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Job Networking Tips

How to Find a Job By Building Relationships

Job Networking Tips

Finding a job in today’s economy can be tough, but there are opportunities if you know where to look. The best way to find these opportunities is not through online job boards, the classifieds, or employment agencies—it’s by talking to people around you. Your network of friends, relatives, colleagues, and acquaintances is a valuable job search resource. Networking may sound intimidating, but it can be rewarding and fun, even if you’re shy or feel like you don’t know many people

What is networking?

The vast majority of job openings are never advertised; they’re filled by word of mouth. That’s why networking is the best way to find a job. Unfortunately, many job seekers are hesitant to take advantage of networking because they’re afraid of being seen as pushy, annoying, or self-serving. But networking isn’t about using other people or aggressively promoting yourself—it’s about building relationships.

You already know how to network

Networking is nothing more than getting to know people. Whether you realize it or not, you’re already networking every day and everywhere you go. You are networking when you strike up a conversation with the person next to you in line, introduce yourself to other parents at your child’s school, meet a friend of a friend, catch up with a former co-worker, or stop to chat with your neighbor. Everyone you meet can help you move your job search forward.

Tapping the hidden job market may take more planning and nerve than searching online, but it’s much more effective. Adopting a networking lifestyle—a lifestyle of connecting and helping others in good times and bad—will help you find the right job, make valuable connections in your chosen field, and stay focused and motivated during your job search.

Networking is the best way to find a job because:

  • People do business primarily with people they know and like. Resumes and cover letters alone are often too impersonal to convince employers to hire you.
  • Job listings tend to draw piles of applicants, which puts you in intense competition with many others. Networking makes you a recommended member of a much smaller pool.
  • The job you want may not be advertised at all. Networking leads to information and job leads, often before a formal job description is created or a job announced.

Job networking tip 1: You know more people than you think

You may think that you don’t know anyone who can help you with your job search. But you know more people than you think, and there’s a very good chance that at least a few of these people know someone who can give you career advice or point you to a job opening. You’ll never know if you don’t ask!

Make a list of the people in your network

Your network is bigger than you think it is. It includes all of your family members, friends, neighbors, co-workers, colleagues, and even casual acquaintances. Start writing down names, and you’ll be surprised at how quickly the list grows.

Think about people you know from former jobs, high school and college, church, your child’s school, the gym, social media, or your neighborhood. Also think about people you’ve met through your close connections: your sister’s co-worker; your best friend’s boss; your college roommate’s spouse; friends of your parents; your uncle’s business partner. Don’t forget to include people like your doctor, landlord, accountant, dry cleaner, or yoga instructor.

Yes, you do have a job network, and it’s more powerful than you think:

  • You already belong to many networks (family, friends, colleagues, fellow civic club members, etc.) and your job search network can be natural outgrowth of these primary contacts.
  • Each network connects you to another network (e.g., your child’s teacher can connect you with other parents, schools, and school suppliers).
  • Each member of a network may know of an available job or a connection to someone who will know of one.

If you’re nervous about making contact—either because you’re uncomfortable asking for favors or embarrassed about your employment situation—try to keep the following things in mind:

  • It feels good to help others. Most people will gladly assist you if they can.
  • People like to give advice and be recognized for their expertise.
  • Almost everyone knows what it’s like to be out of work or looking for a job. They’ll sympathize with your situation.
  • Unemployment can be isolating and stressful. By connecting with others, you’re sure to get some much needed encouragement, fellowship, and moral support.
  • Reconnecting with the people in your network should be fun—even if you have an agenda. The more this feels like a chore the more tedious and anxiety-ridden the process will be.

Job networking tip 2: Reach out to your network

All the connections in the world won’t help you find a job if no one knows about your situation. Once you’ve drawn up your list, start making contact with the people in your network. Let them know that you’re looking for a job. Be specific about what kind of work you’re looking for and ask them if they have any information or know anyone in a relevant field. Don’t assume that certain people won’t be able to help. You may be surprised by who they know.

Figure out what you want before you start networking

Networking is most effective when you have specific employer targets and career goals. It’s hard to get leads with a generic “Let me know if you hear of anything” request. You may think that you’ll have better job luck if you leave yourself open to all the possibilities, but the reality is this “openness” creates a black hole that sucks all of the networking potential out of the connection.

A generic networking request for a job is worse than no request at all, because you can lose that networking contact and opportunity. Asking for specific information, leads, or an interview is much more focused and easier for the networking source. If you’re having trouble focusing your job search, you can turn to close friends and family members for help, but avoid contacting more distant people in your network until you’ve set clear goals.

Start with your references

When you are looking for a job, start with your references. Your best references—the people who like you and can endorse your abilities, track record, and character—are major networking hubs.

  • Contact each one of your references to network about your possibilities and affirm their agreement to be your reference.
  • Describe your goals and seek their assistance.
  • Keep them informed on your job search progress.
  • Prepare them for any calls from potential employers.
  • Let them know what happened and thank them for their help regardless of the outcome.

