Resources You Can Use in Your
The fine print: This list is an
unofficial list compiled by the author not necessarily with the
approval of the organizations listed below. It does not constitute
an official endorsement or affiliation. It's sole intent is to
make the reader aware of potential resources available to job
seekers in the Triad area.
The Road to Re-Employment
The Road to ReEmployment is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit
support group providing re-employment support through networking,
information and sharing in an atmosphere that's confidential at
no cost to the attendees. This will be accomplished by the trained
facilitators, who have themselves experienced the job search,
who will conduct the meetings
Thursday Evenings 7:00 PM
The Westover Church
505 Muirs Chapel Rd
Greensboro, NC 27410-5325
Professionals in Transition (PIT)
PIT is a nonprofit organization offering networking opportunities
for job seekers. Meetings consist of three official parts:
- The information exchange in which people offer information
on job fairs, networking opportunities or other job leads of
general interest for the group.
- The fellowship exchange where each person has 3-5 minutes
to give a "30-second commercial"
and to explain what kind of help or leads for which they are
- The problem solving session in which people offer leads to
other peoples' requests.
There is a 4th part to the meeting, and that is the "parking
lot" where people have the opportunity for one on one networking.
PIT currently has two chapters in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.
The Winston-Salem chapter meets at the Red Cross on Thursdays,
and the Greensboro Chapter meets at the Greensboro Jaycees on
Wednesdays. Both meetings run from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM. More information
can be obtained at the PIT website. http://www.jobsearching.org.
There are no dues for membership, but donations are always accepted.
|Market Street United Methodist
302 West Market Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
7 PM to 8:30PM
American Red Cross
650 Coliseum Dr
Winston Salem, NC 27106
|Thursday evenings, 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Triad Job Search Network (TJSN)
The TJSN is another nonprofit organization whose orientation
is towards job searching techniques and workshops. TJSN frequently
has guest speakers from local industries, and a follow on session
addressing the spiritual side of job searching for those who choose
There are no dues for membership, but donations are always accepted.
|Covenant United Methodist Church
1526 Skeet Club Road
High Point, NC 27265.
|Tuesday Mornings, 9 AM to 11 AM
Contact: (336) 333-1677 (Voicemail)
Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
This group meets on selected Thursday evenings from 7:30 PM to
9:00 PM in room 8 of the Parish Life Center. Call Colleen Assal
at (336) 294-4696 to find out the date of the next meeting.
Job Link is an official organization of the State of North Carolina.
To take advantage of its services, you must use a center in the
county in which you reside. For Guilford County, I recommend the
N. Raleigh Street office. Job Link is for everyone! It doesn't
matter if you are a minimum wage worker or professional, Job Link
probably has a program for you.
You can get professional-quality assistance in resume writing
and cover letters. You can practice interviewing (and review yourself
on tape). You have high-speed Internet access to job search. You
can use the copy machine and fax machine. Counseling of almost
every sort is available as is Federal $MONEY$ for all kinds of
To find the joblink nearest you, and more information about joblink
services, go to http://www.joblink.state.nc.us.
Your tax dollars at work!
Greensboro Public Library
Of course the library
has books on re-employment! It's called the career collection
and contains information on job hunting, cover letters, and resume
writing (specifically tailored to just about every occupation
you can think of). The library has banks and banks of computers
you can use to job search.
The computers can also
be used to generate your resume (they have several templates)
and the staff will review your resume and give you tips on it.
They provide one-on-one
counseling on a job search strategy, and provide an Assessment
Skills Inventory (for $10) and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
(free). These two tests can help tell you what kinds of jobs are
best suited to your talents and likes. The library also conducts
monthly programs on job seeking. Check their newsletter or web
site for the schedule.
While all the branches
of the library have some job seeking assistance only the main
library at 219 N. Church Street has the complete compliment of
services. The Vance H. Chavis branch, 900 S. Benbow Road, (336)
373-5838 also has a complete career collection.
