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Job Seeker Support Final 12 8 2010

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

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Job Seeker Support Final 12 8 2010

  1. 1. Job Seeker Support <br />How to support someone through their job search journey!<br />Copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  2. 2. Agenda<br /><ul><li>Introductions and administrivia
  3. 3. Why is it taking so long to find work?
  4. 4. How do we cope with the stress?
  5. 5. What should my job seeker be doing to find work?
  6. 6. How can I support them?
  7. 7. How should we communicate?
  8. 8. Family, support systems, and spiritual unity
  9. 9. Open floor for questions</li></ul>2<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  10. 10. Why is it taking so long to find work? <br /><ul><li>Unemployment in Hillsborough county “officially”- 12.4%, unofficially it’s 23%
  11. 11. Great depression unemployment was 25%
  12. 12. 2:1 hiring ratio is normal with 5% unemployment in a good economy
  13. 13. 5:1 current hiring ratio (5 qualified persons available per 1 job)
  14. 14. An average of 300 persons apply per job </li></ul>3<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  15. 15. Fewer jobs available in the future <br />Source: United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics<br />4<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  16. 16. How long will it take to find work? <br />An average of 8 weeks per $10,000 in salary<br />$20,000 16 weeks (4 months)<br />$40,000 32 weeks (8 months)<br />$60,000 48 weeks (12 months)<br />$80,000 64 weeks (16 months)<br />$100,000 80 weeks(20 months)<br />In a normal economy - 5 weeks per $10,000<br />Are you financially prepared for this?<br />5<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  17. 17. Top 10 reasons for long job searches<br />They don’t put enough time or effort into job hunting (less than 30 hours per week).<br />They waste time on unproductive activities.<br />They waste time using unproductive search strategies.<br />They aren’t sure what type of work they are looking for.<br />They only pursue announced job openings.<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />6<br />
  18. 18. Top 10 reasons for long job searches<br />They don’t have a systematic approach to job search.<br />They don’t have a target list of employers, or the list is too small.<br />They have no way of measuring their progress.<br />They underestimate the number of contacts needed to find work in today’s environment. <br />They try to go through job search alone or without support.<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />7<br />
  19. 19. Three top stressors <br />Money<br />Family<br />Family with no Money!<br />8<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  20. 20. coping with Emotional stress<br />9<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  21. 21. Coping with Emotional Stress<br />Four Stages<br />10<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  22. 22. Moving into acceptance & hope<br /><ul><li>Our perceptions of the world may be distorted by the loss of job, savings or home.
  23. 23. In the darkness we may overlook opportunities.
  24. 24. Telling a job seeker that things will get better does no good. Logic doesn’t work. Supportive feelings do work!
  25. 25. Expressions of love and support can help a person out of the dark and into the phase of acceptance & hope.</li></ul>11<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  26. 26. Who Am I Without My job?<br />Am I My Job?<br /><ul><li>You are unique – honesty, character, compassion, intelligence, sensitivity, love, choose right from wrong, forgiveness, you have dignity.</li></ul>Esteem is rooted not in what one has or does, but what one is.<br />12<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  27. 27. Kissane’s comments<br />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!<br />You're still the same person – with the same family and friends – you were when you were working.<br />Being unemployed has nothing to do with being worthy of respect and love – including yours for you.<br />There's absolutely nothing to be gained by ruminating over how you lost your job and what a great gig it was.<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />13<br />
  28. 28. Kissane’s comments<br />Isolating because of feelings of guilt and shame will only makeyou feel more guilty and ashamed. Get out there!<br />Holding a grudge will only make you bitter and beaten. Move on!<br />Approach the challenge ahead with a spirit of renewal andself-improvement. Are you continuing to invest in YOU?<br />View your circumstances as the journey toward discovering, orgreatly enhancing, the real you.<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />14<br />
  29. 29. Kissane’s Comments<br />Celebrate your true victories – your faith, health, family,friends – as opposed to lamenting your defeats.<br />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.<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />15<br />
  30. 30. Coping with Financial Stress<br /><ul><li>First, file for unemployment!
  31. 31. Budget monthly income against expenses
