These help sustain careers & find talent!
Looking for a new career, a futuristic one that actually may not be so futuristic?
You also may want to see something about how technology in the form of 'robots' of all types and sizes are embedded everywhere in our products and services. There will likely be plenty of opportunities for work keeping them operating, though I doubt that an oil can like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz or Herb and Rodney Copperbottom in the 2005 animated film Robots will be much used in preparing and maintenance. Then again...? NPR has a series running right now that you may want to follow: Robots, automation, and the future of your job.
- Ken Soper, MA, MDiv, NCDA-recognized Master Career Counselor
The longest continuously running job club in West Michigan, EaRN Work Search Roundtable, meets on Tuesdays. Roundtable meets from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Spring Arbor University Grand Rapids Center in the Executive East Office Building, 1550 East Beltline SE, Suite 230. An additional Roundtable also meets every other Wednesday at St. Robert of Newminster Catholic Church in Ada.
Spring Arbor University in Grand Rapids has hosted this weekly coaching and support group throughout the past decade, and will continue to do so as Work Search Roundtable has now formally become another activity EaRN Employment and Resource Network.
Work Search Roundtable was started by EaRN co-founder Ken Soper in the late 90's and has been continuously meeting supporting the work search activity and networking of 1000's of West Michiganders. In September 2001, right after the 9/11 tragedies, Roundtable went online to expand the reach and connection of those seeking new work and when reemployed to remain employable. The Roundtable online presence continues here at the EaRN website and with a group on LinkedIn, EaRN Work Search Roundtable.
EaRN Work Search Roundtable at Spring Arbor's Grand Rapids Center is open to the public. There is a nominal donation requested for each week’s session at the SAU-GR location. However, for attendees who are coming by referral from EaRN Employment and Resource Network Affiliate organizations, there is no donation expected. All contributions are tax deductible, however, and help the EaRN through the Roundtable support and encourage current and future job-seekers.
Individuals may register for the Spring Arbor University-hosted weekly event (except those weeks of the Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day) by going to www.grnow.com, clicking on the calendar date, then the event, and using the “Register Now” function at the bottom of the screen.
The Job Clubs Symposium in West Michigan made front page news in the USDOL newsletter in early March.
The USDOL Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships also posted a slideshow of images from the symposium:
It's that time of year again--filing your 2011 tax return. What many job seekers don't realize is that some expenses are deductible, really--with some "qualifiers."
Unfortunately those deductions only apply to work searching in your current profession. It doesn't make much sense in an era when so many people have to change occupations, but if you’re switching careers, work search expenses looking for work in that new career are not permitted. And to add to the illogic, first-time job seekers are shut out of any, repeat any of the deductions, and those with a “substantial break” between their last job and current job, the IRS does not permit deductions. And to top it all off, they don’t detail what it means by a “substantial break."
If you're looking to get all the deductions you can, you may want to read this recent Forbes.com article and check with the IRS website.
I've begun to read John Maxwell's blog. He recently wrote about "Six Simple Rules for Life". I found I resonated with them. And I got to thinking, "what rules do I live by, and what work best for those who are seeking new work or career directions?" I immediately thought of my Big 2.
1) Be proactive, not reactive, in looking for work or making a career change or choice. Too often we fall into the habit of doing nothing, expecting the opportunities will fall from the sky into our laps, or that God will strike us with a lightening bolt to tell us what to do.
I don't think He works that way. Rather as Christian philosopher Lee Hardy states, "...discovering God's will for one's life [i.e. calling] is not so much a matter of seeking miraculous signs and wonders as it is being attentive to who and where we are. It is not as if our abilities, concerns, and interests are just there, as an accident of nature, and then God has to intervene in some special way [falling chunks of sky or bolts of lightening] in order to make his will known to us in a completely unrelated manner. Rather, in making a career choice, we ought to take seriously the doctrine of divine providence: God himself gives us whatever legitimate abilities, concerns, and interests we in fact possess. These are his gifts, and for that very reason they can serve as indicators of his will for our lives. In coming to know ourselves and our situation, we come to know God's will."
Consequently, a planning method is helpful, keeping in mind that plans seldom work out in the manner in which they were set, but that the planning helps the decision making process immensely. Those who access this EaRN website will find a career planning process, assessments and activities that promote proactivity, not reactivity, as a principle or rule. Remember, even not choosing is a choice.
2) Follow the Golden Rule. This is for me a mantra, a refrain, a way of living and going about my daily activities. This rule, in my opinion, is most clearly articulated and embodied in Jesus' words which I often quote, "do for others as you would have them do for you, for this [rule] fulfills all the Law [the 10 Commandments and the related hundreds of regulations for daily life given to the Israelites at Mt. Sinai] and the Prophets [who came after pointing to the Law, its inability to help us, only condemn for not meeting the Law's requirements, and the need for repentance for such 'self-referentialness'--our sinfulness]." Jesus embodies the command for He follows it to sacrifice Himself and in so doing take on the judgment we all deserve. His sacrifice makes it possible for me and you to be "...a living sacrifice..." if we accept by faith Jesus' redeeming act.
These two help me "stay on course." What are the rules or principles you live by? And are you taking an approach in looking for work and career fields where you can live them out?
Check out Maxwell's 6 rules. Maybe you too will resonate with them. And think about what rules you've chosen to live by.
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