Job networking tip 3: Improve your communication skills

Effective communication is a cornerstone of job networking. As simple as communication may seem, much of what we try to communicate—and others try to communicate to us—gets misunderstood.

Effective communication combines a set of learned skills: attentive listening, recognizing and using nonverbal cues, managing stress in the moment, and understanding your own emotions and those of the person you’re communicating with.

Attentive listening

Effective listening means not just understanding the words or the information being communicated, but also understanding how the speaker feels about what they’re communicating. To listen effectively:

  • Focus fully on the speaker and his or her body language, rather than daydreaming, texting, or doodling. If you find it hard to concentrate, try repeating the speaker’s words over in your head.
  • Avoid interrupting or trying to redirect the conversation to your concerns. Listening is not the same as waiting for your turn to talk. You can’t concentrate on what someone’s saying if you’re forming what you’re going to say next.
  • Show your interest in what’s being said. Nod occasionally, smile at the person, and make sure your posture is open and inviting.

Nonverbal communication

Wordless communication, or body language, includes facial expressions, body movement and gestures, eye contact, posture, and the tone of your voice. The way you look, listen, move, and react to another person tells them more about how you’re feeling than words alone ever can.

  • You can enhance effective communication by using open body language—arms uncrossed, standing with an open stance or sitting on the edge of your seat, and maintaining eye contact with the person you’re talking to.
  • Body language can emphasize or enhance your verbal message—patting a friend on the back while complimenting him on his success, for example, or pounding your fists to underline your message.

Managing stress

Overwhelming stress can hamper effective communication by disrupting your capacity to think clearly and creatively, and act appropriately. When you’re stressed, you’re more likely to misread other people and send confusing or off-putting nonverbal signals.

To quickly deal with stress while communicating:

  • Recognize when you’re becoming stressed. Are your muscles tight? Are your hands clenched? Is your breath shallow?
  • Take a moment to calm down. Take a few deep breaths, clench and relax your muscles, or take a break if possible. Stroll outside or spend a few minutes in a quiet place to regain your balance.
  • Bring your senses to the rescue. The best way to rapidly and reliably relieve stress is through your senses: sight, sound, touch, taste, and smell. Wearing a favorite perfume or cologne, or keeping a photo of your family at hand may help to calm you.
  • Find the humor. When used appropriately, humor is a great way to diffuse stress. Lighten the mood by sharing a joke or amusing story.

Emotional awareness

Developing Emotional AwarenessDeveloping emotional awareness provides you the tools for understanding both yourself and other people, and the real messages they are communicating to you. Although knowing your own feelings may seem simple, many people ignore or try to sedate strong emotions like anger, sadness, and fear. But your ability to communicate effectively depends on being connected to these feelings. If you’re afraid of strong emotions or insist on communicating only on a rational level, it will impair your ability to fully understand others and build strong connections.

Job networking tip 4: Focus on building relationships

Networking is a give-and-take process that involves making connections, sharing information, and asking questions. It’s a way of relating to others, not a technique for getting a job or a favor. You don’t have to hand out your business cards on street corners, cold call everyone on your contact list, or work a room of strangers. All you have to do is reach out.

  • Be authentic. In any job search or networking situation, being you—the real you—should be your goal. Hiding who you are or suppressing your true interests and goals will only hurt you in the long run. Pursuing what you want and not what you think others will like, will always be more fulfilling and ultimately more successful.
  • Be considerate. If you’re reconnecting with an old friend or colleague, take the time to get through the catching-up phase before you blurt out your need. On the other hand, if this person is a busy professional you don’t know well, be respectful of his or her time and come straight out with your request.
  • Ask for advice, not a job. Don’t ask for a job, a request comes with a lot of pressure. You want your contacts to become allies in your job search, not make them feel ambushed, so ask for information or insight instead. If they’re able to hire you or refer you to someone who can, they will. If not, you haven’t put them in the uncomfortable position of turning you down or telling you they can’t help.
  • Be specific in your request. Before you go off and reconnect with everyone you’ve ever known, get your act together and do a little homework. Be prepared to articulate what you’re looking for. Is it a reference? An insider’s take on the industry? A referral? An introduction to someone in the field? Also make sure to provide an update on your qualifications and recent professional experience.

Slow down and enjoy the job networking process

The best racecar drivers are masters of slowing down. They know that the fastest way around the track is by slowing down going into the turns, so they can accelerate sooner as they’re heading into the straightaway. As you’re networking, keep this “Slow in, fast out” racing mantra in mind.

Effective networking is not something that should be rushed. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to be efficient and focused, but hurried, emergency networking is not conducive to building relationships for mutual support and benefit. When you network, you should slow down, be present, and try to enjoy the process. This will speed up your chances for success in the job-hunting race. Just because you have an agenda doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy reconnecting.

Don’t be a hit-and-run networker

Don’t be a hit-and-run networker: connecting, getting what you want, and then disappearing, never to be heard from until the next time you need something. Invest in your network by following up and providing feedback to those who were kind of enough to offer their help. Thank them for their referral and assistance. Let them know whether you got the interview or the job. Or use the opportunity to report on the lack of success or the need for additional help.