  32. 32. Estimate duration of unemployment
  33. 33. Plan your financial situation accordingly
  34. 34. Involve the whole family and/or your supporters
  35. 35. Ask everyone to be accountable for helping</li></ul>16<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  36. 36. Coping with Time stress<br /><ul><li>Manage your time as if finding a job is your full time job (35 hours per week – 5 hours for exercise).
  37. 37. Avoid the Time Trap
  38. 38. Reactive job search
  39. 39. Do not assume that you can always get a minimum wage job “flipping burgers”…. if you have to.
  40. 40. Live in “daytight compartments” </li></ul>17<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  41. 41. Coping with Fear<br /><ul><li>Left brain thinking
  42. 42. Cautious
  43. 43. Analytic
  44. 44. Avoids risk
  45. 45. Right brain thinking
  46. 46. Experimental
  47. 47. Loves new ideas
  48. 48. Creative</li></ul>What happens when you are “stuck” in your job search?<br />Don’t let left brain thinking paralyze your job search or support efforts.<br />18<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  49. 49. Dr. Berne’s suggestions<br />Reduce Your Stress and Anxiety<br />• The Relaxation Response<br />• The Bubble of Light<br />• An Attitude of Gratitude<br />• A Notebook of Positives<br />• Four Fundamental Choices<br />• Mirror Talk <br />• Happy Experiences—Intentional Daydreams<br />19<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  50. 50. What is a productive job search?<br /><ul><li>Finding work that matches our skills and desires in the shortest length of time.
  51. 51. Reactive Job Search vs Proactive Job Search
  52. 52. Most effective strategies
  53. 53. Least effective strategies
  54. 54. 80% of job seekers look for work 180 degrees out from how companies want to hire employees</li></ul>20<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  55. 55. How are companies hiring?<br /><ul><li>51% Internal transfers and promotions
  56. 56. 49% External hires
  57. 57. 27% were from referrals
  58. 58. 22% were recruited through company websites
  59. 59. 13% through online job boards</li></ul>copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />21<br />
  60. 60. How can job seeker supporters help?<br />Understand how stress affects the job seeker and the supporter.<br />Understand what job seekers should be doing to find work.<br />Learn what to say to “coach” the job seeker<br />Learn how to communicate productively with the job seeker and other family members.<br />Focus on your relationships first. <br />22<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  61. 61. How to “coach” the job seeker<br />How’s the job search going?<br />What were your goals for today (or this week)?<br />Were you successful in achieving your goals?<br /> Praise them if they achieve any goals!<br />What barriers are you facing?<br />What are you doing to overcome or go around those barriers?<br />What are your goals for tomorrow (next week)? <br />23<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />Six key coaching questions to ask your job seeker each week<br />
  62. 62. How should we communicate?<br /><ul><li>Group discussion: When do communication problems occur? Give examples.
  63. 63. Be aware of different personality styles
  64. 64. Driver, dominant, action oriented, bottom line
  65. 65. Influencer, amiable, feelings oriented
  66. 66. Steady, cautious, skeptical, questioning
  67. 67. Analytic, detail oriented, sincere, logical</li></ul>24<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  68. 68. How should we communicate?<br /><ul><li>Observe the following:
  69. 69. Body language & gestures 56%
  70. 70. Tone of voice 37%
  71. 71. Words 7%</li></ul>25<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  72. 72. How do you discuss unemployment?<br /><ul><li>How do you tell:
  73. 73. Children
  74. 74. Family members
  75. 75. Friends
  76. 76. Strangers
  77. 77. You are not alone (15 million others are unemployed – over 6 million for more than 6 months, 1 million in Florida) </li></ul>26<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  78. 78. Dr. Berne’s suggestions<br />A Marriage and Family Survival Plan During Your Spouse's Unemployment<br />27<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  79. 79. The role of faith and prayer<br /><ul><li>Patience, persistence, and faith.
  80. 80. Prayer
  81. 81. Pray like your next job depends on God,
  82. 82. Work like your next job depends on you!
  83. 83. Family support, ministry support systems
  84. 84. What happened to Joe Jones?
  85. 85. Things don’t always turn out like we planned.</li></ul>28<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  86. 86. Questions? <br /><ul><li>Table discussions
  87. 87. Open forum for questions
  88. 88. Follow up meetings?</li></ul>29<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />
  89. 89. Contact information:<br /><ul><li>For information about career ministries in your church or area go to or call Joe Jones at 813-960-1876.
  90. 90. Dr. Pat Berne, 813-961-8046
  91. 91. Jim Kissane, 813-765-4225, </li></ul> Thanks to everyone who <br /> made this event possible!<br />copyright 2010 Career Ministries<br />30<br />