Posted: 5 December 2017
Author: Shaba Qureshi, Community Learning Network
Found in: Learner Support Services
This week, we are pleased to feature a guest blogger. The blog has been submitted by Lois Polege, Adult Learning Coordinator for Flagstaff Community Adult Learning and Community Learning Network Board of Director.
One of the things I love about working in the CALP system is the opportunity to adapt our programming to fit the needs of our community, in coordination with the skills and experiences that we, as staff, bring to the table. In our local community, one of the gaps has been the loss of a program to support job searchers. With the financial support of our local municipalities, we have been able to add a job board and provide job search coaching to our learner support services. It is very rewarding to be able to build the skills and knowledge of learners and see them find the jobs they need.
Often, when we think about a job search, we focus on a resume, and that is definitely part of the coaching process. However, it is also very important to develop strategies for using that resume. Some of our clients may seem to be very passive, waiting for the perfect job to be advertised. The problem, especially in a rural community, is that many jobs are not advertised. Here is a common pattern for a small business owner:
I guess it’s no wonder that hiring is not everyone’s favourite activity.
However, if we understand the situation, we can teach our learners how to connect with employers. Rather than waiting for an ad, they can look for every opportunity to get to know employers and people that employers trust. They can get on the short list before there’s a long list. Here are some key strategies:
Newspapers, job search sites and so on are still important. But if these are the only strategies learners are using, they are looking for the fewest jobs with the most competition.
As learners gain the skills and confidence to reach out into their community, their chances of success go way up. And that’s a win for all of us!
Flagstaff Community Adult Learning