Job networking tip 5: Evaluate the quality of your network

If your networking efforts don’t seem to be going anywhere, you may need to evaluate the quality of your network. Take some time to think about your network’s strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities. Without such an evaluation, there is little chance your network will adapt to your needs and your future goals. You may not notice how bound you are to history, or how certain connections are holding you back. And you may miss opportunities to branch out and forge new ties that will help you move forward.

Taking inventory of your network and where it is lacking is time well spent. If you feel your network is out of date, then it’s time to upgrade! Your mere awareness of your needs will help you connect you with new and more relevant contacts and networks.

Rate your network

Give yourself 1 point for each question you answer yes.

  • Do you trust your network to give you the truth about the real you?
  • Does your network challenge you as much as it supports you?
  • Does your network feel vibrant and dynamic?
  • Does your network represent your future goals as much as your past?
  • Are the networks connected to your network strong?

5 pts – Your network is in great shape!

3-4 pts – You need to enhance your network.

0-2 pts – Your network needs a makeover.

Job networking tip 6: Take advantage of both “strong” and “weak” ties

Everyone has both “strong” and “weak” ties. Strong ties occupy that inner circle and weak ties are less established. Adding people to networks is time consuming, especially strong ties. It requires an investment of time and energy to have multiple “best friends.” Trying to stay in touch with new acquaintances is just as challenging.

But adding new “weak tie” members gives your network vitality and even more cognitive flexibility—the ability to consider new ideas and options. New relationships invigorate the network by providing a connection to new networks, viewpoints, and opportunities.

Tips for strengthening your job network

  • Tap into your strong ties. Your strong ties will logically and trustingly lead to new weak ties that build a stronger network. Use your existing network to add members and reconnect with people. Start by engaging the people in your trusted inner circle to help you fill in the gaps in your network.
  • Think about where you want to go. Your network should reflect where you’re going, not just where you’ve been. Adding people to your network who reflect issues, jobs, industries, and areas of interest is essential. If you are a new graduate or a career changer, join the professional associations that represent your desired career path. Attending conferences, reading journals, and keeping up with the lingo of your desired field can prepare you for where you want to go.
  • Make the process of connecting a priority. Make connecting a habit—part of your lifestyle. Connecting is just as important as your exercise routine. It breathes life into you and gives you confidence. Find out how your network is doing in this environment, what steps they are taking, and how you can help. As you connect, the world will feel smaller and a small world is much easier to manage.

Job networking tip 7: Take the time to maintain your network

Maintaining your job network is just as important as building it. Accumulating new contacts can be beneficial, but only if you have the time to nurture the relationships. Avoid the irrational impulse to meet as many new people as possible. The key is quality, rather than quantity. Focus on cultivating and maintaining your existing network. You’re sure to discover an incredible array of information, knowledge, expertise, and opportunities.

Schedule time with your key contacts

List the people who are crucial to your network—people you know who can and have been very important to you. Invariably, there will be some you have lost touch with. Reconnect and then schedule a regular meeting or phone call. You don’t need a reason to get in touch. It will always make you feel good and provide you with an insight or two.

Prioritize the rest of your contacts

Keep a running list of people you need to reconnect with. People whose view of the world you value. People you’d like to get to know better or whose company you enjoy. Prioritize these contacts and then schedule time into your regular routine so you can make your way down the list.

Take notes on the people in your network

Take notes on the people in your networkCollecting cards and filing them is a start. But maintaining your contacts, new and old, requires updates. Add notes about their families, their jobs, their interests, and their needs. Unless you have a photographic memory, you won’t remember all of this information unless you write it down. Put these updates and notes on the back of their business cards or input them into your contact database.

Find ways to reciprocate

Always remember that successful networking is a two-way street. Your ultimate goal is to cultivate mutually beneficial relationships. That means giving as well as receiving. Send a thank-you note, ask them about their family, email an article you think they might be interested in, and check in periodically to see how they’re doing. By nurturing the relationship through your job search and beyond, you’ll establish a strong network of people you can count on for ideas, advice, feedback, and support.

Helpguide thanks John E. Kobara, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the California Community Foundation. This article is adapted from his blog, Adopting the Mentoring and Networking Lifestyle.

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To get a job, talk to people face to face.

Too many people see the job search as a passive process. They spend each day at home on the computer, trolling job sites, submitting their resumes, and then waiting to get a call requesting an interview. And waiting. And waiting.

The job you want is very unlikely to land in your lap this way. Instead, the job will go to the man hitting the pavement and talking to real humans face to face.  Read on:  Click here for original source of this article


Looking for a Job? Take the Initiative!


This month, nearly 2 million students left colleges and universities around the country with a bachelor’s degree in hand. Some will be headed to graduate school, while others will be entering the job market, many hoping to land their first “real” job. At the same time, 3 million high school graduates have started looking for a summer gig–perhaps their first job ever. Joining them in the job hunt are the millions of Americans who have been laid off, are unemployed, and have been looking to get hired for weeks, months, even years.

