Myself Together• Support from Job Club• Finding my “Community”• Listening to the experts• Helping others• Using the tools of Career Management 2.0• Networking
Lesson Two• Use the tools! – LinkedIn – Blogs – Twitter – Facebook – Resume on the raw web – Use but don’t rely on the job boards – Business Cards – Elevator pitch!
Figure Out What Works• What *is* your career?• Identify successes!• Transferrable skills• Become the expert!
Lesson Three“What have you been doing since your last job?”You need a better answer than “I’ve been looking for a job….”
Resources• There are a LOT of job clubs in Austin – Launch Pad Job Club – One at each TWC WorkSource office – North By Northwest (NxNW) – Hill Country Bible Church Job Seeker’s Network – Connect Forward Job Club (@ JCC)
Job Club Offshoots• Wilco Entrepreneurs Network • Executive Networking• Austin Green Energy • HR4Austin • Java/Oracle/Software• Artist’s Alliance • Job Searchers Support Group• ATX Design & Media • Legal• Launch Pad Toastmasters • New Creation Careers Group• Public Servants Alliance • Nonprofit• Austin Marketing Syndicate • Number Crunchers • Project Managers• Austin Online Marketing Club • Science and Engineering• Design Verification • Top Guns• Security Seekers • The Write Job• South Austin • SWAT Teams
Networking Events• Austin is full of them – Professional organizations based on your career field – General events• You could fill up your social calendar
Paid Career Counseling• Several reputable career counselors in Austin• But with all of the free resources, unless you are in special circumstances, why pay more?
Watch out for Scammers• You don’t need to pay someone to get you a job• You don’t need to give any financial information (bank accounts, etc)• Never provide your SSN unless you are on the employer’s premises and you have been offered a job after an interview
“What have you been doing since your last job?”Career Management 2.0 – Use the Tools!Job ClubsNetworkingPaid Career CounselingEmotional needs and pitfalls