As a career coach, I understand that working as an Executive Director in a non-profit organization poses unique challenges. Some of the biggest challenges include managing expectations and limited resources. I can assist you by providing advice and resources to help navigate these difficulties. Additionally, consider utilizing job search providers like Jobcase to explore opportunities in the non-profit sector.
Don't Know Where To Begin? Find A Job Coach!
This group and it's Specialists, Contributors and members focus on one thing; helping people with criminal backgrounds find employment. We discuss a lot of different issues among ourselves and there's tons of information, great insights and sage advice.
While we are always here to help we can't get an absolute idea of what your particular situation is like for you because we're not sitting beside you, seeing what you see. We can use our own successes to guide you and we have shared terrific resources but at the end of the day it can still be hard to develop a plan and have a idea where to start, right?
That's where a job coach is helpful in assisting you to really sit down, learn about your skills, resources in your area, the types of jobs well suited and available to you and help you put together a solid job search foundation so you know where to start.
There are a number of places to find a job coach. David D from P&P in Oregon tells me your PO is the first person to ask. He states that "while many institutions provide job training to inmates it's not always easy to follow through if you don't know what coaching resources are in your area and unfortunately many in P&P aren't diligent in educating their parolees on where to find those."
A job coach can help you make smart decisions about your job search plan. Job coaches work with job seekers at all levels. They can help you determine your strengths. Coaches often use skills and interest assessments to help you make career choices. They can offer advice on many topics. This may include identifying resources, funding, transportation logistics, businesses that participate in Fair Chance hiring, how to disclose your criminal history & what not to say and more.
Job Coaches Can Help With:
*Job loss transition
*Defining career goals and using career assessments
*Education, training, and skills evaluation
*Labor market information such as wages and employment trends
*Job search strategies for researching
*Applying, interviewing, and following up
*Networking, job clubs, job fairs, and workshops
*Entrepreneur Opportunities and ideas
Find Job Coaches at:
*Nonprofit agencies with employment services (Goodwill, 2nd Chance Ministries, St. Vincent DePaul)
*College career centers (Check with the Campus Resource Center)
*Community centers or faith-based job seeker groups
*Searching online for "job coach" or "career counseling services"
As you look for a job coach, ask about their experience helping people with a criminal conviction. If possible, find a coach who has practical tips on how to job search with a criminal background.
Sometime it's more effective to connect with another human being in person. Coaches will keep in touch and help you evaluate your progress as well as troubleshoot issues you may encounter along the way.
**If you discover great job coach resources in your community, please come back and share with us who they are and where you found them! We'd love to know about your journey!
Did you know that at Jobcase, many resources help you in your job search? Look for the Resources section and help yourself. I access something daily to learn. The mission of finding a job is not easy, but when you have additional resources, it becomes more bearable.
Have you explored the resources for Jobcase? What about taking a personality test that is offered? I think if employers would use that information you can build a great team with great productivity.
May I suggest taking the personality test to see who you are for future connection and networking purposes.
“Treat people as if they were what they ought to be and you help them to become what they are capable of being.”
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
We see a lot of comments coming into the platform about challenges that people are having with unemployment benefits. Which makes a lot of sense; there are millions of us that are out of work and overwhelming systems that aren't designed to pay out but rather force you to look for work. So looking at the other piece of the problem, the job search during a pandemic.
What are the challenges you're facing during your job search? What information and help would be most useful to you now for you job search?
in 2018 I was diagnosed and treated for lung cancer (I never smoke). Although I am in remission now, I am still considered high risk for COVID because of this health history and because of my age. I am an administrator (18 years +) for an assisted living facility, we are considered frontline workers. In January a staff came out with COVID. I made a conscious decision to stay home and be safe. The spread of the virus was rapid. Pretty soon approximately 70% of the residents and staff had it. I am not wealthy and I am not the type to stay home and vegetate. I love working with seniors and veterans, so I decided to re-invent myself. I opened my own company that provides service to my beloved seniors and veterans but without the high risk of getting COVID. My investment in my business is minimal because I work from home and I am the marketing person for now. COVID is a curse and a blessing at the same time. Because of it, many people have lost their job. But because of it, many home-based jobs have also surfaced. For people who are raising small children, home-based jobs or businesses are ideal. You don't have to waste time getting ready, leaving your children with babysitters, or drive. You can work anytime at home. If I can re-invent myself at my age (70) anyone else can. Just go for it. But to do this you must have self-discipline, the drive, and the will to stick to it and make it. I know you can do it. Good luck.
For me it's that I'm still in highschool. But I will need a job come summer, because this is my senior year.
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This is a great way to quickly find out what's available and how you can access these programs locally. Select your state and the relevant questions to you and the list of programs will appear. If you need assistance navigating it, I'm happy to help you!