What all these folks have in common is that they’re searching for a job in a tough economy. While experts debate whether things are looking up or whether we’re headed for even worse times, the reality for job seekers out there is that competition is tight. The plumb jobs will go to the bright, to those who are well-connected and know how to network, and, most of all…to those who know how to hustle.

Too many men see the job search as a passive process. They spend each day at home on the computer, trolling and other job sites, submitting their resumes, and then waiting to get a call requesting an interview. And waiting. And waiting.

The job you want is very unlikely to land in your lap this way. Instead, the job will go to the man hitting the pavement–the man who takes the initiative. Here are some tips on how to grab the bull by the horns when you’re looking for a job.

Note: Obviously, one of the best ways to take the initiative in finding work is to start your own biz. But the focus of this article will be landing a job with someone else.

Hand in Your Resume in Person

The surest way to remain unemployed is to be like the guy mentioned above—submitting your resumes online and then sitting on your hands waiting for a call. HR departments are like employment Bermuda Triangles—your resume gets sent to who knows where to be read by who knows who, if at all. And even if your resume does get read, what will differentiate it from the hundreds of others in the stack?

Instead, if it’s possible, print out your resume/cover letter/application, and go in person to hand it to whomever is responsible for hiring (the hiring manager, your potential supervisor, the head of the department, etc.) for the job you want. Figuring out who is responsible for hiring can be difficult at large, faceless corporations, but often can be done by looking online and making some calls.

This is how I have gotten most of the jobs I’ve had in my life. In each instance, the person was pleased with my initiative, interviewed me right on the spot, and, in some cases, offered me the job right then and there.

Obviously, handing in your resume in person works better for lower-level jobs than more professional ones, but it can be effective in a variety of situations. Awhile back, AoM Community member Ben D. posted an awesome little article on the Community blog about how he landed a job as a respiratory therapist by using this method:

“When my wife and I moved to Chicago, we had no connections here. No jobs, no family, and minimal money. The assumption was that I would be able to find a job in short order. Before we moved, I updated my resume, applied online to many jobs, and then sat back and waited.

When the move was over and we had settled in, I still did not have a job. I had a couple of leads, but they were at companies that are considered resume stains in my profession. Still, a crappy job beats no job, so I bit the bullet, called the hiring manager, and got hired at the Resume Stain.

After one shift I had had enough. While the people were nice, the job and the company were crap. I began formulating plans for my escape. I applied to more jobs online and then waited. That is how one applies for a job, right?

Wrong. I was listening to public radio and a story came on about how people seeking work would fill out online applications, post their resume to Monster, and then just wait for a job to fall into their laps. Listening to this it struck me how absurd and un-manly that was. Unless you can poop golden eggs, you are just one faceless resume in a sea of thousands. I decided to get my job the manly way: with hard work, initiative, and elbow grease.

I printed my resume, wrote a custom cover letter for the company I was applying to, and signed it in pen. I folded these items up into an envelope and addressed it to the hiring manager, put on my good suit and tie, and drove down to the company.

It struck me that what I was about to do–to cold-call a hiring manager–was risky. He could be in a bad mood or out of the office. Any number of bad things could happen. But I wanted this job, and I had nothing to lose.

I choked down my nerves, straightened my tie, put on a big confident smile, and strode through the doors. A little sniffing around brought me to the manager’s office. I knocked on the door, introduced myself with a big smile and a handshake, and before he knew it he had my resume and cover letter in his hands. I explained myself. “Just didn’t want to be another face in the crowd, thought I’d take a little initiative and stop by in person.” He sat me down for an interview, and an hour later I left with a promise from him that he’d be in touch.

A few days later I got a phone call and a job offer. Soon, I will be employed at a company that I respect and that has a great reputation. I got the job I actually wanted, not just one I was randomly hired for from the internet. I got a good job at a good company, and I got to make that critical first impression a good one, all by eschewing the trappings of the internet job hunt for the old-fashioned manly way of getting a job. Another victory for manliness!”

Another victory for manliness, indeed, Ben. And to the victor go the spoils.

Follow Up!

Whether you submit your resume online or hand it over in person, your job is not yet done. Now you must follow up! Hiring managers have a lot on their plate, as do department heads and supervisors for whom hiring is just one small part of what they do. So show your sincere interest in the job by following up with an email or phone call.

If a job posting gave a deadline for the application window, then follow up a couple of days after the deadline passes–following up before then will make you seem impatient. When you follow up, say something like, “Because the deadline for x job closed on June 11, I assume that applications have begun to be reviewed. I just wanted to express my sincere interest in the position. My [couple of key qualities] would make me a great fit for the job.” If you can find out something about the company’s culture or the kind of people the hiring manager likes to hire, then mention your connection to those things.

If the job posting didn’t have a deadline, then wait a week to ten days after you submit your application to follow up. Then give the hiring manager a call, and say something like, “My name is Bob Smith and I submitted my resume on June 11 for X job, and I was wondering if the position had been filled yet. No? Well, [express interest in job + a couple of things that make you well qualified for it].

