by Jake LynnRead original published article
July 22, 2009
With the national unemployment rate creeping toward 10 percent, job
seekers can use all they help they can get. Some found welcome support
at a free networking seminar held Tuesday night at the JCC of Central
New Jersey in Scotch Plains.
Sponsored by the
United Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey, as well as
Elizabeth-based Jewish Family Services, the monthly program is held at
the JCC as a way to help unemployed workers with their networking and
Aaron and Laura Cohen,
a married couple who moderate the group, use a 7-step job search
methodology created by national career coach Rod Colon and his ETP
The central tenets of networking emphasize the use of free online tools
such as LinkedIn as a means to widen one’s group of friends, colleagues
and potential employers all in one central database.
Cohens also stressed the philosophy of ‘paying it forward’ when it
comes to helping others find work even if you don’t have a job yourself.
is as much about giving as it is getting,” said Aaron Cohen. “Almost
always, the most rewarding jobs come by word of mouth rather than on
the Internet. But they won’t just fall from the sky. You need to help
others in order to help yourself move forward.”
25 attendees also learned of additional free resources that the New
Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development provides, such as
the Professional Services Group (PSG). PSG locations, which are
scattered throughout the state, provide a comprehensive list of career
services to job seekers and also help place workers with potential
employers. The closest location to Scotch Plains and Fanwood is in New
Brunswick. Call (732) 418-3304 for more information.
group, which was made up of both first-time job seekers and those with
more than 25 years of experience from a variety of industries, learned
the fine art of the ‘Elevator Pitch’.
to succinctly explain your skills and the value one can bring to an
organization in 30 seconds or less can make or break your chances of
getting the job,” said the Cohens.
For Bob, a
project management specialist from Fanwood, this couldn’t hit any
closer to home. He explained to the group that he’d secured several
interviews over the past year. But since his line of work is
specialized and he’d been working for the same company for nearly 30
years, he hasn’t been able to persuade hiring managers that he can
convert his skills to a different line of work. In this economy, he
expressed deep gratitude for groups like this that will hopefully help
him become much more marketable.
For more information on the Central New Jersey Networking Group, e-mail email@example.com