The best first stop
at the library is to check out their web page: http://www.greensborolibrary.org
or call them at (336) 373-3764.
Women's Resource Center
The WRC offers one on one peer counseling to women to address
short-term goal plans; resume and interviewing workshops; self-esteem
classes; and New Choices - a job readiness training program for
women who are single parents or displaced homemakers. The New
Choices program offers transportation, childcare, and education
stipends, and is a series of workshops covering resumes, interviewing,
communication, time management, personality and career inventories,
budgeting, conflict resolution, self-esteem and much more. For
information on any of their programs, please contact the WRC at
275-6090, or feel free to walk in and request information. 1625
Spring Garden Street. Web site: http://www.wrcgso.com.
You need a personal business card. Yes you do! People are not
going to remember your name and telephone number, and they are
not going to take the time to write it down. At a very minimum,
your business card should contain your business title (make it
something meaningful like "PC Desktop Support Specialist")
and contact information. If you can afford it, spend the extra
money and have the back of the card printed with your 30-second
You can get free business cards at http://www.vistaprint.com.
You pay the shipping. The only catch is that there is a small
(but tastefully done) ad on the back of the card. For a small
fee, you can have this removed. Vistaprint has a lot of good designs
from which to choose.
Another option is to buy card stock at Office Depot or a similar
outlet and print your own cards. The disadvantages of this are
that you need a good quality laser printer (inkjet printers do
not work for this purpose) and it is a time consuming process,
especially if you hand out a lot of cards. The advantage is that
you can customize a set of cards for a specific occasion.
Chambers of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce events are great places to network with other
people. Businesses come there to make contact with other businesses
and to "sell" their company. It's a great place to find
out about who does what in the Triad.
As a member of TJSN, you are also a member of the Chambers of
Commerce in Winston-Salem, Greensboro, and High Point. You can
attend chamber functions at member rates. Chamber functions are
excellent networking opportunities.
Greensboro Merchants Association (GMA)
The Greensboro Merchant's Association is an organization similar
to the Chamber of Commerce and very active in the Triad.
As a member of TJSN, you are also a member of the GMA. The GMA
is very active in Greensboro. Their trade shows are a great networking
opportunity. Click on http://www.ggma.com
for more information.
Community College System
If you are thinking of starting your own business, look into
the Community College business courses. They are relatively inexpensive,
and they will help you avoid a lot of common business mistakes..
Community Colleges also offer a number of courses to sharpen your
According to the accountants in our group, the first $35,000
of severance pay is exempt from North Carolina State Tax. Check
with your financial advisor.
Employment Securities Benefits
You can sign up and file on line at http://www.ncesc.com.
Normally, you have to wait until your severance package has expired
to file for benefits. This requirement and the waiting period
are waived if you are enrolled in a recognized course of training
(E.g. GTCC.). You can start receiving your benefits sooner, but
you will also run out of them sooner. Taking a course does not
increase the benefit; it merely starts the clock sooner. Check
with the employment security office for details.
Other Cities Area Groups
If you are interested in working in a particular city, then link
up with netowrking groups in that city. When you are in that city,
attend a meeting if you can. If the city is nearby, carpool with
friends to a meeting. For a quick reference, try: http://www.rileyguide.com/support.html.
For a detailed list of Charlotte networking groups, click here.
Form Your Own Group
You don't need to be part of a formal group to benefit from
the counsel of others. Form your own group with friends who may
also be in the job search and meet for coffee or lunch once a
week. One thing you can do for each other is to hold one another
accountable for what they have promised to do during the week.
This group will also help take some of the emotional pressure
off your family and other friends. This is also one more excuse
to get out of the house and meet people.
When you are unemployed,
you are vulnerable. People will try to play on your fears to get
you to pay for services that are either never delivered, or that
you can most likely get for free or for a nominal fee.
See Links to Job Hunting Sites
in this web site.