If you’ve done an interview with the company, but haven’t heard back from them within the time frame they gave you (and make sure to ask for a timeline at the end of the interview if they don’t tell you), then the day after the original time frame expires, follow up with a phone call or email reaffirming your interest in the job, saying politely that you realize the hiring process can take awhile, and inquiring if they could give you an updated timeline on when they will be making a decision.

If the company didn’t give you a timeline to begin with, then wait a week and a half after your interview before following up.

Whether you’re following up on a submitted application or on an interview, keep it to two attempts. If you don’t get an answer on the first follow-up, send an email a week later. Still no answer? Move on.

“Apply” for Unadvertised Jobs and Jobs That Don’t Yet Exist

Many of the very best jobs out there will never show up in the classifieds. The company doesn’t advertise the positions publicly and instead hires friends, internal employees, or folks they have worked with or heard about in other capacities. So you’ll never get these gigs by waiting around for a job posting to show up. Instead, you have to take the initiative!

If there’s some place you want to work, and some position you’re hoping to get, send an email with your resume to the person you think would be in charge of hiring for that position. Tell them that if the job opens up, you’d love to be considered and why you’re qualified for the position.

You should put yourself out there even if a position or job you want doesn’t yet exist, or if you’re a freelancer hoping to pick up a new client who doesn’t even know he needs your services yet. Get a feel for what the company does currently, and where they could use help or could potentially expand, and then contact them and offer your services, giving them a specific idea of something you could do for them. Tell them you’re a big fan of what they do (hopefully this is actually true) and that you would be willing to do a project for them free of charge or at a discount to give back; doing something new is a risky proposition for the potential client, so they’ll be much more willing to give you a go if it won’t cost them much. Now they might not be able to use you at that moment, but down the road a need for your services may arise, and when it does, they’ll think of you first.

Let me give you some examples from running the Art of Manliness. Back in 2009, Ted Slampyak contacted me saying how much he liked AoM, and volunteering to take part in our SWYMJ series. Three years passed (three years!), but this year, the site was finally generating enough revenue to do something I had wanted to do since starting AoM: hire an illustrator to do illustrations for some of our posts. When we were thinking about how to find someone who could do illustrations with an AoM feel, Kate said, “Hey, how about that guy who did the SYWMJ interview? He does really cool stuff.” And so now Ted is our go-to guy for all our illustration needs.

Second case in point:

When I originally started AoM in January 2008, I did all the design work myself. For a law student with no web or graphic design experience, I did okay, but I knew the site could look a whole lot better if a professional applied their talents to it. Enter Eric Granata. Eric has been reading AoM since the beginning and was an active participant in our first version of the AoM forums. In early 2008, Eric reached out in an email introducing himself as a fellow Okie, AoM fan, and web designer. He volunteered his services for any graphic and web design needs that we might have. I had a small project that I needed done, and Eric did it completely gratis as a way to say thanks for the content on AoM.

We were so impressed with Eric’s work, we kept going back to him for other projects, but this time as a paying customer. In 2009, we hired Eric to do a complete redesign of AoM. The site you’re looking at today is Eric’s handiwork. We’ve become a regular paying client of Eric’s, and it all started with him taking the initiative and volunteering his services.

I could go on with more examples, but I think you get the idea. Start offering your services to people, and planting as many seeds as you can. They may not sprout immediately, but could very well bear fruit down the road.

And, it should go without saying, but even if you do that first thing for a potential client for free or at a discount, knock it out of the park! It’s basically your interview for a job. Wow the client with what you can do, and he’ll wonder what he ever did without you and eagerly start throwing more fully paid work your way. Half-ass it and your window of opportunity will close.

Take the Initiative!

So why do these initiative-taking methods work so well? Well, believe or not, companies have just as hard a time finding good people, as good people do finding good jobs. Put yourself in the shoes of the person doing the hiring—they’ve got stacks of applications to look through and it’s hard to distinguish on paper who might be worth calling in for an interview. It takes a lot of work to make that decision. By showing some initiative, you help do some of the work for them, as it shows you have moxie and ambition and that you really want this job: qualities that represent a big percentage of what they’re looking for in an employee.

Now taking the initiative in your job search doesn’t mean you’ll land your dream job tomorrow. But it is guaranteed to get you hired faster than waiting around for your next job to land in your lap.


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LDS Ward Employment Specialist: Checklist for Helping Job Seekers

Source: Denver LDS employment center 9/18/2014 – meljr

LDS Ward Employment Specialist: Checklist for Helping Job Seekers


  • Get to know the Job Seeker
  • Employment situation
  • Education
  • Goals: long term and short term
  • Special circumstances


  • Assist job seekers with registering on
  • Fill out goals section
  • Profile can be filled out later in the assistance process


  • Participate with priesthood and Relief Society leaders in their creating of a Ward Assistance Plan (WAP) for each member in need. An effective plan, as a minimum, should include the following:
  • Temporal circumstances and welfare needs
  • Short and long term goals of the job seeker
  • Training and educational needs
  • Defined action steps with specific time frames for accomplishment
  • Ward involvement


  • Seek direction from and report back to priesthood and Relief Society leaders.


