By Laura Bristow
Have you looked for a new (or better) job lately? If it has been a while, you might find yourself a little lost and a lot frustrated. An internet search on “how to find a job” returns pages of articles offering conflicting advice. You may be scratching your head over such new terms as “self-branding” and “applicant tracking system (ATS)” or feeling anxious by statistics like:
- It takes less than 15 seconds for an HR person to review and reject a resume.
- 80% of job openings are not advertised.
- The job search of candidates over age 40 can take significantly longer than that of someone ten years younger.
It’s enough to make you wish a fairy job-mother would float down on a bubble and, with a touch of her wand, bring you a job.
While such a magical being doesn’t exist, the Career Center at Jewish Community Services (JCS) has the next best thing: experienced Career Coaches who guide job seekers – in person, by phone, or online – at all stages of their careers, and it is completely confidential. Coaches can prepare you to answer tough interview questions, help you craft a resume that stands out, build a professional LinkedIn profile that widens your appeal, and more. JCS coaches can also connect you to hundreds of Baltimore employers for networking and job leads. The results? Nearly half of coached jobseekers find a job, and more than 75% seeking career guidance for something other than a job search report satisfaction with services received. Pretty magical!
Whether you’re in a full job search or just need help polishing your resume, find out how the JCS Career Center can coach you to success. Call 410-466-9200 or visit jcsbaltimore.org/job-seeking. Mention this blog to receive a complimentary consultation. Wand not included.
Laura Bristow is Director of Economic Services for JCS.
The JCS Career Center offers comprehensive employment assistance that helps job seekers of all abilities and skill levels find and maintain employment. Services include career coaching, career assessments, resume and cover letter services, interview preparation, job readiness training, vocational rehabilitation and job placement assistance.