These help sustain careers & find talent!
Thomas Friedman's The World is Flat helped us begin to see the implications of a world economy linked by technology impacting labor markets and work. The impact is truly widespread, coming home to people everywhere in many countries where downsizing became commonplace. The idea of 'permanent' as an adjective for employment is no longer appropriate--it's an oxymoron.
Jim Ware of The Work Design Collaborative recently wrote in their newsletter, Future of Work:
Organizations are increasingly seeing the concept of long-term, full-time "guaranteed" jobs as inappropriate in a dynamic global economy. In fact, of course, relying on part-time and temporary labor is nothing new; it's been a way of life in the commercial construction industry for decades—especially for large-scale projects like bridges, dams, military installations, and center-city skyscrapers. Of course, those mega-projects usually take many years to complete, so the work often doesn't feel temporary at the time—but everyone involved knows there's no such thing as a "permanent" construction job. Variable employment has also been common in aerospace and defense; workers migrate from one company to another as employers win or lose federal contracts. And there are other examples as well in many "civilian" industries like advertising, film production and entertainment, public accounting, and other professional services sectors.
Ware goes on:
What is new, however, is the dramatic increase in the number of firms relying on part-time or contract labor, and in the percentage of the workforce holding "nonstandard" jobs. The Iowa Policy Project, a nonpartisan think tank, estimated that "26% of the U.S. workforce had jobs in 2005 that were in one way or another 'nonstandard.' That includes independent contractors, temps, part-timers, and freelancers" (reported in Business Week). In fact, National Public Radio (NPR) reported last fall that in the fourth quarter of 2010 fully 68% of U.S.-based hiring was contingent or contract workers.
For those of us who have not as yet realized this shift, the reality can be and is becoming a shocking new sense of how we need to develop and sustain being employable, including learning career redirection skills and keeping our work search skills sharp.
Churches have a new reason to minister to those in career and/or job transition, both out of care and concern for those frequently in these transitions, but also out of concern for being able to sustain ministry in Jesus' name in their communities. This is also the opportunity to help people realize their identity is not in their occupation, but in being the crown of creation, made by a loving Creator for community as co-creative whole-life stewards.
Future of Work link: http://www.thefutureofwork.net/newsletter_0311_Feature.html
The longest continuously running job club in West Michigan, EaRN Work Search Roundtable, now has two locations where it meets with a third coming this fall. The original, pioneering event has been meeting weekly on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 10:30 am at the Spring Arbor University Grand Rapids Center.
As of August 7th, 2012, the Spring Arbor University Grand Rapids Center hosted event now meets at 2620 Horizon Dr SE (in Cascade Township 49546), SAU-GR's new center location. Coffee is always on, and we usually have bagels or similar fare available...when we're not celebrating someone landing a new job with donuts (which happens regularly)!
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 formally becomes another aspect of the ministry of 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 gaining even 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. With the birth and recent growth of EaRN ministries at local churches, Work Search Roundtable has become EaRN Work Search Roundtable to indicate its enfolding into the EaRN ministry.
EaRN Work Search Roundtable at Spring Arbor's Grand Rapids Center is open to the public. There is a nominal donation suggested for each week’s session at the SAU-GR location. However, for attendees who are coming by referral from EaRN Affiliate ministries, there is no a donation expected. All contributions are tax deductible, however, and help the Roundtable support and encourage current and future job-seekers.
Individuals are asked to register for the Spring Arbor University-hosted weekly event (except the week of the Christmas and if New Year’s Day falls on a Tuesday) 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.
A second EaRN Work Search Roundtable meets WEDNESDAYS every other week, 9:30-11:30 am at St Robert of Newminster Parish, 6477 Ada Dr. SE, Ada, Michigan. The meeting is in the Parish Adult Lounge. See their site or call them, http://www.strobertchurch.org/, (616) 676-9111 for more information, or contact their Career Transition / EaRN Ministry Coordinator, Bill Weitzel, LMSW, (616) 446-1873 (c), firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight Job-Interview Wins for the Record Book, by Liz Ryan, BusinessWeek's Corporate Provocateur blog, May 27, 2011
Liz Ryan, a former human resources director, recalls some applicants who impressed their way into getting instant job offers.
Read the full article at http://www.businessweek.com/managing/content/may2011/ca20110526_722311.htm
Are 'acquaintances' more important than 'friends' in networking? Can you really prioritize these connections?
John Agno, writing in his “The Leadership Blog” (August 18, 2009) said:
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