  • Work with ward leaders to assign a suitable job coach


  • Provide training per the established Ward Assistance Plan, including:
  • Interviewing
  • Resume writing
  • Social Media
  • Job search


  • Seek inspiration. You have been called of God and set apart for this work!


  • Seek Assistance as needed from the Stake Employment Specialist, the Regional Employment Resource Center (if available) and Community employment resources in accordance with the Ward Assistance Plan


  • Assist members in completing their profile to 100% and making it visible to employers


  • Help ward leaders and the job seeker maintain a record of progress and accomplishments on


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Duties of an LDS Ward Employment Specialist

Source: Denver LDS employment center 9/18/2014 – meljr

Duties of an LDS Ward Employment Specialist


DUTIES                                                         ACTIONS

Study and Learn
  1. Receive initial training from the Stake Employment Specialist.
  2. Learn and understand the Ward Employment Process
  3. Attend ongoing training meetings and Stake Employment Nights, as established by the Stake Employment Specialist.
  4. Devote 4-6 hours a week to master:
  • Resume writing
  • Interviewing
  • Job Search Skills to include social media
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  1. Periodically review available articles on
Teach and Apply
  1. Teach job skills to ward members as requested by:
  • Relief Society leaders
  • Priesthood leaders
  • YM/YW leaders
  • Individual job seekers
  1. Provide 5th Sunday and fireside presentations as requested.
Know and utilize resources
  1. Ward Resources:
  • Individual members
  • Priesthood and Relief Society committees
  • Ward Bulletins
  • Ward Council
  • Stake Employment Nights
  • Stake Employment Specialist
  • Stake Job Listings
  • Stake job fairs and workshops
  • Work Force Centers
  • Small Business Administration
  • Community welfare organizations
  • Local employers
  • Workshops
  • One on one Counseling
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  1. Stake Resources:
  1. Community Resources:
  1. Regional Resources:





Know All Ward Employment Needs
  1. Conduct periodic Needs Survey to determine ward employment, education and training needs
  2. Work with priesthood quorums, Relief Society and YM/YW to determine the needs within their specific organizations
  3. Maintain updated employment status and notes for all members on
  4. Work with ward leaders to identify and remove barriers that prevent members from identifying their employment needs.
Resource to Ward Council
  1. Attend Ward councils
  2. Be prepared to provide input on:
  • Education and training
  • Job market to include self-employment, etc.
  • Survey results and identified needs.
  1. Report on status and progress of unemployed and underemployed in the ward (use content).
  1. Assist all members in creating and updating their profile
  2. Update the current status weekly of those registered on
  3. Add notes detailing members status, progress, and next steps on
  4. Train ward leaders on functionality and use of


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Dudies of an LDS Stake Employment Specialist

Source is Denver LDS Employment Center 9/18/2014 – meljr

Stake Employment Specialist



DUTIES                                                         ACTIONS

Acquire the knowledge and skills to find job openings and help members find suitable employment.
  1. Receive initial training from Regional Employment center
  2. Devote sufficient time to master
  3. Devote several hours a week to professional reading on job search skills: interviewing, networking, resume writing, cold calling, INTERNET search skills, etc.
  4. Get to know the members of the stake who work for key companies, are employers or who work in human resource management
  5. Attend the monthly training meetings held on line or at the Regional Employment Center


Provide Instruction and Training to Ward Employment Specialists
  1. Provide detailed instruction on to all ward employment specialists.
  2. Provide individual one on one training/orientation to all ward employment specialists after their initial call.
  3. Provide group training on a regular basis in a forum that allows the SES to address day to day challenges and needs of the ward employment specialists.
  4. Meet individually with ward employment specialists once a quarter to discuss calling, offer assistance, address concerns and evaluate progress.


Provide Instruction and Training to priesthood and Relief Society leaders at the ward level throughout the stake.
  1. Meet with ward priesthood and Relief Society leaders annually to provide joint training on employment.
  2. Work with ward employment specialists to provide individual training for R.S. and priesthood leaders as needed, to include YM/YW.


Know All Stake Employment Needs
  1. Insure Needs Surveys are conducted at the ward level to determine employment, education and training needs to include underemployment.
  2. Work with Stake R.S. and YM/YW presidencies to determine needs within their specific organizations to include inactive members.
  3. Work with Stake councils to identify employment needs stake wide.


Resource to Stake Welfare Committee
  1. Attend the quarterly Stake Welfare Committee meeting.
  2. Work with the committee to establish employment welfare goals.
  3. Be prepared to provide input on education, training, the current job market, employment opportunities, to include self-employment, etc.
  4. Report on status and progress of stake employment goals and monthly reports
  5. Report survey results and identified needs.
  6. Report on large scale job market issues affecting more than one ward.
  7. Accept new assignments and report on previous assignments.
  8. Assist individual members of the committee as requested.


Know Economic and Business Opportunities Within the Community
  1. Read the daily and Sunday business sections of the newspaper to become familiar with community employment opportunities and issues.
  2. Review monthly the local business journal or other available publications.
  3. Review monthly state/local government websites that detail latest economic conditions and trends.
  4. Periodically contact key members who have positions of economic responsibility in the community to receive updates and perspectives.


