I’m excited to announce my volunteer effort with the “Job Lab” as part of the Aim to Work initiative. The sponsoring group is the Greater Ashburn Community Development Association Corporation (GACDAC) on the Chicago south side. Once a month, I will be facilitating basic job search workshops for free to offer the Ashburn-Gresham community help with basic (but relevant) job search help.
Why a “Job Lab?”
Most cities have a place for free such as Workforce Connection to host workshops for job seekers to get job assistance in various forms. Some people do work but unemployed and can’t make those city programs only available during the day. Also, many do not offer job search strategies relevant and personable to job seekers. The Job Lab (similar to a “Job Club”) will offer support through workshops and networking with members to help anyone who needs it.
Aim to Work
The Aim to Work program is not only helping with job skills, but also with computer skills such as Office Suites. It is a non-profit program looking to expand its accessibility to the community. The organization is also looking for other ways to meet the needs of the community.
In addition to the 3rd Tuesday Job Lab session, I’m hoping we’ll add a monthly or bi-monthly LinkedIn workshop. Everyone needs a LinkedIn profile as it’s essential to have a presence online in 2017 and for years to come. If you’re unfound online, it’s likely an employer will consider any applicant as a serious job candidate.
Much more than Job Lab
In our vision to expand, we will also consider meeting needs with additional workshops, webinars, and group coaching but contingent on growth or participation and resources.
In many cities, this concept was implemented with success to support the job search of many job seekers. Our first session on Tuesday received positive feedback with much engagement from the participants. I was surprised how a few of them were engaged already with good advice including two of the participants having mobile versions of their resume!
The Aim to Work program is working on a website and Facebook page. When published, I will let you know. In the meantime, I am always available to you through the blog and if you’re in Chicago, despite your location, drop by if you need assistance.