Do you realize that most opportunities (jobs) are found through networking? That’s right, by simply talking with others. Forbes magazine puts this stat at 84%! Not Internet job boards, not waiting for a company to post a position, but by you being pro-active and making the connections yourself.
Many individuals attribute their landing a great job to Coach Kevin’s career transition focused workshops and his associations with various job seeker networking groups.
Community Job Transition groups that Coach Kevin highly recommends:
Career Connectors. This group offers bi-monthly meetings at different locations throughout the month focusing on entry-level through executives. These groups feature networking with other job seekers and opportunities to meet employers face-to-face. Each meeting consists of three areas: speakers and community resources, hiring companies sharing their opportunities, and finally to networking and job seeker assistance. Career Connectors also has an active LinkedIn group with over 4,000 members!
Best Companies AZ has been a key resource in recognizing the best companies in Arizona for many years. They are an excellent resource for any job seeker.
Scioto Ridge Job Networking Group. This group was “birthed” out of a single local church and now meets in four locations in the greater Columbus area with over 1,100 members! With eight meetings each month, one can expect great networking, relevant guest speakers and various sponsors to help in your job search. Also, check out their LinkedIn group.
Career Transition Institute is a nonprofit 501(c)3, member operated, job search training organization for experienced professionals of all ages who are actively seeking better career opportunities. At 40 Plus they like to say, “An effective job search takes 40 plus hours per week” of one’s focused time and effort. With a weekly networking group, they are a great resource for those in transition.
Still Serving Veterans exists to empower veterans including wounded warriors, and their families, by helping them reintegrate into the workforce and community via counseling, coaching, guiding, job transition, and assistance in obtaining all Veterans Administration (VA) benefits to which they are entitled.
Saddleback Church has a Career Coaching and Counseling Ministry that has on-going classes to help with all aspects of job transition.
Work Ministry is an online community. This is a faith-based social network with thousands of groups across the country.
Additional Key Resources:
Professional presence and image are cornerstones to your career advancement. What you wear, say and do for the interview and make or break the job offer! Shelley Menduni of Professional Imagery is a dynamic image consultant who guides those in transition to achieve professional presence and learn business etiquette strategies for the 21st century. Nationally convenient, Shelley does much of her coaching via Skype. I can personally endorse her work…I’ve contracted with her on multiple occasions!
In going through a career transition, or any life transition for that manner, can take its toil on one’s finances. Dave Ramsey, a financial guru of sorts, has some great proven strategies to help get things back on track.
As Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development, it is a great organization to consider in your career journey. From helping gain confidence in acing the interview, to growing and leading in your next organization, I would highly recommend you local chapter. This organization has been on my radar for years!
But remember the legal disclaimer – Coach Kevin or these partner organizations cannot (and ethically would not) promise you a job just because of your association – we are tools in your strategy toolbox to gain employment – to get the right job, quickly!