  1. Have stake and Regional employment activities placed in the Stake Directory
  2. Assist ward employment specialists in placing announcements in ward sacrament bulletins.
  3. Regularly advertise stake employment nights.


Help Place Members in Suitable Employment or Training, to Include Self Employment
  1. Establish stake employment nights where members can receive assistance on a regular basis and ongoing training can be provided to ward employment specialists.
  2. Help priesthood and Relief Society leaders understand that they shout take the lead in all employment efforts for their perspective members.
  3. Work with ward employment specialists to insure that members have a suitable job coach.
  4. Work with ward employment specialists to identify job openings that match needs of members with employment concerns.
  5. Seek inspiration.
  6. Seek Assistance as needed from the Employment Resource Center (if available) on employment opportunities within the community.
Meet with Stake President or assigned Stake Presidency member on a regular basis.
  1. Set Welfare goals.
  2. Outline plan for achieving stake goals.
  3. Discuss training stake wide.
  4. Discuss current state of unemployment and underemployment.
  5. Seek direction.
  6. Discuss any other issues that affect the temporal welfare of the stake members.



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Me in 30 Seconds for job hunters



Your “Me in 30 Seconds”,

Email to my best Friend, 

or Elevator Speech

Keep your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement brief. People generally listen effectively only 30 to 60 seconds, and they appreciate concise responses to questions. This indicates that you are clearly focused and waste no time getting to the point.

  • Speak in the present tense to show that your skills are current and applicable in today’s market.
  • Remember your audience. Adjust the level of detail and industry jargon you use according to the interest and experience of the person you are addressing.
  • Avoid common claims such as: “I’m trustworthy, loyal, helpful, courteous, kind,” and so on. Not only are these claims made by most job seekers, but without detailed examples, they don’t convey your value to a potential employer.
  • Make your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement natural.

It is a genuine form of communication that will help you organize everything you are into brief, coherent thoughts.

Adapted from an article at to ad information on elevator speech. Thanks- meljr

  1. Your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement is a simple way to present to employers, friends, or people you meet, a balanced understanding of who you are. It is a brief but compelling answer to the question “Why should I hire you?” It is also a simple way to tell everyone you meet that you are looking for a job and what kind.
  1. Your “Me in 30 Seconds” has three main elements.
    • Prove your value
    • Indicate the type of work you are seeking
    • Ask for help or a referral
  1. “Prove your value” by addressing the following elements:
    • Education/Certifications
    • Years of  or amount of Experience
    • Validation and/or quantifiable results
    • Passions; what you’re good at/what you like to do within your profession
    • Ask for help or a referral
  2. Indicate the type of work you are seeking
    • Keep it short; one sentence
    • Say it at the end of your “Me in 30 Seconds”
    • Give the reader/listener a specific job title to remember
  3. The following “Me in 30 Seconds” examples have been color coded to match up with the color
    coded elements used above under number 3, “Prove your value”:

    • I have a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, with fifteen years experience in the manufacturing industry. My passion is in solving problems and improving processes to streamline business, eliminate waste, and cut costs. I once saved my company $10 million through a single capacity analysis. I’ve been an integral part of certifying the Boeing 747, 767 and 777 for safety and FAA compliance. I’m looking for a position in the manufacturing industry as an Industrial Engineer. Do you know anyone looking for someone like this?
    • I’m an effective leader and mentor with a passion for counseling job seekers to make sure they have the right tools in place for success. I have an MBA with an emphasis in Human Resources Management, and ten years experience in the industry. My main expertise lies in resume writing, job interviewing methods, and networking techniques. I have a proven track record of success in placing people in positions to succeed in their job searches and through my counseling, my clients have consistently found desirable positions 53% faster than through other agencies. I’m seeking a position as an Executive Recruiter. Who do you know that works in your Human Resource department?
    • I’m a skilled driver with a Class A CDL with both Hazmat and doubles endorsments. I have over ten years experience, with a perfect safety record, logging more than 750,000 miles and over 13,000 hours behind the wheel. I love to drive and enjoy being on the road doing long distance hauls. I’ve hauled many different kinds of loads, including auto parts, perishable foods, cars and furniture. I know all the elements of
      the transportation industry, having co-owned a successful trucking company for five years; hiring, training and managing the operations.
      I’m looking for a position within the trucking industry as an operations manager. Who do you know who works in the trucking business?
  1. This is your “Me in 30 Seconds” statement. You need to know this well enough to present at any time to any person. Also this can be part of your “Email to my Best Friend”. Sent it or give it to as many people you can think of.

Some other examples of “Me in 30 Seconds” statements:

“My name is Randy Patterson, and I’m currently looking for a job in youth services. I have 10 years of experience working with youth agencies. I have a bachelor’s degree in outdoor education. I raise money, train leaders, and organize units. I have raised over $100,000 each of the last six years. I consider myself a good public speaker, and I have a good sense of humor. “Who do you know who works with youth?”

