Paying it forward – a little help for the unemployed

I’ve received lots of help from lots of people throughout my job search. And I am grateful. Without your support, I’d be unemployed AND feel ignored. Somewhere along the line I would’ve taken to drink to soothe my fragile ego. Alcohol – being the gateway to depravity and debauchery my teachers always claimed it to be – would’ve led to marijuana, all-night parties and tattoos memorializing my dead homies. Marijuana to crack. And crack to death, in a dark alley, while clutching my crumpled resume, wearing adult diapers and mumbling something about dental plans and company matches.

As it stands I just need to cut way back on the caffeine and random websites. My mental filter could probably use a recalibration too. (Did I really just write that last paragraph?) My point is… thanks for the suggestions, leads and kind words. They do help.

In the interest of paying forward, to follow is info about upcoming career events in NYC. Some of our esteemed public institutions are getting behind us unemployed types. Maybe the NY state government could take a cue and boost those unemployment payments a little. They’re among the lowest in the Northeast, though cost of living is among the highest in the country. But I digress.

The Vanderbilt YMCA is holding multiple career events in the coming weeks. Presenter John Crant is the president of Provident Resource , a managerial and professional-level search firm. He is also the author of Self Recruiter: Changing the Rules – a book about how to be your own recruiter and ride the economic crisis to your next career challenge.

Here are the sessions…

Organizing & Managing Your Job Search

Times: Friday, April 24, 10 a.m.; Tuesday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Place: Vanderbilt YMCA (224 East 47th Street in Manhattan)

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required.

Description: In this class, you’ll learn how to plan, set goals, and manage your job search. Class includes Workbook & Forms needed to plan your Job Search activities; how to set your personal goals for those activities; and forms to manage the Job Search process as you move toward your next career opportunity.

Highlights:

  • Job Search Activity Goals & Tracking
  • Networking Strategy
  • Resumes Sent, Tracking & Follow Up
  • Calling a Hiring Manager, and Strategy
  • 30-Second Calling ‘Script’ Preparation before Calling
  • Tracking Your Interview Goals
  • Weekly Review of Your Goals

Resume Renovation

Times: Wednesday, April 29, 6 p.m.; Tuesday, May 12, 10 a.m.

Place: Vanderbilt YMCA (224 East 47th Street in Manhattan)

Cost: FREE, pre-registration required.

Description: In this class, you’ll learn how to increase the value of the items on your resume, and how to make the cuts necessary, to be seen as a stand-out during your job search. Class includes Workbook & Forms needed to complete your Resume Renovation, as you move toward your next career opportunity.

Highlights:

  • Resume: ‘New’ Definition
  • Resume Goals
  • Understanding ‘Stacks of Incoming Resumes’
  • ‘3-Second’ Test
  • One Page Resume, Unless It’s Two
  • Value, Value Everywhere, but Nowhere to be Seen – Accomplishments Worksheet / Focus on Your Brand
  • Degrees of Degrees
  • The Headless Horseman: Don’t Send a Word Doc

YMCA members and non-members are welcome. But space is limited and pre-registration required.

To register, email your class request (including class title, date and time) to Paul Crawford, YMCA Special Events Coordinator at pcrawford[at]ymcanyc[dot]org.

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One Comment

  1. Rhoby wrote:

    Great post, in the realm of imagination and creative expression….. you are very rich!

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