“My name is Lucas Martin, and I enjoy meeting new people and finding ways to help them have an uplifting experience. I have had a variety of customer service opportunities, through which I was able to have fewer returned products and increased repeat customers, when compared with co-workers. I am dedicated, outgoing, and a team player. Who could I speak with in your customer service department about your organization’s customer service needs?”

“My name is Stephen Rioux, and I am currently looking for a job in Human Resource Management.  I have 12 years of experience in managing and leading others.  I am currently working on my Bachelors degree at DeVry University in Human Resource Management.  I have managed stores ranging from $300,000 to over a million dollars.  I have hired, recruited and trained top sales performers in various types of environments and have mentored several people into managerial careers.  I consider myself to have great people skills and have a good sense of humor.”  “Who do you know that works in Human Resource?”




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Guerrilla Job Search Secrets of the Homeless Man with the Golden Voice

This is how I feel about job hunting. meljr

See Original Article by: KEVIN DONLIN , Star Tribune Sales and Marketing

Maybe you’ve heard the “golden voice” of YouTube sensation, Ted Williams. He’s the formerly homeless, formerly unemployed man who was hired — literally off the street — by the Cleveland Cavaliers for his dream job as an announcer. Other job offers are still pouring in from around the country. If you’re unemployed, you can learn a lot from Ted Williams’ Guerrilla Job Search.

Here’s why …

No social worker on earth would say to a homeless person, “You know what you need to do? Go stand in traffic with a sign and talk like a radio DJ to every person you meet.” Ted could have followed conventional advice — gone to his local workforce center or library, waited to use the free computers, and applied online for advertised jobs. And he would still be unemployed.

Luckily, Ted Williams is a natural born Guerrilla Job Hunter. He did four simple things, which you can do, too …

 1) Ted got out of the house and met people

If there’s one advantage to being homeless in a job search, it’s this: You can’t avoid meeting people. By contrast, unemployed people with homes often go to great lengths to avoid people. They sit at home, in front of the computer, zapping out resumes by email and feeling productive. But that’s usually a pointless waste of time.

Instead, Ted was out in the game, every day, meeting and telling people about the job he wanted. And he met just the right person — a reporter who told his story. The rest is history. You never know who you will meet on the street. That person ahead of you in line at 7-Eleven, or sitting next to you at Starbucks, may be a VP at your dream employer. Of course the chances of meeting your dream employer on the street this week are small. But your chances are ZERO if you stay at home and never get out.

Burning questions:
* Do you know EXACTLY what job you want to do? There are plenty of homeless (and “homed”) people looking for “any job” … and they struggle for months.
* How many people have you talked to this week about your job? How do you know? What is your quota?

2) Ted didn’t use an ordinary resume
You can’t get much less ordinary than Ted’s “resume” — it was handwritten, in magic marker … on a piece of cardboard. The first line read, “I have a God given gift of voice.” That’s … extraordinary. Not recommended for most people, who should print their resume on paper and hand-deliver it to hiring managers, if possible. But a great idea starter. More importantly, Ted didn’t waste weeks revising his resume until it was “perfect.”

Burning questions:

* How many ordinary resumes have you sent to employers?
* If you’re not yet ready, how much longer will you wait for your resume to be “perfect” before sending it out? And how many jobs have you missed out on in the meantime?

3) Ted didn’t interview, he performed

When most job seekers get an interview, they retell success stories from their past, hoping employers will take a leap of faith and hire them. Bleh. Ted performed for anyone who would listen. His first “interview” — the YouTube video that made him famous overnight — didn’t feature him begging for a job. No, he was DOING THE JOB in that video interview. Big difference.

Burning questions:
* How can you perform your most-employable skills at a moment’s notice?
* If you’re in sales, you can pick up a phone book and make cold calls.
* If you’re a designer, you can draw on napkin.
* A teacher can deliver a memorable 5-minute lesson.
* A customer service manager can pose as a customer, call his target employer, and analyze their phone service.

You get the idea — there is NO job that cannot be performed in an interview. Because, if you’re hired you will have to perform anyway. Why wait?

4) Ted kept a positive outlook

Yes, your situation may be dire. You may have been jobless for months or years. You may have troubles with your finances, family, or health. But you probably won’t be sleeping under a highway overpass tonight. So do what it takes to greet the world with a smile. It’s the fastest way to make the best impression on anyone. And it doesn’t cost a dime.

If Ted, a homeless, recovering alcoholic/addict, can be unfailingly polite and positive in his dealings with others, so can you. Just watch his video on YouTube, if you haven’t already. Still not able to stay positive? Fine — fake it for just 30 minutes tomorrow. Get out of the house. Meet one person. Talk to them about your job. Perform your skill. Do it with a smile.

After that, you can go home and scowl for the rest of the day. At least you’ll have a home to go to.

Bottom line: If you get out, meet people, send an extraordinary resume, and “perform” in a positive way — like Ted Williams — you may find a job, too. Or the job may find you.

That’s the Guerrilla way.

Kevin Donlin is contributing co-author of “Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0.” Since 1996, he has provided job-search help to more than 20,000 people. For a free Guerrilla Job Search audio CD, visit